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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Odds N Ends

Okay so this is going to be a bunch of stuff I was going to post about all week and other times and never got to it cuz I didn't think there was enough substance to any one of the subjects yet. So here goes.
    Back when we had bike to work week I managed to get in commuting by bike all week for a total of over 200 miles! It is 20 miles one way to work by bike. Then I switched shifts at work since my training was done. So I took a while before getting up the nerve to try a ride on second shift. I went this last Friday, considering I would not have to work the next day. So the ride to work was a new route I worked out. It has a few miles of roads but it is less hilly than the original Fox River Trail route I had been taking. It ended up being a half mile shorter than the other route. So I was pleased with that ride. But then at the end of the shift was my real test. A twenty mile night ride home. My bike has been equipped for night riding fairly well for a while now. Front and rear Blackburn lighting, reflectors, and a set of Monkeylectric lights for the back wheel. It is just that this route at night is new to me. So I had my concerns and reservations. Would the few miles of road be an issue at night? Also there is a bad neighborhood that gets skirted on this route. Well I only saw 8 cars on the road part of the route. And two of them got stopped by a train. So no big deal there! The shady neighborhood that I had to pass near did not produce a single miscreant let alone a single person to be seen! I liked the ride overall and I guess I will have to think about if I want to do this on any kind of a regular basis.
East of Raymond Rd. on the IPP in Elgin.

The section of IPP between the Stearns Rd. Trail and the Fox River Trail is finally all paved now.

Train crossing at Smith and Powess Roads.

The underpass at Rte 25 on the IPP./Stearns Rd. Trail at night.

    In other news, here is some pics of some bike lane work in Chicago that someone from the Chainlink website has posted:
The left turn box at Elston/Division, looking west

More bollards installed on Elston

Looks like some pretty interesting ideas are being put into effect with the bike lanes! Yeay!

I also read a couple of interesting articles on the web lately:

The Bike Lane Is Not Your Parking Spot

Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents

How-to: Choose a Camera for Touring

 Outdoor Survival on the Trail 

Chicago and Bikes: A Long History of a Strong Community 

   Also finished another  item from my 2012 biking list. Last weekend I took a ride From the Western end of the Hebron Trail to the McHenry Prairie Trail and then South on the MCPT to the Fox River Trail. And I don't believe it! Half of the Summer is gone and I still only have 3 of 13 items from the list done! Time to get to some more riding!

Headed East on Hebron Trail.
Hebron Trail
Mile 25.5.

This is in the North Branch Conservation Area near Richmond, Il.
The North Branch Conservation Area is a camping point for Grand Illinois Trail users, if they need it. Permits required.
This is looking West on the trail in the North Branch Conservation area.
This connects the Hebron Trail to the McHenry Prairie Path.
Just a few tenths of a mile to the left is the Wisconsin State border.
A Gary Fischer bike frame has been deposited here next to the trail.
Front wheel, back wheel and seat have all been removed. Who would do such a thing?
Railroad cars in Crystal Lake, Il.
The trail is off to the right in the picture.
Looking North on the newly completed bridge.
Looking South on the newly completed bridge.
Looking East from the new bridge over Rakow Rd.
Looking West on the new bridge over Rakow Rd. and Pyott Rd.
Gravel pit by the LITH Airport.
The new bridge slope and the trail curves to the West at the bottom.

It's about time they finished this bridge!

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