|06-09-2012, 08:23 PM||#1|
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Far West Chicago Burbs
The Hennepin Canal, turn of the century bridges / lock
I have always kind of heard about the
More research revealed this was another example of screwed up
“The Hennepin canal was first conceived in 1834 as a connection between the
So, the BS politics created decades of hesitation. By the time it was built,
I tend to believe it. Why else would there be so many variances in the locks? There are span, lift, and slide bridges. This thing is a lab of various engineering strategies that were cutting edge at the time.
“The Hennepin was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings. Although the Hennepin enjoyed only limited success as a waterway, engineering innovations used in its construction were a bonus to the construction industry. The canal was used as a training ground for engineers that later worked on the
I had to check it out. With “closed on Fridays” summer hours, I took off Thursday around 4 and headed down to my buddy’s house in
The ride to Dave’s was an easy and smooth 80 miles or so. Couldn’t help but grab this pic. These things always draw me in!
Stopped off at the Indian Creek Massacre site. A very cool park is there now and some pretty interesting history. An old man was there riding a quad and picking up debris. The cool things was his dog would wait until that quad came to a complete stop before jumping off and digging, barking, or getting petted by me. Didn’t get his name!
Here is a day ride I did there with my wife explaining a little more about the history.
Got to his house by 7. Grill, brews, and reserve whiskey. Great night with a T bone, stuffed mushrooms, and salad dinner. Didn’t get a pic of the food porn, but here is Dave with the precooked T Bones:
Couldn’t get a real pic of him cause he thought once I posted, he’d get all kinds of bikers stopping by his house. So, if you need a place to crash and get fed out that way, PM me and I’ll get you his address. He’ll love that!
Down there by the
Bureau Junction houses locks 2 and 3. Lock 1 is only accessible in winter – you have to take the ice road. While it is named after Hennipen, that town is on the other side of the Il River.
Lock 2 gearing:
A common site – even in the extremely rural areas, people were fishing. I heard about the good fishing along the canal, so expected this. What I didn’t expect was to find three pairs of single women enjoying the day. ;-)
This was Julie and Sue just as Julie caught a little blue gill:
A common site was the moving water. At EVERY lock I saw, water was moving though we have not had much rain lately:
One of the features I really wanted to see were the Aqueducts. Basically, this carries the canal over existing creeks and rivers. The path to Aqueduct 3 was to cross this bridge. Maybe if my wife was here I would have shown off. Alone, I didn’t want to risk it:
Lock 11 was awesome. The lock was the same as the previous, but the original span bridge was still operational – barely. It was a two track, dirt gravel road to get to it. Way too cool and the Connie did just fine.
Here is the bike on the 1900 bridge with the lock behind it:
Bridge to dirt:
Now, most of the span bridges are closed / don’t function. A perfect example of that is at lock 14:
You shouldn’t really graffiti anything that starts with 18!!!
... more to come....
Some ride reports:
Why do I keep thinking I'm gonna wind up in a love / hate relationship with a Guzzi?
alekkas screwed with this post 06-09-2012 at 08:38 PM
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