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Old 09-02-2011, 03:09 PM   #16
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Twat means a totally different thing in the UK.


You made me laugh.
it does here to in Canada. had he added to it CamelToe jockey rides the TWAT and I'd have pissed myself!
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:57 PM   #17
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twat did you say

great title - thought this was a ride to all the strip joints on a cruiser type deal. Super cool trip!! thanks for tricken me in too reading it with the title
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:00 AM   #18
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finishing the TWAT

As mentioned in the first post of this ride report. We skipped the re-route into Iowa and took the old route to Soldiers Grove. I had planned on returning last fall and ride the portion we skipped. Well.........that just did not happen. So, tomorrow morning when I get off work at 6am, I will ride to JAKE BRAKE's house and change out of my uniform, lock my sidearm up in his safe and we will head north.
The plan is to take I-74 to the quad citys where we will cross the Mississippi River and pick up the Mississippi River Road and follow it to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin where we will pick up the gps track for the Iowa portion of the TWAT. We will follow the track north to Lansing, Iowa where the TWAT crosses the river back into to Wisconsin. From there we will follow the track to Soldiers Grove where we plan to camp for the night. Saturday morning we plan to follow the old portion of the TWAT back south to the Wisconsin/Illinois boarder, and then back home to central Illinois.

My trusty steed, loaded and ready to play....




JAKE BRAKE's ride......



Ride Report to come.................


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Old 07-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #19
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If you guys have any extra time stop and say hi at my restaurant,Ross'. We are right off I-74 after you cross the Mississippi. We are open 24 hours and serve breakfast all the time. I've been here 37 years and the business has been here longer.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #20
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Rhino,

Why leave yer sidearm behind?

Just wondering, is all. I surely wouldn't.

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:27 PM   #21
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If you guys have any extra time stop and say hi at my restaurant,Ross'. We are right off I-74 after you cross the Mississippi. We are open 24 hours and serve breakfast all the time. I've been here 37 years and the business has been here longer.

After 2 hours on the interstate I think we will be ready for a short break. We will most likely stop in and look you up.

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #22
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Twat means a totally different thing in the UK.


You made me laugh.
There's a village in the Orkney Islands called Twat.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #23
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Rhino,

Why leave yer sidearm behind?

Just wondering, is all. I surely wouldn't.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #24
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There's a village in the Orkney Islands called Twat.

Sounds like a place I should visit!
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:25 PM   #25
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We left Bloomington around 7am and ran through a few showers and some strong winds till we reached the Quad Cities. There we took the Great River Road to Dubuque, Iowa where we crossed the Mississippi River into Wisconsin.





We arrived at the trail head, south of Hazel Green, Wisconsin on the Illinois boarder around 2pm, and road the TWAT to Soldiers Grove where we camped for the night. Nothing has changed on this part of the trail since I road it last year, so I am not including any pictures as they can be seen on the first page of this ride report.
The camp ground is the Soldiers Memorial Park, same place I camped last year and recomend it to anyone in the area looking to camp. There is a shower house with flush toilets and nice camp sites with many shade trees to pitch your tent under.





We were packed up and on the trail by 6:45 Saturday morning. The sun was shining bright and the temperature was rising, but by late morning the clouds were back and it was looking like rain.

Some pictures and video of the Wisconsin portion of the TWAT from Soldiers Grove to Lansing, Iowa.....




























Sand Creek Road.......click to play videos...







The Lansing to Wisconsin River report, coming tomorrow.


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Old 07-23-2012, 01:56 AM   #26
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Twat means a totally different thing in the UK.


You made me laugh.
Made me laugh too.... I'm originally from the UK too.

How about Trans World Adventure Traveller - had a sticker made up one time for a well travelled friends 4x4 and stuck it on his windshiled without him looking... while we are having a laugh on stuff like this I also did another one time... TIT - Top International Traveller...

Sorry you Doctors or DR riders... guess I've gone too far now

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:30 AM   #27
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Made me laugh too.... I'm originally from the UK too.

How about Trans World Adventure Traveller - had a sticker made up one time for a well travelled friends 4x4 and stuck it on his windshiled without him looking... while we are having a laugh on stuff like this I also did another one time... TIT - Top International Traveller...

Sorry you Doctors or DR riders... guess I've gone too far now

Cheers

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Here is the sticker on the tool tube on my KLR....

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:47 AM   #28
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Great ride report mate! Here is the sand you talked about.

