Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bike the Drive

4:30 a.m. - We head downtown with five bikes and five helmets and five tired people for this event:

Basically, the city of Chicago closes Lake Shore Drive from 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. so people can ride their bikes on it. We had never done this before, but I've always, always, always wanted to ride downtown and never had. This was the year, and I think we picked a winner.

5:50 a.m. - Hello, Sunshine!

6:00 a.m. - Sunrise over Navy Pier

6:15 a.m. - Good morning, Lake Michigan!

6:35 a.m. - Belmont Harbor

Around 6:45 a.m. we made it to our turnaround point where they had snacks and water for us, so we rested for a few minutes before heading south again.

7:00 a.m. - Heading south on Lake Shore Drive. A couple of my girls were getting a little tired at this point, so I told them to just keep looking at the John Hancock building. That's it on the left. That tiny black bump over the trees.

7:08 a.m. - This scene reminded me of the biggest editorial blunder in the movie "When Harry Met Sally." Do you remember it? At the beginning of the movie, Harry and Sally are driving to Chicago from New York to attend the University of Chicago, which is on the south side. They arrive in the city and are driving south on this stretch of Lake Shore Drive to, supposedly, get to the U of C. Now, if they had really been driving from New York, there's no way they would have even been on this part of Lake Shore Drive--they would have been coming from the south and they would not have even gone into this part of town.

It bothers me every time I watch the movie.

7:20 a.m. - Almost there!

7:25 a.m. - Right underneath it. John Hancock, we love you!

7:27 a.m. - Riding past some of the most expensive property in the city.

7:35 a.m. - Had to stop for some gorgeous photos of Trump Tower. I hadn't seen it from that vantage point before (the building was just finished not too long ago) and thought it was stunning.

7:50 a.m. - Back to our starting point in Grant Park. At this point the girls and I hung out while B did the south loop (another 15 miles). What can I say? He's a stud. I'm not.

On our way back to the car we rode around Buckingham Fountain--isn't it pretty? See that red building in the background (the CNA building)? It's a little hard to tell, but there's a Chicago Blackhawk insignia put in the side of the building. We all thought that was pretty cool.

What a great day. We made memories I'm sure we won't forget for a long time, and that is what summer is all about.



  1. How cool is that! Scenery always looks different from a bike than zipping by in a car. Looks like it was lots of fun and kudo's to you guys for getting going right at 5 o'early AM!