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Old 03-08-2013, 12:16 PM   #151
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If anybody wants to join me and my buddy.

We are hauling our bikes in the wee hours of the morning from Mt. Vernon, Illinois to the little town of Evansville, Illinois where we will eat breakfast at the "Farmers Table" restaurant. It's a small town and won't be hard to find.

After breakfast we are suiting up and will ride all the daylight hours. The route will be West of there along the Mississippi river a lot.

I anticipate arriving at the restaurant about 8AM---and hope to be riding by 8:30AM.

If you don't see my bike or haul vehicle in front of the restaurant---I"m probably parked down by the river unloading ???
I don't plan on riding in any slick mud or trails. Just easy scenic backroads.
Where we going you ask ??? You'll know tomorrow evening if you go
Navigation ??? My tailight.
Arrive with a near full tank of gas.
It's gonna be nice !!!!

I'll be driving this---so look for it.



And riding this.

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #152
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Husky!

Big Dog, I love that Husky, I think it's 75-100# lighter than my KLR with more horsepower.
You also need to get an aftermarket skidplate asap, it looks like there are a lot of areas that look vulnerable to rocks, etc.

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:35 PM   #153
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Big Dog, I love that Husky, I think it's 75-100# lighter than my KLR with more horsepower.
You also need to get an aftermarket skidplate asap, it looks like there are a lot of areas that look vulnerable to rocks, etc.

Darren

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That was an old picture------I've had this skidplate on there for quite awhile.

It sure needed that !!

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:41 PM   #154
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If anybody wants to join me and my buddy.

We are hauling our bikes in the wee hours of the morning from Mt. Vernon, Illinois to the little town of Evansville, Illinois where we will eat breakfast at the "Farmers Table" restaurant. It's a small town and won't be hard to find.

After breakfast we are suiting up and will ride all the daylight hours. The route will be West of there along the Mississippi river a lot.

I anticipate arriving at the restaurant about 8AM---and hope to be riding by 8:30AM.

If you don't see my bike or haul vehicle in front of the restaurant---I"m probably parked down by the river unloading ???
I don't plan on riding in any slick mud or trails. Just easy scenic backroads.
Where we going you ask ??? You'll know tomorrow evening if you go
Navigation ??? My tailight.
Arrive with a near full tank of gas.
It's gonna be nice !!!!

I'll be driving this---so look for it.



And riding this.

Do you have intentions of heading North or South? I'm thinking I might, but coming out of St.Louis, I was kinda thinking of hooking up en route...
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:00 PM   #155
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Do you have intentions of heading North or South? I'm thinking I might, but coming out of St.Louis, I was kinda thinking of hooking up en route...
Hey Hazman--------I'm afraid the only way you'll find me is to be in Evansville for breakfast. I'll be heading all directions during the day----------there's a lot of backroads out there---you'll never find me.
You can make it .

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #156
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Hey Hazman--------I'm afraid the only way you'll find me is to be in Evansville for breakfast. I'll be heading all directions during the day----------there's a lot of backroads out there---you'll never find me.
You can make it .

BigDog
Yeah, I thought so. Although Evansville is not so far from Red Bud, And Red Bud isn't so far from St.Louis...I don't know. Biscuits and gravy does sound good. If I'm there I'm there. Thinking out loud.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #157
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Sorry I missed you this time BD. Had to work.

Lets go to west side of Shawnee sometime
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:17 PM   #158
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Sorry I missed you this time BD. Had to work.

Lets go to west side of Shawnee sometime
Yes---that sounds good.

Today was a great day---but didn't seem like it at first--------we started riding in a cold rain then it cleared up with not a cloud in the sky and we ended up getting hot !!!! We rode from 8:30AM till dark-----man I'm tired.

I stuck a stick in my eye while riding a secret trail of mine. I had pretty much gotten my eye closed but it's sore this morning and all red-----I think it's going to be OK.
Should have goggles on when trail riding. So easy for a stick to sneak by your glasses.

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:25 AM   #159
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Attention Sieg

Attention Sieg,
And others.

Sieg--remember that muddy road you took me and brad down and I ran my Husky off in a mudhole-----just Northwest of Kaskaskia state park---I think it's called "Klondike" road ????????---------that sucker was gated off and locked at the Southern entrance--with the usual unfriendly signs of course.

Then just South of there we went down that really steep hill and road that trail out to the river----that's where I stuck the stick in my eye---------I wish that trail was 300 miles long----really nice.

They haven't started rebuilding the shelter at Kaskaskia state park yet.

Also----we rode by Illinois state caverns-------------it was gated with a lock and posted "Cave Closed". Kind of looked like to me it was closed for good---not for sure. I've looked in that cave years ago----but wasn't prepared to explore in it. I guess this is another sign of the states economy.

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:37 AM   #160
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Yeah, Big Dog. We remember that road




It's a shame it was gated off, was the gate new, I don't remember seeing one.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #161
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Yeah, Big Dog. We remember that road




It's a shame it was gated off, was the gate new, I don't remember seeing one.
I don't remember one being there either Brad---maybe Sieg remembers ???

But the gate had a chain and lock in it.

I didn't try to get down it from the North.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:28 AM   #162
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Bigdog do you remember this overlook you took Sanjoh an me up to? The ruts in the trail going up there were so deep they would have swallowed our 950's if we would have slipped into them.



The forest service must have found some money. I went up there yesterday and you could drive a Mercury Marquis up there now. They completely ruined it
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:20 AM   #163
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Bigdog do you remember this overlook you took Sanjoh an me up to? The ruts in the trail going up there were so deep they would have swallowed our 950's if we would have slipped into them.


The forest service must have found some money. I went up there yesterday and you could drive a Mercury Marquis up there now. They completely ruined it
Yeh----everybody and their dog will be up there now----I've always wondered who and why they maintained that road.

Nice bike !!!

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Old 03-10-2013, 12:39 PM   #164
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Attention Sieg,
And others.

Sieg--remember that muddy road you took me and brad down and I ran my Husky off in a mudhole-----just Northwest of Kaskaskia state park---I think it's called "Klondike" road ????????---------that sucker was gated off and locked at the Southern entrance--with the usual unfriendly signs of course.

Then just South of there we went down that really steep hill and road that trail out to the river----that's where I stuck the stick in my eye---------I wish that trail was 300 miles long----really nice.

They haven't started rebuilding the shelter at Kaskaskia state park yet.

Also----we rode by Illinois state caverns-------------it was gated with a lock and posted "Cave Closed". Kind of looked like to me it was closed for good---not for sure. I've looked in that cave years ago----but wasn't prepared to explore in it. I guess this is another sign of the states economy.

BigDog
SOB! I was through Klondike 2 weeks ago! It has been blocked on the left side of the tracks for years, but I’ve been riding the road on the right side since I was a teen.
The signs to IL Caverns are still in place! I was by it Friday, maybe just closed for the winter? (Or a Obama cost saving thing) The last time I was in the caverns I was a kid with my dad. It was not open to the public then but my dad knew the owner. I think it’s still privately owned but his heirs have a deal with the DMR to give tours.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:45 PM   #165
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Illinois caverns

Rode out that way once, and the sign stated White nose fungus had been found in IL caves, so it was closed. Recently in the news again, IL found more white nose fungus, which has been killing millions of bats nationwide. It is easy to carry in on your clothing and boots, so caves are closed to public in MO and IL.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/outdo...nois-bats.html
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