Category: Bicycling Tourism

Apple Cider Century: Bandits Beware!

I’ve heard good things about the annual Apple Cider Century Ride taking place this coming Sunday in the Southwestern Michigan hamlet of Three Oaks . What could possibly detract from the serenity of rolling past orchards, farms, and vineyards, observing the changing colors, inhaling the crisp fall air, and stopping every fifteen miles or so... Read more »

Bike Blogger's Blues: Accepting Autumn

Bike Blogger's Blues: Accepting Autumn
If you are a regular reader – bless your heart – you may have noticed a marked slowdown in the frequency of my posts recently. It’s not that there has been a dearth of bicycling news or that I have lost my passion for riding.  It has more to do with the fact that the... Read more »

Discovering the Des Plaines River Trail

View of lake at Independence Grove from DPRT, looking south.
Images of Des Plaines River Trail appear at end of text. When the heat wave finally broke late Saturday, the banks of the mighty Des Plaines River began to overflow – with people. By mid-Sunday morning, the Des Plaines River Trail north of Lincolnshire was spilling over with walkers, runners, and cyclists.  Nearly everyone I... Read more »
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Tour de Kota: 2012's First Back to Back Bike Challenge

Tour de Kota: 2012's First Back to Back Bike Challenge
This year I’m going to do it. I will ride all six days of Tour de Kota.  All 464 miles.  An average of 77 miles per day.  Two back to back days over 95 miles each.  Hills.  Headwinds.  Heat.  The whole enchilada walking taco… I have been participating in this incredible journey for the past... Read more »

Trail of Beers: A Tale of Two Breweries

Panniers attached in anticipation of an epic beer run
(Pictures follow blog post, Update: Minhas Tour times correction) It was the best of beers, it was the worst of…weather. Who would have thought that the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend would set a record for warmth?  I can recall overcast skies, cold temperatures, and heavy rain putting a damper on the holiday in years... Read more »

Mountains, Shorelines, and the Midwest?

Apostle Islands
When you imagine scenic mountains and picturesque shorelines, you’re probably not thinking about the Midwest.  Caves and islands?  Seriously? With sights set on the grandeur of the Rockies or the sandy beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific, there is a tendency to overlook the fascinating diversity of terrain within a day’s drive of Chicago.  Have... Read more »
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Visit Minnesota and Have Fun Biking This Summer

Visit Minnesota and Have Fun Biking This Summer
So much for our early spring… While it’s not quite time for a young man’s fancy to lightly turn to thoughts of love, it is time for this middle-aged guy’s thoughts to turn to bicycling trips for the upcoming riding season. It’s time to move from commenting on winter biking, local advocacy, national transportation funding,... Read more »