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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:34 pm

If you haven't explored your area ... driving roads or being a "tourist" to see what you find ... I highly suggest you take time to DO IT. And, yes, that includes myself.

I've mentioned before how I explore the back roads west of my home town when I'm driving my Monte Carlos. I've discovered some neat, secluded areas (particularly long stretches of back roads!), as well as some interesting short cuts. This time, a day before my birthday, my Aunt Chris and I went for a drive to explore some areas in central/western/northern IL.

Our trip (Sunday, 09/18/2011) was preceded by a conversation we had this past spring. We were talking about the drive out to Mt Morris IL, particularly when IL RT 64 was partially closed for road construction, ~8 years ago. At the time, part of the detour around the construction area took us on a long stretch of back road where we watched a farm house turn into a "castle". We wondered if the house had ever been completed ... and, if so, what it looked like today. So ... we decided to go check it out. I was quite disappointed to see it unfinished and abandoned.

We also went to Byron IL, Durand IL, Freeport IL and Lena IL, taking mostly back roads between towns. We only hit I-39 coming back home.


Some pics from our adventure...

...Lindenwood IL, looking at the farmhouse with the "castle" addition to the back and both sides:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_27_LindenwoodIL

...Lindenwood IL, the house and barn:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_25_LindenwoodIL

...Lindenwood IL, part of the "castle" addition:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_02_LindenwoodIL

...NE of Byron IL, haunted house:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_03_NEoregonILrt2

...Durand IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_05_DurandIL

...Lena IL, museum:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_23_LenaIL

...Lena IL, Stagecoach Trail:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_22_LenaIL

...Freeport IL, Little Cubs Field, marque:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_19_FreeportIL

...Freeport IL, Little Cubs Field, Harry:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_14_FreeportIL

...Freeport IL, LIttle Cubs Field, scoreboard:
Day road trip:  exploring! GoWest_wAC_09182011_08_FreeportIL


If you want to see all of the pics, I have 'em on FB:
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Post by knightfan26917 on Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:51 pm

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I don't have any good pics of my hometown. It's tough to be a "tourist" in one's own area, but I need to take time to do that. In the meantime, a friend sent me this video, which is a good "snapshot" of Elgin IL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUYivFVXMpM


I've shared plenty of pics I've taken of area roads west of Elgin, but here is one I took this year during cruise nights. It is Rookie's in Elgin, along Randall Rd ... a "new" area of town:
Day road trip:  exploring! 2011cruisNites_0724_01rkies


Then, on Sunday, 10/02/2011, I "toured" a bit more, and took these 8 shots as I drove my cars:

...Plato Center IL, an old truck advertising a business on Dittman Rd:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_1_dittmanRdBusiness

...Campton Hills IL, Burlington Rd at IL RT 47, which connects Route 66, the Lincoln Highway and US RT 20:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_2_ILrt47

...E of Sycamore IL, IL RT 64:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_3_ILrt64W

...Sycamore IL, Speedway:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_4_ILrt46sycamoreSpeedway

...Sycamore IL, IL RT 23:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_5_ILrt23N

...N of Sycamore IL, farmhouse along IL RT 23:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_6_ILrt23home

...N of Burlington IL, pond along Baseline Rd:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_7_baselineRdPond

...Burlington IL, old schoolhouse (1872) along Ramm Rd:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore100211_8_rammRdOldSchoolhouse1872



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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:44 pm

I took a little trip back in time today. Our family is from South Central Kentucky back in the sticks and I took my daughter down with me to visit her mother's grave at the family cemetary. It brought back a lot of memories. I am the type to be the last one to get the news and I discovered three cousins that had departed in the last several years and I did not even know they were gone. My daughter took a lot of pics of the cemetary. The "family" home is just a few houndred feet of the cemetary, but no one in the family owns any of it anymore. Oh well. JB
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Post by Tom77 on Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:54 am

Nice Pics I used to live in Berwyn. Took many trips out in the country on my bike. Nice to see some things staid the same.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:08 am

Hey GR,

Yeah, but a lot has changed....


