Day 23. #30daysofbiking

It’s amazing what people can do when they decide it’s the right thing to do.

Think about the transcontinental railroad, Hoover Dam, the Marshall Plan, the Apollo program.

Think about Chicago building a tunnel two miles out into Lake Michigan to bring clean water to a polluted city.

In 1867.

Think about the margarita. (It’s delicious.)

Now think about what we absolutely can’t do.

Levitate. Turn lead paint into gold faucets. Argue Arizona statehood with Elmo in a strip club. 

Elmo LIKE Sheriff Arapio.

And, of course, how we can’t fix a washed-out public right of way in central Illinois.

It’s been, what, two or three years since you could walk or ride a bicycle on the Rock Island Trail from Princeville to Wyoming?

Elmo LIKE linear nature of time.

This isn’t a closed trail. This is what 21st-century learned helplessness looks like.

Welcome to the state of Illinois.

Elmo LIKE Iowa.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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6 Responses to Day 23. #30daysofbiking

  1. adventurepdx says:

    It’s not about whether it can be done, it’s about the will to do it.

    Is that gulley hike-a-bikeable?

  2. Glenn says:

    Is that concrete on the trail? Otherwise, a little guerrilla trail maintenance would be in order – regrade it into a little dip over the culvert. I’m guessing there would be annual upkeep though.

    • No concrete. Dirt and crushed stone. Oh, if only we had a little guerrilla; this project would take a family of Silverbacks.

      • Glenn says:

        Yeah, it’s often hard to judge scale from a photo. I can see now it’s deeper than I thought. I was thinking it was 3 feet deep and someone could dig away those edges to slope into the ditch and use the fill to raise it a bit above the culvert, But if it’s that deep, I’d be waiting a few years for someone to (not) do it too. It’s a good thing I don’t own a Bobcat or I’d get into all kinds of trouble with these ideas.

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