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  • Richard 9:46 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink |  

    Shabbona on Sunday 

    Lang Rd. (on the left side of the map north to south) is a lightly traveled road. Roads like this are becoming fewer east of town because of increased traffic from exurbanites looking for shortcuts to job sites.

    Taylor\S. Malta Rd., Fairview Rd. west to Lang Rd. Lang Rd. south to Shabbona. Preserve Rd. east to University Rd. Left turn on University Rd. Gravel for an eighth of a mile.Continue north across Rt. 30  to Lee Rd. Right on Lee Rd to Rt. 23. Left turn on Rt. 23 and north into DeKalb.

    Rt. 30 looking west out of Shabbona.

    Friday evening events in downtown Shabbona.

    Universiy Rd. repaved. About time.

    Pea rock on Lee Rd.

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  • Richard 7:30 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink |  

    Wurst Outlier Shorts 

    I am quiet satisfied with my pair of Wurst Outlier shorts . A comfortable design for riding with subtle details like a cuff and watch pocket. The 4Season Fabic is light enough for hot weather. And the sopressata from Emily’s pork store was pretty decent too.

     
  • Richard 9:18 am on August 20, 2010 Permalink |  

    Stop Cuts To Transportation Enhancements http://www.activetrans.org/blog/dpersky/stop-cuts-transportation-enhancements

    “IDOT is considering cuts to make some of its $76.4 million in recissions from the Illinois Transportation Enhancements Program. TE has helped hundreds of communities make their environments more safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly with bike and ped amenities.”

     
  • Richard 5:43 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink |  

    HB 43 “Must Stop For Pedestrians” Signed By Gov. Quinn. http://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/pdf/HB_43_FAQ.pdf

     
  • Richard 6:34 am on July 14, 2010 Permalink |  

    Black Hawk, CO banned bicycles http://cbs4denver.com/news/bicycle.ban.black.2.1753938.html to facilitate access to a casino. Now St. Charles, MO is considering a ban http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-st-charles-bike-ban-071210,0,4986396.story.

     
  • Richard 5:49 am on July 13, 2010 Permalink |  

    Amtrak adds bike service http://www.dailyamerican.com/articles/2010/07/09/news/local/news245.txt

     
  • Richard 5:44 am on July 7, 2010 Permalink |  

    Gov. Quinn Signs Two Bike Bills 

    1) League of Illinois Bicyclist’s bill creating permanent Share the Road license plates for Illinois.  Plate income would sustainably fund our statewide education campaigns for both motorists and bicyclists.  The plate design itself delivers the message, with a Share the Road sign and the phrase ”Same Rights, Same Rules”.

    2) Sen. Silverstein’s bill establishing penalties for motorists driving recklessly and unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist.  Depending on whether serious injuries result, this will be either a Class A misdemeanor or Class 4 felony.

    Details are here.

     
  • Richard 5:48 am on July 5, 2010 Permalink |  

    Riding to MacQueen Forest Preserve 

    Eight of us rode to the MacQueen camp site from the shop Saturday afternoon. It was a mellow ride with great company.

    Clare Post Office

     
  • Richard 7:15 am on June 29, 2010 Permalink |  

    “American McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane, “an anti-foaming agent” also used in Silly Putty.”

     
  • Richard 6:44 am on June 29, 2010 Permalink |  

    Swedish Day’s Ride Washout 

    Swedish Day’s Ride has been around for 41 years. It’s a nice ride with an excellent route all over Kane County.  The forecast said thunderstorms after 1:00 PM. There was a large crowd maybe 350 riders. The ride started out fine partly cloudy, warm with a moderate wind. However the situation quickly changed.

    8:12 AM

    Seeking Cover

    The main part of the storm lasted 45 minutes leaving about a half inch of rain. I resumed with riding only to be soaked by a downpour 15 minutes later.

    Moving counter clockwise from bottom right.
    Ellithorpe Rd.
    Chapman Rd.
    Lawrence Rd.
    Engel Rd.
    Walker Rd.
    Allen Rd.
    Hampshire Forest Preserve
    Ketchum Rd.
    Kelley Rd.
    Widmayer Rd.
    Big Timber Rd. back to Widmayer Rd.then to Allen Rd.
    Brier Hill Rd.
    Berner Rd.
    Romke Rd.
    Bahr  Rd.
    Tower Rd.
    back to Central High School

    Berner Rd. meets Romke Rd.

    Only road 35 miles out of the intended 62 miles because of an impending second line of storms which never materialized.  Though I did get to experience Kane Co. on roads I haven’t been on in awhile and it has me thinking about a route between Hampshire and DeKalb. Perhaps Hampshire to Woodstock. And then Lake Geneva. Check back later in the week.

     
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