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Bike the Drive ride report (with pictures)

Well, the second of my four scheduled rides, Bike The Drive, is in the books. Here is my report.

The weatherman predicted a beautiful morning for Bike the Drive, and Mother Nature did not disappoint. T’was a little chilly at the start (about 55F), but by the time I finished, the temp had risen to almost 70F. The turnout was fantastic. The organizers were shooting for 20,000 riders and I have an idea that that mark was reached pretty easily.

For my ride, I started at Grant Park and rode north first. Usually when I do BtD, I start out going south, so I thought I’d do something different this time around. Rode as far north as Hollywood Blvd (about 7.5 miles), the north turn-around point and rest stop. Took about a 15 minute break for a banana and a muffin. This is where I found out that my camera was not recording. Thought I had turned it on when I started, but I guess didn’t. Anyway, made sure it was recording this time, and was back on my way. Once back on the bike, it was south back to Grant Park and another rest break. Another banana served as fuel for the next leg, which saw me still heading south, with the Museum of Science and Industry as my next destination. MSI was the south turn around point. By now, it was after 8:00am and there were a lot more cyclists on the Drive than when I started. The Drive was now crowded, but not overly congested. For the most part, everyone was alert to those riders around them. Once at MSI, it was another rest for me. Filled up my water bottles, had a muffin and a few cookies, and rested for almost 25 minutes. By that point, about 23 miles or so into the ride, my legs were quickly running out of gas, so I knew I’d need to give them a good rest before heading back to Grant Park.

After the break, it indeed was time to head back to the start/finish area, so off I went. The last seven or so miles were the slowest of the ride. For about the last four miles or so, I “latched” onto other riders. Of course, they didn’t know this, but I kind of used them as the “dangling carrot” out in front of me. My legs were threatening to cramp up, so I needed any kind of motivation to keep me going. I told myself that if they could make it to Grant Park, then so could I. Well, make it back I did, giving a hearty victory “WOO-HOO” as I rode back into Grant Park. That got a chuckle, and some smiles, from some of the cyclists around me.

Yeah, 30 miles was a challenge, but I proved to myself that I could do it. It indeed was a great day, it was a great ride, and I’m pretty sure a great time had by all!!

Here are some pictures from the ride….

 

Joining up with riders after the first rest stop, and getting my camera going…

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Riders enjoying a wide open, car free Lake Shore Drive…

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A tandem recumbent; very nice. Very nice indeed…

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Looking south towards the Chicago skyline…

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The John Hancock building…

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Nice view of the Sears Tower. ( Yes, I refuse to call it by its new name )…

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Break time…

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Hmmmm, seems to me I know that guy LOL… (yes, it’s me)

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Looking south at the Field Museum of Natural History…

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Approaching the “check point.” If you didn’t have a wristband, ride officials forced you off the Drive…

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More recumbents…

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Coming up on the Museum of Science and Industry…

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Crowded rest stop…

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Nice view…

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Nice view. Oh wait, I already said that. LOL…

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Soldier Field on the right. Home of Da Bears!!…

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Back at Grant Park. Time to celebrate…

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day. :~)

 

 

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