Based on a series of trips taken by the author over an incredibly wonderful summer and fall, Kay Fellows takes you along as she explores and describes the less-traveled routes and villages of the Upper Mississippi Valley. She'll guide you through the country between the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, covering adjacent corners of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. If you are searching for the lesser-known back roads away from heavy traffic, then this is the book for you. If you are tired of the same old tourist destinations, these pages will lead you to explore many out-of-the-way treasures. The byways detailed in this book range from easy rides to roads that will challenge the most experienced biker. Many of the routes take you through spectacular scenery and provide you with an opportunity to enjoy nature. Throughout your trip you will be seeing the "Father of Waters" in all his many moods. You will be awestruck by the views from the top of high cliffs and enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly people in dozens of small towns. So let's rev up those engines and head out to discover the best that the Midwest has to offer!