This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, November 22, 2021

An overnight urban trek.

Starts on Amtrak again
because dozing as the landscape unfolds beats staring at taillights in the white knuckle fright of Chicago bound traffic. 
After overhearing a couple theology students theorizing that Adele and Beyonce are Satanic because of their dress colors, it was time for ear buds and rock 'n roll. 
Chicago is starting the holiday season with a Xmas bazaar surrounding their famous Picasso. 
Obviously Chicago is getting better for cyclists, there are nice old steel bikes (camouflaged with rattlecan paint) bearing some leather saddles that are showing
care and lively patina.
After a moderate ride through the Northside and stopping for lunch in Oldtown, it was time to enjoy the warm and bright afternoon with a stroll through Lincoln Park. 
There was time to check into the hotel, nap, shower and take an Uber to the main excuse; 
an excellent and unorthodox performance of Othello at The Court Theater. 
After a good night's sleep there was a little time to cruise around the loop.  The wind whipped the moderate 50's down into the 20 degree range so people were enjoying the Millennium Park ice rink. 
I checked out the reflective view of the skyline before
 hustling off to the afternoon train home.

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