The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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Chicago

Well, we made it. Chicago, the windy city. What a joy it was cycling the various trails that make up the Grand Illinois Trail. It wasn’t very pleasant leaving McHenry as there were sections on very busy roads, but soon we hit the trails off road through forests and passing lakes. A pure delight. We… Read More

Prairie Trail

Just a mere 14 miles along the flat Prairie Trail from Richmond to McHenry today. The trail’s surface was not that great, loose gravel and sand, but it was level into McHenry. We stopped in Peterson Park for a picnic before heading to Super 8 for the rest of the day. Tomorrow, will be a… Read More

Hebron Trail

Just 23 miles from Harvard to Richmond today. Despite a misty, cooler day, it was a beautiful ride on the Grand Illinois Trail. Rolling roads gave way to the Hebron Trail. We passed through splendid conservation areas flanked by wild flowers and grasses full of vivid colours. It certainly makes a welcome change from corn… Read More

1000 Miles

“I would bike 500 miles, and I would bike 500 more”. And so it is! On our 32 mile leg from Rockford to Harvard, we passed the 1,000 mile mark. Of course, 1,600km sounds better but it’s still an achievement for us oldies. It was fitting that we were cycling the Long Prairie Trail at… Read More

Camping Over?

As we get closer and closer to Chicago our camping options are now very limited. The broken tent pole is in the bin. The 10 year old smelly sleeping bags have joined the same fate. From Freeport, it was a gentle 21 mile ride along the Grand Illinois Trail to quaint Pecatonica. We were early… Read More