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The 2008 Prairie Pedal was on June 28th in Grayslake, Il. This was the first time I was able to get The Wife out doing it. Having the kid helped bring her out. The ride goes near our house, so we rode the route from our house to registration.

The problem with the ride lies in the trail medium and the riders. The trickiest parts of the trail are on gravel and sand, not crusjed limestone. And the people that ride arent that great at riding. And it's not the kids that are the worst. Parents don't seem to watch their kids or hog the entire trail. The Wife almost slapped some people. especially the dween who was talking on a cell phone while riding, dropped some paper stopped dead, flicked the kick stand, dismounted, and almost ran into her while he was chasing the paper.

She didn't wanna do the ride when I told her the route. "We do taht every weekend! Why should we pay?"
"To better tha trails."
"Oh."
"And lunch."
"Ok."

Logged just over 25 miles.

It was a little chilly. Here we are at registration. We already had about 7 miles in before we registered.
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Little orange man thinking about he ride ahead.
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Kickin back at the second rest stop. They had a rescued hawk and two owls. Found out that the headless rabbits i have been seeing on my runs were the victims of owls, not coyotes or demonic teenagers.
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Third rest stop had some spotting scopes set up. The Kid's favorite part was the porta potty. During potty training if it gets him excited, its a good thing.
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Lunch!
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We ate in the silo of the Byron Colby Barn. Here is the ceiling:
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The kid was stoked to see turtles after the ride:
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The kid took these during the ride:
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