The day began with a trip into the City of Chicago to drive the Four Star Bike Tour’s 22 mile Route. We were surprised to see that most of the route had already been marked. The only ‘missing‘ sections were those in Bronzeville. If you like ‘twisty-gurney‘ routes this one should be a ‘winner‘. It was fun to ride past the home of the late Richard J. Daley who was mayor for most of my lifetime. There are lots of neat buildings along the route that really need some explanation that is not included in the route guide. But that is probably just as well as Lee Diamond will have a chance to ‘cook up‘ a route that would be fun to lead a group of Chicago newbies on.
It was then time to head north to the Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park. Enjoyed some new fare from their ‘test kitchens‘ and then skedaddled to the Roscoe Village Starbucks for coffee and pastry.
Back home, we rode Glen Ellyn’s marked BIKE ROUTE that moves between Pan Fish Park and the College of DuPage Campus. Some of this route was absolutely new to both of us, since it covered areas of Glen Ellyn’s residential streets just around the Pan Fish Park. This is a starkly beautiful park in the evening sunlight. Fishermen were out trying catch dinner and residents were walking the nicely manicured trails or with their children enjoying the playgrounds surrounding the park. A very beautiful scene.
Distance: 7.3 miles Time: 0h 58m 14s Speed: 7.5 mph