River to Rail Ride 2022

The ride resumed after a hiatus of 2 years due to the Covid pandemic.  When it was announced the ride would resume this year, it was looked forward to with anticipation.

4 routes were available:  A 7.5 mile loop that stayed within Kennekuk County Park, a 30 mile route that included the eastern section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail, a 37 mile route, and a 63 mile (Metric Century) route

The weather appeared problematic most of the days leading up to the ride date, as it turned out, the day was almost perfect.

The following day it was pouring rain

We opted for the 30 mile route which would cross the Middle Fork river on a former railroad trestle twice

We: myself, Dave, and Dwight would be joined by Dwight’s son, Bud at the park

Bud arrived with his Waterford bicycle — a far cry from our Raleighs and Novara Rondonee

Waterford is arguably, one of the top custom built bicycles in the world

A most excellent day

Photos of the ride HERE

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.

5 response to "River to Rail Ride 2022"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 11, 2022

    Great ride! Wish I could have joined you, but the Rev might have banished me! 😉

    Spectacular aerial view of the trestle.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 11, 2022

      That would have been fantastic had you been along!

      That is quite a photo of the trestle — ever thought of getting a drone?
      I was a little apprehensive about meeting oncoming cyclists on it, but that didn’t happen.

      There ‘might’ have been more said than what I said I said, hopefully he didn’t hear that. 😉

  2. By: gregblood Posted: September 12, 2022

    As a big time sinner, I might have been nervous riding with Bud–especially because the devil might have tempted me to steal his Waterford. I’m glad everything worked out and all of you had a nice ride.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 12, 2022

      Helen grants you absolution for confessing the possibility of stealing Bud’s Waterford.
      And adds . . .
      “Now, go my son, and sin no more dammit!”

  3. By: NancyG Posted: September 12, 2022

    That sounds like such a good ride for you and your cycling buddies. Nice to get those opportunities near where you live.

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