Horseshoe Lake

Today I decided to drive over to Illinois and then ride the bike south from East Cape to Horseshoe Lake and back. It’s basically a warm-up for the Tour de Cape next week, which includes most of that route. I went past this trailer church (the sign says Church of Jesus Christ, but it’s a bit blurry.)


While it’s too early for fall color, the lake still looks pretty nice. The water lilies aren’t in bloom this late, of course.
Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake

I passed Mark Farmer out on the road around the lake, and again going back on IL 3.  At the convenience store at Olive Branch, a woman asked me about the bicycling in the area – she said she’d seen a lot of bicyclists around, and it was unusual for the Midwest.  I suppose so, although there is RAGBRAI to think of.  Unusual for the “heartland,” though.

9 Responses to “Horseshoe Lake”

  1. Reno says:

    I had never thought of Missouri as the Midwest. Huh. Aren’t those cypress knees (pronounced “sapper-sneeze” in some parts of the south) in the water? And doesn’t the presence of sapper-sneeze mean South?

  2. Cabell says:

    Try suggesting that Missouri is part of the South to a real Southerner and see how far you get. Admittedly, the Midwest usually doesn’t want to admit possession, either.

  3. K says:

    The trees in the middle of the water are cool. Though I have seen similar lumps-sticking-out-of-water (if that’s what cypress knees are) at Versailles (the one in France) which seems to indicate they might grow in non-southern climes, no?

  4. Allen says:

    First of all, the sapper-sneeze in question are in Southern Illinois, not Missouri, and most people would consider Illinois to be Midwest. The plant in question, btw, is Taxodium distichum, the bald cypress, and according to Wikipedia its range extends up into southern Illinois and Indiana, with introduced populations in Ohio as well. But not to France, so I’m not sure what tree it was that K was looking at. Introduced bald cypress? Some European equivalent?

    As for whether Missouri is the south, it’s complicated. Missouri, as a result of the eponymous compromise, was the only slave state north of the Mason-Dixon line. While it was a border state in the Civil War and did not secede, large areas of the state were effectively without government during the war, as Union control extended only to St. Louis and wherever else a large armed force was located.

    The area immediately south of Cape Girardeau , starting at the Diversion Channel, is the beginning of the Missouri Bootheel, a vast wetland that was drained in the early 1900s and planted in cotton. Towns like Charleston have azaleas and people with deep-south accents.

    However, northern Missouri is pretty much indistinguishable from Iowa, full of the descendants of northern European immigrants who have never said “y’all” in their lives.

  5. Reno says:

    Ah, sort of like Ohio, only more so, and with sappers and sapper-sneeze. (Southern Ohio, as I understand it, is geographically north but culturally rather southern.)

    Looking back at your original post, I realize I missed the “over to Illinois” part. And sappers in Illinois!? I will have to shift my internal geography for that one, just as I did when I first saw pelicans in an inland, northern state.

  6. K says:

    I have no idea, at this juncture, what trees I was looking at either, as the Paris trip was in 1992 (I was 12). I suppose they COULD have been American bald cypresses, given France’s links with the southern states…

    It’s probable there are photos, but not in my house.

  7. Allen says:

    Considering it was at Versailles, they certainly could have been American cypress — there are all sorts of exotic trees planted there, and the climate would actually be slightly warmer than southern Illinois, I think.

  8. Joel says:

    On the other topic.

    I’ve always been impressed that the church has grown large enough that they had to add the second trailer.

  9. Allen says:

    You know, Joel, I hadn’t thought about it. You’ve got a point. Can’t argue with success.

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