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Old     (lumpy9138)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-23-2005, 11:23 PM Reply   
With the season pretty much done here in northern Illinois, my thoughts are turning to the next season.

My friends and I are thinking about a road trip south in early March, to get in some good riding.

Anbody have any ideas for a good place to go that is within a days drive from northern Illinois?
Old     (joeshmoe)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-24-2005, 5:32 AM Reply   
i'm thinking about louisiana, might be warm enough in march
Old     (melanie)      Join Date: Apr 2001       10-24-2005, 6:05 AM Reply   
Hyco lake NC. Its heated. Map quest yourself to Semora, NC. We have a nice campground there and a big gathering every Spring to start the season.
Old     (lumpy9138)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-24-2005, 10:21 AM Reply   
Is North Carolina a days drive from Chicago? I was there once as a kid, but haven't been back since.
Old     (melanie)      Join Date: Apr 2001       10-24-2005, 10:33 AM Reply   
Its about a 13-14 hour drive one way.
Old     (lumpy9138)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-24-2005, 11:44 AM Reply   
You said the lake is heated. What is the water temp, and what is the air temp around that time of year?
Old     (whit)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-24-2005, 11:53 AM Reply   
There are actually heated lakes all over the place. Hyco just happens to have a great campground on its shores. Illinois has a few heated lakes--not sure how warm they stay. Check out Clinton Lake between Bloomington and Decatur--supposed to have nice camp grounds. There is also another heated lake in southern Illinois--heated by a power plant, just don't know the name.
Old     (mjmurphy53711)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-24-2005, 12:02 PM Reply   
im not sure of the name either, but its supposed to be a 72 degree lake....within a couple hours of chicago.

Now, that all said, we were trunkin it april 14th this last year in janesville on the rock river.
Old     (lumpy9138)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-24-2005, 2:48 PM Reply   
We are looking for a good combo of air and water temp. I have heard of the one down in Clinton, but air temp will probably still be to low. As for trunking it in April, well that's just crazy.
Old    lakeside5_10            10-24-2005, 4:27 PM Reply   
lake sinclair georgia , 2 hours east of atlanta. 1 buk to park at ramp a day , can stay at local college town 5 miles down road. no one is at the lake that time of year except fishing , lake temp mid 70dish because of hydro plant on lake, i wear short or long suit depending on how hot the sun is pumping , its more for the wind chill then water chill.

zip is 31087
Old     (lumpy9138)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-25-2005, 11:35 AM Reply   
C'mon I know y'all got to have some more ideas than these. The current suggestions are greatly appreciated. We are just trying to get our jones on a little early next year.
Old     (melanie)      Join Date: Apr 2001       10-25-2005, 12:13 PM Reply
Always well worth the trip. OWC will hook you up at the finest hotel for cheaper rates. "Finest" as in open bar 5-7pm.
Old     (fox)      Join Date: Jul 2002       10-25-2005, 12:44 PM Reply   
I've been in at OWC in trunks in late february. You will standout as most locals are the ones in full wetsuits!!! Last year was cooler, and I bought a chillskin, which was awesome. I recommend checking with them about the Quality in. It was cheap and they had a happy hour from 5-7 as x-girl pointed out.


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