Category Archives: cycling the midwest

The bumper crop of America

When I stepped out of my vehicle in the Remote Parking Lot at O’Hare airport, it shocked me to look at the front end of the car across from mine. There was an adult killdeer smashed into the grill. Killdeer … Continue reading

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Something’s missing

I missed a day on the blog yesterday. No biggie. It’s just like missing a day in training though. When you live by a certain rhythm and things change for reasons of necessity, it’s time to adapt and move on. … Continue reading

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The jury is still out

I’ve been fortunate to not have much legal trouble in my life. Oh sure, there was that snafu a few years ago in which I learned how Chicago judges operate on labor laws, but beyond that, it has been largely … Continue reading

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The long unwinding road

A great ride does not have to be epic to be satisfying. Here in Illinois, there aren’t many big hills to climb or winding roads to follow. So we have to make our rides interesting rather than the other way … Continue reading

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The signs of a good No Drop Ride

Algunas pautas para el éxito en un paseo en grupo No Drop Joining up with a new No Drop ride is an exercise in Self-Confidence that can quickly into a bout of No Confidence. There is no sport quite like … Continue reading

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With respect to civility in Kentucky

We’ve been riding the roads east of Louisville, Kentucky for a couple days now. This has been a treat in terms of terrain. The hills are both beautiful and challenging. But the stunning aspect of cycling the roads here is … Continue reading

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Just rewards in a Swedish wind

Like the 100+ year festival with which it is associated, the Swedish Days bike ride has a tradition that also goes back 50 years. Cyclists know the ride will be well-staffed and tended. The route offers plenty of options for riders ranging from basic … Continue reading

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A bit of “On Your Left” is not too much to ask of cyclists

The advent of the modern day bicycle trail with its twelve-to-twenty foot width has created wonderful opportunities for runners and cyclists around the world to enjoy dedicated exercise space. But for the most part, these same trails constitute a “shared … Continue reading

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Annual brush with disaster

Every summer something comes along to make life more interesting on the bike, the run or in the pool. I even had a sense yesterday things were not quite right in the universe with me. There are days when the … Continue reading

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One of the most inspiring cyclists I barely know

I started this blog in the fall of 2012. Within a week or two of posting the first piece, I noticed a woman riding up the block where I lived in Batavia at the time. She wore a visor, no helmet, a … Continue reading

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