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Local bridges 28 Sep 2018 14:51 #791563

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Beautiful bridge, great looking bikes and San Fransisco is a cool place to visit!
What section of road did you like the best on your trip?
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Local bridges 14 Oct 2018 15:43 #792305

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Took a ride to the Rock today (very crowded) with premature Leafers :laugh:
This is the next bridge on the chopping block, It is in Utica IL over the Illinois River by Starved Rock
It is one of my first memory's of a steel bridge and I have crossed it since I was knee high to a Grass Hopper, coming down next year some time.


Staved Rock Lock and Dam
S. R. visible to the right of the red crane


Maple and pears trees just starting to turn
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Local bridges 24 Oct 2018 16:49 #792787

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Local bridges 27 Oct 2018 15:14 #792899

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Got into the upper 50's today so we headed out to the parks, the leaves finally started to turn nicely but tomorrow it's supposed to rain and have 40 mph wind gusts so today may be the best we will see this year, I hope I'm wrong.
First shot is Matthiessen State Park the rest are from the Marseilles lock and dam and Illini State Park in Marseilles .
When we go over that bridge I usually put the hammer down climbing it but today when I hit the throttle my cable snapped :pinch: I was able to pull into a parking lot and grab the throttle cable that I have been carrying in my pack for the last 50,000 miles and replace the bad one in about a half hour.
The last two weekends I was riding by myself and the pack was off the bike, timing is everything :lol:
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Local bridges 27 Oct 2018 16:30 #792902

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I noticed the Coast Guard vessel in your photo. I must ask since the park is at least 300 miles inside the US border what “coast” are they guarding? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: (Sorry, I’m an old US Navy sailor – so I had to ask.) Ed
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I thought it odd too so I took the pics, we have the Guard patrolling the Great Lakes apparently guarding 1500 miles of coast we share with Canada long with search and rescue plus a bunch of other stuff, greatlakes.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2013/0...-coast-guard-unique/
It appears that they were doing something with the river buoys, they can get loose in high water and we have had a lot of that lately.
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Local bridges 04 Nov 2018 07:50 #793356

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Fall colors peaked the middle of the week around here ,rain is moving in today and the projected weather and temps through New Years doesn't look promising :(
So this may be it for a while.


A couple weeks ago


Last Friday


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Fox River near home
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Local bridges 27 Jan 2019 14:16 #797717

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OK, today's a drive report, 6 deg F and snowing so it's off to the parks

Matthiessen State Park
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A Bison at Buffalo Rock, oh the irony
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The 3 days I worked this week were below 0 , way below, I took Monday off for snow removal and Friday because it was a nice day :)
Saturday we almost hit 40 F it's warmer than that on Super bowl Sunday so we just went Eagle watching .
The ice is flowing good in the rivers so far.







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Local bridges 04 Feb 2019 13:36 #798198

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Beautiful Jack. I don't miss the winter weather though. I started shivering just looking at some of those pictures. Staying home inside doing a puzzle and not having to go anywhere are my best memories of winters up there, LOL. Still, very beautiful after it snows. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Joe, I still dig the 4 seasons but Spring is my least favorite because of all the mud.
We had a 100 deg temperature swing in 5 days if you include the wind chill factor and we do.
It's 50 F out now all the snow has melted and the rivers are up!
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bluej58 wrote: Thanks Joe, I still dig the 4 seasons but Spring is my least favorite because of all the mud.
We had a 100 deg temperature swing in 5 days if you include the wind chill factor and we do.
It's 50 F out now all the snow has melted and the rivers are up!


Wednesday was brutal! We went for a hike across a frozen pond to test out some gear. That -50F wind felt every bit as powerful as advertised. The gear worked out fine but my cheeks and nose were really stinging from the wind after about 20 minutes. With some face gear, we would have been fine. I really thought we would last longer, but that was it.

Those are some amazing photos of Mathiessen! We love that place along with Starved Rock. I've never been to Buffalo Rock... it's on the list.

Thanks for posting those... my buddy at work recognized it right away...will show the wife.
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I carry a neoprene face mask but with the fuzz on my face I haven't needed it lately, the Mrs uses something she calls a cowl, plus when it is super cold we go to Mathiessen because it is out of the wind.
Freezing rain expected tonight and I'm working 87 miles from home, should be fun tomorrow :whistle:

Hey Lou I don't know if you were ever at Duffy's in Utica but they are closing their doors after St Pat's , it's going to be a sports bar now :angry:
Last chance to get a Irish Sweepstakes Burger


The later shots were from Staved Rock , St. Louis canyon.

More shots of St Louis canyon
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Local bridges 06 Feb 2019 09:25 #798278

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My buddy used to go to Duffy's on occasion. I've driven past it a few times, but I never made it in.. That was one area I thought wouldn't really change much due to tourism, but even there...

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We rely heavily on tourism a round here and that's OK, most folks just come out for the weekend and we stay away from the parks , it's a big boost for the economy.

Mix's trading post in Utica is now a trendy biker bar and not to be out done Stonehead Leather across the street is putting up a huge biker bar too , maybe I should start drinking again :laugh:

Our former Gov. Bruce Rauner spear headed the buying of an additional 2600 acres that use to be a concrete gravel pit and is now going to be part of the park system between SR and Mathiessen, more camping space, trails and fishing lakes, I'm actually excited to see what happens.

I hope our town of Marseilles can figure out how to jump on the band wagon, we could use a boost

It's sad that our peace and quiet is slipping away but peace and quiet wasn't paying the bills....
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I guess I worded that vaguely. I thought the tourism would keep it the same. Its the reason why people go there.

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Happy new year!
Last weekend , Lock 17 on the Hennepin Canal

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Local bridges 08 May 2019 14:14 #803530

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Some bridges from my archive...

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Summer



Autumn

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Great shots Nazar!
Our landscapes look very similar, same with the seasons

Smokey Mountains 2015
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