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Hwy 79 "Great River Road"

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 33 miles / 53.1 km
  • Ride Time: < 1 hour
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $2.51
  • State: Missouri
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This is one of the best roads in Missouri for scenery and curves...before leaving from Hannibal check out the paddle boats and the Mark Twain bridge from both in town and then from Lovers Leap (an excellent photo op) When you are ready to go head to 3rd street and follow it out of town on Hwy 79 south....the road starts off a little slow but then starts hitting big sweepers along the river and railroad tracks for some more great scenerey but soon heads up into 3 seperate mountains (ok hills) Nothing here a new rider can't handle but use caution on the hills, perfect conditioned roads allow you to really take in the views of the valleys below while enjoying the twisties on 3 seperate hill climbs and then it's back down to the valley floor and along the Missouri river through some farmland and into Louisiana Missouri (there are some mad little twisties as you are entering the town so watch for them and the sportbikers that race up and down on the weekends)

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Missouri. This motorcycle route has 7 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by WilsonRydeR69 in September. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by WilsonRydeR69

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesFall ColorsForestMountainsRiverFarm LandPlains

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadHillyNo TrafficSmoothRare Gas StationsRare

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Due316 says:

So far it’s my favorite short ride. Love the little towns.

Sun Jan 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM

David64062 says:

Even though I live in western Missouri, this is one of my favorite roads. Have to watch for those deer though.
Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

bikergrady says:

Nice ride, take your time and enjoy the hills and twisty roads.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

David64062 says:

This is a great ride. Would have gotten five of five stars, but two of those little towns on the route had their police out stopping everyone for five miles over. Seriously, a town with a population of 32 (less than the 35 m.p.h. speed limit) has a cop sitting in it??
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

rwchet says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

WilsonRydeR69 says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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