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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chicago Critical Mass ride September 2014

Wat a blast! I am not sure how many people were there this month. But it sure felt like alot of people! Am gunna take a guess and say maybe a thousand people? I saw stacked bikes and Penny Farthings and folding bikes. There was even a few of those commercial passenger bikes and a few stacked bikes made from discarded kids bikes. My overall mileage for the day was 25 miles. My odometer was reading 22 miles at the end of the ride. But that includes my mileage from Augusta blvd. where I had parked. The groups stopped for a break half way through the ride at the Nature Museum parking lot. The ride started about 6:30 and ended at about 9:00. What a fun ride! Come join us next month! The Chicago Critical Mass ride is on the last Friday of every month at Daley Plaza 5:30PM.  CYA there!
Folding bike encountered on the way to Daley Plaza.
Water fountain at Daley Plaza
Bikers amassing
Scupture at Daley Plaza
Buildings around Daley Plaza
More buildings
me
more me
Double stack bike
Double stack bike preparing the fording gear
Fording the fountain.
Exit...stage right...evennnn.
Circling Daley Plaza
Rding under the L
Map of route from THE DERAILLEUR

Sunday, September 7, 2014

August Mileage

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
AUGUST 172.5 7 24.64 51.0 10.2

Pretty lame miles for a summer month. Back problems will do that. I hope I can get more miles this month! :D

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How long ya had that weak back?

And the answer to that question is, "Oh, about two weeks back."(The Three Stooges answer is, "Oh, about a week back.") Hehe. I managed to mess up my back by riding my usual miles but then immediately getting into my car and driving for an hour. That allowed my back to tighten up and cause great trouble later. I ended up staying off the bike for two weeks to give the back a chance to heal. I figger that I missed out on 200-300 miles. Well anyways, I finally have made it back to biking and got in a good 20 miles.
My new Scott bike at rest(Resting the horses).
Looking South on the MCCP bridge over Rakow Rd.
Looking West on the MCPP bridge over Rakow Rd. in Crystal Lake.
The bridge is a pretty steep incline for some.
I hope I can enjoy biking for the rest of summer/fall without the back issues again.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Four New Trails In One Day!

Wow! Has it been that long since I have posted to this blog? Yikes! I will have to do some back blogging to get caught up here! I have been racking up some good miles since May when I decided to abandon my old road bike project and just get to the biking by buying a new road bike that noone in my family had already owned. I will back blog my monthly mileage later on.
        Yesterday, Saturday 8-9-14, I managed to ride on four new trails I had never turned a spoke on in the past. My friend Rob and I decided to take our road bikes down to the inner Chicago suburbs to do some trail riding. I looked at some pictures and video ahead of time at this great website called About-bicycles.com . They are a great resource for videos and pictures of trails in the Chicago area. So I was looking at the Greenbay Trail page at their site, as well as a few others, and realized that maybe road bikes weren't the best choice of bikes to take. So managed to talk Rob into using a mountain bike. I used a hybrid folder.
    Ahead of time we had decided that Lake Bluff would be the best "middle" spot to park. From there we took the North Shore bike Path to the West(Map). This trail connects the Robert McClory Trail(Map) and the Skokie Valley Trail(Map) to the Des Plaines River Trail(Map). We took this to the Skokie Valley trail.
A winded Rob pointed South on the Skokie Valley Trail.
We picked the right trail to ride first in the early morning light. Note there isn't much shade to be had on the Skokie Valley Trail. We found that the bikes had low tire pressure so we were in search of a gas station for most of the Skokie Valley trail.

Skokie Valley Trail sign


Skokie Valley Trail in the Lake Forest area looking South. Have you ever seen a double no passing line on a bike trail before? Wuuuut?


Looking North from the same location as the last few pictures.
The Skokie Valley Trail is somewhere in the approximate range of 8 miles long. It currently runs from Rte. 176 South to Lake-Cook Rd. When we got to Lake Cook Rd. we went East to the Braeside Metra train station where we headed South on the Greenbay Trail. The Greenbay Trail is approximately 16 miles long, running from Wilmette to Highland Park. We went as far as Kenilworth and then headed back North.

Robert McClory Bike Path sign
We took the Greenbay Trail back to the Robert McClory Trail and North on that back to Lake Bluff. The Robert McClory Trail stretches all the way from Highland Park to Kenosha Wisconsin for a nice approximate distance of 26.5 miles! That full trail I am going to save for another day. That will make a nice round tripper. Now back to Saturdays ride.

A 90 degree turn on the Robert McClory Trail
We stopped for lunch at Buffos Restaurant in Highwood. Good stuff. Mmmmm, pizza!

Rob is about sick and tired of the mountain bike and its sluggishness.
At the end of the trip we had a nice 40 miles in. What a good day to ride. The temperature averaged about 73 degrees during most of the peak hours of the days riding. We decided to break out the road bikes when we got home to remove the kinks that the other clunky bikes had worn into us. So we finished with a ten mile ride on the Fox River Trail.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Mileage

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
JULY 381.9 17 22.47 50.0 10.4

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Mileage

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
JUNE 263 13 20.23 30.2 10.5

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Miles

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
MAY 263.3 12 21.94 50.5 4.5

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Miles

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
APRIL 152.0 8 19.0 30.1 10.0

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring ride on the FRT



Went for a nice trip down the Fox River Trail to the North to Crystal Lake. Got a nice 21 miles in an hour and fifty minutes. As you can see by the picture of the temp, Spring has finally arrived. Woohoo!

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Miles

2014 BIKING MILEAGE & STATS
MONTH TOTAL
MILES
TOTAL
TRIPS
AVERAGE
MILES
PER
RIDE
LONGEST
RIDE
SHORTEST
RIDE
MARCH 158.0 14 11.29 20.3 8.1

March was another month slowed by winter sicknesses and doldrums. I only really logged miles for half the month. What a winter. Bleh. Total miles year to date is 460.5. I am starting to do more walking/jogging as well as biking. I am sure this might take a few miles away from biking at times when I am forced to make a choice between one or the other for a days exercise.