Illinois Great Rivers to Host Fall Motorcycle Event

19 Aug, 2013

Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the Great River Road

This September, head out on the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this scenic route and take part on the 2nd annual ride! Enjoy the views, fall foliage and experience local attractions. Great Rivers Country Regional Tourism Development Office and the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway in conjunction with the Alton Area, Quincy Area, Quad Cities, Blackhawk Waterways, and the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureaus are hosting the Illinois Great Rivers Fall Motorcycle Ride along the Mississippi River in honor of National Scenic Byway Week and the 75th Anniversary of the Great River Road. All proceeds of the ride will go to the Great River Honor Flight, which helps veterans visit their memorials.

The ride will begin September 28 in both Galena and Alton and head to Quincy. Whether you start in Alton or Galena, there will be stops along the way to visit local attractions and fill your poker card. Poker card locations along the Galena route include Poopy’s Pub n’ Grub, Savanna; De Immigrant Windmill, Fulton; John Deere Pavilion, Moline (Quad Cities); Ducky’s Lagoon, Taylor Ridge; and Garretson’s Bar & Grill, Warsaw. Poker card locations along the Alton route include the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, Hartford; Alton Visitor Center, Alton; Pere Marquette State Park Visitor’s Center, Grafton; Louie’s Kampsville Inn, Kampsville; and the Copperhead Tavern, New Canton.  Once in Quincy, dinner and evening entertainment will be provided and the winner of the best poker hand announced. A special rate has been extended to ride participants who book accommodations at Stoney Creek Inn and The Microtel Inn & Suites in Quincy.

Preregistration must be postmarked by September 13. Registration cost is $65 per rider or $75 with passenger. Throughout registration, veterans receive a $5 discount. Registration will take place on the night before and the morning of the ride in Alton and Galena. Visit for more information on the ride and to download the registration form, or call (309) 837-7460.


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