Friday Morning Ride

The longest so far this season, not all that long, but long by comparison to what has been so far this season.  Dave is semi out of self-imposed isolation  — he first words were:  “This [stuff] isn’t ever going to end is it?”  No.   🙁

So off we went south of town, west to Range Line Road, north to 4100, (aka Thompson Ave), and threaded out way back thru town and home.

Alley photo where lawns are kept right up to it

That is the HS in the far background

Corn is growing rapidly

Heading west on 4000N

Soybean field and Power Lines bringing electricity to town

Flat ground moraine

Ditch grasses and newly planted field

Yes it does, just beyond the farmsted

Township replaced 2 culverts last fall and prepared the road for resurfacing for half a mile

Half a mile of loose gravel — it won’t be resealed until this fall

They aren’t kidding, not so bad it can’t be ridden, but not anxious to do it again

No Hike a Bike necessary  🙂

Pavement returns, Range Line Road in the far distance

Former alignment of IL Route 9 which is beyond the trees  — once used as a rest area

Note the one lane wide concrete section — lots of these one slab roads in years past — could pave twice the mileage with same amount of material two lanes would take — gravel shoulders to pull over on when meeting an oncoming vehicle

4100N  aka  Thompson Avenue

Descending into a former outlet of Glacial Lake Watseka

Chatsworth moraine rises in the distance

Road Swag heart shaped key ring —  seems appropriate these days

Lots of people have hearts in the windows — except for one who has gumdrops

For the Time Challenge — the time spent riding today

(Raleigh shows respect for the bicycles of India)   🙂

So, there we have it, a nice long ride on an excellent day



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.

3 response to "Friday Morning Ride"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2020

    Glad the weather gave you a good day for a long ride. That gravel definitely needs some tyre tracks to follow, but good you didn’t have to get off and push. The heart find was a good one.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2020

      Im impressed by all the gravel you have to ride and not in a good way. Much much nicer to have smooth pavement, but we have to deal with what we have to deal with. Years ago most rural roads here were gravel.
      Im sure you remember Montana, where anything smaller than your fist is considered gravel.

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