Southern Eye's Trail (IL/IN)

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  1. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    This will be a Dual Sport friendly trail using "assuming" legal roads in both Southern Indiana & Illinois. Hence, the "Southern Eye's" name. These tracks is meant for you to ride whenever you want and at your own risk. Cell service will be spotty so ride with a buddy, or carry a InReach etc. for your well being. Tent camping at city, county, and state parks along the route is available. Creek/water crossings, gravel, dirt, and some sand will be incurred with the least amount of asphalt as possible. Tracks may be 150+ miles so your fuel range should be the same. Please use this link before you ride, https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ilx . River elevations and past precipitation. This trail will evolve over the next year or two. As I get a section done I will list it below with date. Note there may be track updates listed below as well.

    *1-12-21 update* Montana 610 recorded.

    Info on each track.

    Mt Vernon to Cave In Rock (pg 3) 6-4-20
    St Francis to Mt Vernon (pg 4) 6-12-20
    St. Francisville to Shoals (pg 3) 6-8-20
    Shoals to Marengo (pg 2) 5-28-20
    Marengo to IN 135 (pg 6) 8-25-20
    IN 135 to Madison (pg 6) 8-27-20
    Madison-Versailles (pg 1) 4-23-20
    Versailles to Freetown (pg 14) 12-20-20
    IN446 to Shoals (pg 14) 12-18-20
    Freetown to IN 446 (pg 15) 1-7-21
    Yankeetown to Shawneetown (pg 20) 8-5-21

    *1-12-21 update*
    Here are the finished 4 tracks of the "Hoosier Loop" These are the exact recorded tracks from my Montana 610 GPS. These have the maximum 10,00 points per track. Using Basecamp/Mapsource, you will have all the info needed on your GPS to maximize track waypoint info and not getting lost/confused! Maybe!

    Track info:

    1 SW St. Francisville to Marengo (pg 2 & 3)
    2 SE Marengo to Madison (pg 6)
    3 NE Madison to Freetown (pg 1 & 14)
    4 NW Freetown to Shoals (pg 14 & 15)

    *note* "Freetown to IN 46" segment was moved from "Versailles to IN 46" track because of the track points.

    **Please know what your maximum points per track GPS/Phone you are using. On page 15 is the download for the 8 - 500 max tracks. Please check your GPS/Phone after download to make sure you have "all" of the tracks and they show on your GPS/Phone.**

    Enjoy
    Old 179

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  2. Mikeeep

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    Will this be big bike friendly?
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  3. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Madison-Versailles

    This is 153 miles between Clifty Falls State Park and Versailles State Park. Fuel/food on both ends of track. Also 63 miles from Madison, 90 from Versailles is a intersection (Smith Ridge & Pennington Pike roads-"not marked") to get off the tracks and head south (5 miles) to Vevay for fuel/food.
    Creek/water crossing are scatter throughout. Bottoms may me concrete, small or fist size natural rock and may or may not be slick. Creek crossings can be too deep to cross based on past precipitation. (there are go arounds) Some creeks will have current as well. We crossed all of them earlier in week. Hopefully my buddy @mr_10brook will post up pics. As far as big bike friendly, depends on your ability of navigating the creeks. You can ask mr_10brook about big bikes. Should you want to do a loop, take US 421 between the towns (26 miles).

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  4. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Next two sections I will be working on.

    Shawneetown - Vincennes/Lawrenceville Illinois

    St Francisville Illinois - Shoals Indiana
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    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Forgot to mention that the tracks have in and outs, and will be using some roads both directions. Remember, don't skip any in/outs because they are there for a reason!
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  6. mr_10brook

    mr_10brook Been here awhile Supporter

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    Here are some pictures. Some may have been posted before.

    I did not get too many pictures on the completed Southern Eyes as George was pushing me harder and we stopped less than usual.

    IMG_4811.JPG IMG_4817.JPG IMG_4815.JPG IMG_4818.JPG IMG_4823.JPG IMG_4832.JPG IMG_4835.JPG IMG_4837.JPG
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    A few more pictures IMG_2425.JPG IMG_2429.JPG IMG_2376.JPG IMG_2355.JPG
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  8. mr_10brook

    mr_10brook Been here awhile Supporter

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    A couple more from the very IMG_4824.JPG IMG_4826.JPG old Bear Creek German Cemetery
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  9. 1TRAK

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    MMM ... WATER/CREEK/RIVER CROSSINGS ... ME LIKEY ... MUST TRAVERSE LOL.
    Darrell and I are looking forward to riding some of this.
    Thanks for taking the time to ride and post this up gents!
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    mr_10brook Been here awhile Supporter

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    But officer, but,but but 1F383C62-8C7B-4EE9-83F7-7C269B783992.jpeg
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    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    F1593B38-1BD7-419E-A70C-5E09FE4BA6FA.jpeg Hummmm! Things do happen!
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    mr_10brook Been here awhile Supporter

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    @JensMotoAdventures This me after my bath on the water slide. @Old 179 was nice to me and did not take a picture until AFTER he helped me pick up my bike.

    What happens in the woods, stays in the woods!
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    JensMotoAdventures Been here awhile

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    Ooooh, that's actually not the same one that got me, but it's just like it! I know that feeling well, haha!
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    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Was able to do some scouting from south of power plant near Mt. Carmel down towards Shawnee town. Ohio River backwater stop my progress about 1/3 rd of the way from New Haven to Shawneetown on Big Barn Rd. I will find out what river elevation shuts this road down at a later date. Here is couple pics from today.

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    3832DE8E-7FF1-4F24-A553-DD3C1FC7DEA1.jpeg Here is a road that only a Michiganer can love!
    West CR 300S and Curtis Rd area, south of New Harmony. This was on the LN 2012 I believe.
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  16. 1TRAK

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    Keep on it George! Darrel and I plan on riding the SE INDIANA area of it this year. When I get the T7 I'd like to run whatever you have at that point.

    MMM ... SAND LOL. Need to get you up here so we can do the sand/swamp/mud/log/ thing again!
    CT7 090-L.jpg
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    JensMotoAdventures Been here awhile

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    Let me know when you come down to hit the SE Indiana portion, if I'm not working I'd love to meet up with you guys!
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    We'll do Jen, Be Safe!
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    4DE2E4CA-1885-4D57-BED2-C1B1AED3573D.jpeg Being “schooled” on the correct technique for water crossings! @RoadDad and I scouting (actually him showing me all the good stuff) between Jasper and Corydon for a future leg of the Southern Eye’s Trail yesterday.
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  20. JensMotoAdventures

    JensMotoAdventures Been here awhile

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    I recognize that crossing, I was just there a couple of weeks ago, fun little detour!
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