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Old 05-31-2012, 05:28 AM   #31
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When we left my parents we went down Powder Mill Road. This is home of Olin Corporation Winchester division. It is an ammunition factory and is huge!! If you like guns stop at the range.... I took the boys past here because we all have guns and enjoy shooting. Next up was to work our way through Beirut, or to some of you East St. Louis. Yes I know crazy! But it was the easiest way to the Levee and to Lewis and Clarks encampment which we wanted to see. Plus I have to say, it was interesting to pass through and see the ruins. Either way it was completely uneventful and was no issue. We only passed through the edge of it. Lewis and Clarks encampment was pretty cool.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:29 AM   #32
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:30 AM   #33
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:41 AM   #34
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After Lewis and Clarks encampment we got on the levee road. I have to say rding the levee was fun. No traffic of any kind and a really nice ride. We were riding along and enjoying the scenery and had been for a little while. Out of the blue comes this place! Fort De Chartres. Very interesting place. We met some grounds keepers that were very nice who shared some of the history with us. We walked all over and climbed into the sentry posts and towers. We walked the ruins. Very neat place with a very old history. The oldest standing building in the state of Illinois is here. The powder magazine. Google Fort De Chartres, it is worth a look. We literally road off the levee into the parking lot! And we were the only ones there besides a guy mowing the grounds.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:42 AM   #35
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:44 AM   #36
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This was worth seeing I have to say!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:54 AM   #37
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We left the Levee here for a bit. We needed a fuel stop since two of the bikes were only good for about 90 miles before reserve. We went to Prairie Du Rocher for this. Not sure I want to live in a town that has front doors!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:57 AM   #38
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After our gas stop next up was yet another fort. Fort Kaskaskia. Nothing left of this fort but you can clearly see on the ground where the fort was.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:00 AM   #39
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The route after that takes you to a sight that is not often seen. Most gas lines run under ground and you never get to see them. Here is how they get natural gas from one side of the river to the other. The cable salesman here got a hell of a commision check!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:01 AM   #40
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:04 AM   #41
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While on the levee we saw some wildlife. It is a great place to observe from since you are elevated. Although for this guy we did not need to be elevated! We ended up finding three all together.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:10 AM   #42
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And yes that is a rattler. I have a video of him and the other two rattling. We only played with them a little. Why push your luck right! The route took us to Bald Knob where there is a huge Cross and a beautiful hill top view. I did not get pictures from here. Our route ended at Horseshoe Lake which is a Cypress swamp. Very cool to see a cypress swamp in Illinois. It was a great campground and we ate dinner at a local bar called Ouida's.

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:12 AM   #43
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:39 AM   #44
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Let me back up slightly before reaching bald knob and horseshoe lake we made a stop in Chester, Ill.
This is the home of Popeye. I am old enough to appreciate Popeye.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:48 AM   #45
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Also along the route just before entering Gorham, Ill. there is a bluff called Fountain Bluff. There is a raven in this bluff where there are petroglyphs. I attempted to hike up to them but in riding gear and 95 degree heat it was a bit too much. I would have needed shorts and some hiking shoes. I did climb quite a way up but never found them. Google Fountain Bluff Petroglyphs for more. This is where the hike begins and is marked with flags on the route. If you enter Gorham you went too far.
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