Took a ride to the Rock today (very crowded) with premature Leafers
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
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 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
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? (Sorry, I’m an old US Navy sailor – so I had to ask.) Ed
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,
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.
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.
Illinois River Ottawa IL
Fox River near home
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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.
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!