River to Rail Ride 2019

The ride is a fund raiser for continued construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail

When completed, the trail will be 24 miles long and connect Danville and Urbana, Illinois along an abandoned CSX rail line

Two Raleighs loaded and off to pick up a 3rd rider

Immediately, the Check Engine light came on, followed by the ABS light, and then the speedometer went into gyrations  — so we didn’t know if we would get out of town much less to the ride.

(turned out all went well enough to complete the mission)

Dwight loads his Novara Randonee as Dave looks on

Combined age of the 3 riders is just under 240 years

Rides of 32, 50, and 60 miles were offered

(The Septa/Octogenarians opted for the 32 miler)

Dwight has done extensive riding and touring and if fact owned the Western Auto Store where I bought my first 10 speed

Start/Finish at Kennekuk County Park

Registration — nearly $3,000 was raised for the KRT

Field Office

Exiting the Park with native prairie plants on the right

Tree lined road is a welcome respite from our constant view of corn and soybeans

Thought of Kathleen and Tony when this recumbent passed us

Woodlands around tributaries of the Middle Fork River

Requisite view of corn fields

Bean Creek Road woodlands

Short stretch of US 136 into Potomac, Illinois

SAG stop in Potomac where Dwight took a tumble after his front wheel lodged in a crevice along the road  — thankfully, no harm done

All the usual goodies provided

Leaving Potomac heading south to Collison, IL

Middle Fork River — the central stream of 3 tributaries to the Vermilion River

Salt Fork – Middle Fork – North Fork

Approaching Collison, Illinois

Short break here — we didn’t want to rest that long!

Requisite Soybean Field

Arrival back at the Start — Kennekuk County Park

Flawless performance — Thanks Raleigh!!

Preparing to load and head home

Not-so-Flawless performance Dodge, but you did ‘Git ‘er Done’ — Thanks!

An absolute perfect day for the ride, cool, little wind, and lots of sunshine — could not have wished for a better day.

Great lunch of rib-eye sandwiches and lots to go along with it provided by the organizers

Flawless performance on their part too, great roads, interesting scenery, well marked, and great organization.

September 12, 2020 next!

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.

10 response to "River to Rail Ride 2019"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: September 7, 2019

    Looks like you had a great ride…glad Dwight didn’t get hurt!! How’s the Dodge? Nice to see Illinois has trees!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 8, 2019

      Thanks — we did have a great ride. It was a !!!!!!! moment seeing Dwight go to the ground!
      Dodge is going to the Dodge Doctor ASAP!
      It really is beautiful territory around Danville and the stream woodlands.
      Illinois does have a National Forest — Shawnee NF — but that is in the far southern part of the state.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 8, 2019

    Kickapoo…what a great name. Poo must have a different meaning in the US. Good to see the old fellows out there cycling away and the car made it.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 8, 2019

      Poo has the same meaning here — apparently Kickapoo is an evolution of the original Algonquin “Kiikaapoa or Kiikaapoi” name for the people.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 8, 2019

    12 September 2020. You gotta remind me!

    My ace support crew is in Blue Mound Township right now. I’ll suggest next year we head back to Illinois in time for the Kickapoo fundraiser.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 8, 2019

      Sounds like a great plan!! Will do!

  4. By: NancyG Posted: September 8, 2019

    Looks like a nice amount for the fund raisers. Nice trail too. Glad Dwight dodged harm on that fall. I know too many who have taken a fall due to one of those crevices, and not had as good an outcome.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 8, 2019

      When I saw that happen, I thought, broken wrist, collar bone, who knows!

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: September 9, 2019

    Great ride, successful fund raising, what more could you ask for. All the more impressive with a combined age of 240!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 9, 2019

      I will have to say I was more than a little shocked at the 240 figure — I am the “baby” of the group at 72 — or 27 in Germany, is that correct? 🙂

      We did all have a great time and plan a few more similar rides before w . . . . . Im not going to say it!!

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