Archives for category: IL

The route:

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Team Alliance for the Great Lakes:
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Welcome to Indiana!
(Unmarked border…)

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We started our morning riding through beachfront communities with beautiful (for the most part) homes.

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Industry!

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First water stop at Indiana Dunes…

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Yes, I look that miserable. My cold was raging, I had something in my eye, and I hadn’t put the phone in airplane mode, so my real life was encroaching…

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From there, we were mostly on bike paths for the rest of the day. Cathedrals of trees and twig-strewn riding gave way to greenways. Lunch was midway down the Oak Savannah Trail…

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And welcome to Illinois!

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My first glimpse of Chicago…

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Shortly after hitting the Lake Shore Drive path, a slow flat (lots of glass in urban areas) took me out a mile from the meetup point. Fixed, thanks to our crew… And then it was time to hang out until the final 6 miles we’d ride as a group.

Stretching:

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Examining cobwebs:

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No panties under bike shorts!

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Beach fun:

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And then we rode to Northerly Island, a long ribbon of Climate Riders, old and young…
Across the finish line:

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Done!

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You can still sponsored and support the Alliance for the Great Lakes here.

After a summer hiatus devoted to work and domesticity, I’m back on the bike and chasing down my last states.

June saw me take out North Dakota, and while I put in serious miles in Minnesota, I didn’t quite log in 50. That one gets its own post.

I’m heading back to the Midwest next weekend for Climate Ride Midwest, and promise some timely posts from Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.

So, I’m at 36 and change, and will be almost to 40 a week from now.

The states that are still lurking out there:

Oklahoma
South Dakota
Iowa
Wisconsin
Florida
North Carolina
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
Ohio
Nebraska

I’m looking for epic rides in those states that DON’T involve a major fundraising component. I think my friends are all tapped out.

But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Lots of travel:

Arkansas
Texas

Run the DONE column up to 29

New States and Events!
(Joining the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay and Pedal for Paws)

30 Days of Biking April 1-30
(Everywhere! Take the pledge!)

Finish the Ride April 27 (not a new state, but this is an event worth supporting)

Cycle Against Violence May 17 (Colorado)

Tour de Cure Fargo June 14 (North Dakota, Minnesota)
Sponsor me!

Climate Ride Midwest September 6-9 (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois)
Support the Alliance for the Great Lakes

And now it’s easier to list the remaining states that I need to register for than the ones I’ve done.

Iowa
Kentucky
Nebraska
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Help me get clever and tuck them into existing rides. If you’re in one of those states when I’m nearby, take me on a training ride for YOUR charity event, and I’ll sponsor you!

And the March Strava update, just so you can see how undertrained I am…

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After reading the tale of the cyclist who rented a Boris Bike and climbed Mont Ventoux, it occurred to me that I might wish to employ some bike share programs to pick up missing states on weekdays between longer events. A quick google search yielded this chart, courtesy of People for Bikes:

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Looks to me as if I can pick up all of my missing states, save the Dakotas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia, thanks to enlightened cities. I think supporting and publicizing local bike share programs is a good cause. What say you?