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  • Richard 6:51 am on January 22, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Beck's Woods, bike touring, , Capron, , McHenry County Campgrounds, ,   

    Beck’s Woods 

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    Beck’s Wood’s is one of my favorite local destinations. A quiet campground perched on a hill southwest of Capron in McHenry County. The  first entrance off Pagels Rd. is easy to miss but if you continue on Pagles into town you will find a parking lot on your left.

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    As with most county parks there are restroom facilities but no showers.  Ample wood supply made camp set  up way too easy.

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    There is a convenience store in town, adequate for an overnight stay.

    Turn Dist Turn Road Total Dist
    NCC Start at Girard St 0.00 mi
    NCC Go straight (WNW) on Girard St 0.00 mi
    0.03 mi Turn right (NNE) on to S 5th St 0.03 mi
    0.02 mi Turn left (WNW) on to SR 38 (E Lincoln Hwy) 0.05 mi
    0.07 mi Turn right (NNE) on to SR 23 (S 4th St) 0.13 mi
    0.30 mi Turn left (WNW) on to Fisk Ave 0.42 mi
    0.22 mi Turn right (NNE) on to N 1st St 0.65 mi
    1.29 mi Go straight (N) on to CR 22 (N 1st St) 1.93 mi
    3.39 mi Go straight (N) on to 5 Points Rd 5.32 mi
    2.01 mi Turn right (E) on to N Grove Rd 7.33 mi
    0.11 mi Turn left (N) on to Pleasant Hill Rd 7.45 mi
    6.25 mi Turn left (NNW) on to Genoa Rd 13.69 mi
    1.82 mi Turn right (E) on to Melms Rd 15.51 mi
    2.85 mi Turn left (N) on to N State Rd 18.36 mi
    1.00 mi Keep left (N) on to CR 35 (Genoa Rd) 19.36 mi
    0.53 mi Keep right (N) on to Genoa Rd 19.89 mi
    1.50 mi Turn left (W) on to CR 31 (Harmony Rd) 21.39 mi
    0.55 mi Keep right (N) on to CR 31 (County Line Rd) 21.94 mi
    0.17 mi Keep right (N) on to County Line Rd 22.11 mi
    2.42 mi Go straight (W) on to Slough Rd 24.53 mi
    1.04 mi Turn right (N) on to CR 3 (Garden Prairie Rd) 25.57 mi
    2.03 mi Turn right (E) on to US 20 27.60 mi
    1.01 mi Turn left (N) on to County Line Rd 28.61 mi
    8.02 mi Turn right (ENE) on to CR 16 (Flat Iron Rd) 36.63 mi
    0.81 mi Keep left (NNE) on to Pagles Rd 37.44 mi
    3.16 mi Finish at 5940 Pagles Rd 40.60 mi
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  • Richard 8:41 pm on January 4, 2009 Permalink |  

    Ice Like 

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    Good time to get out, run a few errands and check out the local trail conditions. The trail north and west of the Kishwaukee River in Prairie Park still has significant ice coverage.

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    However by the river the situation improves with debris and a sand berm.

    Winter Edition Sand Berm

    Winter Edition Sand Berm

    This section of trail the itself is remarkably free of ice considering it was covered in water a week ago.

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    The temperature dropped 2 degrees to 24 during the first hour of the ride. I dropped off the DVDs deciding not to peruse the aisles for another. Why lose all the warmth?  But riding in sub freezing temps is not entirely unenjoyable. I’m actually surprised how my body acclimates to it. Mind you these are not 30 mile rides, just 10 miles to take care of business in town. The ice patches challenge one’s awareness of the road. It’s a whole new set of variables to contend with.

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