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Old 01-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #31
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:47 PM   #32
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Jan. 7th 2012

Heck it's winter---you ain't suppose to be riding this time of year !!!
But it was a nice 50 -----and I found quite a few more bridges---and had some issues with property !!!!
It hadn't rained in a while and was pretty dry---so I chose the 950 to ride--and hope I wouldn't fall over
out in the middle of nowhere and couldn't pick it up !!!!

I headed towards Mill Shoals, Illinois to a bridge I tried to get to a couple of weeks ago
but the road were under water---would the bridge still be there.

It was not far from here about a year ago my Rallye Alp thru a rod----it wasn't pretty.




I approaced from the West and happily I saw the bridge in the distance---could I ride over it ?????
Bridge "mill sholes C-TT" on the gps file.






Pretty neat old bridge on a drainage ditch----and I got to ride over it---but it had been blocked in the passed.
But somebody pulled the steel out of the way--------it wasn't me !!!!!





This bridge was one I had tried to get to many years ago----and left a waypoint called "DE" --------Dead end.
But today I would Endeavor to Persevere.
My first approach (there would be 2) was from the South and the Little Wabash River wasn't far away..





And down this road I went---further on it got real muddy.
I finally came to a gate that said private-----do not come down this road--more about that in a bit.





I wasn't giving up that easy-----and went way around and approached from the North.
I came down that road from the farmhouse you see off in the distance and stopped at a No-Trespassing sign and waited.
And waited---for flying bullets---mad farmer----shotgun yielding pick up truck---I waited---I was kind of tense and the
bridge was only 300 yards away across a field where the road had went back to nature---I wasn't giving up.
Was the bridge still there----google earth said it was--but some of that stuff is old.



I finally got enough nerve to walk to the bridge-----after walking a bit I went back and got my gps to guide me to it------good thing as
the first time I was getting off course. The bridge was long gone------long gone.

This is bridge "lil wabash rvr2 C-TT" on the gps file.



You can see where it landed on the South side--the side I couldn't get to because of the private property.



This used to be the entrance to the bridge on my side (North).



Boy this is old stuff-----I'm sure this is where the bridge was blocked off years ago with a sign--all that is long gone since there is no road anymore.



I'm at the bridge from this picture--you can see my bike way out there and the farmhouse.

Now for the rest of the story if you care to listen--------do NOT come down here--ever.

I was about to leave and here comes the pick up truck--------crap !!!!!!
I took off my helmet to show I was a poor old lost old man and gave a big "good morning" to the driver and
prepared for the worst.
Turns out----his family used to own all this land on both sides of the river for generatations---------I said "use to".
He was so nice----and was just out for a ride and we had a long talk.
So---all the land is owned by an asshole from Indiana and he can't even fish in his old fishin' hole
when he was a kid. What a sad story. He told me I was OK where I was parked, but if that guy caught me by the bridge
I was in big trouble--------so don't come down here on either side of the river.
I told him I walked to the bridge and we talked about the bridge and he said it fell in the river 8-9 years ago and the corps of
of engineers made him get all that steel out of the river.
My gps track shows that I got to the bridge--but I was walking.
Don't come down here to try and see the bridge--or what's left of it.



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Old 01-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #33
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So off I go to try and find another bridge---another that I tried to find awhile back--but the road was under water
and I wasn't sure that it didn't get washed away.

On my way I went across this unmarked bridge ------but it's construction was neat.



Lot's of oil wells in this area---and this unmarked bridge seemed to be made of oil well drill pipe ?????
Neat old bridge tho----hard to walk across in motocross boots I'll tell ya'.
This is "Drill Pipe Bridge" on the waypoint file.
You may think you are trespassing thru a farmers field as you come down this road---but it's a open county road.



This sucker will be standin'
"Till The Cows Come Home"
My dads old sayin'---then my sayin'---and now my son's sayin'





My favorite bridge that's closest to my house it in sight---man I was glad it was still there.



This is brige "grayville O-TT" on the gps file.



When you ride over it it might scare you as the old boards rumble loudly.





The lonely dirt road exiting the bridge to the East.



Pretty big hole I'd say.



What's next ???????



Holy smokes-----I've never seen this one before------I looked across the other side and I think you can get to it from both sides.
This is bridge "lil wabash rvr4 C-TT" on the waypoint file.





From the East side---the landing was completely gone.



The tag on top that usually tells the build date and who built it was nothing but bullet holes and rust.



I was just crusing down a paved road on a new bridge and spotte the old bridge down the river.
It wasn't marked on my gps file---but is now.
It is bridge "Winters Bridge (Gone)" on the gps file.

