B is for Bark and Blocks

After nice sun-shiny albeit breezy ride to the Post Office in the morning, when the time came to head to Danville and CEO’s appointment, the clouds rolled in and the wind became ferocious

Took the opportunity to go to Kickapoo State Park anyway with the hope that staying in the wooded areas would abate the wind to a large degree — which it did.

Several sections of the park’s roads are closed for the winter, but a nice long section along the west side remains open and surrounded by trees.

Other more exposed sections of the park could have been ridden if not for the 30-40mph winds

One other cyclist was on a fat bike and they must have gone around a gate into the Forbidden Zone not to be seen again

Bark and Branches


Fallen Branches from this and previous winds

The winds had taken down some fairly large trees, and in places the road had to be cleared

Failed to take any photos  🙁

Blown down Branches at a Boat Launch

Deeply furrowed Bark of a Butternut tree

Moss covered Blocks of a retaining wall


From a previous Ride

River Birch Tree

Birch Tree Bark

5 response to "B is for Bark and Blocks"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: February 11, 2023

    Looks like you found a nice place to wander around on your bike. I love the things you find and love being on your rides with you ;’-)

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 11, 2023

      Awwww, Thanks Nancy.

      Looks like you had/have a pretty good thing going there too in California
      I did look up real estate in Morro Bay — Holy Smokes!!!!!

      • By: NancyG Posted: February 11, 2023

        I never think I could afford to live anywhere in California, so it is a good thing I have no desire to do so. I love visiting and am glad to enjoy all that some of the areas have to offer, but I am happy to live in Washington.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: February 12, 2023

    Bare branches really is a good theme for February! Glad you found some protection from the wind.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 12, 2023

      Thanks, Suzanne — have to see what comes up for March — glad we are nearing mid February!

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