Archive for ‘Chicago’

September 22, 2020

Today’s view from the office…

Autumnal Equinox

– as the days shorten the weather maintains an optimum balance of sun and temperatures. In my mind this is perfect conditions. I had a site meeting so took the Tiger out for a prowl to enjoy the day.

September 13, 2020

Algonquin Road Loop

Route 62

– Ideal weather gave an opportunity for a short circuit along an unridden Route. West along Oakton to meet the gently meandering north west road from Mount Prospect through the Barrington’s towards the Fox Valley. Passing through some wooded swathes of Forest Preserves with Fall bloomed clearings between deeply shaded boughs. A cut back along County Line Road through Wauconda and a quick detour to the Gentleman Farm at Lakewood Forest Preserve. Then a spin back towards the Lake along 176 to Lake Bluff.

(I didn’t take any photos today. These were downloaded from Google.)

September 7, 2020

Labor Day Ride

100 miler

– a splendid spin out on the Tiger today under perfect conditions. Being a Holiday the roads were fairly clear and an early autumnal feel to the air. Color just about to turn with the dusty scent of vegetation heading into dormancy wafting across the highways.

August 31, 2020

Oak Tree

Mighty Canopy

– half way around yesterday’s circle tour was a shady spot under some Oaken woodland. Cool verdant breeze gives a promise of colorful Fall rides ahead.

August 30, 2020

Owld Shed

Fox River Valley Fliers

– late summer weather is spot-on today. So a new loop added to the local repertoire. Out along Ogden Ave to Oswego then north along art 25 which follows the Fox River through the historic towns of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St Charles, Elgin and Algonquin. Finally turning for home back down the leafy swoops of Gilmer Road from McHenry. This building is a hint of the various levels of decrepit industry that supported the River corridor in the past.

August 25, 2020

Lakeview

Promontory – Jackson Park

– there are many places along the 18.5 miles of Lakefront to stop and enjoy a view across to the changeable waters of Lake Michigan. This particular day it was flat with a hint of turquoise.

August 24, 2020

Pioneer Court

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite

The original settlement location on the Chicago River is just by Michigan Avenue Bridge. A nice spot downtown to enjoy the skyline and waterway. Here’s Dean with his cool Triumph Street Scrambler.

August 23, 2020

Windy City Wanderings

Lake Shore Drive & The Loop

– Early Sunday morning ride down LDS to a near deserted Loop. Millpond-calm Lake on the drivin’ side and glistening buildings lit up by a bright and crisp sunlight.

August 16, 2020

Fox River

Fabyan Windmill

– standing proudly on the east bank of the Fox River near Geneva IL a mid Nineteenth Century Dutch mill offers an historic backdrop to my early morning ride along the Tri-City region between Elgin and Aurora. The all wood structure is fully functional driven from its fabric covered sails. This pre-industrial age technology was a stark contrast to the particle accelerator at nearby Fermilab with its circular Tevatron which runs its circular path around a prairie grassland.

August 14, 2020

Evening Light

Splendid Friday Dusk Ride

To close the week off in a high point we took the bikes or a circle of the North Shore. Woodsmoke wafted across tree lined suburban backroads and cooling air refreshed a work worn mind. First time I’ve had the new Tiger out at night. Lights work great!

August 8, 2020

The Main Street of America’s

Route 66

We had a full day ride looping mid-north Illinois. Heading down old Highway Sixty Six from where it springs at Lake Shore Drive it runs parallel to Interstate 55 through small grain fed towns. A stretch between Dwight and Bloomington has a vestige of one of the southbound lanes alongside the road. The telegraph poles still line the grass cracked asphalt.

July 25, 2020

W Kelly Rd

Back Roads

– A winding route up through Lake County saw our wheels rolling along this narrow gravelly lane through shoulder-high corn crops, blanketing soy bean fields , horse pastures, and arching oak trees. Away from the City’s hustle and bustle; at least for a morning.

July 19, 2020

Gun Drop

Chicago River

– as part of yesterday’s City tour we dropped kickstands just outside of the Wrigley Building. 35 W Wacker, The Jewelers Building, looms beacon-like over Michigan Avenue Bridge.

July 18, 2020

Skyline

Early Morning Spin

– with an expected temperature to hit the high nineties today we set off to get in a dawn ride into the City and along the Lakefront. Here are the bikes at a very photogenic spot at the Adler Planetarium looking back to the Chicago skyline.

July 5, 2020

Selfie

Quayside

– a fun rear camera shot of the two of us on the harbor front. Lake Michigan stirring in a light odorous chop with a cooling air drifted over the freshwater to us.