In order to repair the dam, the park maintenance crew drained Lake Ilsanjo in Annadel State Park to a level as low as possible. According to Cap’n Will (he and Jeff often swim the lake) if you tried to swim it right now you’d scrape your chest across rocks on the bottom. I suggested he try the backstroke.

After I pedaled into Annadel and up to Ilsanjo, I didn’t want to swim across the lake, but I wanted to get down to some of the newly exposed lakebed. Despite my efforts, that worked about as well as the backstroke.

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3 response to "Ilsanjo"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: February 21, 2020

    To a Midwesterner, every place you ride seems so exotic. I don’t really pray, but if I thought it would help, I’d pray for an hour of daily rain to preserve those wet places in your part of the U.S. before the forest fire season begins.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: February 22, 2020

    Ooh, not good. I wish you needed to head back to the desert to get dry trails. We despair when we don’t get the winter rains, too, so I know the feeling. Perhaps if you’d made it past the reeds, you would have just sunk in and not really gotten to go too far, anyway. The guys thought it looked like a great floating opportunity though.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 23, 2020

    Beautiful spreading oak! And the pesky reeds made for a great photo.

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