Archive for ‘Roads’

January 30, 2023

Packed like a Yak

Mountain bound

– a well loaded BMW GS heading up an alpine road. Hard case panniers, dry bags and spare tires. An adventure is certainly afoot!

January 29, 2023

Kitchen Sink?

On the road again…

If you want to put mikes under your wheels, and carry a few odds and ends, what better way than aboard a 1400cc Ninja rocket. Make sure your bags are well strapped down for the ton plus speeds you’ll be encountering.

January 23, 2023

Jump

All Motor Vehicles Prohibited

Seen on a street in Britain. Starts with a family car, ends up as forty buses.

November 6, 2022

A canopy flush

After the leaf drop…

Temperatures in the upper fifties and blue sky. So a run up along the Lake was called for. It would certainly have been rude not to. Pumpkin spice latte and chocolate chip cookie at a coffee shop in Lake Bluff gave the destination a purpose.

October 15, 2022

Color

Starved Rock

Marvelous autumnal ride to a State Park south of the City. A good 200+ miler through cityscapes, rolling cornfields, and coloring woods. Old bascule bridges and the penitentiary in Joliet, hawks aloft over the River bluffs. Splendid!

Joliet Penitentiary
July 30, 2022

Gravel Roads

Crawford Road

A back lane in Lake County that is usually gated off. It threaded through corn fields, old oak savannah and a horse paddock. Two track and muddy puddles. The Tiger loved it.

May 29, 2022

Michigan Miles

Highway 12
Green Corridors
Spring Foliage
December 1, 2021

Knobby Clark

New Boots

– just picked up a pair of Continental TKC80’s. Give the underfoot grip a bit more bite on gravel roads. Looking the part!

November 29, 2021

View from the Cockpit

Best seat on the road!

– “It’s the ride of life the journey from here to there living and loving every moment like we have none to spare.” Jess “Chief” Brynjulson

November 28, 2021

Leafless

Seasons change

We’re getting back to some degree of normalcy here. I finally got to take the Tiger for a spin. Chilly weather under clear blue skies called for the the full heated gear and head to toe GoreTex outfit. Kept fairly cosy in the 39°F air temperatures. I ventured along a few of the usual gravelly backroads for a quiet section of travel. A few trail side ponds were skinned with a thin sheet of ice. Oak trees grab skyward with their sculptural skeletal form.

October 23, 2021

St Mary’s Road

Lengthening Shadows

– nice afternoon ride up through Lake County. Low stretched shadows across the road ahead. Leaf offering hints of autumn.

October 10, 2021

Country Lane

Autumnal Avenue

– I had to go and visit a new project site today. So I took the Tiger for a spin up Sheridan Road along the Lake. Turning off a small lane took me through a quiet corner of the northern suburbs in true rustic fashion. The overcast sky and splash of rain only enhanced the turning colors.

August 27, 2021

A tree grows…

.. in West Loop.

I needed to park the Tiger on the street today. The garage was closed off due to Greek-fest. The green cat-bike looked cool in front of the vintage brickwork and under a dappled tree canopy.

August 23, 2021

Michigan Avenue

John Hancock looms…

… over The Magnificent Mile. Nice detour along this prominent street from the River north to the Lake.

August 22, 2021

Country Road

Rural Retreat

– perfect weather allowed us to explore a few more back roads through the agricultural setting of Lake County. This gravel lane in particular was especially inviting. Shoulder height corn field to port and fallow arable to starboard. White farm building clusters ahead.