Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Cardinals are Back

I don't mean the St. Louis Cardinals, I am from the north side of Chicago, so I am a Cubs fan regardless of whether they win or lose. There is always next year. Maybe in 2100 they will win. Of course, I will have to watch that from heaven.

For many years now I have not seen cardinals, the state bird of Illinois, in our area. However, over the past year it seems that I have been seeing more and more cardinals which are beautifully red. Today is gorgeous so I rode for 25 miles from my home to Highland Park, IL and then to Evanston, IL and back on the Green Bay bike trail. On the trail I saw cardinals five different times. The Green Bay bike trail is a very nice trail that takes you all the way up to North Chicago. In fact you can start from the south side of Chicago and bike along the trails next to Lake Michigan and connected to the Green Bay trail. From North Chicago you can go to Kenosha, WI and connect up towards Green Bay, WI. Unfortunately, from North Chicago to Kenosha it is a bit rough and dangerous because of the roads.

It is the first time I had a chance to ride a longer distance. I kept getting flat tires. So after 5 flat tires, I finally got a professional to take a look at it. It seems that the plastic rim strip that covers the spokes had an edge that was sticking out and each time I replaced my inner tube and started riding, the tube would get another puncture.

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