Southern Illinois

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by eldomike, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I'm kind in favor of a place to where you're just not going to look up at it--------------but see the shadow move across the ground----that ought to be awesome seeing it come at you.

    I think that will add a whole different dimension to it.
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  2. Railbike

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    I'll be wore out from working all night but count me in Jeff.
  3. Oldad

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    Turns out I am not going to try Garden of the Gods. Went there on Saturday to scout locations to shoot from. The place was literally packed. All parking lots were full and people were parking on the shoulder of the road coming in. Heck, I had to make three circles in the parking lot before I found a spot for my bike. The rock formations looked like an ant farm, with all the people scurrying around on them.

    I heard yesterday from a FS bud of mine that the Forest Service actually closed Garden of the Gods, Bell Smith Springs and Jackson Falls, because of the overwhelming crowds of people. It was surreal, the number of cars on Saturday that I encountered. I can only imagine what it was like yesterday, and wonder what they're going to do today.

    It would be sad for those who had planned on being at Garden of the Gods during the eclipse, but I expect they will close it today as well.

    Now just playing it by ear. I am working today so who knows where I'll be during the eclipse.
  4. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    Bummer... Me, I'm gonna step out of my shop for the totality then go back to work..
  5. Oldad

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    JMJ_1130.jpg From the back door of my office. Preferred to be somewhere else. Quite the sight. Picture doesn't do justice.
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  6. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    It was great from the levee near Cora. Cloudless. Couldn't take a picture like that tho. Sweet

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  7. BigDogAdventures

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    What impressed me the most about the 100% totality where I was at-------was after watching it for a good hour go slowly ------------but only slightly darker----------all of a sudden in what seemed like 30 seconds it seemed like a 50 mile wide spaceship went over us and it became very dark in seconds.
    Just wasn't expecting that.

    Then did the same thing getting brighter after totality.

    Damnedest thing I ever experienced. No picture can do it justice------I was there.

    And then coming home----me and the wife snickered as I meandered home on lonely roads with no traffic-----------sneaking across I-57, Route 37, 51, and 127 which seemed packed from Carbondale to Chicago.

    BigDog
  8. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    one strange thing was, in totality it look like it was getting daylight in all directions, it seemed as though the sun was going to come up in the north south east and west.
  9. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    This is looking east.


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    North


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    West


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    The lights came on and screwed up the dark a little.
  10. BigDogAdventures

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    BigDog
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    Right after totality a UFO whizzed by
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    Mrs. BigDog
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  11. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Slideways Friday

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  12. LSHenk

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    "Oldad" and "hoost" you guys missed a nice ride yesterday. It started out great with blueberry pancakes thanks to Oldad's daughter (ODD). That was better than the biscuits and gravy I was planning for at the Dairy Bar in Golconda. South to Bay City then the metal deck bridge from Brookport into Paducah. That is one part of this loop I think that I will drop, the bridge. I was squirming all over the place on that metal deck. I could only go 24 mph and I had Billy Bob right on my tail on his way to buy cheap cigs in KY. I kept thinking that I would fall and he would run right over me.

    I let my GAIA GPS app pic the path from the Brookport Bridge to the Ledbetter Bridge and I guess it thought that I wanted to see every run down backstreet there was in Paducah. I'll have to change that route too but I finally made it to the other bridge so I could head up the Ohio River on the KY side.

    Smithland is nice because you can see the convergence of the Cumberland River with the Ohio. You can also see the Smithland Dam in the background. You can certainly tell the difference in color of the two rivers.

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    Then I headed north along the river to Birdsville, Bayou and Berry's Ferry.

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    Once I turned off Hwy 60 I didn't see another vehicle until I got to Berry's Ferry. That's a long time to have the whole road to yourself. That's when I starting hoping I wouldn't find a nail on the road.

    From there it was Joy, Carrsville, Tolu then Cave In Rock, back in Southern Illinois. Rather than wind my way back home through the Shawnee I decide to take a detour to the Popcorn Festival in Ridgeway. The loop ended up being 194 miles. Since I was so close to seeing the limits of a full tank of gas I took off again to see just how far a tank would last in my Africa Twin. At 221 I refilled with .4 gallons left in the tank so I'm saying my limit is probably 245 miles.

    I'm hoping for a trip to Southern Indiana this week. I would like to camp at Patoka Lake and ride as much of that area as we can in 2 days. "Oldad" I hope you're in for this ride.
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  13. LSHenk

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    I found a couple pics on my phone that I just have to post. The title should be "Like "Oldad" like son (inlaw)". Back in March "Oldad" and I were on a ride and I stopped before a creek crossing to debate attempting it. Oldad asked what I was waiting for and I replied that it was deep and there was a tree branch in the creek. He dove off into the creek, found the tree branch and ended up on his side and wet from head to toe. It was March and it was a very chilly ride the rest of the way home, although Jeff denied being cold. He poured water out of his boots when we got back.

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    Fast forward 3 months later and it is "hoost" and I on the same trail at the same creek crossing. I told him that this is the creek where Oldad got wet. He said "I don't see what the big problem is" and dove off into the creek. He found the same tree branch and took the same bath that his father in law took. Too funny.

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    I think the steam is coming off his head and not his bike.
  14. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA Paper chaser

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    I love riding around Livingston Co Kentucky - go a little farther and hit Marion/Crittenden Co and ridethe Amish roads over there. A couple of the gravel roads have small water crossings but are really well maintained.
  15. Kaveman

    Kaveman I'll be back..

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    Rode over to Altamont to eat lunch at the Dairy Bar. Neat place with good food. Even found an old iron bridge on the way there and a steel cowboy on the way home.

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  16. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Nice day for a SoIll ride. Little refreshment at the Chinchbug.

    Tried to do the Klondike road from the south end after this stop. Sieg, you haven't been keeping that road open?! Was I off track?[​IMG]

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  17. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Last time it was tough. That big culvert finally washed out. Several other places we had to go up on the train track to get around. I was hoping some quadtards would take a saw and open it up.
    I'll go fix it of someone wants to go along?
    Down at the club this week. Scouting some new adv tracks. (no trail just 2 track)
  18. fredz43

    fredz43 Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,


    For any of you that are looking for something fun to do next weekend, there will be a big open house at Niehaus Cycles on Friday and Saturday, Oct 13 and 14. The Yamaha demo truck will be there both days with many new models, including the all new Yamaha Venture touring bike. On Saturday we will also have another Adventure Demo day. Several riders attended that last year and had a good time. I will be leading 25 mile back road tours on the shops adventure style bikes made by Honda and Yamaha. There will also be a pork chop sandwich lunch. Details on the attached flyer. Hope to see you there.

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  19. BigDogAdventures

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    Thanks for that heads up Fred------------I haven't been to that bike shop in 15 years---------great place.
    I may not be around to attend------but would like to ride whatever they got if I'm home------especially the Honda 250 rally.
  20. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Any of you guys parked in Cobden yesterday around 3PM.?