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Old 04-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #16
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While in that area I also got to enjoy a nice visit with scarysharkface, Pinktoad, and family. Fun seeing them again and meeting the kids. Nice folks.
It was an unexpected treat to see you! Stop by anytime.

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Old 04-19-2011, 04:01 PM   #17
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Interlake

Next stop was at the Interlake property (IN DNR). Check the web site for details.



A riding map of the site.




Reclaimed mining site. There is an active mine nearby.


Varied uses. Looks like it works well for everyone.



The terrain varies between open and wooded.


It had been raining steady all day. the area got over two inches.




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Old 04-19-2011, 04:08 PM   #18
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Interlake continued.





Obviously we weren't going to ride this today.










Since we didn't get into the interior trails of the park, I was able to borrow some media from a couple of Indiana riders that will show a little more.

Thanks to oPAULo for this shot.


And thanks to TooSlow4U for this video.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #19
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I've ridden Interlake a couple of times and really enjoyed it. On a Saturday morning the place was absolutely deserted.

Some of my Interlake pics down a couple of posts here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...indiana&page=8

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:41 PM   #20
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I've ridden Interlake a couple of times and really enjoyed it. On a Saturday morning the place was absolutely deserted.

Some of my Interlake pics down a couple of posts here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...indiana&page=8

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Nice pix John! Thanks for sharing those. Hope it helps to give some additional insight to someone who might be interested in riding Interlake.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:27 AM   #21
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Great report, Cannonshot!
I too, didn't get to eat at Moonshine, but it was worth the ride. Out of five years, it was only the second time I didn't eat. Moonburgers are out of this world!
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:05 PM   #22
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This looks like an interesting place to ride. A lot of the good trails on this end of the state are on reclaimed mine sites also. Thanks for sharing.
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Great report, Cannonshot!
I too, didn't get to eat at Moonshine, but it was worth the ride. Out of five years, it was only the second time I didn't eat. Moonburgers are out of this world!
I agree that those burgers are great! Fresh ground beef hand formed into thick burgers. Delicious.

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This looks like an interesting place to ride. A lot of the good trails on this end of the state are on reclaimed mine sites also. Thanks for sharing.
I had fun at these sites and the upcoming Land Between the Lakes. Nice to have places like that within a reasonable travel range. Nice properties that serve a variety of recreational uses.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:39 PM   #24
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Evansville, IN

Since we couldn't get out onto the trails at Interlake due to the steady rain, we spent some time in nearby Evansville relaxing a bit and looking around.

We visited the LST 325 Memorial on the Ohio river in town.



During WWII they built these ships in the local area. I think they turned one out about every five days.


I think a local bridge building company converted over to ship production. Due to labor shortages, much of the shipbuilding crew were women. Lots of nice welds on these ships.


This particular ship was involved in the D-Day invasion and sortied back and forth hauling stuff to the beach head from England.

This is a spare prop. The ship has two. I was surprised how small they seemed.


But it makes sense when you consider these flat bottom ships sometimes need to rest on the bottom or operate in shallow water.


These ships could haul about 20 tanks in the cargo area. They also filled the deck with other vehicles. This jeep, used in the movie M.A.S.H., is resting on an elevator that leads to the main deck below.


Lots of tie downs on the top deck. Having a flat bottom hull, this ship didn't ride too good on the open sea.


This degaussing cable ran around the inside of the hull of the ship. Magnetic mines were a concern. The cable was able to produce a significant magnetic field to offset magnetism produced in the hull.


Tank crews would pack into these small compartments along the sides of the ship. Only 1/3 could lie down at a time.


The front door where tanks and vehicles could drive out onto the shore.


Repaired hole from an air attack.


Spare 40mm barrels still wrapped and coated in cosmoline from the day the ship was initially outfitted.




This ship still sails around. It was work week and there were a lot of volunteers aboard doing maintenance and making improvements. This summer the ship will sail to several cities for fundraising tours.


The ship wasn't really open for tours when we visited. Here are some cooks in the galley preparing meals for the volunteer workers.


The ship was equipped with 20mm and 40mm anti-aircraft weapons.


Radio room.


Some veterans wanted an LST memorial ship. They found one the Greek navy was willing to part with. Volunteers went to Greece and sailed the ship back to the US. The average age of that volunteer crew of veterans was 72.


A worthwhile visit whether you get rained out of riding for a day or not.

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Old 04-20-2011, 08:04 PM   #25
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Great rides and good times were had by all it looks like!

My knee is healed, (not 100%, but will it ever be?), and will have to take my transalp, XR250L down the trails after vacation in the Keys.
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Great articles!!...........chuck
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Puke Great pics! (Moon Burger run)

I ran tthrough torrential rains from Terre Haute to Casey for the Moon Burger run, and the first thing I did was asked where a laundromat was!

After stripping naked, from the waist up,
I threw everything in the dryer and waited, then an older couple came in and I apologized for being the way I was and had a Great conversation about Casey, Moonshine and of course the best way to get there from where I was.......

Great burger, Transalp ran great, and looking forward to some good rides after vacation in the Keys. Annual Key West trip (Bmw R1100rt). Love that ride!

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Land Between the Lakes - Turkey Bay OHV Area

Did some fun riding at the Turkey Bay OHV Area at Land Between the Lakes.







There are three tiers of trails. They vary from trails that would handle a 4WD to less developed trails that wind and climb some of the hills.


A permit is required. It there is no one at the parking area, try the visitor center up the road.


One of the rangers told us they had just gotten 2 1/2 inches of rain. The nature of the trails were such that they were very rideable.


A main trail.


Lots of water still draining from the site.


Water quality didn't seem to be an issue with these crossings as the soil was rocky. The water ran clear, even with fords on the trails.




The tertiary tier of trails. The primary path of each of these is actually a numbered forest road/trail.


Critic on the trail. This is a secondary level trail.








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LBL - Turkey Bay, continued







I was still running the 15/45 sprocket combination and it worked just fine here. The climbs were often long with loose rock, minor steps, roots, and some erosion, but they rode well.




A rock run for four wheel drive enthusiasts.




Minor step, loose rock, roots, turn near the top. All fun.


This was a long steep downhill that we could not have ridden back up. There were some significant steps and a lot of loose rock on the steep surface. Even going down the wheels would slide.




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LBL - Turkey Bay, continued

This little crossing looked easy. It wasn't. After watching my rear wheel go out in the narrow dip with steep drop offs, Critic wisely went around.










They call it Turkey Bay for a reason I guess. Even in this motorized recreation area, the wildlife didn't seem too disturbed.






Mining in the nearby area as well.






Turkey Bay was a great place to ride. My guess would be that weekends will be pretty busy there. Had a lot of fun on the trails. Before we loaded the bikes up we made the car wash stop and enjoyed a nice meal at a local BBQ joint. A great day, sunny and cool, after the rain out the day before at Interlake.

Happy to answer any questions or share additional info. I'm sure there are others that ride these areas regularly that can share their insight as well.

Thanks for ridng along!
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