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Bluff Road w/Modoc Ferry

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 92 miles / 148.1 km
  • Ride Time: 4-6 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $6.99
  • States Visited: Illinois, Missouri
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Although I listed this as a 4-6 hours ride, if you stop at all of the sites it could last all day. You'll begin (and end) your day in Columbia, IL there is a gas station with plenty of parking within easy access of a major interstate. I like to begin my ride going to the top of the bluff at Columbia and coming down HH Road. This has two advantages: One its curvier than Bluff road, and Two on a hot day the tree canopy along HH Road traveling down the ravine is a welcome relief from the heat.Bluff road will take you into 'old' Valmeyer. The '93 flood left it almost a ghost town. If your up to it, there is a wooden staircase that you can climb to the top of the bluff about 1.5 miles past the town of Fults (12.5 from Valmeyer). If you take the hike, you'll appreciate the fact that your next cool down will be just outside of Prairie Do Rocher. The road runs past a limestone mine. The air coming out of the caves is like a blast of air conditioning. You'll want to stop in front of one of the caves for a while to really cool off.On the other side of Prairie Du Rocher you can take a little side trip to Fort de Chartres. Going back to Prairie Du Rocher, you'll take Bluff Road to Ellis Grove and continue on to Fort Kaskaskia State Park where you can take a short side trip to the top of the bluff for a scenic overlook. When you've had your fill, continuing on you'll pass Menard State Prison in Chester. You may want to leave the route for your first real chance to get gas or refreshments in Chester.Take note as you pass the statue of Popey before you cross the Mississippi into Missouri. You'll pass through St. Genevieve on your way to the Ferry. I probably should point out that the Ferry is $10 - $16. Once your back in Illinois, take the ferry road to the levee, turn left on top of the levee, follow the levee road to Bluff Road and make a left. Stay on Bluff Road all the way back to Columbia.

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Illinois, Missouri. This motorcycle route has 5 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by BuggyMeister in October. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by BuggyMeister

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