Champaign County, IL
I've already been asked why I would spend a week in Penfield, Illinois. The reason -- it was enroute from Eureka Springs to Lake Michigan, and it was lovely greenspace within a day's drive.
The Middle Fork River Forest Preserve has over 1700 acres of forest, meadows and prairie, 4 miles of the Middle Fork River, 3 ponds, and a diversity of birds to be seen and heard. Native Americans and European Americans settled in this area but in 1869, a group of German immigrants brought drainage techniques that made the land farmable.
It was a lovely week for me to regroup. I cycled the farm country just outside the gate for many miles. I walked the trails on property. I met interesting people from West Virginia. I caught up on reading and hours of sleep. When I left Penfield, I was ready for the travel ahead.
NOTE: The Preserve abusively used Roundup, and yes, I am writing an email to headquarters next!
6/23/2016 02:12:55 pm
I think that was a good choice of the stop you made to re-group. We don't get to see such wide open spaces and farmland around here anymore. The photos, especially the Sunset, are beautiful. Every time I go to your blog I look forward to the visuals of your adventures as well as the commentary. Thanks.
6/24/2016 06:55:04 pm
Claudette, Thanks for visiting and commenting! This Illinois stop was a lovely area and I enjoyed the time. j.
7/9/2016 10:07:27 pm
I hope you haven't passed me on the reading yet...it's about all I can do right now. Still healing from surgery. Enjoying your blog and dreaming of riding again soon.
7/10/2016 09:55:41 pm
Sue ... have no fear on the reading quota! I haven't picked up a book in 10 days!?!?! Visited friend for the 4th for a few days; now in manic tourism mode! That said, I go into my tent on 7/28 for 2 weeks and will play catch up :)
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