August Challenge #6 / Ride

Weeping Willow


Weeping Mulberry

Small tree to the left is an Alberta Spruce

Japanese Beetle riddled Linden to the right

Some sort of Willow?

Ride Photo

Supplier of electricity to the rural areas

Black Walnut Trees

Husking them will stain you!

Image result for black fingers from cracking walnuts

(photo from the web)

Tree in a truck revisited

Deceased Spruce

Photo from 2018

Something happened in the last year

Ride Photo

Detassled seed corn field

Cottonwood tree

Horse was interested in the Raleigh

Grain facility, Heaton, Illinois

Then, corn and beans, beans and corn most of the way home.

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 "August Challenge #6 / Ride"

  1. By: Lah Posted: August 10, 2019

    Rich, does Illinois still have the set of bicycle maps they sent out just for the asking? The ones I have are quite old, but I spent hours pouring over them thinking that one day I’d have the opportunity to come over for a few days just to ride. So far, I haven’t made it, but a girl can still dream.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 11, 2019

      Dont know if this will help or not — at one time IDOT had county maps online indicating which roads were and were not recommended for cycling. I cannot find it online now, and my bookmark for that site requests a login, and there is no where I can find to register do that. Grrrrrr

      This is what I can find now, where you can apply to have free maps sent to you:

      They must be still working on updating the site, it isnt linking to what they say it will.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 11, 2019

        Many years ago I had a set of black-and-white county-by-county road maps for Illinois provided by the state — for free, I think — displaying all the roads in the land of corn and beans. They didn’t show traffic volume, but clearly indicated major roads, minor roads, unpaved roads, etc. They were great for choosing bike routes, and I kept records by carefully highlighting all the roads on which I went a-pedaling. Alas, those maps vanished long ago.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 11, 2019

    Hey! This is the prairie! Chop down those damn arboreal intruders and plant some more corn and beans!!!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: August 11, 2019

    You do seem to have some nice places to bike Rich. Lots of trees to find, and that horse is way interested in you ;’-).

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 11, 2019

    What a lot of great trees to show us on this ride. Corn and beans, beans and corn sounds all right to me. And never get tired of the tree in the truck.

  5. By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 12, 2019

    Wonder if the rust from the old truck had anything to do with the “rust” on the tree and it’s likely demise.

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