JB2wheeler wrote:I discovered three cousins that had departed in the last several years and I did not even know they were gone.

Oh my goodness ... very sorry, JB. Sad


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I've explored a bit more (big surprise)...!



ELGIN-SPECIFIC...
pics are few (if existent at all) from me also partly because I don't like driving around town in traffic; I prefer the "back roads".

...10/15/2011, downtown Elgin IL, EPD, Douglas Ave:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_1_ElginIL_Douglas

...10/15/2011, downtown Elgin IL, Highland Ave at Douglas Ave:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_2_ElginIL_HighlandAtDouglas



BACK ROADS...
are ripe for exploring. They don't see much traffic (making it easy to stop and take pics) and "hide" interesting things.

...10/09/2011, Burlington IL, Allen Rd:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_3_BurlingtonIL_strippedFarmAllenRd

...10/09/2011, Plato Center IL, Muirhead Rd at Plank Rd:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_4_PlatoCenterIL_colorsPlankAtMuirhead



RR PATHS...
are created when old train tracks are torn up. I've taken/shared pictures of different RR tracks along roads, so now 2 pics of one such bike/pedestrian path on a former RR line.

...10/09/2011, Sycamore IL, path along IL RT 64 at Peplow Rd, looking W:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_5_SycamoreIL_bikePath64atPeplowLookW

...10/15/2011, Sycamore IL, path along IL RT 64 at Peplow Rd, looking E:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_6_SycamoreIL_bikePath64atPeplowLookE



OLD ROADS & ABANDONED PLACES...
are fascinating. Old roads connect the country, hold history (especially abandoned places) and have some cool people along them. I've taken/shared pictures of both, particularly along Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway.

...10/09/2011, Sycamore IL, abandoned 64 Motor Court, next to the Sycamore Speedway:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_7_SycamoreIL_abandoned64motorCt


...10/09/2011, Hampshire IL, Allen's Corner Restaurant along "old road" US 20 [travels through Elgin IL via "bypass" & "business" versions], which I've driven on the East AND West coasts during my last 2 road trips (next 2 pics)...:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_8_HampshireIL_AllensCornerUS20

...07/07/2011, near Eddyville OR, traveling west on "old road" US 20 on my Coast-to-Coast Road Trip:
Day road trip:  exploring! 11RT364_0706_OR_US20W

...08/08/2010, near Brimfield MA, traveling east on "old road" US 20 on my Nor'Easter Trek Road Trip:
Day road trip:  exploring! 10RT151_MA_0808_USrt20east



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Post by knightfan26917 on Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:19 am

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A few more exploratory pics, starting with a recent pic I took of my nephew. Talk about an explorer! It's hard to believe he will be 3 in a few weeks:
Day road trip:  exploring! NephewTime_10162011


...Melms Rd, Hampshire IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_A_HampshireIL_FarmMelmsRd

...Ramm Rd, Burlington IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_B_BurlingtonIL_RammRd

...Plato Rd, Plato Center IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_C_PlatoCenterIL_PlatoRd

...US RT 20, Elgin IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_D_ElginIL_RT20

...Nesler Rd, Elgin IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! MISCexplore_E_ElginIL_NeslerRd

...Spring St, S Elgin IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! 2011cruisNites_0604_02bfVla

...IL RT 47, Morris IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! 123_SpringFlingMnG_04162011_CaddyHearseForSale

...Lincoln Highway, Franklin Grove IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! 212_MayMadnessMnG_05212011_LincolnHwNtnlHdqrtrs

...Route 66, Pontiac IL:
Day road trip:  exploring! 11RT044_0627_IL_Pontiac_RT66museum



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Post by Limey SE on Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:50 am

Hoppers haunted house wow you were like 7 minutes from me LOL and all the old cars in front of that house are for sale


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Post by knightfan26917 on Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:28 am

Small world Wink. lol

He have any Caprice Classics?!



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