Archive for May, 2016

Cal-Sag Bike Trail Ride 5-16-2016

May 19, 2016

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“The Cal-Sag Channel (short for “Calumet-Saganashkee Channel”) is a navigation Canal in southern Cook County, Illinois. It serves as a channel between the Little Calumet River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. It is 16 miles long and was dug over an 11-year period, from 1911 until 1922. The western 4.5 miles of the channel flow through the Palos Hills Forest Preserves, a large area of parkland operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.” (A copy and paste from Wikipedia.) Recently the FPDCC paved a trail along the channel between Route 83 on the west end and Cicero Avenue, Route 50 on the east end.

Thank you, Tim and Mary for organizing the ride along the Cal-Sag Trail and the post-ride get together at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, a very enjoyable afternoon in May. Above is my pre-ride photo of the group. Thank you, Kim for taking the photo below at our turn around point.

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Thank you Gary for taking the photos at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket below.

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Daffodil Ride 5-7-2016

May 9, 2016

DSCF2029 Thank you Bill and Karrie for providing a great route for 9 teams on Daffodil Ride 2016. As was true for last week’s ride, the wind was at our backs on the outbound leg, much of the route along sheltered bike paths  to the mid-ride rest stop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 4 tandem teams chose to follow Bill and Karrie on the slightly longer return leg through Fort Sheridan and 4 tandem teams chose to use return to B & K’s home by reading the outbound cue sheet in reverse. The pre-ride photo is above. Though you probably cannot see it in the photo taken at Fort Sheridan below, Lake Michigan is in the background and there are daffodils just beyond the fence. We all enjoyed great margaritas, great Mexican food, a great place to share time and stories after the ride on a beautiful day. DSCF2040

Sincerely, Tom and Ginny

Hibachi Ride 5-1-2016

May 4, 2016

DSCF2027[1]Thank you, Phil and Mary Kohl for hosting the Chicago Area Tandem Society season opening Hibachi Ride on Sunday, May 1st. The rains held off until after the ride and the east north east wind off the lake made the outbound leg easy pedaling but a little tough riding back. Dinner at Aodake Sushi & Steak House was carried to an even more enjoyable experience by a surprise visit by Hank and Sandy, both looking great after all they have been through. Ice cream at Oberweis with news of Brian and Susan’s new-to-them condo concluded a very pleasant Sunday with CATS. Thank you, Ginny for the great group pre-ride photo.