This is the 5th in a series of River to Rail rides to be held helping to fund the Kickapoo Rail Trail being constructed between Danville and Urbana IL.
Dave and I have always talked about, but never participated, until this year.
As two septuagenarians we chose the 33 mile route — a loop from Kickapoo State Park, near Danville, through Newtown, Potomac, and Collison, IL, and back to the park.
Of a total of 89 riders, we were passed by 87 of them, but consoled ourselves by thinking, we aren’t last, we are riding sweep. 🙂
The park is a reclaimed surface mining area where coal was extracted for many years. Much of the industry of Vermilion county was based on the availability of that coal.
Two Raleighs from the 70’s and 80’s ready to roll! Itty Bitty panniers from JR’s salvage proved quite useful.
Heavily wooded area adjacent to the park and the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.
Short break on Bean Creek Road near Potomac.
Approaching Collison, Illinois. No photos of Potomac — ooooops!
Wind turbines along California Ridge –> the crest of the Newtown glacial moraine.
Partially obscured by the road sign is the former Illinois Power generating station near Oakwood, IL. Now inoperative, it is a source of major environmental concern. Coal ash dumped over the years near the Middle Fork threatens severe pollution.
Exposures of bedrock in Vermilion county are practically unknown, being covered by glacial materials — here Pennsylvanian Age sandstone and accompanying layers are revealed by erosion of the Middle Fork and tributaries. The sandstone sequences are the location of the coal deposits.
View south, Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, said to be Illinois’ only wild and scenic river, and has gained protection from any kind of development.
We arrived back at the start a little worn but very satisfied and thanked the sponsors for providing a very well planned and executed event.
Two rather unusual folding bicycles we spotted on the way back home.