Sore saddle cyclist
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: Road, touring and mountain
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Another very nice day ride is to start in Alton, IL riverfront park, ride the Great River Road north along the River to Grafton, IL. If you want more miles and nice riding, go through Grafton to the Brussels Ferry, take the ferry across the Illinois River and ride the country roads to Brussels. If you're lucky the church in Brussels will be having a dinner for the public, if they are stop and eat well. The road from Alton to Grafton is beautiful and has a nice shoulder.
Side note, St Charles County is proposing a ban on cycling similar to Black Hawk, CO. Many are going around that area in protest, taking lodging business to Alton might be a help.