Posts tagged "Paul Douglas Trail"

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure
If you ride in the suburbs like I do, you grow accustomed to certain – let’s just call them – idiosyncrasies. Four-lane roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or more are an automatic no-go. Two-laners where the paved shoulder can be measured with the junior-size rulers issued to grade-schoolers also top the “ride... Read more »

Photos: Staycation Suggestions, As Seen On A Bike

Paul Douglas Trail, Cook County Forest Preserve, Hoffman Estates, IL
With gas prices on the rise again (it must be an election year), more people are resigned to stay closer to home this summer. It’s time to take another look at all of the interesting sights that are right in our own backyards or within a relatively short drive. Here’s a sampling of some of... Read more »

It's Not Spring, But I'll Take It!

It's Not Spring, But I'll Take It!
I don’t think I’ve ever ridden my bike in January. Once the temperature drops below forty or the first snowflakes hit the ground (whether they stick or not), my bikes are cleaned, lubed, spit-polished and hung on the wall like the fine pieces of art that they are. I never expected a fifty degree day... Read more »
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Slow Down, Sit Up, and Enjoy the Colors

Slow Down, Sit Up, and Enjoy the Colors
Mother Nature has a calendar and she is punctual. Admittedly, I wasn’t around last week to notice the colors changing along the bike path.  I was stuck in the desert, marveling at opulent hotels and interesting tourists as I traversed ribbons of concrete, marble floors, and dizzying carpet patterns.  There were colors all around me,... Read more »

This Weekend, See The Forest For The Trees

This Weekend, See The Forest For The Trees
I am going to miss all the green. Already there are subtle reminders that summer has run its course.  Certain trees here and there are exhibiting a little yellow and brown.  The leaves that have fallen are changing colors as they lie on the path.  The tassels on the prairie grass have created a sea... Read more »

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!
Ok.  A lot of the kiddies have already gone back to school.  Are we going to let The Man tell us that summer is now officially over?  There’s still a full week before Labor Day weekend! So the stores have taken down the Back To School banners and replaced them with the traditional orange and... Read more »
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Adventure-cising

Adventure-cising
It’s no secret that I look for any excuse to ride my bike. Combining transportation with exercise and recreation is a win-win-win in my book.  Mix in a new destination and the experience is elevated to what I like to call “adventure-cising”. Bicycling somewhere entirely new gets my heart beating faster.  I clip into the... Read more »

Less Work and More Out in Your Workout

Less Work and More Out in Your Workout
Sometimes, it’s not the “work” part of workout that we dread. Rolling “out” of bed.  Getting out of the house.  Heading out into morning traffic.  The routine of working out can burn you out, wear you out, and tire you out – long before you even attempt the work part. Then there’s the thought of... Read more »