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #34
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What's next----I'm having a good bridge finding day today.
And felt so lucky to be out riding on a beautiful winter day---had the heated grips on high and was prepared
to turn on the heated vest if necessary. Looky---2 more bridge close to each other.



7 mile creek O-PT
It's been replaced--dang it.



Just down the road a bit ................?????



Hah----I got 98 horsepower--ain't no sign gonna stop this monster.



But this 5 ft. deep ditch did ??????????



Bridge "limekiln creek O-PT" on the gps file.
The O stands for open---but it's not no more.
I had a great picture of the bridge from the end--but it had a very nasty bit of griffti.
No nasty griffiti on BigDogs site.



I approached bridge "lil wabash rvr3 C-TT" from both the North and South---couldn't get close to it.
It was almost in the town of Carmi on the Little Wabash River.



I got near home and remembered this old bridge across a drainage ditch I hadn't seen in years.
It was blocked off 10 years ago-----now it's gone.

A nice warm meal was waiting for me when I got home---I was kind of chilled.
Life is good---real good !!!!


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Old 01-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #35
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Nice bridges on this ride Mark! Thanks for sharing!!

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Nice bridges on this ride Mark! Thanks for sharing!!

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Why it's the least I could do----I feel guilty having so much fun finding these things.
I'm always careful and respectfull of private property---so I have to watch what I'm doing.

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Why it's the least I could do----I feel guilty having so much fun finding these things.
I'm always careful and respectfull of private property---so I have to watch what I'm doing.

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You can't be to carefull when on private property. I was held at gun point by an angery land owner waiting for a sheriff deputy to arrest me in 1978 for criminal trespass to his property. I was riding an Ossa Pioneer along a creek bank as I had been doing for years, when the land owner decided to make an example of me. The owner had no problem letting us cross his property to get to our fishing/swimming spot until a 4x4 truck came through after a rain and cut his property up with the big tires. Just one inconsiderate person ruined it for everyone! I still venture onto private property at times, but only with the utmost respect to the land and landowner. I am seldom seen and more seldom approched by the landowner. Just last week I found an INTERESTING SIGHT on private property I HAD to photogtaph. I road in and shot some photos and road out without disturbing anything.

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February 26th, 2012

I've been so lucky this winter and have been getting out riding all winter.
It's been cold in the morinings but warms up pretty nicely in the afternoons. I left the house a sunrise and rode to Iuka, Illinois
where I had breakfast at Penny's cafe-----I love this place---bunch of common ordinary folks---mostly farmers
who are always eager for conversation----"where you headed on that sickle boy" ????
"Well................. ain't sure" ?????

Signs like this were everywhere when I was young-----50 years ago---before the big billboards you see today.
I hate billboards------it's not nice to hate things I suppose-----but I hate billboards.



These next 4 bridges were right in a row on the old Route 50 highway bout 12 miles East of Flora, Illinois.
The old road is now abandoned and I risked a ticket for riding on it.
This is a "concrete thru truss" bridge and is so named..........
"lil wabash C-TT" on the gps file.





The old highway was just fine and really has very little traffic.
It was a waste of time and tax dollars to build the new road and the new bridges.




I squeezed my KLR theu every barrier and got on the bridges and had a gatorade and a snack.












I really liked this one----I just loved the old stone and brick side rails.
It was very long. I can remember traveling with my family when I was a kid in our 1953 Buick century
on old roads like this---riding along with the window down....as air conditioning hadn't been invented yet
and hanging my arm and hand out the window playing with the wind. I miss those days.








A side view of the same bridge above.







The next closest bridge to me on my gps was Sailor Spring bridge in Sailor Springs, Illinois.
A neat little community.






Nothing really spectacular. Maybe your getting tired of looking at these old bridges.......but I want to point out
how relaxing and fun it was just finding them --------running down all these country roads meeting nice folks
and just enjoying the riding.






But I considered this old school spectacular.
There was no visible parking lot or lane going up to the school---if there had been, it had gone back to nature.
But I suppose everybody walked to school back then---like they should now-a-days.





On the North side of Newton, Illinois I found this bridge----"old mill C-TT" on the gps file.










Nobody had stole the plaque on top of it------yet.
I talked to a gal at a gas station about the bridge over the Embarrass river and she said the town
wouldn't let them tear the bridge down.



This was the road on the North side of the bridge and there were 3 bridges marked on my gps file on the other side.
Just little small concrete arch bridges.







"brush creek O-CA"
was next.



The above bridge had been replaced----I was too late !!!!





"crooked creek O-CA"
was next-----a neat little concrete arch bridge on a fine country road.
It was warming up nicely now---and got up to a balmy 50 before the day was done.










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This bridge over crooked creek was going back to nature in a hurry.





