Almost on the road again…

I spent a little time this afternoon looking over my Illinois map,
plotting Monday’s route. I was amazed to find the little AAA “scenic
route” dots following the Rock River between Rockford and Dixon.

Now, I lived in Beloit, WI for 4 years, and traveled to Rockford more
often than I’d like to admit, and I never saw anything that could even
remotely be considered scenic. Plus, the Rock River in Beloit
was…well, you tried not to touch it with exposed skin, if you know
what I mean.

So I think I’ll give that little route a whirl, just out of horrified
curiosity. Plus, it’s always nice to ride back through Beloit and stick
my tongue out at a few memories.

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3 Responses to Almost on the road again…

  1. Dragonslayer says:

    I drove down that route once looking for a dragstrip in the area (Union Grove?). I thought it was scenic but short. Around Chicago, you take what you can get.

  2. Andy says:

    I dont get the Rock River in Beloit rip.. “you tried not to touch it with exposed skin, if you know what I mean.” Maybe 50 years ago.. Rivers in the midwest have a lot of feild run off making them dirty brown but clearly not dangerous. I love Beloit.. This is my comment “if you know what I mean”…………………….

  3. carolyn says:

    Hey, I’m glad you love Beloit. 🙂 I enjoyed my time living there too, more or less. I just remember the river smelling particularly scary down near the riverfront before they did the whole construction/renovation thing a few years ago (I lived there in the 90s), and what with the Hormel plant and other industry not too far away, we’d tease.
    I do admit that I’ve enjoyed my short visits to Beloit much more since I graduated. The town seems to have reorganized itself dramatically — I’m thinking in particular of the “historic downtown” area now that the college bookstore is there, and of the strip along — what is it, Milwaukee Ave? When you come in from Hwy 43 — that now has more than a sketchy diner and the WalMart.

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