Tax Day Ride 2012

Summary

Apple Store at North and Clybourn

We slept in today. And if felt good. Sometimes you really need to step back a bit and decide to take the day at a leisurely  pace. It worked!

We set off to grab some breakfast and made our way to Einstein Brothers for bagels and then Jamba Juice for acai toppers. The toppers are my favorites on summer or spring days when I would rather enjoy something cool and refreshing to the palette. And so with everything in hand we set off towards the UIC Campus parking lot.

The place was full today and it was necessary to ride up a few floors to find space to park. After getting the bikes ready we headed over to the local Caribou Coffee before getting underway. I liked the sky and the lighting on this bright sunny morning. It is what got me into the visualization mode that I was ready to explore all day long.

Up and down Jefferson are statues and sculptures. On the very site of Mrs. O’Leary’s barn is built the museum for our city’s fire department. A large tongue of flame rises as a sculpture against the fiery red bricks of the building. And further down the street we came across sculptures on the lawn of a building that looked so lifelike that initially I assumed it was a couple of guys playing frisbee. But instead there never moved so we went exploring both them and the lovely beds of tulips amongst which they “frolicked”.

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North at the intersection of Division and Clybourn lies the City Farm that Kathy Schubert was visiting today with a group of riders. In fact they were on their way to visiting six of these sites. We headed nothwest from this site to eventually reach North Avenue (where the really neat Apple Store lies) and the west to Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park.

It was great to sit outside and enjoy a meal. The weather was balmy and despite a few seconds of drizzle it was delightful. The ride back to the van was uneventful and made all the more enjoyable because Connie found a block of sculptures that I had not known to have existed. Even the buildings that surrounded them were wonderfully graphic.

All in all it was a great day to be out and about.

Cyclometer Info

Distance: 11.4 miles
Time: 1h 36m 54s