Tomorrow we leave St Charles, just outside Chicago, and head north into Michigan. It is a short drive - about three and a half hours. We could easily fit in a ride - but that is not going to happen. I need a break! I don't care if I have to navigate us via Texas, if D so much as mentions cycling I'm going to turn that three and a half hours into an entire day in the car. There will absolutely be no time for biking!
Don't get me wrong. The cycling around St Charles is great. There are miles of scenic trails. The Fox River Trail in particular is magical. For most of it's length it hugs the Fox River passing through historic town centres as well as parks, woods and wetlands. We could spend months here and never tire of the scenery.
My exhaustion has probably not been helped by the fact that it turns out David's bike was not the only one damaged on our flight from Sydney. (Click here for my post on "How to turn a bicycle into a pretzel.") Normally my bike rolls faster than David's. It has a larger wheel size and smoother tyres. The result is that I can keep up without having to put in extra effort. This holiday though I have found the going tough.
I knew that one wheel was dragging a bit but I didn't think it was making that much difference. A couple of days ago we called in at a bike shop to get it looked at. I think David was finally fed up with constantly having to wait for me. The guys at All Spoked Up were so helpful I have to give them a free plug. Not only did they fix my back wheel but they discovered the front wheel was also dragging and fixed that too. No wonder I was cycling so slowly.
Don't expect any more cycling posts for a few days - it will be strictly driving and walking for the next little while.
|Wetlands on the Fox River Trail|
|Perfect weather - Fox River Trail|
|Fox River Trail again - I thought this old station was really cute.|
|The Fabyan Windmill - Fox River Trail|
|Looking across the Fox River|
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5 July 2014