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The Wife and The Kid are at her parents place this weekend. Today I got a chance to do a longer, more leisurely ride. I have wanted to try riding to The North Shore Path from my house, and Google Maps showed a nice park by Lake Michigan. So I headed out.
55 miles.
1 flat.
Two rains.
New beach discovered.
Finally, some miles in my legs. I feel like a sap going this long into the season without a day with more than 45 miles till now...

My favorite cafe is 5 miles from my door, and on the route, so I headed over for a skim vanilla latte. Organic coffee, roasted locally.
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Blueberry pastry for fuel.
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The new County Fairgrounds are being built near us.
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The North Shore Path is crushed limestone until it goes under I-94.
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Lake Bluff, here I come!
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I-94 construction is throwing a wrench in all traffic patterns, including bikes. Had to get off trail and ride on 176 for 100 yards or so. Yes, that sign says 2010.
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The Kid loves this place, even though we have only been to The Silo once.
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From the bluff in Lake Bluff.
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I give the bike a rest once I get to the lake.
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Looking North toward Great Lakes Naval Base.
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South toward Chicago. Look closely and you can see the skyline.
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Pretty flower with a sweat bee.
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Salmon fishing.
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A nice WPA-inspired shelter, complete with free firewood and a fireplace. It was built not too long aga, but reminds me of the WPA shelters in Maquoketa, IA.
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Looking out toward the lake from the shelter.
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Such a beautiful day! For now...
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Great Lakes Naval Base. Thought this plane and sign made a nice match. They had those DUI signs everywhere. There were also a few trailers of carnival equipment I found humorous just to the left, but no pics of that. Security was tight.
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Swung by Lambs Farm. It is a facility for living, vocational training, and jobs for the mentally challenged. They have a petting zoo, pet store, restaurant, mini-golf, carousel, and a train that goes out and back. The Kid will love visiting here.
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The flooding is down, so the underpass is open. Let's take the DPRT home!
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Plus it gives me a chance to take a pic of this obelisk for MB1. I have been meaning to snap this for some time...
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...because it gives me a chuckle:
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After my flat, I checked the inside of the casing, but didnt see/feel anything until I had the new tube in. Then I noticed a split in the tire. I thought I would go to a shop and get a new tire. I had already donated a pint of blood to the skeeters, so the thought of taking the tire off again and placing a GU wrapper boot was not a pleasant one.
Well, not so glad I went a few miles off course to that store.
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Pulling out of the lot, I see this:
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The wind was pretty bad, almost blowing me off a few times when I wasnt riding directly into it. I was rained on twice, but not bad. Here is one of the sheets that got me:
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All in all, a great ride! I just hope I didn't get malaria...
 

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Just remember, if it says 2010 they mean 2015 with millions in cost overruns :).

Great pictures. I love the lake shots. Very nice.
 

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When we lived in Hawaii the family flew to the mainland for two weeks without me. I was covering for my vacationing boss so I couldn't go. A neighbor took them to airport while I was at work. I worked six days a week and commuted daily. On Sundays I did the team ride by leaving from my house. I would get around 105 miles that way. When they returned to the Islands, I got in the Honda to go get them at the airport and realized that the fuel light was on and it was on empty. I suddenly dawned on me that I had not driven in two weeks. I posted tons of pictures during those two weeks.
 

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the lake front path

can be dangerous with all the bad bike handling skills.

thanks for the comments on the bike. i really love it. i feel the most comfortable on that bike. the positioning is dialed in, so even with knobbies i average around 18-19 mph on a 20 mile loop.
i wish flyte was still in bussiness. i would have loved to get a ti by them.


varoadie said:
Now that's what I call a perfect "guilt free" breakfast! Cool cross bike, too. I was in Chicago recently and rode the trail next to Lake Michigan, very nice riding there. Great report.
 

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bigbill!

funny you would respond to this. when i was at great lakes naval base you popped into my head for some reason. i realized i hadnt seen you online for a while and was wondering if you were off traveling again.

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When we lived in Hawaii the family flew to the mainland for two weeks without me. I was covering for my vacationing boss so I couldn't go. A neighbor took them to airport while I was at work. I worked six days a week and commuted daily. On Sundays I did the team ride by leaving from my house. I would get around 105 miles that way. When they returned to the Islands, I got in the Honda to go get them at the airport and realized that the fuel light was on and it was on empty. I suddenly dawned on me that I had not driven in two weeks. I posted tons of pictures during those two weeks.
 
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