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Old 05-31-2012, 08:57 AM   #46
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After leaving Horseshoe Lake we headed down to Cairo, Il. to see the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi. Cairo was in a sad state of affairs. This is a town that looked to be better off if the flooding had washed it into the Mississippi. While on the levee we found where they had blown it up to relieve the flooding last year. The boys working there were nice enough to let us pass and continue on our way (even though the road was blocked and closed) (we had dirt bikes how closed could it be) although the guy in the excavator was not happy about having to wait for us. And the GS I was riding was a hand full in the muddy mess he created. I pictured that if I fell he would probably take the bucket and just push me under the mud and out of sight! We made it to Fort Defiance at the confluence. one bridge to the left to Missouri and one bridge to the right to Kentucky. Pretty damn cool. Here is the point at which the two rivers meet.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:00 AM   #47
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looking left from the point is Kentucky bridge.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:03 AM   #48
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and looking right is the Missouri bridge.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:13 AM   #49
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dibbs on the klr luggage rack above.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:34 AM   #50
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Leaving Cairo we headed for Mound City and the Mound City National Cemetery. I had never been to a national cemetery. I want to thank anyone who has served and provided me my freedoms!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:35 AM   #51
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:46 AM   #52
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Along this route was three opportunities to see train tunnels. Tunnel hill which is a biking, hiking trail, and two other live train tunnels which required a trip down a posted road and a hike over a hill and the other was accessed from a cemetery and required a 1/4 mile hike. I have no pictures of the tunnels so this should tell you we did not get to any of them. We decided against trespassing, and too hot to hike. But the cemetery was cool. It was a very old cemetery which I enjoy see old tomb stones. There was a good deal of riding through the Shawnee and that was really nice. We stopped at Burden Falls but it was bone dry.
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dibbs on the klr luggage rack above.
thats hillarious.... I should have grabbed it!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:52 AM   #54
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We ended up in Metropolis (home of superman) and stayed at Fort Massac. Another really nice campground and facilities. I am starting to dig old forts!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:53 AM   #55
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:02 AM   #56
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and the old ruins
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:05 AM   #57
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Before arriving at the Hennepin canal and Lock 21. We went through Princeton, Ill. We encountered two covered bridges there on the route. One I did not document because it was built sometime around 2006. But this one on the other hand, was built in 1863 and worthy of a picture. Although my photography of it has a lot to be desired.
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Was the other covered bridge outside of Morrison?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:19 AM   #58
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No both were right near Princeton. I looked up Morrison and we were quite a bit south of there.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:21 AM   #59
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Awesome

Awesome guys---your video blew that BigDog clean off the porch
I really enjoyed that.

Nice to see someone else's perspective of my backyard. Beautiful pictures.

Loved those pictures of the Hennepin canal-------it's been 20 years since I was poking around there.

To bad you had to be slowed down with one of those itty bitty 250's

I've never seen a rattlesnake in Illinois-----I know they are thick--but I just never have seen one----and
I've lived here for 61 years. And you guys saw 3----I better keep my eye out.

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:29 AM   #60
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We headed out the next morning and road through some more of the Shawnee and eventually over to old Shawnee town. Another town that has seen its better days. On the way there though we had some wonderful riding. Here is Frank and Michael taking a break.
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