Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A car-free Exodus to "Little Egypt"


A loop around Southern Illinois via train and bike reveals the area’s unique culture

by John Greenfield

Most people think of the Land of Lincoln as Chicago plus pancake-flat prairie, but Southern Illinois is completely different. The region, nicknamed “Little Egypt” because it’s located in the delta of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, is blanketed by the lush Shawnee National Forest and roller-coaster hills, which makes it a challenging, beautiful destination for bicycle travel.

Flooding along the Mississippi hit Southern Illinois hard this spring. My buddy Kevin was interested in checking out the aftermath, as well as the area’s unusual geography and historical landmarks. So on Memorial Day weekend we hauled our touring bikes onboard Amtrak’s Saluki Line from Chicago to Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University, for a three-day cycling adventure.

Fellow green transportation journalist Steven Vance (stevencanplan.com) and I recently launched Grid, a new blog about walking, biking and transit in Chicago and beyond. Read the rest of this story at gridchicago.com.

3 comments:

brigadecar said...

The big winners in the showrooms are agent cars as barter assume to be absorption on affairs what they apperceive to be added economical vehicles.

Second Hand Cars in Bangalore

Poll Nike said...

Microsoft has Office 2010 to remove from the subscription site to MSDN,TechNet, Expression.Microsoft sentenced to stop sales of Word and Microsoft Office 2010 Download.

thuoc tot mua said...

Bạn đang muốn giảm cân nhanh và đơn giản nhưng lại chưa biết làm cách nào . Chúng tôi xin giới thiệu cho bạn thực đơn giảm cân cấp tốc trong 1 tuần , giải độc gan trị mụn , cách giải độc gan đơn giản , bấm huyệt chữa mất ngủ , uống collagen lúc nào là tốt nhất , uống gì mát gan đẹp da , trị sẹo lõm lâu năm bằng phương pháp tự nhiên Những cách trị sẹo lâu năm rất hiệu quả mà bạn nên biết .