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

    Beck’s Woods 


    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.


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


    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
  • Richard 9:15 am on December 1, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Long Haul Trucker, , northern Illinois, Surly, trail riding, winter bicycling, winter biking, winter cycling   

    Larson Park 


    Ari, Jay, Tobie and I got out Sunday for a ride to Larson Park in Sycamore.  We made slow progress with the wind blowing from the north. The guys wanted to ride the trail beneath the power lines parallel to Peace Rd.  Ari, erstwhile guerilla conservationist, has been making the trail accessible for riders.  There seems to be a minor local buzz about snow trails as Tobie euphemistically calls them. The section between Pleasant St. and Greenwood Acres Dr. was slow going because of the precipitation. More mud than snow.  Back on the paved part they decided try the section between Barber Greene Rd. and Peace Rd. I opted out and went to the Bethany Rd and Peace Rd intersection. 20 minutes later Tobie emerged from the growth.

    Not Sasquatch

    Not Sasquatch

    Larson Park is hidden gem at the end of North Cross St. Man-made lake with picnic tables, paved and unpaved trails.


    Despite the inclement conditions it was a decent 20 mile trip. Snow became a factor on the return leg but at least the wind was with us.


  • Richard 6:55 pm on November 23, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: breakfast, Dekalb-Sycamore Trail, grits, Masi, Soulville, Surly, Sycamore breakfast, Tobie Depauw, Tommy O's   

    Free Grits 

    Saturday Winter Weight Diner rides continues and yesterday the turnout was – Tobie.


    Okay it was a Dekalb-Sycamore Trail redux as we travelled on a Surly Cross Check and Masi Soulville (with 29 inch wheels) into a rather cold north wind. Pretty good breakfast in the $5.00 – $6.00 range. And free grits. So no complaint.

    Afterward ran some errands… the thing with cold weather riding is that it can improve with duration. No precipitation so I kept riding.


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