Five Arch Cruise Professional Review and Guide
"With hundreds of miles of bike-friendly roads, the options here are endless for exploring the cultural, historical, and natural attractions of southern Rock County. The cruise leaves from a city with a name that was coined from a French word meaning “handsome ground” and heads west. As you ride along a tree-lined lane, you will soon arrive at an 1860s water-powered gristmill open for tours most weekends. Farther west visit the site of a river town that met its demise after a railroad merger.
Now rolling through farm fields up to Orfordville, the route soon circles east to a village named after a hymn sung at a town meeting. You then cross over the Rock River and pass through a stagecoach village on Turtle Creek. As you cross the creek you will see a remarkable railroad bridge, of European design, that was built in 1855 and is still in use today. You then circle back on the south bank of the creek and pass another village, given the French name for “limestone,” before returning to Beloit."