ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums > Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-15-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
rhino_adv OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 628
Shawnee National Forrest

Im planning on heading down to the SNF next weekend (21-24 October 2010) for a few days of rideing and site seeing. Ill be camping at Lake Glendale Thu, Fri and Sat nights. Can anyone steer me towards some interesting D/S trails/roads in this area? Also looking for some suggestions on places to stop for a good meal.
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2010, 08:12 AM   #2
midz76
n00b
 
midz76's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Peoria County
Oddometer: 7
I'm anticipating the responses. A trip to the Shawnee will be my first real road trip since jumping into the DS pool.
__________________
"I've killed men, but never a good one." Charlie Birger
midz76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2010, 08:18 AM   #3
motocrossross
Gnarly Adventurer
 
motocrossross's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: southern illinois
Oddometer: 141
__________________
Ross

'07 FXDL
'13 R1200GS
motocrossross is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2010, 08:39 AM   #4
William42
Beastly Adventurer
 
William42's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Champaign, IL
Oddometer: 2,562
vfrpilot and I rode down there for two days last weekend. There is some great riding down there. Our beasts did not do well on some of Big Dog's tracks.

vfrpilot planned the ride so I am not much help with routes.
__________________
Mud is evil
William42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2010, 05:10 AM   #5
BigDogAdventures
Fart Letter
 
BigDogAdventures's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Oddometer: 4,886
Shawnee Forest

I've ridden the Shawnee all my life.

You can find some interesting stuff here:

http://bigdogadventures.com/ShawneeDualsport.htm

Lot's of good stuff !!!

My very favorite place to eat is the little store and gas station 2 miles Southeast of Herod, Illinois at the intersection
of rt. 34 and CR-4 (Karbers Ridge Rd.). If you like fancy, busy places with hords of people----you won't like it.
Have em' fix you a sandwich just the way you like.
Tell em' BigDog sent you----get you throw'd out for sure

Picture below is "Hippy Falls"---the road above the falls can be a little slippery.



Here's the gps file of that ride.
Attached Files
File Type: gpx Shawnee Forest Dualsport.gpx (307.3 KB, 239 views)
__________________
2008 Yamaha WR250R---by far my main bike.
2006 KTM 450EXC
2014 KTM690 Enduro--we'll see how good it is after 70,000 miles.
2013 Husky 650 TR650 Terra

BigDogAdventures screwed with this post 10-16-2010 at 05:22 AM
BigDogAdventures is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2010, 12:23 AM   #6
rhino_adv OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 628
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigDogAdventures.com
I've ridden the Shawnee all my life.

You can find some interesting stuff here:

http://bigdogadventures.com/ShawneeDualsport.htm

Lot's of good stuff !!!

My very favorite place to eat is the little store and gas station 2 miles Southeast of Herod, Illinois at the intersection
of rt. 34 and CR-4 (Karbers Ridge Rd.). If you like fancy, busy places with hords of people----you won't like it.
Have em' fix you a sandwich just the way you like.
Tell em' BigDog sent you----get you throw'd out for sure

Picture below is "Hippy Falls"---the road above the falls can be a little slippery.



Here's the gps file of that ride.



Mark, Thanks for the gpx file! I'll load it in the Garmin tomorrow. You are very fortunate to live where you do.....not much but corn and bean fields up here . I'll check out the gas station/store near Harod for a sandwich while in down there.
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2010, 09:18 PM   #7
dblacknj
Master of the Obvious
 
dblacknj's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Wall NJ
Oddometer: 303
Wow!

Big Dog;

You just blew my mind…

I just stumbed across your post quite by accident.

To make a long story short, I live and have lived in NJ for most of my life.
I've tried to escape, but I've got another 9 years to go.

My family dating back to the 1810s all came from southern Illinois.
I've been there numerous times since I was a kid in the 1960s,
including the past two years to bury my parents in Emwood Cemetery
the corner of 142 and 13, just across the highway from Equality.
Hey, you can't live forever…

Anyhow on one of your loops, you ride up High Knob Road,
past Leamington Road on the east side.

If you go east on Leamington Road about 1.5 miles, there
is a cemetery on the south side. I'll guess there's probably 20+
people in there that would recognize me (if they were alive).

