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Old 05-31-2012, 02:43 PM   #91
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Again I just want to point out how beautiful architecture is.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:44 PM   #92
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:40 PM   #93
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Next up would be one of Rhino's bridges and one of the best. This bridge had a long run up. It was all wood deck . We were on the bridge when the local sheriff drove across. he stopped and talked to us for a while he told us that the bridge was slated for removal and I am very happy I got to see it and cross it before that happens. He also told us that Abe Lincoln had stood on that very bridge and crossed it. It was one of the more unique iron bridges I have seen.
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This is the BOLIVIA ROAD BRIDGE. It crosses the Sangamon river and connects Sangamon and Christian counties. I do find it hard to believe "Abe Lincoln crossed that very bridge" as the sheriff told you.The bridge was constructed in 1901, Abe Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 (36 years before the bridge came to be).
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:55 PM   #94
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Very nice. Can't wait to see more. Going to have to follow in your trails very soon.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:35 PM   #95
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This is the BOLIVIA ROAD BRIDGE. It crosses the Sangamon river and connects Sangamon and Christian counties. I do find it hard to believe "Abe Lincoln crossed that very bridge" as the sheriff told you.The bridge was constructed in 1901, Abe Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 (36 years before the bridge came to be).
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Brad, thanks we wondered about local lore! I love how you know the details of them. I wish you had been able to ride through with us. The placard was stolen so we wondered about build date. Thanks mate!

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:06 PM   #96
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Outstanding report. I am really enjoying it. My family from my Mom's side is all from Grafton, Jerseyville, Navoo, and Springfield. I haven't been back in over 20 years.. I feel a bike trip coming.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:33 PM   #97
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Outstanding report. I am really enjoying it. My family from my Mom's side is all from Grafton, Jerseyville, Navoo, and Springfield. I haven't been back in over 20 years.. I feel a bike trip coming.
You should! We met nice people all they way through the trip. And Illinois was not nearly as boring as people would have you believe! It's not the Rockies, it's not Alaska, but it is Illinois! We enjoyed it!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:02 PM   #98
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Outstanding report. I am really enjoying it. My family from my Mom's side is all from Grafton, Jerseyville, Navoo, and Springfield. I haven't been back in over 20 years.. I feel a bike trip coming.
You get over here Charlie--holler---I'm retarded (retired) now you know. Good weather the next few days.

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #99
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Routes are listed back on page one now in the first post. There are instructions on how to get them there.

Routes on Page 1 first post!
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:38 AM   #100
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As our ride was winding down we had but a couple last fun things to see. First was the remains of a World War II ammunition storage facility. Yep Ammo bunkers! Now they are just bumps in a field of corn but there was a time when they stored an arsenal.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:41 AM   #101
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My brother in-law and I started looking at each other and thinking wow...........................nice motorcycle shop.............................................. .plenty of storage.............................Wonder if this farmer would like to get a couple of these out of his field................................how do you move concrete? Crap!
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #102
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Our last night was at Woodford fish and wildlife area. It was on the Illinois river and was primitive camping. They had water and outhouse style facilities. We found the camp host to be a good ole boy! He gave us wood for a fire and brought us a pot of coffee in the morning. He was a great host and we enjoyed his company. He also had worked his rear off cleaning this somewhat unused park up. It was nice and he deserves a good pat on the back. Cypress trees were in a line at the front of the park and they had springs tapped all over throughout the park in the ditches. I found this odd. Ducks Inn down the road was a great stop for dinner. Very nice owner and also a motorcycle enthusiast.
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Some of the cypress trees at the camp ground entrance.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:53 AM   #104
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Our last stop was this bridge in Millbrook, Ill. It was over the Fox river. We met a lady there that told us it was the bridge used for years as she was growing up. Now it is just left as a piece of history. It is blocked to traffic but has been maintained for foot traffic. She explained her friend held her wedding on this bridge. It was a good size bridge and a very nice area of the Fox river.
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