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So a few days ago they dumped white gravel on the rural road that I need to use to get to town. No problem, I'll go the other way and take the long way round. Nope, they put gravel in that direction too a day or so later.

So yesterday I run across Kawtoy on the way home and as we turn to go north there's fresh gravel on the road that was perfectly clean that morning.

This morning I take off thinking most of what they put on my road would probably be pressed in by now. Wrong again! They must have dumped MORE sometime early today. And not the small pea gravel kind but the larger white stuff with sharp edges. Wonderful.

It's bad enough we have virtually no corners here. But any corner that might be fun gets gravel at random times just to make sure you don't get to enjoy it.

When I had my lower fairing apart last weekend I dumped literally a cup of gravel out of the bottom of it. Its almost full again.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! :mad:

Ok, that's my rant for the day... :lol:
 

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dude when i first started riding that was my greatest fear. even a few if they were on the road i would slow down to 20 mph. Now the only thing i worry about is my plastics. i still slow down though.
they repaved the road in fron of my house early this season ant that gravel does go everywhere. i know exactly what you mean.
 

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Jim, I also found this morning; that further north, just south of Prospect Ave by about 3 miles they freshly chipped the county road there as well. I hear tell that the brindge at the intersect of Dewy-Elliott, and the Ludlow Slab the old concrete bridge might be replaced at some point this summer.....yay, new route to work for me....

Only good thing is I noticed markings on the Champaign County side of the Dewey-Elliott, maybe they will repave it like Ford County did..... Beautiful new black smooth asphalt, its the stuff dreams are made of!

BTW, Thanks for the tip Jim... it wasn't redone when I came through this morning, so they must have redone it after I went through. Good to know for the ride home!
 

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I hear ya about the gravel.. The wife and I went for a long ride on tue which was my birthday and I almost laid the bike down twice bc of gravel.. I hate illinois i hate illinois i hate illinois lol
 

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Sounds like you boys need a couple of dirt bikes. I like pavement myself.
The only pavement we have is mostly rubble. :dontknow:
 

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back in 1983, the CHP dumped large stone gravel on a 3 mile stretch of Mulholland drive to keep us motorcyclists off that road. It worked pretty well until an old lady slid off the road and over the side in her stationwagon, then they thought better of it!!
 

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back in 1983, the CHP dumped large stone gravel on a 3 mile stretch of Mulholland drive to keep us motorcyclists off that road. It worked pretty well until an old lady slid off the road and over the side in her stationwagon, then they thought better of it!!
EPIC FAIL; Nice one CHP
 

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Damn. Worst thing I get out here in Cali is maybe some salts on the moutain roads in Napa during the winters... They also try to repair cracks in the road with tar, and when it gets into the 90's, that tar gets to be like snot - very slippery when you hit it mid corner. Fortunately, most of the cracks are on the outsides of the lanes near the shoulders...and if you are riding properly, you are clipping apexes and avoiding the shoulder! But every once in a while you hit one and it scares the crap outta ya!
 

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I hear ya about the gravel.. The wife and I went for a long ride on tue which was my birthday and I almost laid the bike down twice bc of gravel.. I hate illinois i hate illinois i hate illinois lol
Isn't the president from IL? Send him a note, he'll change it! :D
 

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well that sucks, hard to keep a bike underside nice with those conditions.
That's my complaint. I'm not worried about falling down because of it but it beats the **** out of the bike. The other morning I was getting gas and noticed rocks on the frame all the way up and behind the steering stem. :dontknow: I still have my stock BT016's and they're really sticky once they get warm. When I turn from the tar and chip roads to a good road it takes a few hundred feet to clear the tires off. Every little rock sticks to them.
 

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Isn't the president from IL? Send him a note, he'll change it! :D
I keep HOPING for some CHANGE but it seems loose change is all we have left here. The state spent all the road money on thousands of those COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT signs. There wasn't any $$ left to actually FIX the roads. :lol:
 

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Government work for ya! Yeah....all this change has been depressing as hell where I live. I'm a former Shuttle Program (Govt contract) worker. We just shot off our last bird this past Friday. Next week the balance of around 85% of our total workforce gets sheotcanned.

We knew some layoffs were coming for the past several years, as the successor Constellation / Orion / Ares programs wouldn't need the same workforce as Shuttle, nor especially 'til it got going. The new administration came in, threw all that development $$$ money away and cancelled the program. Literally an entire community here in East Central Florida is about to fold up.

But hey! It never snows here (rain is another story) thus, we never have a need for salt and gravel on the roads!!!
 

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It must be that time of year for all states to dump gravel. I have to take about 1/2 mile of it to get from my house to the blacktop that leads to the highway. About mid last week they dumped brand new limestone down on the road. Feels like your riding in sand...and your constantly hearing pings and pops when your tire hits one at a bad angle. Im waiting for a puncture. The road was actually perfect before this and had 3 rows that were worn in and basically like cement. The dust level was very low also until now, its like freaking powder. No matter how slow you go the dust gets everywhere!

Guess thats what you have to put up with when you live in the country.
 

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I'LL KEEP my GUNS, and RELIGION, HE CAN KEEP his CHANGE!
 
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