“Party Bridge”

Just downstream from the 7th street bridge, the North Fork makes a 90 degree turn to the south.

“Party Bridge” crosses on County Road 4000N.

Newly tilled and planted field.  It is subject to flooding, so we will see what happens as the summer progresses.

Here is the view a few days later with the planted field showing its crop of corn emerging.

The plan is to photograph the field as the season progresses — happy to report, no new graffiti on the bridge, but their is a nice grocery cart and a big screen TV available there 🙂 — no new bullet casing either, so that is encouraging!


This morning 2 turkey vultures are assembling with some sort of plan of action in mind.

Vultures are disturbed by the arrival of the Diamond Back — I don’t think the vultures are responsible for the graffiti.

Back home, the Diamond Back receives a post ride Cat Scan.

(no kitties were impaled by the kickstand in the making of this photo)

Progress of the Field:

Person in the white vehicle was releasing an opossum they had live trapped.


Bridge barely visible to the right of the tiny white spot at the base of the trees

Harvest isn’t far off now

So, there we are, from May 5th to Sept 24th, 2018

More than half of IL corn will be exported – the remainder used for ethanol, processed into various products, and livestock feed






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.

6 response to "“Party Bridge”"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: May 6, 2018

    Your photos bring back lots of nice memories 🙂 I rode across Illinois in April/May in 2010, 2013 and 2014 on tours. I camped at the state park at Danville to start my 2014 tour and camped a little further north at a park on the Vermillion River the other two trips. I feel a definite sense of nostalgia with your pics. IL has much better roads than IN (my home state) – and a few less dog chases….

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: May 6, 2018

    Hi Rich,
    Are the vultures planning a party?!? What kind of pary will that be? Kind of gothic, I think.
    I wish your pictures were a little bigger. I’d love to get a closer look at those vultures, and also make sure that your kickstand isn’t impaling the kitty!

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 6, 2018

    Emily: I do remember you starting your tours near here, Forest Glen and Kickapoo if I recall correctly.
    Your descriptions of the geology along your tour routes are among the best Ive read, both here and in Australia. I hope you continue to recover and tour more and more.

    Bill: Well, I dont know, maybe cans of spray paint? These party people may be kindred spirits with those at the start of the Joe Rodata trail!

    Suzanne: I rode out to the bridge Bill photographed in 2011 near Cheneyville this morning and increased the photo size, so we will see how effective that is when post.
    Several days ago I counted over 20 vultures flying over the neiborhood!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: May 7, 2018

    The enlarged pictures look great! Now I’m waiting for a picture of 20 vultures!

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 7, 2018

    How cool to have vultures. We only get Ravens and the occasional eagle tearing up dead things by the roadside.

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