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Old 02-15-09, 10:01 PM   #1
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Pics of my WWII Tribute ride with my daughter!!

Today, I did one of the rides that I have wanted to do for a while. It is a local area that I visit during the month of October for pheasant hunting. I have never been there during the winter months when the water fills it in, so I just wanted to see what it looks like this time of the year. My 13 year old daughter saw me leaving for my ride on my road yesterday and told me that I owed her a ride today. With that in mind, I chose to share this area with her so she see part of our local history and take a few pictures.

The area we went to is a decommissioned WWII training camp. It was Called Camp Adair and housed 4 divisions. In 1942 it opened and was closed as a training base in 1944. From 1944 to 1946, it became a POW camp for mostly German soldiers. Now the area is partly a wildlife area, and part of the old buildings are still used in the town of Adair Village for a school and firehouse. There is some information about the camp ,for those that are interested, by googling Camp Adair. I only thought it fitting that my Iwo Jima tribute jersey be worn for its first ride there in honor of the men that served in that war.

Here are some of the pictures that my daughter and I took while riding in part of the wildlife area today.

This is one of the entry signs into the wildlife portion of the old camp.



There are hundreds (maybe over a thousand) of foundation ruins like this at the site


This most likely is an underground portion of a supply depot.


Many areas like this provide winter habitat for waterfowl in the area.


The base was truly massive, the roads seem endless at times.

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It is a popular multiple use area, as you can see by the people riding horses.


There are old wells that have water in them year round. They are left for bigger wildlife to get water in the summer and for hunters dogs to use during various hunting season.


This my daughter riding with her new bike. (and no, she can't date your son!!!!)


My daughter only thought it fair that a picture of me be put in, since I had one of her posted.


We plan to spend more time riding there as weather permits, but we only covered about a quarter of the wildlife area today in about a hour and half of riding. I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our little adventure today.
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Great pics and story. Thanks for sharing and it looks like a great place to ride. It is also good to have a route that is relatively flat for kids. I am also on board with your note about dating your daughter as I have one about the same age! My daughter does not have much interest in longer rides so I try to keep getting her out on short ones with a destination that interests her... usually a Jamba Juice.
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...It...housed 4 divisions....The base was truly massive, the roads seem endless at times...
yup

Thanks for posting, looks like fun.
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