HENNEPIN CANAL TRAIL
Day 1 - 41 miles
No that's not trash. That's my Dahon Speed P8 along side other carry-on luggage on the Illinois Zephyr, Amtrak #380, which runs between Quincy and Chicago.
For those with full size bikes, all Amtrak Illinois trains allow you to carry them on board. A reservation and $10 fee are required. Folders go free.
When I detrained at Kewanee, I was disappointed to see that the Amshack - the one that had the sign touting Kewanee as the hog capital of the world
had been demolished, hopefully to be replaced with something more substantial. In any event I was disappointed because it was cold, windy, and drizzling; and I could have used a place under cover to get setup for the ride.
No sooner had I left Kewanee that the hills started - 7 in all. This was a surprise since I had biked from Macomb to Kewanee a couple of times, and it was Central Illinois flat south of Kewanee.
At the top of another hill looking back towards Kewanee
I had no idea there was terrace farming in Illinois
The hills ended about the time it cleared up and the strong head wind began.
I had lunch at the Barn in Atkinson, a better than average small town "spit-n-whittle" cafe.
What with the hills and head wind before even reaching the canal, I decided to spend the night at the Super 8 in Geneseo. So after checking in and resting up I headed out again. I reached the canal at Bridge 38 and made it to Bridge 40 before turning back. I passed the day use and campground at Bridge 37 (Ill 82) before exiting at Bridge 36 on the east side of Geneseo. I then headed into the very attractive downtown for supper.
Aqueduct 7 over Genesseo Creek at mile 50.3
East of Genesseo. The trail surface is what I call oil & chip and some call chip & seal - the poor man's asphalt. It looked like it had been around a while; but was smoother than many streets and roads you will encounter in Illinois.
Izaak Walton League Lodge near Ill 82 north of Geneseo.
Lock 24 NE of Geneseo.
Day use area at Lock 24
Very attractive downtown GeneseoFirst Previous Next Last