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:41 PM   #29
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What a beautiful place to ride! Loved the pictures and videos!
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #30
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We finely reached the Mississippi river east of Lansing Iowa. This bridge was built in 1931 in Allamakee county Iowa with a total length of 1630 ft. The Black Hawk Bridge is a three-span cantilevered through truss. The cantilever spans are Warren Through Trusses while the center span is a Pennsylvania through truss and the deck is steel grate.

The following excerpts are from a report written by the Historic American Engineering Record for the Iowa Department of Transportation between the summers of 1995 and 1996.

"Then, as now, the bridge consisted of a three-span cantilevered through truss of approximately 1,127', comprised of two cantilevered units of about 415' and one suspended span of about 297'. Each cantilevered unit consists of an anchor arm of about 237' with a cantilever of about 178'. The two cantilevers and the susepended span provide a channel crossing of about 653'. The cantilevered units are carried by concrete piers supported by foundation piles. The bridge was originally about 25' wide with an apprioximately 22' roadway. The original bridge floor was of sheet asphalt plank on treated timber plank supported by steel beams. Acording to the Prospectus issued in 1931 to obtain financing, the bridge was designed to accomodate 2,300 vehicles per hour with a maximum vehicle load of 30 tons. Pictures provided by The Book of the Black Hawk Bridge, a promotional document produced for the dedications ceremony in 1931, indicate that the entire bridge project, from Second Street, Lansing to the Burlington railroad tracks at the foot of the Winneshiek Slough and several smaller bridges over the Henderson, Stevens, Indian and Big sloughs. The road bed between the main span and the Wisconsin bluffs was paved with crushed stone. There were no approach spans on the Iowa side of the river. There was a toll booth at the Iowa end of the bridge, located immediately adjacent to the southwest end.
"Although the Black Hawk Bridge does not serve any primary routes, it provides a regionally important vehicular crossing of the Mississippi River midway between La Crosse, Wisconsin and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. According to bridge consultant Clayton Fraser, it is only one of five long-span cantliever truss bridges remaining in Iowa." "A reality! Finished!" The Book of the Black Hawk Bridge, enthused at the structure's dedication in 1931. "The Black Hawk Bridge, three quarters of a million dollars of steel and concrete, linking the states of Iowa and Wisconsin, running eastward from Lansing across the Winneshiek Bottoms to De Soto, is a reality. It is the first passenger bridge to join these two states, the result of more than a generation of dreaming and scheming, planning and promoting--and two years of actual construction." Planning for the bridge had begun in 1898 by Lansing businessmen J.P. Conway and Tom Bakeman. The two promoted the proposed structure for years as a boon to the community, eventually forming the Interstate Bridge Company in 1914 to secure a Congressional charter for the bridge. The charter, secured in 1916, was turned over to the Iowa-Wisconsin Bridge Company in late 1929. Under the direction of Des Moines financier John Thompson, the latter firm sold bridge bonds to finance construction, hired Minneapolis engineer Melvin B. Stone to design the bridge, and contracted with the McClintic-Marshall Company of Chicago to fabricate and erect the trusses. The bridge was christened the Black Hawk Bridge to honor famous Indian Chief Black Hawk. The bridge was dedicated on June 17, 1929, with the governors of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota present. Thebridge functioned as a toll structure until flooding washed out some of the approach spans over the Wisconsin bottoms in 1945. It stood unused for several years until the approaches were re-constructed and the bridge re-dedicated in May 1957. The Black Hawk Bridge now carries traffic as a free bridge, in essentially unaltered condition. The importance of the Black Hawk Bridge to commerce and transportation in northeastern Iowa can hardly be understated. The only highway bridge over the Mississippi River in the region at the time of its completion, the Black Hawk Bridge is historically significant for its role in the development of northeast Iowa. Although its design and dimensions fit within the mainstream of bridge technology of the time, the structure is technologically significant as an uncommon, large-scale example of cantilevered truss design. Few such cantilevered trusses were erected in Iowa, those primarily over the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers, and even fewer remain in use today. The Black Hawk Bridge is one of only five such long-span, cantilevered trusses in Iowa. [adapted from Fraser and McWilliams 1992]

Crossing the The Black Hawk Bridge click to start video......



Here is the first of several Minimal Maintenance Roads we road.
I think this was Red oak road.........




Videos of Red Oak Rd.........







more to come.......

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