Day 19 - Vandalia, IL to Taylorville, IL - Two Far 2020 - NTF (Not Two Far) - CycleBlaze

June 18, 2020

Day 19 - Vandalia, IL to Taylorville, IL

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More farms, more fields, more low traffic highways...

We had "only" 50 miles routed for today, which seemed short after our recent long ones.  It was hotter today - low 90's - but not really bad.  Felt like home!

Lots of hay bales
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Kerry said I didn't have soybean pictures. It wasn't hard to find a bean field to photograph!
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For our friend Jerry - cool old truck. They always make us think of you.
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Old farm equipment
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We had good shoulder part of the way. We didn't have to contend with any viciously misplaced rumble strips.
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Some of the traffic we encountered today. There was a fair amount of farm machinery on the road.
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In Ramsey, we saw this local railroad display.

Just for Stan H. A small rail display in Ramsey, IL.
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The Nickel Plate used to run through my hometown. The Nickel Plate ran down the west side of the Muskingum River and the B&O ran down the east side. In high school, I worked for a fuel oil distributor and the NPRR yard was right across from the fuel depot. We would load the truck with diesel, drive across the street and fuel the locomotives. If I remember correctly, a truck load of fuel would only fill 3 locomotives. The distributor loved that account - quick easy money! Kerry
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At about mile 29, we got onto the Lincoln Prairie Trail.  It's a rail-trail that runs right along Hwy 29 to Taylorville.  It was cool and shady in spots.

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Keith A. SpanglerLooks nice and cool.... Hey, have you seen a lot of campgrounds?
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithKeith,
I don't remember seeing any campgrounds yet. I don't think this part of IL is a vacation destination.
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Other places were in the full sun and some of the surface got a little rough.

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Near the end of the trail in Taylorville, with no advance warning, we came to this.

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Fortunately, we only had to ride back about .25 miles to get on Hwy 29

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The town of Taylorville looks as if it were once a prosperous community.  Time seems not to have been very kind to it.

The Christian County Courthouse is very attractive.
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There are some beautiful old buildings downtown on the courthouse square.

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Keith A. SpanglerNice image.....Love it!
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But we saw more views like this than we did of the couple nice blocks downtown.  These video poker places are numerous in the small towns we've passed through.

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Today's ride: 52 miles (84 km)
Total: 234 miles (377 km)

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