Illinois Back Road Trail

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  1. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    I will try and get them up tomorrow. I had to clean them up. Also more report coming.
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    Cool, thanks. :D
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    You are welcome!
    Im glad you could use some of them in your ride. Im looking forward to your report and the gps tracks.

    Brad
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    kim,
    I have not yet photographed this bridge, it looks to be the MCKEE CREEK BRIDGE west of kellerville in Adams county. A beautiful example of a late 1800s pinned Pratt through truss bridge!!!

    thanks so much for sharing, Brad
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    as we worked our way south we went through Siloam Springs State park. This was a pretty area and a nice ride through the park. After the park we came into a town called Pittsfield, Ill. What a court house they have. I love this about old towns. The architecture is so unique.

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    As we left Pittsfield we headed towards Calhoun County. It was very pretty riding through the twisty roads and hilly country. This is the area between the Illinois River and the Mississippi river. At the end of this area is the confluence of the two rivers and is also a ferry to get you back across the river. It is a free ferry run by the Ill. DOT. It is part of the route.
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  7. kimzx1000r

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    atop a hill in Calhoun
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    Loading the Ferry.
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    Once across the river he headed south along the Great River road. Through Grafton which was packed with bikers. Our destination for the night was my parents house in Bethalto which is in the back yard of Alton Ill. No trip through Alton, Ill. would be complete without a stop to see Robert Wadlow. Tallest man. They have a life size statue that will make you feel like a dwarf. Sit in his chair....

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    Fast Eddies in Alton is a great spot to stop for food!
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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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    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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    This was worth seeing I have to say!
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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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    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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    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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