|Escape Route: Sergeant Road Bike Trail South.|
Now, normally the Turkey Burn ride was on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but I didn't have to accommodate anyone else, and I wasn't working, so why not just do this Friday? It was sunny, in the 40's, and Mrs. Guitar Ted had to work. So, I planned on the bagging of a little road coming out of Voorhies, a bit of Eagle Road that is gravel, and a stub of Quarry Road off the Western county line.
While the day was bright and sunny, it is less than a month from the Winter Solstice, so our daylight is more of a constant twilight, and the low angle of the Sun makes everything weird. I have a harder time seeing now during this time of year than during others. Plus, the good light only lasts a few hours. You have to get going while the gettin' is good! Not to mention that the coolness of mornings makes riding out in the country a bit less appealing. Especially with the strong winds we've been having.
And speaking of winds, they were up on Friday. 17-24mph out of the West-Northwest. I had a great push Southward on some old, familiar roads to get down to the Voorhies area to bag those roads and bits I had seen I'd missed while double checking the maps recently. Temperatures were in the upper 30's/low 40's and with that wind, it was pretty brisk out in the open. Fortunately I didn't have to battle headwinds too much on this ride and the return home route actually made things easier. I'll get around to that in a bit.....
|The roads South of Waterloo were really fast Friday. |
|'Merica. Holmes Road looking South near Hudson, Iowa.|
|Future technology now on the farm.|
|Eagle Road looking East. That's Voorhies off to the right in the distance.|| |
Then I realized when I passed the intersection of Quarry Road and Lincoln Road that I hadn't written in cues to account for the two miles of Quarry Road from Lincoln Road to Hicks Road. So, I had to modify my route on the fly, which wasn't hard to do, really, to get that in. This made it so I approached Voorhies from the West instead of from the East, but it all worked out so that I got the little bit of Voorhies Road that was gravel.
The funny thing is that the DOT maps had this stub of gravel coming out of Voorhies marked on the map as "Front Street", but the signage in the field said otherwise. Another reason not to trust any online maps. Little things like that could really throw you a curve ball on a ride if you were expecting the maps to line up with reality. Which, they don't a lot of the time.
|An old building in Voorhies with the town's name on the fascia. Looks like old railroad depot signage. |
|This harvester's job is finished until the next harvest season. |
|Lincoln Cemetery about three miles West of Voorhies near the Black Hawk County line with Grundy County.|| |
|Grundy Road, the border road between Black Hawk and Grundy counties. Looking North here. |
After leaving Voorhies I went West on Eagle Road and found Lincoln Cemetery on the South side of the road near the Western border of Black Hawk County. Named for the township it is located in, this cemetery was located at the top of a big hill which gave a commanding view of the area around it. From here I went North on Grundy Road to catch a half mile stub of Quarry Road off Grundy Road to the East.
|Another curious road ending. This time its Quarry Road in Western Black Hawk County. |
|The grain bin makes the trailers and tractor look like toys. |
My theory is that the well mown grassy area at the end to the North of the road is going to be a wind generator site. I had heard that a certain competitor to the main wind generator utility in Iowa was looking to put in some wind generator sites in Southern Black Hawk County. This could be one such proposed site. This competing company was being slowed in progress towards installing generators by some red tape/legal action, which would explain why nothing had happened yet. Just a hunch there.....
Then it was back due North to Griffith Road East and then slanting Northeastward on Eldora Road. This road traces, near as can be done now, the old Native American trail picked up by European settlers when they came here which roughly shadows Black Hawk Creek's run to Waterloo and the Cedar River.
I ended up with about four and a half hours out on the Fargo Gen I that day. A good hard ride with heavy wind to deal with. More importantly, I bagged a few more miles of unridden roads to bring the quest that much closer to its completion.