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O'HARE HERE I COME. ARE YOU READY MAURI?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


OK, SO I DECIDED TO WRITE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT MY BIKE TRIP TO O'HARE AIRPORT. I KNOW, YOUR ASKING YOURSELF, 'WHY WOULD ANYBODY RIDE A BIKE TO AN AIRPORT'? WELL, IT WAS WHERE I DECIDED TO GO AND PICK UP MY FRIEND MAURI. SHE IS COMING TO CHICAGO TO SHOW ME AROUND. APPARENTLY SHE LIVED THERE AND HAS FAMILY THERE. MAYBE SHE CAN MAKE ME SEE THE BEAUTY OF THE CITY. IT IS USUALLY THE LAST PLACE I WOULD CHOOSE TO GO. BUT CHICAGO AT CHRISTMAS TIME IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. WALKING DOWN THE STREET( I THINK IT IS MICHIGAN AVE) AND LOOKING AT THE STORE WINDOWS, IS LIKE BEING IN A MOVIE. THEY ARE GORGEOUS.

GETTING TO CHICAGO IS NOT ALL THAT SCENIC. THERE ARE SMALL TOWNS ON THE WAY. YESTERDAY I WENT THRU MARENGO, IL. I CHOSE TO TAKE BUSINESS 20 INSTEAD OF I 90 TO GO TO CHICAGO. NOT A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.

THE TOWN/VILLAGE OF MARENGO HAS :

6,355 RESIDENTS

14 CHURCHES

4 PARKS

5 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

1 HIGH SCHOOL

1 CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT

1 POST OFFICE


MARENGO IS A NICE LITLE TOWN. I DON'T GO THERE MUCH. IT WAS ESTABLISHED SOMEWHERE AROUND 1835 BY A GERMAN .

IT IS FUNNY , WHEN YOU START SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU WANT TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT WHERE YOU COME FROM. IT IS AMAZING HOW LITTLE I KNOW. I CAN TELL YOU THAT BY GOING THIS ROUTE THE AIR IS BETTER. LESS EXHAUST TO CLOG THE LUNGS. OF COURSE WHEN YOU GO BY A FARM WITH COWS OR PIGS, I CAN'T GUARANTEE THE QUALITY OF THE AIR. IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHAT THEY ARE FED I DON'T THINK. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SMELL SILAGE, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. IF YOU ARE PLUGGED UP, THERE IS NOTHING BETTER TO OPEN THE AIRWAYS. emoticon
I DO THINK I SAW A FEW OF MAMAS' COUSINS OUT THERE. I RAISED MY HAND IN THE SACRED COW WAVE. I DON'T HAVE HOOVES LIKE MAMMA SO I HAD TO IMPROVISE.

IN THE LAST 2 DAYS I'VE RIDDEN 36 MI. IT HAS BEEN A VERY QUIET RIDE AND THE WEATHER HAS BEEN BEAUTIFUL. THE REST OF THE WEEK IT IS SUPPOSED TO RAIN SO I WILL HAVE TO PUT ON MY SLICKER. I HAVE 51 MILES TO GO.

THE PICTURE I CHOOSE FOR THIS IS ONE OF THE YEARLY SNOW SCULPTURES . THERE IS A CONTEST EVERY JANUARY IN ROCKFORD. IF THE WEATHER COOPERATES. SOME YEARS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SNOW. I THINK THEY BROUGHT SOME IN ONE YEAR. LAST YEAR IT WAS TOO WARM. IT ALL MELTED.

WELL THIS IS ABOUT THE EXTENT OF MY RIDE THE LAST TWO DAYS. OUT HERE IT IS ALL OPEN FARM LAND , COWS AND SUBDIVISIONS. EVEN THE FARMERS ARE GETTING TIRED OF THE BS. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. NOT SURE WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING. I AM GETTING CLOSER TO THE BIG PLANES.....
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  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    I am enjoying your bike journey. You have a way with words. I like downtown Chicago at Christmas, too. You are referring to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. When I lived in the Chicago, the grand old stores in the loop had the wonderful animated Christmas window displays.
    It's a great town to visit, so much to see and do. That's what I liked the most about living there: the people, the hustle and bustle, everything at our doorstep. Great place to live when you're young!
    For you chocolate lovers, even the air is scented of chocolate, haha. I was told there was a chocolate factory in the vicinity, so some days the scent of chocolate would great us when we left the apartment. Smell it; no calories! That was in my thinner days, so it never bothered me at all:)
    Annie
    4564 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2008 10:09:00 PM
  • MARTHA-ANN
    Love these descriptions carol, I feel as if I'm riding it with you emoticon
    4567 days ago
  • POLLY20
    Carol, What a nice spot to visit.. Oprah Show is worth the visit.. Maybe someday you'll find your way to Alaska.. Mauri would like to join you in a visit there as well.. Thanks for taking the time to show us the way to O'Hare
    Carol.. Make it an everlasting memory while you are both visiting there.. I here that O'Hare is just wondeerful.. Love Ya Polly
    4568 days ago
  • DIANEV5
    Thank you Deuce for taking us on the trip with you cant wait for the next one emoticon
    4568 days ago
  • LINDIEMAE
    LOL that little town is a lot bigger then the place I came from. I enjoyed reading about the town and its occupants. AND I look forwward to the aiport and I sure cant' wait for you to describe it, as I will prolly never get there, its HUGEEE and I have a fear of the HUGEEE crowded places...course now I need to get over that eh? WE had a great time riding with you...oh and thanks for not eating cherries this round...those pits were the pits LOL
    4569 days ago
  • RSOBIES
    love it
    4569 days ago
  • KSNICKER
    Nice job Deuce and WTG on the miles you've gone... You are really doing good... Me I don't have that far to go do I'm having to impervise and just show you around my town... lol
    I look forward to where you bring us tommorrow... Oh and we like looking at Mama's relatives and trees and ponds and such too... lol
    Cool Picture too...
    Oh and as you get closer to the Windy City... Hold on to your hat... I remember I was in one of the tall building there ( in a meeting) and I was looking out of the window and the building was moving... back and forth... it was eeery...

    Have a good evening...
    4569 days ago
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