Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NE IL
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Giant Cypress DX
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Originally Posted by will dehne
This is our town you have documented. My wife and I enjoyed your trip report a lot.
Next we asked ourselves; Do we want to do that? Nooo....! Why not?
Well, we are Tandem bikers. That means we enjoy high speed and NO (emphatic NO) cars.
We go through great lengths to avoid traffic. We found our paradise north of the border in Wisconsin.
!00 miles one way from Wisconsin Dells to the Mississippi and up. All Trails, no cars.
But we enjoyed your excellent report.
Glad you enjoyed the trip report. We certainly enjoyed riding thru north Rockford and want to return to play around more in Rock Cut State Park. We also want to ride some of those WI rail trails you mentioned after we complete this Grand Illinois Trail circuit.
You might enjoy a ride we made recently from Capron to Richmond via State Line Road. We rode it on a Sunday afternoon and might have seen 10 cars in 30 miles. There was one good climb up a ridge similar to the ones around Galena. Photos from that trip are on that same website http://www.customized-applications.com/bicycle/id72.htm
It is interesting, the different ways people enjoy cycling. My wife and I cruise at about 15 m/h, but stop every couple of miles to take a photo, watch a hawk circle or a heron fish, or just listen to the wind. Our average point to point speed counting all stops is about 8 m/h
We don't particularly like to play in the traffic, but will ride open road routes if the traffic isn't too heavy. The white knuckle routes for us are the ones with heavy traffic in both directions and no shoulders, like that road east from the south entrance to Rock Cut State Park. We do, however, have limits, and draw the line at high speed roads with bad sight lines because of sharp crested hills or sharp curves.