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My Visit to Carlock, Illinois


Drove 203 miles in 5-1/4 hours

Nice day, 85 and sunny

We decided to go the road less traveled because the interstates are bumpy and there’s lots of construction.  We drove up route 130 to Newton (the birthplace and burial place of Burl Ives), then through Greenup to Charleston, then route 121 to Decatur. Pretty blue cornflowers and white Queen Anne’s Lace on the side of the road, I think those flowers look nice together.

Sometimes a black-eyed Susan was thrown in for a pop of yellow.  Cornfields and soybean fields are everywhere.  Quite a bit of roadkill too. We stopped at a roadside parking lot just south of Decatur and had lunch.  Good thing because the smell in Decatur is terrible! Turns out it’s because of all processing of all the agriculture around and Decatur is the agribusiness capital of the world with lots of processing plants throughout the city.  And lots of traffic lights which all seemed to turn red as soon as we got close.  Up route 51 to Carlock, just west of Bloomington.

The minute we drove in the campground we knew we would stay more than one night.  It’s shady, grassy, quiet, not very full.  Totally contact-less check-in, I paid online and there was an envelope with our name on it taped to the front door of the office telling us which site we had. All the facilities are closed, office, pool, laundry, etc. but we don’t use any of those anyway.

I added another night by texting them.  Sat outside and read for a while, we’re really going to relax here.  Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere in the evening, big ones, little ones, all-out munching on the grass.  And big fat robins, too. After dinner, I called a winery in town to see if they would be open tomorrow.  Found out the owners retired in May and closed the winery but we ended up talking to them for almost an hour as they drank their Frontenac and we drank our Tempranillo.

Nice people, they invited us to stay on the vineyard property even though they’re closed.  It’s part of Harvest Hosts and we’re members but we like where we are so we declined their offer. Oh, and some of the state routes are not much smoother than the interstates, but they are more interesting.

Tempranillo.  Nice people, they invited us to stay on the vineyard property even though they’re closed.  It’s part of Harvest Hosts and we’re members but we like where we are so we declined their offer. Oh, and some of the state routes are not much smoother than the interstates, but they are more interesting.

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