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Police SWARMING around Chicago suburban trails

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Hey guys & gals,

My first post!

Over the past few years I did some riding up and down trails in the southwest suburbs of Chicago near Willow Springs, Lemont, and that area. The trails are Metropolitan Water Reclamation District access roads on miles and miles of unoccupied land. No "no trespassing" signs of any kind, just lots of dirt roads.

Everything went smoothly for several years but over the past six months there has been an almost unbelievable police presence. Twice I was pulled over right near there and I hadn't even been riding; I was just going past. They saw the XR650L and treated me like I was a career criminal. I never got a ticket but was warned to stay away.

My God, what's the issue here? What in the world could be the reason for this police presence? It's just miles of nothing but dirt roads! Have any of you experienced this sort of thing where you are?

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Willow Springs was fantastic about 20 years ago, before the paved bicycle path went in. :applause: I used to ride along the Cal-Sag canal with no troubles up until the last few years. There has been alot of development going on in the area -golf courses, apartments, car washes, that kind of stuff.

Things have turned to crap as far as trails in this area. :bonk: If you know of any good trails left in the area please share!

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dude, its dirt roads, your on a dirt bike, there in a car......just give er a lil gas and say :applause::bonk::cry::cry::cry: you pigs!!!

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Hey guys & gals,

My first post!

Over the past few years I did some riding up and down trails in the southwest suburbs of Chicago near Willow Springs, Lemont, and that area. The trails are Metropolitan Water Reclamation District access roads on miles and miles of unoccupied land. No "no trespassing" signs of any kind, just lots of dirt roads.

Everything went smoothly for several years but over the past six months there has been an almost unbelievable police presence. Twice I was pulled over right near there and I hadn't even been riding; I was just going past. They saw the XR650L and treated me like I was a career criminal. I never got a ticket but was warned to stay away.

My God, what's the issue here? What in the world could be the reason for this police presence? It's just miles of nothing but dirt roads! Have any of you experienced this sort of thing where you are?

Hello and Welcome to TT

Hate to hear that about a good riding area. Its getting the same way here as well. Take care and God bless. :applause:

Luke 6:45 :bonk::cry:

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I would suggest talking to the Police and find out what the reason is, then contact the goverment or city agency that has done this and work with them to figure out a way that both sides can benifit from the use.. If those dirt roads are county, city or state roads, it is perfectly legal for you to ride on them.

Just my two cents worth.

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Hello and Welcome to TT

Hate to hear that about a good riding area. Its getting the same way here as well. Take care and God bless. :applause:

Luke 6:45 :bonk::cry:

yeah, they shut down a 10 mile trail.....very nice one.....ran along m37, about 2 minutes away from my house......now ive gotta go at least an hour away. :cry::cry::p

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Hey guys & gals,

My first post!

Over the past few years I did some riding up and down trails in the southwest suburbs of Chicago near Willow Springs, Lemont, and that area. The trails are Metropolitan Water Reclamation District access roads on miles and miles of unoccupied land. No "no trespassing" signs of any kind, just lots of dirt roads.

Everything went smoothly for several years but over the past six months there has been an almost unbelievable police presence. Twice I was pulled over right near there and I hadn't even been riding; I was just going past. They saw the XR650L and treated me like I was a career criminal. I never got a ticket but was warned to stay away.

My God, what's the issue here? What in the world could be the reason for this police presence? It's just miles of nothing but dirt roads! Have any of you experienced this sort of thing where you are?

:applause: A large columbian drug cartel is growing illegal crops there and the local cops are being paid to keep the unsuspecting public out. After the harvest you can ride again.

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Around where im from we have had trails shut down that were once ok but not really legal. It was because of the resevoirs in the area of these trails. Home land defense sorta thing from 9/11.

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There's obviously not enough murder, mayhem, theft, and robbery for them to spend time on so they need to protect society against dirt bikes. Your tax dollars (and politicians) at work...

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Hey guys & gals,

My first post!

Over the past few years I did some riding up and down trails in the southwest suburbs of Chicago near Willow Springs, Lemont, and that area. The trails are Metropolitan Water Reclamation District access roads on miles and miles of unoccupied land. No "no trespassing" signs of any kind, just lots of dirt roads.

Everything went smoothly for several years but over the past six months there has been an almost unbelievable police presence. Twice I was pulled over right near there and I hadn't even been riding; I was just going past. They saw the XR650L and treated me like I was a career criminal. I never got a ticket but was warned to stay away.

My God, what's the issue here? What in the world could be the reason for this police presence? It's just miles of nothing but dirt roads! Have any of you experienced this sort of thing where you are?

I would suspect it's because it's within the water reclamation district. It's been my experience that pulic access to such lands are severly limited.

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Water supply = terrorist target. :bonk:

IN this area the drinking water comes from lake Michigan.The water reclamation district handles the sewage canals and the surrounding area. Not the kind of water you would even want to touch, much less drink. The stuff is black and full of floating used condoms. :applause:

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I believe that the big thing that the cops are looking for are illegal dumpers. It seems like every time I went back there, there was a new pile of tires or a burned-out car sitting there. But, come on -- a guy on a dirt bike can't be dumping tires. Nor could he be carrying a bunch of, I don't know, water poison. Nor could he be cultivating illegal crops. I don't know, maybe they're bored over there. Can any of you think of another reason why the squad car lights go on as soon as they see me *near* the trail entrances? What is the big deal about riding on a dirt road?

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I think it's your face. You look too guilty....like "hey I'm doing something wrong." Try to look more inocent. Smile and put on a long blond wig. Let it hang out of your helmet , then see what happens. Let us know, ok? You probably should take some doughnuts too.

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