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      05-28-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Need a scenic driving route in WI IN or MI

Alright ladies, I need a nice scenic route from Chicago. I'm willing to go around 2 hours away. This is purely a trip for the ride. It's summer time and I've been waiting to go on a extended cruise just to enjoy surroundings. Usually when I drive for that long it's through cornfields. Also looking for a good place to eat/walk around for a bit when we get there. Prob. Be taking the ole ball and chain with me to make a day of it. The road doesn't have to be filled with twisties or anything (altho I will award extra points) just something nice to look at. I've taken a trip up to new buffalo and it was a cool drive seeing lake Michigan to my left so I'm a little bias but left me know what u guys think.
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Edit: if you could also give a mini description of what ill see. thanks again
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A couple of suggestions....

We do this route annually but it takes a few days...I highly recommend checking out HWY 108 in Mindoro, WI

Saturday Route – 410 miles
From Starks BP ay 47 and 20, take 20 W towards Iowa
West on 20 towards Freeport
stay R on 20 W
R on the I-39 S/US-20 W/US-51 S ramp
Towards Bloomington/Freeport
stay L on 20 W
gas in Stockton on R Stockton Station
20 W
R on Elizabeth Mounds Rd.
L on Stagecoach Rd.
L on Back Street
L on CR-3
R on US 20
In East Dubuque at the jct 35 N
stay L on US 20 W
cross bridge in to Iowa
Cont. 20 W though Dubuque
R 32 NW (also Arterial St)
L on Asbury
lunch @ Culver’s Arterial (32) and Asbury NW L
Cont. W on Asbury Rd.
R on Hales Mills Rd.
L on Burtons Furnace Rd.
L on US 52
R on Durango Rd.
L on Cr-C97 / Sherrill Rd.
Cont. C9Y (Great River Rd.) to Millville
R 52 W to Guttenberg
gas Guttenberg R Casey's General Store
Cont. 52 W
R Hayden St.
L next road 5th
L Kosciusko St. (turns to Bluff St & X56 N)
Stay X56 N (Great River Rd.) through McGregor
follow signs 76 N
R X52 N
in Lansing L 9 W (also Main St.)
gas Lansing L 9 W (also Main St.) Kwik Trip
Continued on next strip …
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Saturday Route – 410 milesback east on 9 to stop sign
L on 9 (2nd St)
stay L and on to 26 N
L on Pool Hill Dr / Cr-2 to Eitzen
R on 76
L on Cr-27
stay on Cr-2727
R on 4th Ave SE
L on Hwy 44 to Mabel
stay on US 52
R on Cr-21 (Main St. N to Canton)
L on Cr-12
gas Preston, MN 52 W BP L
back east on 52
L on 16
L on Mill St.
L on N Church St.
R S Church St.
stay on Cr-25
L on Hwy 30
R on Cr-32
stay on Cr-33
L on Cr-36
R on Hwy
L on Cr-39
stay on Cr-2
R on Hwy 42
L on Main St.
R on 4th Ave NW
stay on Cr-2
R on Hwy 60
L on Hwy 61
gas in Lake City 61N Casey’s General Store R
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R make right L make left S stay straight
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Sunday Route – 430 milesAmericInn
in Lake City on Hwy 61 Casey’s General Store gas
R on Hwy 61
L on Hwy 60
L on Wabasha / Hwy 60
stay on Hwy 25
R on Main St. / Hwy 35
L on C-r O
L on Hwy 88
R on Cr-E
L on 95 N
R on 53 S
L on 4th Ave / Hwy 95
L on Sprint St / Hwy 95
R on Cr-P
stay on Cr-N
R on Hwy 54
L on Hwy 108
stay on Hwy 108 S
L on 16 W
past DE and 162 N make R 162 S
Stay 162 through Bangor BP gas on R
past JJ and JB make L 33 E
in Ontario ride through Wildcat Mountain
back to Hwy 131 S
BBQ lunch place in Rockton will be in the R
cont. Hwy 131 S
R on US 14
L on US 61 S
R on Hwy 131 S at Soldiers Grove
L on Hwy 171 at Gays Mills
R on US 14 at Boaz
Stay on US 14 through Richland Center
gas at SHELL on R in Lone Rock
Continued on next strip …
R make right L make left S stay straight
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R make right L make left S stay straight
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Sunday Route – 430 miles
R on Hwy 130 S
R on Hwy 23
L immediately on Cr-Zz
R on Cr-Z
L on Hwy 191
L on Hwy 69 at New Glarus
R immediately on Cr-W
R on Cr-Cc
L on Cr-C to Attica
R Cr-E to Albany
L on W-Wi 11 to Orfordville
L on Cr-H
R on US 14
gas on R at 14 and 51
L 14 E though Janesville
past Emerald Grove R Citgo at 1620 W US-14140 S
140 turns to 76 S
in Belvidere L Business 20
L 20 E to Starks
Starks BP
R make right L make left S stay straight


