Archive for June, 2016

South Fox River Ride 6-11-16

June 22, 2016


Thank you, Bruce and Mary Jane for again hosting your ride along the shady Virgil Gilman and Fox River Trails. Thank you too, for wisely shortening the ride due to forecast high temperatures.  Everyone enjoyed the food and cold drinks at Tap House Grill in Oswego at the half way mark. Twenty miles round trip was a perfect distance to pedal and included crossing every type of bridge along the way. Towels for everyone was a great and welcomed idea before we enjoyed three different kinds of ice cream and fresh fruit and gooey toppings in your beautiful home.  Thank you, Doug and Lara for the rolling photo below taken during the outbound leg.

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Blind Stokers Ride Bike the Drive 5-29-2016

June 8, 2016

Our Blind Stoker season opened in grand style this year. Thanks to Dr. John Loesch of CATS and EBC, Lori Miller of NEDSRA Special Recreation Association, Bob Hoel of Active Transportation Alliance, and volunteer captains from Chicago Area Tandem Society and Elmhurst Bicycle Club, seven visually impaired riders were able to enjoy riding tandem bicycles on Lake Shore Drive participating in the 15th Annual MB Bike the Drive.

Thanks to Kim Messina of CATS and EBC, we have these pictures to share. The first was taken in the parking lot on State Street where all of the tandems,  all of the captains, two of the stokers, members of CATS, and members of EBC met before 6:00 AM.

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After this picture was taken, we all rode together to meet the other five stokers at the designated spot near Buckingham Fountain to introduce captains and stokers and adjust each tandem for each stoker before riding beneath the balloons at the Entry Gate. The second photo was taken after the ride in cool, shady area near the Post Ride Festival Booths.

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We were blessed with perfect bicycling weather. All agreed it was a fantastic experience.