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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, taking my VFR on a trip to the Carbondale area this coming weekend, hope to do much riding among other things >.> I know this area pretty well because i went to school here but was far off from owning a bike, therefore don't know a lot of good bike roads down here. Anybody have any must-do's for me? Twisties mainly? thanks!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 01:59 AM
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You have to be kidding , you want twisties in Illinois ? At least roll a little further southwest towards Missouri , look for 47 on the map or just about anything off of 44 .

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You have to be kidding , you want twisties in Illinois ? At least roll a little further southwest towards Missouri , look for 47 on the map or just about anything off of 44 .
Maybe "scenic" would have been a better term, but I guess I'll just head in and around Shawnee, if I'm in the SW area I'll look around
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Garden of the Gods, Little Grand Canyon, stop at the Root Beer Saloon (cash only) in Alto Pass. Having a bike at SIU was amazing.

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Garden of the Gods, Little Grand Canyon, stop at the Root Beer Saloon (cash only) in Alto Pass. Having a bike at SIU was amazing.
This.

A little bit of riding and you can hit a lot of nice scenic places. For a scenic view, ride around the spillway east of Carbondale, it's close.

I can't remember everywhere I rode down there. I was usually hop on the bike and get lost for a few hours.

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SIUC in the muthafucka house yall. Well it's been 18 years since I went to school there but we used to ride up by Paul Simon's house. There's some good twisties there. Also ride up to spillway and smoke weed and drink beer. There's nothing else to do.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-16-2012, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Garden of the Gods, Little Grand Canyon, stop at the Root Beer Saloon (cash only) in Alto Pass. Having a bike at SIU was amazing.
I'll be sure to check it out! Weather looks good for saturday, and hopefully the rain holds out for my road home sunday
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Probably too late...but maybe youre still out there?
A lot of the best roads are a bitty sketchy because they throw rock chips down to fill the cracks. I was there a couple weeks ago, and it was fine. I think it's a fall thing.

This is the route I would take. Start @ SIUC, head west on the Pleasant Hill roller coaster to Hickory Ridge and south on Jerusalem Hill to get to Von Jakob, then go east on Dutch Ridge & descend into Makanda. Climb out and ride through Giant City to Little Grassy Lake. Then, head back along Dogwood to Quattros for some deep dish & Amber Bock.

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Amazing area!!! Just beware of sudden pavement stoppages! LOL! Dirt roads pop up all over!

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Be sure to join us on the next Flat4Tour. VFR is the perfect bike for that ride.
Awesome! Where can I get info? I'd love to join you guys for that
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I'd hit the roads pretty good when I went. McClure to Tamms via the Grapevine trail was absolutely incredible riding! Also, the road off of 51 going to Makanda was twisty as hell, good some really good leans after that but was a little sketchy in some areas. Will definitely make the trip again. And with a throttle lock, I-57 back and forth is quite enjoyable...at least on a sport tourer
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i've been there a lot of times. all those wine trail roads would rock. just watch out for the drunks leaving them. i don't really know the names of the roads though.

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