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Categories: bike, sunrise

Another beautiful morning along the lakefront. I’m kind of enjoying the fact that the Chicago Marathon & Triathlon season is over… so all of those people “training” have packed it in and it seems like I pretty much have the ENTIRE bike path to myself!!! Plus, the construction is coming along nicely… we should be able to ride the bike trail straight through without missing patches of pavement just in time for Winter!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

BRRRR!!!! Yep, it’s a COLD morning out there today.
Summer is DEFINITELY over as I piled on the layers this morning…
including pants, wool socks and winter gloves!!! With the clouds in the sky,
and not much of a sunrise to speak of… it even looked cold!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Another dramatic sunrise bike ride. Lots of clouds all lining up with a lot of potential…
thanks to the strong headwind that made it a bit more challenging!
Well worth the extra effort when all of the elements came together
and the sky lit-up in full & amazing sunrise color!!!

 

Categories: bike, sunrise

BIRTHDAY WEEK… Day Four!!!

After a hot & sunny weekend in Bloomington, it was nice to have a cool Fall morning for biking along the lakefront… a nice “flat” ride after all those hills!!!

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Categories: bike, food

Boy those Amish sure make good pies!!! Red raspberry pie at the end of the ride.
Best way to finish off my Hilly Hundred Weekend. They didn’t sell pie by the slice…
so I had a decision to make. And apparently a pie to carry on my bike for the last few miles!!!

And yes I shared… but it was BYOF… bring your own fork!!!

Categories: bike, special events

THE KICK-OFF OF BIRTHDAY WEEK… Days One & Two!!!

Always a great bike ride through the rural hills of Southern Indiana. And with the surprisingly
PERFECT weather this past weekend, this year’s HILLY HUNDRED was SPECTACULAR!!!

Always so fun to get out of the City, relax in the fresh air, and pedal a hundred miles of hills through rural Indiana. Half of the ride is downhill, right???

So here’s just a few of the sights along the way. I’ve always said “The best part of biking is stopping.” You don’t always get to see & experience things if you just pedal past them!

And what self-respecting bike ride rest stop would be without bananas??? Well these rest stops rocked it out with bananas, apples, apple cider, water, Gatorade, sweets and DONUTS!!!… including pumpkin donuts… and SQUARE donuts that actually fit the box?!!!

Both days we pedaled past the Bybee Stone Company of Elletsville… with some pretty fun carved limestone sculptures out front.

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Categories: bike, sunrise

Another windy morning… the ride south was FANTASTIC with the strong tailwind. Riding back home, not so much. But the dark clouds blowing through with a sliver of color below made it all worthwhile … and who doesn’t like a little morning challenge anyway?!

Categories: bike, sunrise

After a couple days of cool & rainy Fall weather, it was good to have a warm & sunny morning for a change. I fear that Summer is gone… but I’ll grasp any hint of a summery day when we get one!!!

 

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Another chilly & breezy morning… I hate to admit it was cold enough for a jacket and long pants!!! Yikes, Winter is on it’s way!

But that didn’t stop me… PEDAL ON!!!
It didn’t look like anything special for most of the ride, but I happened to catch a bit of extra beauty when I got down to Chicago’s Navy Pier!

 

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Categories: bike, flowers, nature

A beautiful day for “playing hooky” and pedaling north. Nothing better than a quick stop off at a small, secluded little stretch of beachfront to dip your toes in the water!