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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by dwthump, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. BigDogAdventures

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    Yes me ban and Sieg had a great ride today-----ban had a gps track that wasn't proven and we followed it and it was great with just a place or 2 we had to re-route because of a dead end road or private property.

    And they took me to a place I've never been to---and didn't know existed. It's called "Castor River Shut Ins".
    It's a beatutiful place that requires a bit of a hike.

    I had been down the road it's on as very near there I had dropped a waypoint called "Dead End" but never took the hike to see what the shut ins were.

    Here's a pick of them I grabbed of the net---as I left my camera at home.

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    It's not visited very often---and is really cool.

    And here is the picture Bruce just sent me he took with his cell phone----really neat place huh ????
    That's me and Sieg.

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    The Shut-Ins are here---theres a parking lot----then you have to hike about 1/4 mile back to them.
    N37° 34.220'
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    We then went to my favorite place to eat in Missouri----the "Hideaway" ---middle of nowhere.
    Population zero. We were so full we couldn't hardly zip our jackets up.

    We then were taking what back roads we could find and were going to Tower Rock on the Missouri side as the Mississippi river is as about as low as it's ever been -----and Sieg said in the very near future it will be at record low levels and we have a plan we can't tell about what we are going to do at Tower Rock :deal

    But on the way------about 3 hours before dark a big fog rolled in and none of us wanted to ride in the fog at night and headed slowly back into Illinois. And ----crap-------the fog lifted---we could have gone and been just fine.
    Great day of riding-------no one was out since it was so cool.

    Bruce was on his DR650----I was on my 950KTM----Sieg was on his Versys------and I got to ride Siegs Versys quite a bit--------really nice motor------all the power anybody needs and oh so smooth----now I know why Bash3r likes his so well. It doesn't like the deep gravel or sand as much as a bike with a 21" front wheel-----still a really fun bike.
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  2. ban

    ban Adventurer

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    +1 on the great ride and great food. I did not plan for so many creek crossings but I'm glad you made it through all of them with a worn out tire.

    I have a feeling "Hideaway" will become a regular lunch stop.
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  3. Themastermike

    Themastermike Hangin it out

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    Last Monday me and my dogs hiked two miles
    south out of tower rock. Totally awesome gravel bar to what is usually an island. Had to walk thru. Six inches off water for aboutsixfeet. Other than that it was dry. There is a very narrow chute the barges are hammering thru next to ill. I xfound four huge bouy anchor on the beach. Unreal.



    What is siegs plan.
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  4. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    I read somewhere that the Corps is going to start blasting rock around Tower Rock to clear out a channel. Could be the end...they've done it before!

    Darren

    *It's a KLR, I'll catch up*
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  5. sieg

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

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    I heard they won't be ready to blast for several months. :kboom I&#8217;m going to ride there again tomorrow. Then eat at The Bayou Bar and Grill. :dg Ate at the Hideout today, BigDog brags it up so much, one of my buddies wanted to check it out. :D<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  6. motocrossross

    motocrossross Been here awhile

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    Themastermike and i are going to make a southern illinois loop sunday. the route is undecided, but im sure mike will make it interesting. Chime in if you want to go with us. :ricky
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  7. BigDogAdventures

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    Chime IN :D:D:D:D:D

    I'll probably be up for that------just post up your plans when you decide.


    Meanwhile----------I didn't ride with Sieg today going to Tower Rock and the Bar and Grill.
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Me and a buddy are meeting at the Burger King on the very South end of Mt. Vernon, Illinois tomorrow (Friday) at 8AM.

    We are going to tower rock and the bar and grill and may cross the Chester bridge about 10--10:30AM or so (just a guess)---as we'll eat breakfast on the way ?????

    BigDog
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  8. Themastermike

    Themastermike Hangin it out

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    I suggested the ride to my good buddy Roscoe, but did NOT state that I would put the loop together. It might be better if I do though as he usually tends to head SOUTH when we plan to go North.

    Loop; down past lil grand canyon, maybe towards the boars nest in A-J area for a sammich?

    Leave Pville McD's 930? That a good time to get to Pville from MtV.
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  9. BigDogAdventures

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    Yep---that will work.

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  10. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    If my grand-kids don't come over I am in.

    Can I crash Saturday night at camp GNR MasterMike? I'll bring the steaks for you to cook...:D I'll even bring one for Russ.
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  11. Themastermike

    Themastermike Hangin it out

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    You can camp, but skip the steaks. You will not be eating anything near me that you can cut a slab of fat off the side and eat as a 'bore d'oeuvres'. Lets stick w/chop steak/hamburger and bratwurst.
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  12. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    I was thinking T-Bone or New York strips. Lots of flavor in that fat, don't know what you're missing.I could do filets to keep you happy.

    Nice play on words as well. You're pretty sharp for a down stater.
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  13. Themastermike

    Themastermike Hangin it out

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    9 am coffee and burrito

    Pinckneyville Mcdonald

    Rolling out at 930

    Couple more would be great
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  14. BigDogAdventures

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    I may head a different direction---so don't wait on me.
    I'm a very prompt person---If I don't show I'm either dead or went another way.

    By the way which way you guys heading and where you ending up for the day.

    BigDog
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  15. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    No riding for me for a couple of months, have to have thumb base joint replaced, (clutch hand, of course). The 3-4 weeks I'll be out will give me tons of time to read ride reports!

    Darren

    *It's a KLR, I'll catch up*
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  16. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Worked all day today, need to get these jobs done before the weather goes bad. Getting tired of reading about the retired folks enjoying life.

    Darren sorry to hear of the bad hand. Hope the other one knows how to get it done.
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  17. Themastermike

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    Back road to Ava then Murphy. Past lil grand canyon. Palestine road. Out to larue hills. Down 3. Back to aj. Or something like that. Nothing in stone

    Post in the am if you head out

    Regards
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  18. BigDogAdventures

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    whats AJ ????

    BigDog
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  19. Themastermike

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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    This is BigDog's wife-----as he left the house about 6AM.
    That's his usual start time------he said he'd try to find the long way to P-ville.
    He didn't want to miss 3 1/2 hours of riding time.
    And if he don't show don't worry about it--he may have decided to go a different way.

    You know how he is----always wanderin' around.

    Mrs. BigDog

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