The valley or should I say what's left of it running from Leamington Road,
going north, from High Knob Road east to Route 1, was all my
family for most of the 1800s and up until 1970ish. Unfortunately
Peabody coal came through numerous times with big wads of money
and bought out most of the places. They strip mined the area numerous
times in the 1970s, 80s. In fact when I was back there last January,
quite a few gravel roads had been eliminated and the Leamington Road
which was famous for it's dust is now paved. Time marches on.
I still have a handful of relatives left in Harrisburg and Shawneetowne,
but they are all in their 80s.

Unfortunately my Dad and I never got along. We never spoke much once I hit 14.
Something about spending to much money on a Suzuki 90. I know my father hung
out and drank in Garden of the Gods, in the 40s. He had a friend that ran a horse ranch
at High Knob. I think it was called "the High Knob". Many of the areas you run
through sound very familiar. Probably from my grandparents always talking
about living back there.

I deeply appreciate what you have done. This has become an instant must ride for me.
It's a matter of planning when to get back out there in 2011. One summer in the early 70s
I took my Suzuki Tm250 out there. Raced up and down the roads, didn't make any friends.
Next time I'll goback with my gps, maps and 950SE with a greater interest in the area,
thanks to you!


Dennis Black


If your into history of the area, take a look at this: http://members.cox.net/frohock2/black.html
It is dry and lengthy, but has a some interesting pages with insight as to living in the
area in the early 1900s. My father wrote it.
dblacknj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #8
dblacknj
Master of the Obvious
 
dblacknj's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Wall NJ
Oddometer: 303
Footnote

I've been staring at Shawnee National Forest in both Garmin Topo 2008
and Illinois Topo from gpsfiledepot.com.

I don't know who drew the boundary lines for SNF, but be aware that a significant portion of what you
see as National Forest (at least in the NE corner) in these two maps is actually private land.
Private land belonging to town folk, farmers and/or the coal companies.
dblacknj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2010, 10:52 PM   #9
rhino_adv OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 628
Quote:
Originally Posted by dblacknj
I've been staring at Shawnee National Forest in both Garmin Topo 2008
and Illinois Topo from gpsfiledepot.com.

I don't know who drew the boundary lines for SNF, but be aware that a significant portion of what you
see as National Forest (at least in the NE corner) in these two maps is actually private land.
Private land belonging to town folk, farmers and/or the coal companies.



Thanks for the heads up! The last thing I want to do is end up in jail for tresspassing. I guess I could show the local police the GPS track and say "Bigdog said it was ok" That should keep me out of jail
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2010, 05:21 AM   #10
BigDogAdventures
Fart Letter
 
BigDogAdventures's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Oddometer: 4,886
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rhino081460
Thanks for the heads up! The last thing I want to do is end up in jail for tresspassing. I guess I could show the local police the GPS track and say "Bigdog said it was ok" That should keep me out of jail
My gps tracks is all on legal roads.

Mark
__________________
2008 Yamaha WR250R---by far my main bike.
2006 KTM 450EXC
2014 KTM690 Enduro--we'll see how good it is after 70,000 miles.
2013 Husky 650 TR650 Terra
BigDogAdventures is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2010, 11:26 AM   #11
rhino_adv OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 628
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigDogAdventures.com
My gps tracks is all on legal roads.

Mark

Sounds good Mark!
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2010, 05:54 PM   #12
midz76
n00b
 
midz76's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Peoria County
Oddometer: 7
Wow, thanks for the info! I might make this trip happen still this Fall. If not it will be the first road trip in early Spring.
__________________
"I've killed men, but never a good one." Charlie Birger
midz76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2010, 07:01 PM   #13
dwthump
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: So. Illinois
Oddometer: 290
Shawnee

I've been going to the Shawnee for 30 years for numerous outdoor activities but have not found any areas that you can ride offroad. Some of the trails won't even let mountain bikes on. I've seen many "fire roads" but you're not allowed on them. Of course, the locals ride 4 wheelers everywhere, including the trails......
dwthump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2010, 08:09 PM   #14
Craiger
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Southern Illinois
Oddometer: 310
Well I guess no one told that to the Ranger with the green law enforcement on the side of his vehicle as I exited off the Forest service single track road below. Waved me over seen my plate told me to have a good day and went back to the two guys on four wheelers who had enough tickets in their hands to have been playing Rummy.



This was the forest service road



Leads to here





Power-line/legal rd. just have to know where to get on and where to get off



Legal rd

Craiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 12:24 AM   #15
rhino_adv OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 628
maps

Are ther maps available from the DNR showing roads/trails in the SNF?
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 03:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014