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  • Richard 8:23 pm on June 28, 2009 Permalink |  

    Monroe 50 Mile 

    Monroe Loop

    The departure time  of 8:30 AM riding had me in  20 mph gusts. 6:30 am would have been better. Rain, snow, whatever – 20 miles  in and you accept the fact it is not going to change. Then it’s time to enjoy the ride.

    Last night the Cross Check Alex wheels went on the Giant OCR. The OCR is an old friend whose relaxed geometry and long chainstays afford a comfortable ride over long distances.

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    The wheels formerly resided on the Surly Cross Check which is a great bicycle. Tobie at North Central Cyclery gave me a cool deal,  Even set me up with a Bontrager carbon cantilevered forks which alleviated the toe overlap. He set me up with the Giant too.

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    But I realize it is time we part company. The Cross Check needs a new home. Anyways the ride is northwest of DeKalb. A loop through the towns of Creston, Malta and Monroe.

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    Creston home to Headon’s Meats, Rouge Wine Gallery and the first left handed water fountain. I was unable to locate the water fountain.

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    Time for a grain elevator pic.

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    Grain elevators  the tallest structures to be found out here are usually next to a railroad or a defunct rail line. This country had the greatest rail transport system, envy of the world 80 years ago.  Now dependent on trucks to haul the commodities to market this vast rail system exists only as main arterial corridors. Today the tracks and ties are gone. However the rail beds still exist.

    25 or so miles north by northwest on Mulford Rd is Monroe. Mulford Rd. is a decent ride on a Sunday morning. Not too much traffic.

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    There is a gas station in Monroe on Route 72 if you need to replenish. On the return trip the tail wind was a welcome change. South on Mulford Rd. left on  Quarry Rd. right on Countyline Rd. left on Baseline Rd.

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    Right on Esmond Rd. to Old State Rd. All roads quiet until Old State Rd. A lot of traffic for a Sunday so be careful. Then Clare Rd. south back into town.

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  • Richard 4:13 pm on June 27, 2009 Permalink |  

    Afton Preserve South Loop 

    Crego Rd Loop

    An 18 mile loop with a little gravel for you aficionados out there. Crego Rd. is a quiet country road, easy to forget if you are a local. Decent pavement and only one dog that may or may not run after you.

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    Afton Preserve south of Perry Rd. is a great place for a picnic. Ongoing wetland restoration provides a landscape seldom experienced in DeKalb County. Route 23 south, left on Gurler Rd. and then right on Crego Rd.

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    Just past Afton Preserve is McGirr Rd. Right turn on 1/2 mile of gravel back to Route 23.

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    North on Route 23 back into town. There’s a wide shoulder on Route 23 so traffic is not too much of a concern.

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  • Richard 6:53 am on June 16, 2009 Permalink |  

    Trail Repair 

    The trail east of Prairie Park underwent repairs on Monday.  The trail is an important resource for the DeKalb and hopefully more work is scheduled.

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  • Richard 4:16 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink |  

    Summer? 

    2009 has made it into the “Top five of of the wettest years” and it’s only June 14.

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    Wind out of the east so a route with a return leg through Sycamore seemed the way to go. 29.7 miles with low traffic. Though Airport Rd. had a steady stream of vehicles. Shortcut artists I suppose but it’s freaking Sunday. Oh yeah Sunday drivers.

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    Glad to see the Sycamore Farmers Market up. I take it as a sign summer has arrived and we can look forward to temps, maybe, rising above 80 degrees.

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    Found a collection of orphan sculpture (once referred to as public art back in the halcyon days of the NEA)  off Locust St. near 10th St. DeKalb is like that. Ride around long enough in town and you will find these brief respites of incongruity which gives one hope.

     
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