Northeast Illinois Gravel Ride

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Monty_Burns, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Monty_Burns

    Monty_Burns Excellent.

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    This is from a CDSR ride in Kane County. The track starts at the intersection of Barrington Road and IL72 (Starbucks and gasoline here) and ends at Pete's Hotdogs (food, gas station closed) at IL64 and IL47. The loop is 120 miles long and hits gravel proximate to the Chicago area. It passes through a few small towns where gas is available. There is no gravel until past Elgin.

    The gravel is highly maintained and passable on any type of motorcycle, even with street tires. Some of the gravel roads are treated with a dust abatement agent (e.g. calcium chloride, lignin sulfonate, or Molex) and can be slippery; especially near the beginning of the track.

    The track contains less that 200 points for loading into the Zumo line of products from Garmin without truncation. On mapping GPSs (e.g. Garmin GPSmap 60C series), view the track at the 800 foot and 0.2 mile scales for best results. In order to drop the track point count down below 200, the track will sometimes wander next to the roadway it follows.

    Download the GPX file here.

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  2. mking2673

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    Thanks! I rode part of this yesterday in the rain.
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  3. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    Urban sprawl is coming dangerously close to me. These are very well maintained gravel out this way, some areas are what I call 100mph gravel.
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  4. VstromNme

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    How do I convert the gpx file in basecamp this is all new to me!
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  5. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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  6. Chainwhip

    Chainwhip Been here awhile

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    I rode a bunch of this route this Sat, mixed with other country roads, it was a beautiful ride. The grave sections are awesome and fast.
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  7. stuart.404

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    I know this is a very old route, but does anyone still have the gpx file? The link in the first post doesn't work anymore. Thanks!
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  8. matthaiduk

    matthaiduk Been here awhile

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    On April 1 or April 8 (probably April 8), me and that dude Threecrates are going to do a ride that covers a lot of this route, but carries on farther west to where the more exciting/muddy stuff is. Always looking to meet new people if anybody else is interested. Odds are we'll be meeting and leaving from Fresh Donuts in Geneva (60134)

    Attached Files:

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  9. stuart.404

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    Looking forward to hearing more about where to find the exciting/muddy stuff :)
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  10. matthaiduk

    matthaiduk Been here awhile

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    That water crossing is actually a chunk of public road right on the DeKalb/Lee cty border. There's kind a dead end right after the water, but it's a fun spot for a picture and some rest.

    ...and nothing out here is too terribly "exciting" but it is what it is!
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  11. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    ..what happens on Woodlawn road stays on Woodlawn road! I've added many tracks to our usual route during last years riding that continues even further west with many scenic stops. Perhaps we'll have to put together a mini rally with a camp night out at White Pines this year.
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  12. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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  13. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    Hey @stuart.404, welcome. What ya riding??
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  14. matthaiduk

    matthaiduk Been here awhile

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    I tried to send @stuart.404 some pics in a dm yesterday. Not sure they went through... these should do!
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  15. AronW

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    I'm in Aurora, looking to get the VStrom out soon.
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  16. Xiola_Blue

    Xiola_Blue You Can Build Your Muscles Picking Strawberries...

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    Hey Local Brother. I'm in McHenry. There was a ride I missed in Aurora last weekend and one today that I'm passing on due to the darn cold. Join Chicago Land Dual Sports Riders Club on Meetup. Had a lot of fun with them a couple times at the end of the season last year (bought my XT in late Oct). There always seems to be something going on with some big trips planning out in the months ahead.

    EDIT: The ride today is more knobbie based (in the description). On those days we always disappear down an embankment w/o notice.
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  17. AronW

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    Hi Jim.

    I joined there about 2 years ago, but haven't made any of the rides yet. My Strom is wearing knobbies, but she's still a big girl and most the rides they do aren't big bike friendly. Come to think of it, I haven't been getting the email updates with the rides in awhile. I need to check into that.
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  18. matthaiduk

    matthaiduk Been here awhile

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    Which Vstrom you got? There's a section of this that might be a little dicey on the bigger one, but it's easy to avoid... and it's not like it's _that_ crazy (just gets muddy and rutted).
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  19. matthaiduk

    matthaiduk Been here awhile

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    Do they ride around here (I'm in Geneva)? Every time I check in over there it looks like they're trailer dual sports to other states or riding out near Freeport...
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  20. AronW

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    02 1000. It has Shinko 804/805s on it
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