Saturday Morning Ride

Headed south on 1550E

Corn stubble from last year’s crop

Crest of the Ellis moraine, Vermilion Co, IL

Winter Wheat beginning to grow

Soybean stubble from last year’s crop

Crest of Ellis moraine

Raleigh arrives at destination — CSX railroad at 3800N

Rail leads south to Danville, IL and well beyond

Exposure of glacial till at Ellis moraine crest

At Milepost 102.81 south of Chicago

Temperatures in the 30’sF but little wind — an enjoyable ride  🙂

Headed north 1550E/7th Street and home.

North Fork of the Vermilion River looking east (upstream)

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.

7 response to "Saturday Morning Ride"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: April 13, 2019

    Looks like a nice Saturday ride indeed. We had a good raining morning and by the time it stopped I had no oom-pah-pah for a ride. I did take a walk and found a lot of headwind!

    That trail to Danville (wherever that its) looks quite interesting. First I seldom see such a long trail that is not shrouded in trees and bushes. Secondly it looks rather wet. Pretty, but wet!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 13, 2019

      It was a nice ride and a gentle tailwind on the return. A little chilly, but not cold.

      Actually, that’s not a trail, its a rail, a shiny wet-looking rail, but it does look like a wet trail.

      I placed the camera right on the rail, so that’s why the perspective is easy to misinterpret.
      No Coolpix 3700’s were harmed by giant locomotives in the making of the photo. 🙂

      Danville is the county seat around 25 miles south of here. Where Sheriff Pat keeps a wary eye on certain cyclists in the northern part of the county. 😉

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 14, 2019

    Send me some of that rich chocolate soil, it’s sand and limestone or rock and clay here.

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 14, 2019

    I love winter wheat fields……now when you send cut alfalfa I’ll be able to smell it… of my favs.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: April 15, 2019

    Looked like a lovely day for a ride. I have many pics and memories with similar scenes from 2013 and 2014. Did you leave any pennies on the rail? I loved all the gravel in the moraine 🙂

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 17, 2019

    Rich, what proportion of the fields around there are planted with winter wheat? Is that a new crop for the area? I think Blue Mound is almost entirely corn and beans.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 17, 2019

      Hi Bill, Wheat is a minor crop here, more in southern IL — not entirely sure why its grown here — I will ask my Ag Expert neighbor. . . . . . .

      Ok, he says back in the day of sweet corn canning here, lots of wheat was grown to rotate with the sweet corn to add humus to the soil — so it may be partly a carry-over from then.

      Also, since the winter wheat is harvested in late June/early July it provides a mid season income. Often, a crop of soybeans will be planted in the harvested wheat field for a double crop.
      I specifically asked about McClean county, and he said the soils are so good over there (developed on wind blown glacial dust (loess) from the Illinois river valley) they just concentrate on corn and soybeans.

      Thanks for asking, Ive often wondered about that too.

      Here is a link with additional info:

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