The past year was a pretty good time for cycling.
I hit an all time record low, in auto mileage that is.
For the first time ever I was not stricken near bankruptcy by N+1 syndrome.
I just put a lot of mileage on the bikes themselves.
From the early spring without a leaf or blade of live grass to break up the wind,
I did a four day trip to the lake and back.
I enjoyed the epic W Ave ride across Kalamazoo county.
A route so sublime that a Twizzler is used for a map
and nobody got lost.
At another vintage bike weekend in April,
I learned there is a hill in Chicago's west suburbs.
In the beginning of June I found a new annual destination
I met my first Warmshowers guest, an intrepid cross country rider from South Korea.
The Old Dog Tavern continued it's tradition of Vintage Bike shows.
I bought a few new camping gadgets.
And found a couple new favorite spots.
Amtrak is trying to make it easier to travel with a bike.
The ride to the city of big shoulders was pleasant, but
more pleasant was finding I can avoid this type of neighborhood in Gary
and ride home on a pleasant network of trails like this from Chicago to Michigan City.
Somebody tell this girl to put a helmet on please!
The bigger trip of the year was going to Minneapolis
where I was able to test the full selection of Surly 29er's and Fat Bikes.
As well as enjoy a day around the river bottoms and another exploring
For a change we had a beautiful day for the Forest and Foliage in the Fall ride!
I captured a year in Haiku.
Revisited the Lakeshore with another Chi-town Vintage Pornfest.
The year desolved into a colorless and bleak,
although warm winter.