Or try a shorter jaunt to Starved RockFirst Leg:
Start: Speedway in Channahon
LEFT onto Route 6/Channahon Rd/Eames St
RIGHT onto frontage road (1st road after interstate)
LEFT onto Shepley
LEFT onto Ingolsby Rd
RIGHT onto Canal (brings you into town)
RIGHT onto Wabena
LEFT onto Mondamin/Route 3 (first road after tracks)
LEFT onto Tabler
RIGHT onto Sand Ridge/Route 6
RIGHT onto Brisbane (go over interstate)
RIGHT onto North Rd (frontage road)
RIGHT onto Brown Rd (go over interstate)
RIGHT onto Shady Oaks Rd (frontage road)
RIGHT onto Minooka Rd/Route 3
RIGHT onto Tabler
LEFT onto Sand Ridge/Route 6
RIGHT onto Ridge Rd
RIGHT onto Hansel
LEFT onto Cemetery
Cemetery turns into Armstrong, follow into town.
Go under bridge
RIGHT onto Division/Route 47
RIGHT onto Jefferson/Route 2
Turns into Fremont
LEFT onto Ottawa/Route 2 (follow Route 2)
Turns into Old Stage Rd (take into town)
LEFT onto Main St/Route 170
Go ¼ of a mile and on the right will be a Hardware store. We will rendezvous in the parking lot.

Second Leg:
RIGHT onto Main St/Route 170 (cross river)
RIGHT onto 25th Rd
Road changes names. Keep following main road into Ottawa.
RIGHT onto 1st Ave/Route 23
LEFT onto Courtney St/Route 71
RIGHT at Starved Rock State Park sign/Road.
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      05-28-2009, 10:56 AM   #3
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jesus kruz, something tells me you do this on your bike. i dont know how. ive been looking to do a multi-day haul too. ill take a look at this too.
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      05-28-2009, 10:59 AM   #4
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Yes...best on sportbikes but alas gave that up years ago. Just did it on a borrowed Goldwing last weekend. They are fun in cars too....just stay in your lane, lots of bikers on these routes.
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jeez, thanks for the tips
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      05-28-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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Not as detailed, but Lake Geneva I hear is a good cruise.
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      05-28-2009, 01:48 PM   #7
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Oh yea I'll look that beast up thanks
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      05-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #8
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Any mor places guys?????
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Carlos...

I know you wanna go now but if you wait till Oct 1st, take a day trip up to Saugatuck Michigan.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=saugat...title&resnum=1

Its like 3-4 hr drive but its GORGEOUS in fall right when the leaves are changing colors plus the town is really cool, lots of cool shops and whatnot. Also a great place to stay at a B&B for a weekend.

Check into it.
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on a side note I just totally psyched myself up for Saugatuck cuz I haven't been there in a few years... I think I'm gonna plan a trip up there now
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That sounds pretty jazzy. I'll put that on the list. How bout a double date (if I still have a gf worth driving that far with)
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That sounds pretty jazzy. I'll put that on the list. How bout a double date (if I still have a gf worth driving that far with)
sure but wouldn't they be bored cuz we'd be posting on here the entire time?

maybe they can go shopping together and we can cuddle
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LOL. They could just talk shit about us posting on e90. They'd have gobs to talk about.
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ok so I called my step mom... her and my dad introduced me to this trip a long time ago... here is a few places she told me to look up to stay.

http://www.hiddengardencottages.com/

http://www.maplewoodhotel.com/

http://www.wickwoodinn.com/guest-rooms.htm

http://www.suitesofsaugatuck.com/rates.html
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Excellent. Thanks for the info.
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anytime... we should make a meet out of it.

ben and jay can share a honeymoon suite
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lol ezily, i can see them sharing a heart shaped bed
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I know it's a little more of a drive, but I like to drive south to Indianapolis, and then southwest just a little bit to the Brown County area. There are lots of great curvy roads down there, as southern Indiana is very hilly. Lots of bikes down there too. You could also head to French Lick, Indiana. It's in southwest Indiana too, and there are several resorts there that have been around since the roaring 20's. There's some good golfing down there too if that interests you.

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You didn't say IL, but I recommend Galena.

Get to Rockford as fast as you can via 90 or 20 and past Rockford, get off the main road and go up to Nora/Warren where you can pick up the Stagecoach Trail and take that into Galena. Then when you leave Galena head south on BlackJack Road and pickup 84 south along the Mississippi to Savanna and then head east from there to home. It ends up being an all day adventure but you can do some people watching and Lunch in Galena in between driving (and more importantly, it make the wife happy!)

My wife and I did this last fall to enjoy the leaves. We caught the end of the season, but had a blast. There are some special moments on Stagecoach trail. Not a ton of great curves, but some nice rollercoaster hills and curves.

Enjoy!

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Galena is nice too!

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