Southern Illinois

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

  1. sieg

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

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    Now when I ride the roads down there, I see all the places that the trails used to meet the road, and the trail is just grown over or there's a sign that says foot traffic only, its pretty sad. We used to ride for miles and miles in the Shawnee.
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  2. Cow Boy Brad

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    Is there a more locked up national forest?
  3. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Welcome to your National Forest.

    As long as you are walking.

    Or equine in a few areas.

    Some areas not even welcome.

    I always love the signs "State property, keep out"
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  4. Cow Boy Brad

    Cow Boy Brad brad1098

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    I have visited many of them and go hunting in White River NF.

    Shawnee is the most unwelcome that I know of. Southern Illinois is missing out on tourism $$ especially with the boom in side by side riders.
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  5. William42

    William42 Long timer Supporter

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    Yep, pisses me off whenever I see them.
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  6. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Side by side...... Ugh

    None of those
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  7. Cow Boy Brad

    Cow Boy Brad brad1098

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    Like it or not, they are here to stay and they spend money like its water, second only to Jeepers.

    If a SxS group could get some fire roads open, I would be a fan.
  8. Themastermike

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    Opened or ruined?

    They get people that should be on the porch to places they shouldn't be.

    Seen it myself at the top of several passes in Colorado.

    Agree they are here, they are hard on the road tho.
    Especially when mudding.
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  9. Saluki9397

    Saluki9397 Adventurer Supporter

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    I really enjoy reading this thread. I live in Mascoutah but spent many years in Carbondale and rode a 1986 HondaXl250 around that area.

    Last Sunday I took a quick trip around Carlyle lake. I stopped first in Boulder. My Great grandfather donated the land for this cemetery.

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    Just north of there was a small creek with a steel grate bridge.

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    This lead to a dead end due to persistent flooding.

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    On the North side of the lake, the road runs right next to the Kaskaskia river. It was just barely in its banks. The road was covered in a fine sand from all of the flooding.

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    Then headed back home before the temps hit 90°.
  10. Themastermike

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    Macedonia road where you go towards the pine hills. About a mile past a road closed sign. We could have gone thru but didn't know if it was washed out down by the creek. Coming back up would have been difficult.

    Anyone know how long that has been sloughed off? Assuming in the last couple months. IMG_20190713_162613469_HDR.jpg IMG_20190713_161735258.jpg IMG_20190713_161744445.jpg
  11. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    WOW, I didn't know that was like that.
  12. racer

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    Looks like you could make it back on either side of the road with out too much problem. Also, it looks like a little ramp right in the middle if you take the right angle up. Maybe hard than the it looks. Sometimes pictures don't do it justice. Racer
  13. Themastermike

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    Looks....... Sure

    Not worth the try on a #500 bike with little to gain.

    Ma wouldn't have liked helping pick it up or hiking out.
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    I guess we're all, well most of us, older and wiser now. My friend and I were riding a gravel road in a deep forested area. He 73 on a Wee and me 72 on an AT, when we came to a wash out about four feet deep and eight feet across. In the old days on my KDX 200 it wouldn't have been a problem, but two old guys on 500 pound bikes, no way. We turned around and rode up a logging trail to try and get around it, but turned around also as it became muddier. We lived to ride another day. Good times. Racer
  15. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Been like that for a while, we went across that about a month ago. Wasn't hard on the tiger but last time I went past a road closed sign there was a NC forest office handing out performance awards on the other side.
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  16. Themastermike

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    Couple friends had same experience from the pine hills side. LEO waiting around then bend and boom, instant ticket.
  17. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    No bike this weekend, it was my birthday camp trip with grandkids and family, spent the weekend at Pounds Hollow.

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    It was warm for sure, but the Shawnee is awesome in the summer.
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  18. xrlke

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    Finally made it out for a decent ride today. Leftover silt and gunk from the Mississippi River receding. This is the area between the river and route 100, directly in front of Pere Marquette.

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  19. Themastermike

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    Little southern Illinois Tuesday

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  20. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    I think I was on that bridge with you once...