GITAP XXXV, 2007

This year I rode GITAP with some friends from Oregon. GITAP stands for Grand Illinois Trails and Parks, and is put on by the League of Illinois Bicyclists. There was a motel option, but we like camping out.

Because my club's invitational ride was the first day of GITAP, I had to join the group at the first campground.

Day 1, Mooseheart (Batavia) to Illini State Park

Hank and Mike are ready to roll at daybreak.

Lining up at Mooseheart

Resting near the I&M Canal

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Camping at Illilni State Park

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Hey Hank! Run into any joggers today?

Where did they say dinner was?

SAG wagon and Illinois River

Day 2, Illini State Park to Starved Rock State Park

Marseilles lock and dam

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Crossing the bridge to Marseilles

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Towpath and aqueduct near Ottawa

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Towpath trail near Buffalo Rock

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Memorial for 2005 tornado victims in Utica

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Outside Duffy's Tavern in Utica

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Inside Duffy's Tavern

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Partially restored lock at LaSalle

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Relaxing at the Starved Rock campground

Day 3, Starved Rock to Lowden

Posing with Wild Bill Hickock at his park

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Changing a tire near a farmhouse

Now we know where the headwind is coming from

Mike and Katy next to a beanfield.

Getting away from the brutal headwind in West Brooklyn

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Lowden campground

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Day 4, Lowden to Rock Cut

World's Largest Concrete Indian Statue

Checking out the early sunlight

Checking the map in Winnebago.

Katy spots a street named after her dog.

Setting up the tents

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Relaxing at camp

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Relaxing at camp

These came in handy for the Catydids.

Raptor demonstration at Rock Cut

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Day 5, Rock Cut to Rock Cut

Let's see, Rockford should be somewhere around here

Interesting mailbox in Rockford

Armed Forces memorial, Rockford

This looks like a good place to drink a beer

Day 6, Rock Cut to Chain O' Lakes

Heading out after breakfast

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Rural mailbox

City limits of a small town

Pam and Hank ride into Caledonia

Milkweed in bloom with ripe raspberries on the Long Prairie Path

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Riding along State Line Road

This is as far North as we go.

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Red-tailed hawk on silo near Hebron

Rolling hills near Richmond

Rest stop sponsored by local bike club

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Dinner at Chain O' Lakes

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Day 7, Chain O' Lakes to Mooseheart

Wet cyclists getting a snack in East Dundee

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At the Prarie Rock Brewpub in Elgin

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That elbow Lynn fell on is starting to swell up

Reliving old times in Geneva

Halina is happy her grandfather has returned safely