Tour de Heaton

Bright and beautiful calm wind morning was the perfect for a nice long ride.  Not having a destination Dave and I let serendipity do its thing.

The corn continues to grow near Party Bridge.

View of typical ‘swell and swale’ topography atop the Ellis moraine. Three closely spaced glacial moraines cross northern Vermilion county, Illinois.

That would be a soybean field.

Pretty white flowers in the foreground. . . . . . . .

. . . . . are actually Poison Hemlock (not to be confused with the tree) extremely poisonous if ingested.  Can be mistaken for wild carrot — Queen Anne’s Lace.   It is everywhere around here.

Reddish purple splotches on the stems are key to identification.

Grain facility at Heaton, IL.  Serviced primarily by the KBS Railroad.  The Nottingham England built Raleigh must have Dave thinking he is in the UK.

The parsonage is 50% of the houses here — out of frame to the right.

Crest of Paxton moraine in the distance, there is the other 50% of houses here.

There, is the tree in a truck — and bottle of delicious Michigan spring water.  😉

And what is this???  Not corn, not soybeans, — its winter wheat!  Coming to you soon as crackers, cookies or cake mixes.

Way down the road is the valley of the North Fork of the Vermilion river.

Not seen is the 400 foot deep Mahomet-Teays valley, cut into Illinois bedrock prior to glaciation.

At that time Illinois was quite hilly, much like southern Indiana, glacial fill has flattened the surface; sand and gravel units within the valley (Mahomet Aquifer) are important sources of groundwater for many cities and towns along its course.

New homeowner across the street has had a busy morning!

Id rather be riding my bicycle.








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.

8 response to "Tour de Heaton"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 9, 2018

    We have a lot of that Hemlock here on the west cost too! Being from Kansas I love the photos of all the fields with their crops coming on.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 9, 2018

      I had no idea that plant is hemlock — when little it is very fern like and quite attractive — I considered digging one out for the garden — glad I didnt!
      It is good to see things greening up again.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 9, 2018

    Very nice ride – makes me feel a little like a salmon swimming home for a few moments. The scenes are familiar in that way that you once knew a place like that… but it was a long time ago. You may get the award for the most amazing tree for your truck shot. I really enjoyed riding from moraine to moraine and thinking about timescales and what the land would have looked like at the time. Thanks for the geology details 🙂

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 9, 2018

      Thanks! The landscape here is subtle; each and every place has its own scenic beauty.
      Moraines are almost impossible to photograph and get any perception of their relief (which isnt much).
      Lots of 360 views here with few “blockers” — and a huge dome of open sky.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 9, 2018

    As usual, my ace support crew swoons at the sight of fields of corn and soybeans. Now she tells me we must head to Blue Mound township for harvest, because she longs to ride in combines with her brothers. PS: She says she has very seldom seen winter wheat in her corner of the prairie.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 9, 2018

    Your neighbour really hacked into it this morning! Got to get rid of those bloody bushes – they might bring in the birds.

    It’s nice to see the Raleigh going well. My first bike was a 26″ wheel single gear Raleigh and I too was born in Nottinghamshire not that far from the factory. It looks like the tree was growing through the truck before Raleigh was built!

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