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Hitting 3,000 miles, and discovering more of the levee trail

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Yesterday, I finally hit 3,000 miles of riding for the year. Last year I hit the big 3K in October, so I’m behind, compared to last year. But of course I have had a number of major life changes this year. I am just thrilled that I made it to 3,000. Now, I’ve ridden 6,592 miles since I started keeping track last February.

The other day, I discovered a whole new section of the Levee Trail system. In the past, I’ve stopped at a “no trespassing” sign, but I rode past it and while I thought the trail ended at K-Mart, it continues past that for a while, and then connects with a strange, apparently unnamed road that connects to a road close to where I live. This means there’s a closer access point to the trail that avoids a lot of traffic. Needless to say, I was pleased to make this discovery. The section I explored was paved; there were also some gravel and dirt trails branching off from the main trail that I have yet to explore.

The scenery is quite varied, with some sections feeling nearly rural, and some residential, industrial and retail areas. First, here’s the map.


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Church

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Market Street

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Getting on the levee trail

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Another view

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Riiiiiight.

It’s strange, the “NO TRESPASSING” sign is right by the railroad tracks. There is an identical sign on the other side, but the trail is open on both sides. I guess they just don’t want you crossing the tracks?

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Railroad tracks

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A water tank of some kind

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Kmart — the trail also goes by some other stores. It could be useful for actually getting around.

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Riding toward the mountains

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Some (probably abandoned) fuel tanks

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Locks

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Another view of one of the tanks

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Z&B Body Shop

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Unmarked road. This section feels almost rural.

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Signs of industry

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Dirt road. If I’d been on my mountain bike, or it hadn’t been so muddy, I would’ve checked it out more

Even though I was close to home, I turned around and rode back the way I came. I wanted to explore some more and ride a few more miles.

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Small gravel trail paralleling the road

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The trail let out behind a business

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Another church

I just noticed a limo in the above photo. What the heck was a limo doing in the seedy underbelly of Edwardsville?

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Industrial buildings and distant mountains

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An abandoned restaurant, or something

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Tanks again

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These things cool. Notice the staircases don’t go all the way down anymore

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Alley

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Abandoned Amoco center. Peak oil? Localized economic woes?

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Abandoned Amoco

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Strange walkway

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Messing with perspective

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Gravel road/trail

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Dirt trail. This will be fun to explore, at some point. It was a muddy mess.

There seem to be a lot of offshoot trails. This will be fun to explore, and maybe I’ll map out the entire trail system.

4 Responses to “Hitting 3,000 miles, and discovering more of the levee trail”

  1. John Says:

    The backs of the buildings very often have much more character than the front. The weather finally cleared here and the full moon fiasco ride is scheduled for tonight. The western part of the state is covered with ice though.

  2. Tim Says:

    congrats on 3K. I know how you feel. 🙂

    And to for the discovery ride. I like those as much as any.

  3. Bone Says:

    3000 miles is pretty freaking cool. Congratulations.

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    Always nice to hit those even thousands! Way to go!

    As to the limo…If you’re going to “take somebody for a ride”, what better vehicle?

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