Muscatine here, which is pretty much the QC area. Just picked up a 89 EX500 for practically free, just needs a few parts, and is my first bike so once I get her together and learn to ride it would be cool to maybe meet up with some QC guys.
Sure is, depending on which route you take. Never made any trips to far north, normally always heading south to work (work alot of overtime in the summer). Theres a really nice state park a few miles south of new london I ride through all the time in the summer. It has some nice twisty bits in it. Really nice place to ride once the cars get the sand off the road from the past winter.