“Go Fly A Kite” Day Toodle – 2011

Riding Over

"Go Fly A Kite" Day 2011

Graf Park is the scene of the 3rd Annual “Go Fly A Kite” Day Extravaganza. There are nearly a thousand visitors and participants on the grounds and kites in the air. It is a colorful site that you really should attend next year if at all possible. Kids are the recipients of a delightful time out with their family and by the looks of it the adults are having even more fun. It’s a chance to be a kid again and not have to worry about how you appear to others.

The route over is basically uphill as you approach Manchester Street. We rode along at a stately pace to reach the Wheaton Police Department and then meandered for a short while since entering Manchester at that point proved impossible due to road construction.

Up, Up and Away!

Once on the grounds of the park (which is adjacent to the DuPage County Fairgrounds) it was a sight for sore eyes! Some of the kites were simply breathtaking. I have no idea where they had them made but some were obviously done by professionals.

We stayed a while just taking in the sights and sounds. Towards the end of our stay there was a demonstration of professional kite flying which was truly awesome. A local radio station had a tent alongside the demonstration area and they played musical interludes while the professional stunt flyers “did their thing”.

A booth was set up for anyone wanting to buy a kite to fly that day and behind them a Corner Bakery Brat Meister served up delicious fare for those making a day of it. A bicycle club ride wound its way through the park and we wondered if it might be folks from the EBC Show-And-Go Ride.

Heading Home

The trick is to stay long enough to really get a feel for the thing and then to leave before your joints start to stiffen. Connie suggested riding out over the fly-over at the far end of the park, so we did. It’s a bit of a climb to reach the stairway in the middle and then a slow steady drop down the long ramp that leads to the Lincoln Marsh.

Instead of entering the Marsh we headed back towards County Farm Road and then rode through the County Courthouse Complex to reach a route home. A nice ride and plenty of visuals to make for great memories in the coming week.