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old Illinois Central rail bed, Polo, Il

Discussion in 'MY NEIGHBORHOOD' started by rusty1, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. rusty1

    rusty1

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    ...couple pics of where I ride a lot, the old Illinois Central railroad bed that runs for about 8 miles south of Polo, Illinois.
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  2. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Absolutely beautiful!

    Be careful though, those are the kind of roads where Bigfoot is typically sited. :mrgreen:

    Cheers,
    Dr. T
     
  3. aka_locojoe

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    Is it officially a rail-to-trail or just abandoned? Doesn't appear to have been surfaced with anything. Looks like a nice place to ride.
     
  4. rusty1

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    ...it had been abandoned for years since the IL Central went out of service.
    the Dixon, Il park district bought up what they could and turned it into a bike/walking path. It's never been surfaced, just rails/ties removed and smooth graded gravel. The Dixon park district mows and maintains it.

    one nice thing are all the trees; in the Summer it's nice and cool, in the cold months they serve as a nice windbreak, especially where the rail line was cut out and has the higher earthen sides. There are a lot of areas where there are steep sides dropping down; I'll get more pics.
     
  5. rusty1

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    ...here's a few more pics...
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  6. Onewheelsqueel

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    Looks like a nice place to ride.
     

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