January 8th - Tom's PhotoGraphy
# 14 - Freight train in Central Illinois


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January 8th
Ready for a ride on a nice sunny afternoon

   Today is Sunday. The sun happens to be peeking in and out of the clouds. Aubrey is not going to be denied today!


   As you may be able to conclude, we are in the car and Aubrey is ready. Time 11:27 am Sunday January 8th 2017. Which direction shall we aim? West seems a good direction this time of day. The sun will be overhead and at worst setting in our faces near the end of the day indicating it will be time to return home.
   We started west from home, found a country road we hadn't traveled previously and went.....west. Not all country roads travel a straight line to infinity, so some zigging and zagging is typical of our travel route. We did end up in Hopedale Illinois and stopped at a local convenience store where we conducted a pit stop.
   Resuming our ride we proceeded south out of Hopedale until we found a suitable westbound blacktop. Heading west again we rode a considerable distance eventually arriving at Sand Ridge State Forest southwest of Manito Illinois. We saw an owl while we were touring the forest and an opportunity was missed to photograpgh an owl in the wild. I wasn't anticipating sighting an owl which spooked as we approached. I watched where the bird landed, and in my attempt to position us for a photograph, the bird departed in haste. My first owl sighting in the wild. To say I was surprised would qualify as a mild understatement.
   As the afternoon progressed, we found ourselves near Havana Illinois. Upon reaching highway US 136, we turned eastbound for the journey home. The sun was at our backs and not in our eyes, which really pleases Aubrey. Without the sun in her face, she is able to observe the scenery without squinting.
   We continued eastbound on US 136 through Heyworth Illinois and turned north on Gillum Road to return home.
   Our last images were captured around 4:30pm and we arrived at home about 4:47pm after a lenghty tour of Central Illinois' country roads.
   As I mentioned in the January 7th post, Aubrey doesn't appear to be content to ride without a destination in mind. She appears to appreciate the ride, but doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as she does when we have a destination to head toward. This is promising to be a summer filled with destinations, as varied and far as the budget will allow. I'm already saving for it!
Unitl next time
Happy and Safe Travels!
......Aubrey & Tom......

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