Category Archives: Report from the road

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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Day 12. 30 Days of Riding

First ride of the year in bibs. Mid ’50s in the morning. (With winds southwest at 14 mph, but I’m not here to brag about drilling through the wind at my usual 25 mph pace. Or 20. Or 13. Or … Continue reading

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