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
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!