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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    My brother in-law and I started looking at each other and thinking wow...........................nice motorcycle shop...............................................plenty of storage.............................Wonder if this farmer would like to get a couple of these out of his field................................how do you move concrete? Crap!
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Our last night was at Woodford fish and wildlife area. It was on the Illinois river and was primitive camping. They had water and outhouse style facilities. We found the camp host to be a good ole boy! He gave us wood for a fire and brought us a pot of coffee in the morning. He was a great host and we enjoyed his company. He also had worked his rear off cleaning this somewhat unused park up. It was nice and he deserves a good pat on the back. Cypress trees were in a line at the front of the park and they had springs tapped all over throughout the park in the ditches. I found this odd. Ducks Inn down the road was a great stop for dinner. Very nice owner and also a motorcycle enthusiast.
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  3. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Some of the cypress trees at the camp ground entrance.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Our last stop was this bridge in Millbrook, Ill. It was over the Fox river. We met a lady there that told us it was the bridge used for years as she was growing up. Now it is just left as a piece of history. It is blocked to traffic but has been maintained for foot traffic. She explained her friend held her wedding on this bridge. It was a good size bridge and a very nice area of the Fox river.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Notice the wear on the supports for the bridge?
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Can you find the two snakes? We actually spotted 4 snakes at this bridge. Popular spot I guess?
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    And no trip would be complete without a breakdown of some sort. Here is MIchael patching his rear tire after taking a nail through it.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    oh yeah and here we are doing it again in 10 miles.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    I do not have pictures of the third time because I made Michael leave his bike at a house near Big Rock, Ill. and rode him home on the GS. We got my trailer and went back for his bike. Turns out the extra extra extra heavy duty tube that Michael had purchased can not be patched! I guess they work good until you get a flat, then your screwed! That tube was so thick we could barely pull it out through the tire! and with no valve stem in it it held its shape like it had air in it. I prefer my cheap tubes too this. I have one in my KLR right now with 13 patches and it is holding air! And so our trip ended. I have to say I was quite impressed with our state. The riding was good, we saw some great roads, great scenery, and stayed in some very nice campgrounds. The people we met along the way............all GREAT! Turns out Illinois was no where near as boring as I had been led to believe it is. It had some areas that were breath taking! We had a lot of fun, just be careful of hot...... spring days..............rattlers are looking to get warm and full!
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  11. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Great ride report Kim!
    You did a great job laying out your route and sharing your ADVenture with the riding community!

    I am going to have to think twice about riding with you tho.......YOU FIND WAY TOO MANY SNAKES!!:D:D:D


    ride safe:ricky
    Brad
  12. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Hey thanks Brad! Next spring we might do Indiana or Missouri. I will keep you posted! Maybe you can ride with us a bit next time.
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    Glad to see you found Garden of the Gods, Iron Furnace and such. Some great stuff to see all over the state for sure.

    I have to admit that I learned something new that is in my own backyard...the odd house near Cave in Rock. I'll have to keep an eye open for it, I'm guessing it's NE of Cave?
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    Holy crap----everyone is finding out my favorite places in southern Illinois.:D:D:D:D:rofl:rofl
    Just south of Herod, Illinois----Harbison's opens a 5 AM for breakfast.
    You've got to get your own coffee---and just holler----loud if you need something else.

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  15. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    37° 28.272'n 88° 8.544'w
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    Sounds good Kim! I plan to be up your way a few times this year photographing bridges. I'll try and give you a little notice.

    Brad
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    Thanks for sharing the tracks; they start not too far from me! I see one of your first roads was Elva RD. Was hoping for a picture of you next to all the "Road Closed" signs on the dirt sections, lol. Nice trip!
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    Very nice RR. Thanks for sharing.
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    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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