Category Archives: Report from the road

A chicken’s tale

Why do we ask ourselves why the chicken crossed the road? To get to the punch line in a hurry. It may also be a way to explore the human condition without the human. Why did the chicken cross the … Continue reading

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Day 29. 30 Days of Biking

Looking for good advice on how to ride a bicycle? Start with this list. Always stop to: Clean your tires Remove your jacket Drink coffee Drink water from a garden hose, even a really long one Help turtles cross the … Continue reading

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Day 26. 30 Days of Biking

Takes 41 minutes to get from Bushwhacker to Dunlap along the Rock Island Greenway/Rock Island Trail. At least it’s 41 minutes if you are me, and you end up booking it. Riding the Bianchi Pista today, past dogs on long … Continue reading

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Day 24. 30 Days of Biking

Bushwhacker to Leaves ‘n Beans–the cafe, not the bean repository down the street at Trefzeger’s Baker–in Peoria Heights. Single-speeding it. No-handsing it. Witnessing the world’s many marvels, including the sheer number of business cards on display at LNB. Including a … Continue reading

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Day 23. 30 Days of Biking

Fifteen years ago, there was a two-story house across the road from these flowers. An American Foursquare. Probably 80, 90 years old at the time. A woman stood on the top step of the house shaking rugs. (I think she … Continue reading

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Day 22. 30 Days of Biking

Pretty obvious the railroad detectives were on the case today, sending not one, but two trains to keep me from reaching a blistering 13-mph pace. Or it could have been a coincidence, I suppose. Anyway, nice day today. Sixty-eight degrees, … Continue reading

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Day 19. 30 Days of Biking

The idea was simple. Use other people’s money to erect two buildings on stilts in the floodplain and encourage out-of-town restaurants to set up shop. And when that didn’t work, city leaders finally decided the buildings had to go. Better … Continue reading

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