Brian Schuneman, and possibly other family members, will lead the final Beyond Normal ride of the season to the I & M Canal on Saturday, Oct. 5. Hope you can join us!
Please be aware that I & M Canal trail is NOT paved and is NOT suitable for road bikes. Please tune up your hybrid, gravel bike, or mountain bike for this adventure.
Departing from the Connie Link parking lot at 8:00A for the hour drive to somewhere in the Illinois River Valley known only to Brian.
Ride Description: The current plan is to drive to the trail access in Utica and then ride west to LaSalle and back east to Ottawa. Buffalo rock State Park is along the way and offers a panoramic view of the Illinois River from up on a bluff.
Note that the quality of the I & M Canal is rather weather dependent. If there is significant rain the week prior to the ride, the alternate plan could be the packed gravel section of the Rock Island Trail going north from Peoria – Alta to Princeville and maybe beyond.