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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    You've probably been there and marveled at it many times and didn't know what it was called.
    If you've been down route 3 North of Grand Tower you had to see it.
    It's the big bluff right beside route 3 on the West side---a road turns off right beside Fountain bluff and goes to Nunert---------home of the "Bottoms up Bar and Grill".

    There is a very narrow road leading up to the top of the bluff off route 3 called "Happy Hollow Road".
    Use to be a tower of some sort up there------------the remains are still there but hard to find-----the road is a dead end--------but on the way up you have some great views of the valley down below and the Mississippi River.

    You have to be really sharp to pick up the remains of the railroad bed down below the bluff---------the railroad went right thru Grand Tower---it is very hard to see where it went-----one road in Grand Tower is called "Railroad Road"--------I think ???
    You can see the railroad in the picture---------I have some old gps mapping software that shows all that very old stuff still.

    Here's a picture of my Mapsource gps file of the area. The lines are tracks I've made.
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  2. sieg

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

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    Back in the day......way back, Happy Hollow Road was not a dead end road. If you were on a proper dirt bike you could get to Power Plant Road or to Fountain Bluff Road.

    (May not have been legal but, you know how I roll.)
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  3. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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  4. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    It's closed, I'm guessing it has some washouts.

    A ride sounds good........but...... family obligations.

    Thanks for the invite though.
  5. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Road to the north dead ends.



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  6. 1stgenfarmboy

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    I think he is talking about pine hills rd, not snake rd.
  7. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    No, he is talking fountain bluff, see above posts. West side of rt 3

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    Yes it is closed still, I have never seen them close it, but when I rode it last week it had the gate closed just past the trail parking lot coming from the south.
  9. 1stgenfarmboy

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    Electric motors, VFD's.

    My cousin is a repair boss up there.
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  10. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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    Joe picked up a used wr 250r I found in flea market. 2016 with only 701 miles and many extras. Looks like new.
  11. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Cool man, you guys will leave us now, what with the way you can ride those big elephants off road.
  12. BigDogAdventures

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    Camped days------2 nites at Kaskaskia state park.
    One day at Devils Backbone.
    Rode my bicycle all day long for 3 days and got some good exercise and sun------man it was nice.
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  13. BigDogAdventures

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    Parked my HOG---next to some other HOG riders
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  14. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Saturday morning[​IMG]

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  15. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Crossed the Mississippi, crossed the Mississippi-Ohio, cross the Ohio...

    Gr8 day off RiDing in SoIll[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  16. BigDogAdventures

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    I never get tired of riding the ferries-----------I'm sure you guys had a great day.

    Mark
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  17. sieg

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

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    ................and Sunday.

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  18. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Posted in Missouri thread, got some more levee RiDing in

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    And the Dog was on your tale :jack:jack
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  20. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma

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    Crazy place aye?

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