To Wisconsin for no real reason.

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Since I have a bunch of long rides in front of me and I had yet to get a century in ever, I figured today should be the day. Part of this also was to figure out a good way to get north.

Yesterday I had been trying to find this other path north. Today I found it and it's not even close to being finished. In fact, the path isn't even started. It still and old, overgrown former railroad. Once they finish it it will be quite nice. Until then, it's nothing. Kind of annoyed me that it's on google's bike maps.

I ended up taking the path that went through Waukegan. The path overall went through a less crappy part of the city, but still not where I wanted to go. Add to that the path was a very sloppy limestone trail. Normally I hate those trails, but because I'm no longer using a road slick I didn't care that much except for the wear put onto my chain from the wet slush getting kicked up onto my bike. Pretty much I'd be fine never taking that path again. Pretty much before the end of the path I decided to jump on the public roads and do my biking there.

I didn't go to any place really special for lunch. I went to some of the outlet malls in Pleasant Prairie because I knew they had at least one sandwich place. I took advantage of my rest to go ahead and find a different bike route back (crackberries are good for something!).

The way back I ended up taking the Des Plains River trail. It's a limestone trail, but unlike the trail that goes through Waukegan, it's very well maintained so there aren't lots of dips or places for water to gather and ruin it. I would gladly take this trail again. It's also a little bit off the road and through the wetlands restoration project with little signs posted along the way of what they're doing and why.

It ended up raining on my twice during my ride. Thankfully it was not while I was on a limestone trail or on a major road. There was a small paved railroad trail that goes south to Lake Cook Rd that I was just dumped on. I was absolutely soaked and my bike now cleaned off of most of the limestone junk from the Waukegan trail. Thankfully that only lasted about 15 minutes. The second time I got caught up was on the trail leading out to the Chicago Botanical Garden. I was basically getting rained upon for the entirety of the trail, so a little under an hour. I got drenched with so much water my fingers look like I had just taken a bath.

In total for the day, 106.73 miles. Seems like I should do fine enough on my touring.
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