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About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  Scoundrel.

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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 … Continue reading

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