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

55 Mile Bike Ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden

This past weekend my friend and I took our first bike ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Someone had mentioned the trail to her, so we decided to check it out Sunday morning. From the start of the North Branch Trail at Devon and Caldwell, to the northern most part of the Botanic Garden is about 16.5 miles. It’s an amazing trail, which twists and turns through parks and the forest preserve… oh, and it’s nicely paved! Continue reading 55 Mile Bike Ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden