I felt the need for a weekday road trip. Something short, just to ride something different. The wind was out of the south east, so how about the MRK trail near Racine? I could park at Cliffside Park and ride from there. Well, that's what I thought I was going to do! First I got lost with all the detours in the area and couldn't even get to Cliffside. Eventually, I found the backside of it and parked at Chapla Park, right on the lake.
No problem, rode into the park from the east ...
... and onto the trail.
WHOA ! What's this???
This isn't the bike trail I remember !!
Well, this isn't good. I rode back to Cliffside, headed north to 7 mile road and found this ...
Then south to 6 mile road and this is what that looks like ...
Oh well, so much for THAT plan! I back tracked, past the car,
rode around the neighborhood a little, and packed it in. Still a
nice evening at the lake front. Log the ride and head home.
A little research shows what's going on:
"The primary reason for the trail closure is to allow right-of-way improvements on the parallel Union Pacific Railroad. These improvements include the construction of additional tracks, the construction of a road underpass at Six Mile Road, and the closing of the crossing at Seven Mile Road."
NOW THEY TELL ME!