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I MADE IT TO O'HARE!!!!

Friday, September 05, 2008


I STARTED THIS ADVENTURE AS A CHALLENGE FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL TEAM AROUND. I ADDED 1 MILE A DAY TO MY BIKE RIDE AND ENDED UP GOING A DISTANCE OF 108 MILES IN 6 DAYS.

WHEN I STARTED I DECIDED THAT I WOULD CHOOSE O'HARE AIRPORT. NOW, I COME FROM A SMALL TOWN NORTH OF CHICAGO. I DON'T REALLY LIKE GOING THERE BECAUSE THERE IS TOO MUCH TRAFFIC AND IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE ARE EITHER IGNORING EACH OTHER OR YELLING AT EACH OTHER TO GET OUT OF THEIR WAY.

NOW I KNOW THAT MY DESCRIPTION OF CHICAGO IS NOT A VERY FAIR ONE. I THINK TO ENJOY THE CITY ,YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE CITY AND LOVES IT. THEY ARE THE BEST TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE MOST FUN ASPECTS ARE.

SO RIDING THERE I WENT THRU A LOT OF SMALL TOWNS AND FARM LAND, WHICH IS WHAT I LIKE. I DID GO THRU DEKALB, ILLINOIS. THAT IS THE HOME OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. MY OLDER BROTHER GRADUATED FROM THAT COLLEGE. AFTER THAT YOU ARE MOSTLY IN THE SUBERBS OF CHICAGO, WHERE ONE COMMUNITY MELDS WITH THE NEXT.

YOU CAN TELL WHEN YOU ARE GETTING CLOSER TO THE AIRPORT. THE PLANES GO OVER YOUR HEAD AND IT FEELS LIKE YOU COULD JUST REACH UP AND TOUCH THEM. I REMEMBER BEING IN THE AIR AND LOOKING OUT THE PLANE WINDOW. THE CLOUDS ARE SO SOLID LOOKING THAT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU CAN WALK ON THEM. THAT IS THE WAY I FEEL WHEN THE PLANES GO OVER.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT COMPARES TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE AIRPORT. THE MASSES OF PEOPLE IN THERE IS PRETTY OVERWHELMING TO ME. I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO FLY ALOT OR ARE USED TO PEOPLE BEING ALL AROUND, BUT I'M NOT.

ALL IN ALL MY RIDE HERE WAS PLEASANT. SOME DAY I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN CHICAGO WITH SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE CITY. GEE, I WONDER IF OPRAH IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE......

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  • CAPECODSANDI
    Carol-All I can say is wow!! I am so impressed and inspired by this! You rock girlfriend!!!!!!! I just bought a bike Saturday, haven't ridden one in oh about 35 yrs. I will start out with small steps and who knows maybe someday I will catch up to you!!! Thanks for a wonderful, inspirational story!
    Sandi
    4558 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    108 miles in 6 days, woohoo. What team is this? You have made the journey so interesting to all of us.

    O'Hare was one of my favorite places. Isn't that cool where the runway goes over the expressway? I was mad about the guy who worked at Air France, hoho. It was all in the accent.
    I've had a long love affair with planes and flying. I prefer the small two-seater shoulder-to-shoulder aircraft. Not a bad seat in the plane; great view.
    Taking the train to Chicago is another nice way to get there. Once we decided to skip the taxi and carry our suitcases to the hotel. Oh ho, that was a work out, even with the suitcases being on wheels. It was Christmas; the air was cold.
    See you in Chicago, lol.
    Annie

    4559 days ago
  • MOM2ACAT
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  • TREGIANI
    OMG! That's amazing!!!

    And I sounds so much fun!!! Congratulations on your deed... it's really inspiring! Thanks!
    4559 days ago
  • MARTHA-ANN
    emoticon Carol...108 miles Brilliant!!
    Where are you taking us next? emoticon
    4560 days ago
  • DIANEV5
    Wow Deuce look at you girl 108 miles Is that where you would end up if you started form your house?? Your doing great girl . K eep up the good work and thanks for taking us on the tour it was fun ((HUGS)) emoticon
    4560 days ago
  • GRAMMY2FIVE
    Airports are interesting. Fun to sit and people watch and wonder who they are , where they are going, and why. Chicago is mighty huge and one I flew in and out of lots of times. But I too wouldn't want to drive right around there. Too busy for me any more. 108 miles...great going!!!!!!!!!!
    4560 days ago
  • KSNICKER
    YAY!!!! You Made it.... WOO HOO!!!! WTG DEUCE! Great job on your 108miles... That is Awesome my friend...

    Now I have been to O'Hare Airport a few times... and Agree with all that you say... I'm not big on crowds either...I had a friend that lived in one of the suburbs and she took me on a ride to the City by way of the Loop( or the train... I forget) ... What an experience that was... lol
    I have to say that experiencing Chicago was very interesting... by day the city was nice... but late night ... well No way will I ever walk the streets of Chicago at night again... lol Very Scary people come out at night... lol

    WTG on your virtual tour... You did a great job... brought back lots of memories for me from back in the day... lol

    ((hugs))
    Grumpy... that's me today... lol


    4560 days ago
  • JMCAMJ1
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    didn't take you long

    so where are you going next? hee hee
    4560 days ago
  • RUHAPPYTOSEEME
    hi there! I missed a few of your blogs and read them backwards, so I thought you rode to chicogo and thought wow hows she getting on the net in between LOL so if I have this right your riding on a stationary bike? you are really good at the story telling, I believed every word and was riding along with you! you should write books :) very fun and creative! and very good at going all those miles wow! you go girl!
    4560 days ago
  • POLLY20
    Carol, I heard that O'Hare is one of the Largest Airports around.. We had a lay over there for about an hour.. Just enough time to ck out some of the venders.. Penny candy caught my eye & others that we're with us.. Brought a sm bag & it cost a lot more than a penny.. LOL I like the discription of the areas that you took us by.. Now I've been able to see & smell the cows & almost touch the planes over head.. Thanks for bringing us on such an exciting & wild tour.. Love & Hugs Polly
    4561 days ago
  • LINDIEMAE
    I have never been to Chicago or the airport but with your help I made it there today woohooooo of all the places I dislike the most when crowded, its NOT airports...there's just something about the atmosphere and all that I get a charge out of and I do not feel threateneed the same as I would a large mall, funny huh...man I am gonna explore this place....and I though YVR was big LOL emoticon
    4561 days ago
  • MOB8/2009
    What a fun idea! I'm afraid I would kill myself on a bike, but I'm totally impressed with your sense of adventure and your determination to complete a goal you've set for yourself.

    A wonderful, inspiring post! Thanks for sharing.

    Linda
    4561 days ago
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