Southern Eye's Trail (IL/IN)

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Old 179, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Indy-WReckeR

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    I'm looking forward to when all of the Illinois Shawnee bits are done!

    By the way, I did the Loose Nut 2018 around Turkey Run, posted on FB about it. Well, I did 3 of the 4 segments. Fun, most was just normal gravel. Hoping to get more into some woods and such and not just gravel farm roads. I know the Midwest has its limits. This Shawnee stuff looks very promising.
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  2. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Be next year before it gets done. Should have east of I-24 done by end of this year. If you read this years posts here, you can see what it is taking to get these tracks to happen. Shawnee National Forest is a very sensitive area with the US Forest Service, the horse people, and having to use several maps to plot legal tracks. It is "VERY" easy to get off track and run foul of the law and the property owners. I am finding out that riding slower then normal (no ripping), turning off the bike when you encounter a horse, and being very polite to everyone is going a long way! Had a encounter with a Sheriff recent while doing something I shouldn't had. We had a very pleasant 20 minute conversation. I want the word to get out if any of the above that is mention that a person can not do, I do not want them down here! We already have the Hoosier National Forest neutered. we do not want to cause it at the Shawnee as well.

    Thanks for being interested!
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  3. mr_10brook

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    Some of tracks in Madison area yesterday.
    Most water crossings very dry. All crossings on N Bee Camp dry.
    Manage to find a few crossings with some water.

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  4. KTMmer950

    KTMmer950 Been here awhile

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    I am looking to go down and ride a couple of days down east of Madison in that corner of Indiana. I am looking for a reasonable Motel in that area. We are coming down from Indianapolis. Does anyone have any recommendation for a place to stay? Having places to eat is important also. We are old and don't like messing with much.
  5. mr_10brook

    mr_10brook Been here awhile Supporter

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    Go to travelocity.com to enter location, dates and details of type of rooms looking for.

    Then I recommend going to hotel/motel website directly to book online or call them. Rates and cancellation polices differ between travelocity and actual hotel websites sometimes.

    Find actual guest reviews of said location.

    The bigger the town, the better selection of rooms and eating places.

    Madison and Lawrenceburg has plenty eating places.
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  6. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    6729EDDD-9F2D-4258-AF86-80C96F11F865.jpeg Shawnee Loop: These will be considered temporary tracks (will be adding on as time goes) until I will update the whole SET in January.

    This "main loop" track "might" be made by a ADV bike??? (not recommended) *Riding by yourself is not recommended* Note: This track is legal year round. Having the SNF MVUM paper map (or the SNF interactive map) is recommended as well. I have the blue flag with Forest Service road number attached to keep you out of trouble as long as you are staying directly on my tracks. Zooming in to 100ft. or less is recommended when on those FS roads. Using Bill Hill Hallow Rd. as a guild (base), the Forest Roads marked on map with blue flags will be equal or slightly more technical with bike turn around being more difficult. Go arounds can be done. Will have two spurs leading to the main loop. North Spur comes out of Shawneetown. South spur comes up from Cave in Rock with FS 591 making it interesting.

    You will be travelling over some asphalt, lots of gravel, natural rock, climbing/descending small rock ledges, washouts, natural terrain, water holes, creek crossings and the like. There are in/outs and you "MUST" turn around where my track does (end). Going beyond is illegal as far as enforcement is concern. You may also encounter a "Timber Rattlesnake" ( not recommended) which I have twice this past month. I have the three Hospitals marked if needed (Harrisburg, Rosiclare, and Anna). Gas and some campsites have been marked as well.

    Horse Riders can/will be encountered. *Shut your engine(s) off right away!* They will likely motion you to come thru (slowly), or they will turn back into the trail to make some safe distance for you to pass by. *Don't be a "Richard" with them!* Should you not like doing this with the horses, I will hope you will avoid riding the Shawnee Loop. Also, ride these FS with care. Keep the wick turned back. We do not want to loose the privilege of riding in the Shawnee National Forest.

    Enjoy
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  7. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    (This post reserved for future "year round" technical track loops)
    *(future "seasonal" tracks may be e-mailed?)
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    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Example of blue flag with Forest Service road attached. Water crossing has reference to the FS road as well. This is Garmin products! My limited experience with phone GPS would show a standard symbol and you would have to click on each one as you are riding??? This has been bothering me about phone GPS on the Shawnee track. Am I mistaken???


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  9. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! If you see something that I may be doing that may cause a problem now or in the future for your area over there, I would like to hear from you so I can change/correct the mistake I may be making. You have my number! :-)
  10. toypro1

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    Thanks for putting this together
    This is from Osmand
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  12. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Ok DH, so I take it you can tap/click the blue flag/road and FS 1653 will show up if needed??? @toypro1 screen shows the FS. Not sure if that was click on first or if that shows automatic????

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  13. toypro1

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    mine was on automatic
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  14. riderIN

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    Locus..........
    Change your settings ducster if you want it to show....... Screenshot_20210810-111117_Locus Map.jpg
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  15. duckster1959

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    What map is that?
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    riderIN Been here awhile

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    4UMaps online(need cell service to load) map.
    On my phone that I use as a GPS I think I got open street maps downloaded. Hope you found settings to show waypoints,I don't remember where to change that, it's been a while when I changed it.
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  17. lolwhat

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  18. Old 179

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    IN-162 to Yankeetown

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    One of the few dirt roads on this track.
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    Freeman Line Monument SW of Holland. there is another one on US 231 just north of I-64. 7DCDFC23-099C-4D6D-8110-EA95279BBDA9.jpeg
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    These two pics is Pigeon Switch Road west of Gentryville. DO NOT ATTEMP TO GO THRU THE GREEN WATER BETWEEN MY DANGER WAYPOINTS! There is a SXS trail on south edge of it. I have a bypass should you don't want to navigate that SXS trail (about 500 feet) Couple years ago a person could go thru it.
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    Bonner Bridge near Yankeetown.

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    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Here is that track. Page 20 has the write up. For the ones that did not down load the Ohio Corridor track previosly, can down load both on page 20.

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  20. Old 179

    Old 179 Been here awhile

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    Couple more pic’s