Kickapoo Part 2

Intrigued by looking at the mountain biking maps on KMBC I just had to give it one more go

Knowing for a fact the only trails I would be (maybe) capable of would be 1B and 1A

1B had been ridden before, at least part of it had, since I missed a critical turn at its start — today I would correct that mistake

Headed south on IL RTE 1  the Dixie Highway

Crossing the North Fork

Rossville, IL has several larger unique old homes

Kickapoo Park Road

At over $5.00 a gallon, mileage is a consideration (and far more expensive in places like California)

Ford Edge doing 30 mpg is pretty good — I’m happy

Considering a trailer for the Ogre, Bill?

Several riders this morning

Didn’t see any of them, they are on the more challenging trails

Leads to trails 1A and 1B

An excellent suggestion!

1B goes that-a-way ——->

So of course the first time I went this-a-way  <——–

Got it right this time  😉

Along 1B

Being a complete novice, ALL the time was spent concentrating on the trail, avoiding clipping handlebars on trees, watching for boulders, reverse camber curves alongside ravines, and sticks on the trail — sticks — get to that a little later

Typical scene along a flat part!

Diamond Back is thinking:  What did you get me into???

Little red flowers

“If you are leaving ruts its too wet to ride”

Don’t think these were made by bikers

Trail 1B completed it was time to ride 1A

1A proved to be quite challenging — lots of steep up and downs crossing ravines, narrow paths with reverse camber curves alongside deep ravines etc.

Lots of Hike a Bike went on

I’m a lot dummer than I look, but I knew some parts just weren’t rideable

Then . . .  . .

One microsecond after I thought — I hope those sticks don’t get caught in a wheel

The rear wheel locks up and we skid to a stop

Examining the situation  . . . there may have been a pejorative or two (or more) said

(Actually, just one — I was in a state of semi shock/panic — no other bikers on this path)

Luckily the stick caught parallel to the spokes but was stuck tight, very tight

Managed to break off the upper part jammed against a spoke and that helped release the lower part from chain and derailer

No broken spokes, wheel still true  Whew!

This was toward the beginning of 1A — long way to go

At this point I’m beginning to have serious reservations!

Beautiful trail

Ravine — at times the trail was right at the edge

Finally got a view of a pond

1B that way —–>

HR (Haul Road) and the way back to the trail head <—– that way

Very happy to see that sign


Would I do it again?   Maybe

Glad you did it?   Yes, otherwise I would always wonder . . .

Use lower gears!!

Gained a better appreciation for mountain bicycles and mountain bikers!

Knowing what to expect, especially on 1A will be an advantage, still, there are parts beyond my scope and ability

For now, paved roads have a whole new level of appreciation and will stay on them


Completely Off  Topic (but interesting!)

On the aborted Kickapoo ride day — aborted due to cell phone issues and not being able to communicate with the CEO at the Head Office

I did meet someone at the trail head, who, has to be a modern iteration of our very own Bill Stone

Didn’t get a photo (too shy to ask)

Really nice guy, super full suspension mtn bike, really shreds the trails, and he looked exactly like:

Bill and Ben, Santa Rosa 1988 – Copyright (C) Bill Stone

I kid you not!!

Bill, you have a doppelganger from your youth in the Danville area somewhere!



7 response to "Kickapoo Part 2"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 5, 2022

    A nice, adventurous ride. Very strange stick. Good job removing it. As to my doppelgänger, tell that shaggy dog to do something about the 1988 hairdo!

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: June 5, 2022

    Looks like an adventurous ride, very challengig!

    Btw, a message box appeared where I wrote my comment (not intentionally), Where did thar come from? Did I really send a meesage?

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2022

      You did, thanks — yes, ride was maybe a little too adventurous.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 6, 2022

    What a nice challenge in the nice, green forest. I think of Kickapoo fondly since I started my 2014 tour from there and my parents have hiked there many times. I don’t remember them having mtn bike trails there when I was there, so very good that they have developed some.

    Flipped up sticks in the forest… oh, that is one of the biggest pains. Sometimes you wonder just how the spaces between spokes, chain and derailleur had to have been JUST right for it to get caught in some weird way.

    Always good to have a change of pace to make you appreciate your other riding.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2022

    “Sometimes you wonder just how the spaces between spokes, chain and derailleur had to have been JUST right for it to get caught in some weird way.”

    Yes, my thoughts were somewhat similar to that, 😉

  5. By: gregblood Posted: June 6, 2022

    As far as I can tell, you kicked the poo out of the Kickapoo Trail.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2022

      Heh! Not quite!!!
      There is a Youtube video: Kickapoo Kicked My A$$

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