Unusual Challenge

This morning, Dave, Dwight, and myself joined up for a ride.   Beautiful day for cycling, and with no destination in mind we took off west and just let whatever turned up decide our direction.  Ultimately, that turned out to be Rossville, Illinois by a rather circuitous route.

Part of that route involved a mile of gravel road, which actually is in very good rideable condition.  This is a little used stretch of essentially one lane road which is why its never been, sealed.  As long as we stayed on the car tracks it was almost like riding pavement.  On either side of the tracks was a thin (thankfully) layer of loose gravel.

Looking ahead, we see a giant cloud of dust coming our way, led by a speeding car.  Surely, it will slow down and move over (which is common practice on this type of road)  Heh. No Way!

It kept coming at 60mph (sounds like an exaggeration, but I’m not sure it is).  We scooted over to the loose gravel and held a steady course as the car sped by not budging an inch by not more than 2 feet away.

Once the dust cleared, and we got to the end of the gravel section, a discussion was held as to his possible parentage, and probable deviant behaviors.

From then on, a very nice ride on to Rossville with courteous drivers.

So, that was unusual — no photos  😉

Typical view as we rode

Beans on both sides of the road

Not unusual

Corn on both sides of the road

Not unusual

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Entering Rossville from the west

Break at Casey’s Storage Shed

What IS unusual:

Riding past wind turbines before we got to Rossville

I noticed a little speck on one of the turbine towers

Look closely, just above halfway up

That is someone doing an inspection of the tower and blades!!!!!

Unusual to see as it happens!

Might be on the way back up into the generator?

Damn!!!

 

 

 

7 response to "Unusual Challenge"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 30, 2022

    You don’t realise how big those wind turbines are until you see humans around them.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2022

      They certainly are huge — parts were hauled thru town as the wind farms were constructed — absolutely massive pieces!
      Someone has to be a turbine worker, but never ever would it be me!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 30, 2022

    THAT is quite the unusual find! We have the turbine farms in eastern Washington and even passing by in the are we can tell they are huge. But seeing the person hanging there gives even a much better perspective of that!

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 30, 2022

    Good to see the Terrific Trio back in action. As to wind turbines, I think I’ve mentioned before, best not to mention them around my ace support crew’s clan in Blue Mound township, as some of them get rather riled up.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2022

      I can completely understand that.
      Those were among the first in the state and controversial at the time.

  4. By: BobinVT Posted: July 30, 2022

    Back when I was a working person with a desk job, I used to wish that I had a job working outside. But I think I can now say for sure, wind turbine inspector would not have been on my list of things to do. As to that obnoxious driver, we occasionally get those kinds of cars (usually trucks, of course), driving like that on our back roads. I guess the good thing is that on a gravel road, you can see and hear them approaching from a mile away.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2022

      I almost have to assume the wind turbine techs are also among the mountain bikers out shredding the trails! Not for me. Either one.

      Oh, I kinda sorta volunteered you as tour guide for our July Challenge winners — Helen decided Brattleboro would be a far superior destination for them,

      B-boro is one super cool beautiful place!!

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