Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'bike trip'

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 5: Attack of the Buffalo Gnats

Leaving the quaint Hardin Hotel in Hardin, Illinois. A photo at the top of the ridge dividing the Illinois and Mississippi River valleys. Don't stop, or thousands of buffalo gnats will swarm you....

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 4: Great River Road

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Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 3: Trails into Town

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Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 2: Dogs

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Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 1: Connect the Dots

For Memorial Day we are taking a bike trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Quincy, Illinois. But first, to connect the line on the map from last year's bike tour to Bloomington, Indiana, we are taking...

The Wheel

Recently I had a chance to visit friends in Scotland. One day we took an early train with our bikes to Falkirk to see the famous Falkirk Wheel. Falkirk is located about midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. In 1790 the...

River Gumbo's Too Thick to Navigate - 7

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Into the American Jungle - 6

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No Beards in Beardstown - 5

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Prairie State - 4

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Poison Ivy For My Bed - 3

We woke up to a muggy morning in the midst of the poison ivy patch, after thunderstorms and stormy dreams in the middle of the night. The mosquitoes were just as ferocious as the night before. We coaxed the...

60 Miles on the I&M Canal - 2

After our first day's ride getting out of the city, camping in the woods seems far away from urban Chicago. Little critters creeped in the leaves, and I jumped up several times, sure that raccoons were raiding our supplies. But...

St. Louie or Bust - 1

Mike and I are reprising our trashboat journey with a bike trip following the Illinois River to St. Louis. I'll be taking the train home from St. Louis, while Mike continues on biking solo to California. After a lazy start,...

Source of the Chicago River

The other day I rode up to see the source of the Chicago River. The river has several branches and forks, and its natural source lies far to the north near the Wisconsin border, flowing through the Skokie Lagoons and...