This is what's left of the road I went down to get to this bridge.
It was wet and muddy---but my new Dunlop 606's got me thru it.



I had tried to get to this bridge from the East side---pictured...but couldn't get thru.



Don't try to take a dump out here----you'll get shot with your pants down.
And that would be embarassing



The grassy lane is what I rode on to get to this bridge----the bridge is to the right down that hill.
The road is going back to nature and I was lucky to get to the bridge.
Lot's of folks kind of claim the land and the bridges it seems after they gete closed.
I'm not sure I recommend you finding this bridge----it wasn't posted private tho and nobody was around
and my KLR is oh-so-quiet.



"hickory creek O-CA"
On the gps file-----my gps said I was there----and it was right !!!!!







It was probably after noon when I crossed the Hickory Creek bridge---I took this picture of the still partially frozen
Hickory creek so you could see how cold it was still getting at night.



"big creek O-Arch"
Had been replaced.



Let's see if "sugar creek C-PT" is still there ?????



About 1/3 of a mile down this grass-----as the road had went back to nature---I found the bridge.






Over sugar creek ------it was a neat little bridge----and after walking across it it looked like you could get to it from the North---but
I had approached it from the South.






Time for a break and a snack----so I got on the bridge and relaxed a bit.






I left my mark.



"brush creek O-Arch"






"honey creek2 O-PT



I went down and embankment and into the woods to pee.



And got a really good look at this bridge.






"fitch O-CB"
It's rare you get to see a bridge with the brass plaque still imbedded in the concrete.



Some nice folks stopped to say hi to me here and gave me the history.
Seems the Fitch family had owned all the property around this bridge forever.
But it had just been sold----still holding up after almost 100 years.






"flat branch O-WD"



I almost didn't notice this---but look down beside the bridge and you can see the remains of the previous bridge !!!!






This was a hoot----right beside the above bridge running North and South was an old railroad bed.
I love old railroad beds and it was time for me to head South anyway.
It also ran North from here too---I want to come back and see how far North it does go.



It was the old "Prairie Central Railroad" as I got into the tiny town of Birds.



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KLR Quit

At my next bridge find my KLR just quit.

I prepared for the end of the world----as I knew when my KLR quit---the end had
to be near.


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Where was I ??????????????

Oh yeh-----my KLR quit----and the end of the world was coming.


It was right here at "brushy creek C-PT"
that my KLR quit me.




I had dropped down a dead end dirt road to this bridge when the KLR just died and wouldn't re-start ?????








This is the road on the West side of the bridge----If would have to dry up a bunch to get to it from that way.






It was here that I got quite poetic----after all it was the end of the world.











So to close this day---the KLR was dead----I'd always thought when my KLR quit running, the earth would quit turning---the son
would go dark---earthquakes would open up the land---floods would encompass the lands and that would be that.
The end would be near----so I sat down and made up a few poems as the sun went down for the last time and waited for it to come !!!!!
I was OK with that.



Well---to make a long story short----a piece of silicone plugged up my pilot jet in the old Keihen carburetor.
It was my own stupidity causing this---as I had put a little to much silicone on the float bowl
long ago--and it finally worked it's way into my pilot jet. After pulling it out--it ran like a top again and I guess me and the old
KLR would see another day after all.

And while I was there the guy who lived in the last house before the dirt road came down to the old bridge came down for a visit---
wondering what I was doing down there---and was a little pissy. Thought he owned the road and bridge now.
I was about to tell him to piss off and he could use my cellphone to call the law if he wanted when he backed off and left me alone.
I argued it was a county road---and it was.

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thanks for sharing!

AWESOME Mark,....You are just having way too much fun this winter!


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Hey Brad,
I'm hoping we can ride together soon---to bad you live so far from me or we could get together often.
Well---the ole' KLR is fixed and ready to go again---so I guess it's not the end of the world

Do you still have that XT Brad ???? That looks like a neat bike. You just don't see them around much.

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I'm hoping we can ride together soon---to bad you live so far from me or we could get together often.
Well---the ole' KLR is fixed and ready to go again---so I guess it's not the end of the world

Do you still have that XT Brad ???? That looks like a neat bike. You just don't see them around much.

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Mark, I will see you in Mississippi in mid May, and possibly catch up with you down in the Shawnee Forest this spring.

I just sold the XT600 2 weeks ago to make room for a new KLR650. I hated to see it go, but just did not have room for another bike with out moving one out. The 1990-1994 XT600E was technicially ahead of the competition at the time. I dont understand why Yamaha stopped importing the bike in 1994. At 24000 miles mine would still run circles around my late model DR650 with 5000 miles. The XT600 is the only bike I have owned that I enjoyed more than my OSSA Pioneer.

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