One group of bikers insisted on waiting for me at the top of a hill. They said "we'll wait for you -- unless you're a Democrat, then we'll run you down!" I didn't mention how I plan to vote in November, but we spent a couple of minutes bitching about the twit now serving as Governor. For anyone reading this who doesn't follow Illinois politics, I should explain that Governor Blagojevich (a Democrat) has announced that Kickapoo, along with a number of other state parks and historic sites, will be closed in November. I can only hope that once Blago starts serving his prison sentence, there will still be something left of Illinois.
I think I ended up walking about 9 miles. I'd like to have a GPS unit optimized for walking, but I wouldn't like one as much as they cost. I should at least get a functional pedometer to help figure out how much distance I've covered. The last mile or so I added by exploring the bike trail that starts near the parking area at the start of the Out and Back hiking trail, because I still felt like more walking. By the time I got back to the car, though, I was glad to see it. I feel like I'm in much better condition than I was a few weeks ago.