Illinois Back Road Trail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by kimzx1000r, May 30, 2012.

  1. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    As we headed north in search of Rhino's bridges we started passing through some of Illinois Oil fields. The smell of low quality crude was in the air.
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  2. kimzx1000r

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    As we got near Springfield I felt the incredible urge to blow up something! So in order to keep myself from a jail term we decided to check this out instead. It had a strange lean to one side look as you approached it straight on.
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  3. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    I was not sure if it was just me twisted up about our state government or if it actually had a slight lean in it. I am going with it leaned.
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    Next up would be one of Rhino's bridges and one of the best. This bridge had a long run up. It was all wood deck . We were on the bridge when the local sheriff drove across. he stopped and talked to us for a while he told us that the bridge was slated for removal and I am very happy I got to see it and cross it before that happens. He also told us that Abe Lincoln had stood on that very bridge and crossed it. It was one of the more unique iron bridges I have seen.
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  5. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    This is as you approach the end of the long walk up the wood deck ramp to the bridge structure.
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  6. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Notice the placard is missing in the above photo. The sheriff explained once it was known it was to be removed someone cam out and made it a keep sake for themselves.
    This is looking back at the end. Frank is standing at the end of the wood deck run.
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    And here is why they are no longer safe. Notice the pitting and how the steel has decayed and caused the steel to spread and buckle. I love these old bridges and will miss them as the disappear. In fact the only way you can see them now is by traveling as we have. On roads never traveled. They would have already been gone due to the traffic.
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  8. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    And another one of Rhino's bridges.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    almost gone.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Again I just want to point out how beautiful architecture is.
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    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Kim,
    This is the BOLIVIA ROAD BRIDGE. It crosses the Sangamon river and connects Sangamon and Christian counties. I do find it hard to believe "Abe Lincoln crossed that very bridge" as the sheriff told you.The bridge was constructed in 1901, Abe Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 (36 years before the bridge came to be).
    Your history lesson for the day :D

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    Very nice. Can't wait to see more. Going to have to follow in your trails very soon.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Brad, thanks we wondered about local lore! I love how you know the details of them. I wish you had been able to ride through with us. The placard was stolen so we wondered about build date. Thanks mate!

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    Outstanding report. I am really enjoying it. My family from my Mom's side is all from Grafton, Jerseyville, Navoo, and Springfield. I haven't been back in over 20 years.. I feel a bike trip coming.
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  17. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    :clap:clap You should! We met nice people all they way through the trip. And Illinois was not nearly as boring as people would have you believe! It's not the Rockies, it's not Alaska, but it is Illinois! We enjoyed it!!
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    You get over here Charlie--holler---I'm retarded (retired) now you know. Good weather the next few days.

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  19. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Routes are listed back on page one now in the first post. There are instructions on how to get them there.

    Routes on Page 1 first post!
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  20. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    As our ride was winding down we had but a couple last fun things to see. First was the remains of a World War II ammunition storage facility. Yep Ammo bunkers! Now they are just bumps in a field of corn but there was a time when they stored an arsenal.
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