FKT: Steven "Aria Zoner" Thompson - Illinois River Trail (OR) - 2020-09-07

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one way
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9h 58m 50s

On September 7, 2020, I departed from the southern end of the Illinois National Recreation Trail - at Briggs Creek Trailhead, at 7am sharp with enough snacks for not just a lone crossing, but a double. This trail begins in an already remote region, and travels further from signs of man as it peaks a high point that was burned over during the Biscuit fire of 2002, and others over the years. Besides snags on the ground or falling in the moment from wind, there were many thorny vines covering the ground, and burned out root cavities to avoid. Thankfully, water wasn't an issue and I was able to refill at creeks along the way. I saw no one else on this hike, or at the trailhead. This would be a bad place to lose you keys, or your cool. Due to this trails aspect, temps can reach 100 degrees in the sun, with portions of the trail having no (direct) shade. On this day, it was pretty ideal for me. I reached the far end of the trail at 4:58pm, breaking 10 hours by just 70 seconds! Across the road from the trailhead is a picnic table perched over the Illinois River. It'd be a great place to catch a shuttle, or take a break before sending the rewind, which I did in 12:40:04 including a half hour break at the trailhead.