Day 25. #30daysofbiking

That’s one reason I call this website 16incheswestofpeoria.

Another reason?

Calling it bluebobthebellbottomedbananaboy would have been confusing.

Today’s ride: On the Rock Island Greenway, just south of Bicycle Safety Town.

And back to the shop.

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Day 24. #30daysofbiking

Lunch break. Quick spin down the Greenway and return on Heading.

Bike. Coffee. Blue skies.

As Phil Connors would say, a pretty good day.

Even without the sea otters.

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Day 23. #30daysofbiking

It’s amazing what people can do when they decide it’s the right thing to do.

Think about the transcontinental railroad, Hoover Dam, the Marshall Plan, the Apollo program.

Think about Chicago building a tunnel two miles out into Lake Michigan to bring clean water to a polluted city.

In 1867.

Think about the margarita. (It’s delicious.)

Now think about what we absolutely can’t do.

Levitate. Turn lead paint into gold faucets. Argue Arizona statehood with Elmo in a strip club. 

Elmo LIKE Sheriff Arapio.

And, of course, how we can’t fix a washed-out public right of way in central Illinois.

It’s been, what, two or three years since you could walk or ride a bicycle on the Rock Island Trail from Princeville to Wyoming?

Elmo LIKE linear nature of time.

This isn’t a closed trail. This is what 21st-century learned helplessness looks like.

Welcome to the state of Illinois.

Elmo LIKE Iowa.

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Day 22. #30daysofbiking

Light on a pole. West of Chillicothe on Cloverdale Road. 

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Day 21. #30daysofbiking

While drinking by the blanciest of casas blanca, this conversation:

Rick: We’ll always have the wind. Maybe not tomorrow or next week, but whenever we ride.

Ilsa: Yes, the wind. And in the mornings, perhaps less of it.

Rick: You’re getting on that bike with zip ties where you belong.

Ilsa: And you, Rick…

Rick: Yes.

Ilsa: Try to keep up.

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Day 20. #30daysofbiking

That lowly braggart, that big ol’ ball of flames, did promise fair chase this day, but as his want this April, abandoned the chase well before the climb past the lilacs on Santa Fe Road. 


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Day 19. #30daysofbiking

If there’s such a thing as a perfect ride, this is it.

Downhill warm up, smooth roads, 65 degrees, Santa Fe Burlington Northern train clearing the crossing one minute before I needed the same space, tailwind chasing me on the way home, thunder upon arrival and light rain 15 minutes after that.

Took the picture just south of the old 10-mile time trial dogleg toward Truitt and, eventually, Chillicothe.

Might need to trial it again and see what difference 30 years makes.

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