The wild, wild mid-west

This morning, I felt pretty excited to start the day. The seven of us stayed in Forest Park, a suburb ten miles from downtown Chicago. We set off for Downtown Chicago at 6:00am, ready to power through a 115 mile day to South Bend, Indiana. 5 miles into the ride, Kate got a flat and it started to rain. It RAINED and hailed and did terrible things to our early start.

Kate and Amanda working on a flat.

Kate provided Amanda with some pretty tangible moral support as she fixed a flat. That’s Malcolm X’s Oldsmobile in the background, complete with 1969 registration and flat tires.

We tried to wait out the rain, but we really couldn’t escape it. After fixing the flat we set off for Millenium Park and the Lake Shore bike trail. We biked past all of the Lollapalooza tents that were set up for this weekend.

The really tall building - that's the Willis Tower/Sears Tower, which young-man Matthew Broderick and Co. go to the top of in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." I realized yesterday that my only frame of reference for the city of Chicago is that movie, which is just the way I like it.

The really tall building – that’s the Willis Tower/Sears Tower, which young-man Matthew Broderick and Co. go to the top of in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” I realized yesterday that my only frame of reference for the city of Chicago is that movie, which is just the way I like it.

Eventually, it stopped raining and we were able to chillax/relax.

View of Chicago from the Lake Shore bike trail.

View of Chicago from the Lake Shore bike trail.

I stopped taking pictures after this because we had to book it through South Chicago, Gary, Indiana, and everything leading up to South Bend to make it before dark. I can’t stand up because of all the lactic acid in my quads. Nice.

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