Another Ride Thru The Countryside

Previous to today’s ride, a sunset photo of the radiating sun and irrigation system

Today was a perfect day for August in Illinois

Cool temps to start, little to no wind

Dwight, Dave, and Rich made the trip to Rossville in a somewhat circuitous route  — other than Illinois Route 1 there is no direct way to get there

Starting at the overlapped blue line we rode clockwise and did some moraine surfing in the process

Dwight in the lead heading south on 1550E

Lots of corn!

Stop at Casey’s in Rossville — shed provided some shade

Dwight took a tumble on an earlier ride as evidenced by the boo boo on his right knee

View west on Attica Street

Former church is now an Historical Museum

Auto or Implement dealer at one time?

Flat leaved plant behind the asparagus is Compass Plant  — aligns its leaves in a general N/S direction

Riding west on Rossville Road

Nearing the North Fork river  — note who is in the lead  — and who is riding “sweep”  🙂

North Fork flowing toward Lake Vermilion at Danville

Wind farm in the distance

Seed Dealer

Paxton moraine rising in the distance

Wind turbine producing 0 current today

Each turbine pays several thousand dollars a year to the land owner

Prairie Chapel Cemetery

If there was a chapel here it is long gone

Monuments dating from the late 1800’s and a lone evergreen tree

Heading north on Range Line Road

Ellis moraine rises in the distance

Improving farm field drainage continues to this day

This is considered a very “youthful” landscape in geologic terms

Lines of natural drainage were just beginning when settlers arrived

Beginning with hand dug ditches in the 1800’s the swampy, mosquito, disease ridden prairie, was eventually converted to profitable farm land

Native Americans avoided these areas, placing their trails atop the moraines whenever possible

Some of Illinois’ finest black soil

After riding with Dwight to his place, and Dave’s to his, Diamond Back arrives home

(Kitty photo bombs in the extreme lower left)

Great ride, great day, great time

As the Beach Boys crooned:  Lets Get Together and Do It Again   🙂

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Another Ride Thru The Countryside"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 21, 2020

    “Moraine surfing.” That’s a good one! It reminds of a song from back in the day when I lived in B-N, about “going surfing on the Illinois river.” Keep the Diamond Back on the moraines and off the rivers!

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 22, 2020

    That is some lovely black soil alright, just sand, rock and clay here

  3. By: gregblood Posted: August 22, 2020

    Bill said the pictures in my last post look like they were taken in Hoopeston. He’s right. But our Minnesota sun doesn’t get so hot that it can melt a section out of an irrigator like it appears to have done in your feature photo.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: August 22, 2020

    Looks like some good riding on nice quiet roads.

  5. By: Laura Posted: August 22, 2020

    I’ve always wanted to ride in Illinois. I had relatives in Kewanee and I remember those flat farm roads in that area. Even sent away for maps years ago, but never made it. Maybe one of these days…

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: August 27, 2020

    Another nice ride! I always knew I was about to crest a moraine in IL because that was where all the wind farms were!

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