Bike Ride from Chicago to Wisconsin… and Back!

When you read that, maybe you’re saying, “Hey, that seems like a long ride!” Well, you would be correct, and I would say, “Yes, 113 miles to be exact.” If it hurts your knees, ankles, or possibly even your butt just thinking about it, well just imagine how I feel. At this point, pretty good, but it’s also been two days.

This was the longest one day ride I’ve ever been on and my second century ride. My first century ride was earlier this summer before my RAGBRAI trip. This century ride to Wisconsin I did with my friend and fellow cycling enthusiast, Allison Wagner (There you go Allison, I gave you a name in this post instead of just “friend” like my last post). Allison was brave to join me and trust that I actually knew where I was going… when I obviously didn’t. I mapped it on Google Maps and had a few print-outs with me… Oh, and my trusty GPS (my phone). Either way, we were ready for an adventure. Continue reading Bike Ride from Chicago to Wisconsin… and Back!

Best Bike Route from Downtown Chicago to the North Branch Trail

What is currently my favorite bike trail to ride in Chicago? Definitely the North Branch Trail. If you’re someone that likes the Lake Shore Path, but can’t deal with the crowds of people that make it nearly impossible to ride your bike, then you need to venture north of downtown. The North Branch Trail starts about 11 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, and it winds through parks and forest preserve while crossing low traffic streets a few times along the 15 mile trail. At the northern most point, the trail loops around and passes by the entrance to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Continue reading Best Bike Route from Downtown Chicago to the North Branch Trail

RAGBRAI 2012 by the Numbers: Mileage & Statistics

Well, if you’re wondering what it takes to ride across the state of Iowa on a bike, here are all of the statistics I kept track of on my trip… the mileage, speed, trip time, and workout statistics (calories, heart rate). Below I’ve given a trip total and then a breakdown for each of 7 days of RAGBRAI. The mileage numbers are a little off from the official RAGBRAI mileage, but this is expected because some times I would ride around a town a little more while visiting or getting something to eat along the way. The numbers are pretty close though… Continue reading RAGBRAI 2012 by the Numbers: Mileage & Statistics

Completed My First “Century” Bike Ride

No, that doesn’t mean that I dress up in 1st Century attire and bike around Chicago (I’m not even sure what 1st Century attire would be). It means that I biked 100 miles in a single day. It’s actually something that on Friday I decided I wanted to try to do. The most I’ve ever biked in a day is 60 miles, so I wanted to push myself and make sure that I could ride the longer distances. After today I feel like I should be able to complete the longer 80+ mile days during RAGBRAI. Continue reading Completed My First “Century” Bike Ride

Links to RAGBRAI 2012 Overnight Town Websites

Thought I would pass along these links to the RAGBRAI 2012 overnight town websites. I think it’s great how involved each overnight town gets with this event. Looks like it’s going to be a good time. Hopefully I won’t be too tired after riding all day to join in on the festivities…

Netflix, Redbox, Brew & View, and Six Dollar Matinees

Let’s first just say that I love movies. If they had a job where all you do is watch movies, I would do anything for that job. Well, they do have that job, it’s called a movie critic. I don’t want to be a movie critic though… I would be a terrible movie critic. I enjoy probably around 95% of the movies that I watch, so any review I gave would just be too positive for most people. People would be excited to see something because I gave it a great review (this of course is if people actually cared about my opinion of movies), and then they would see it and say, “That was a total piece of crap.” There goes my movie critic career… down the drain. Continue reading Netflix, Redbox, Brew & View, and Six Dollar Matinees

Trying Something New at IO Chicago Improv Comedy

After 56 weeks of improv at Second City, I’m moving on to try something else. Sure, I had a great time at Second City and met a lot of great people over the past year, but I figured it was time to broaden my horizons as they say. I’m not sure who “they” are or when they said it, but someone said it at some point in time. Anyway, that’s what I’m doing. Continue reading Trying Something New at IO Chicago Improv Comedy