Day 15 - 08/06/2006
Eggers Woods,112 and Burnham, Chicago to Navy Pier, Chicago
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Stats: 20.5 Miles (15th day, 286.2 miles to date)
Temp 86F, winds SE 5 to 10, overcast, occasional light rain
Seen on the trail
Canada Geese, ducks, sea gulls, pigeons, squirrels.
Loading the bikes for the trip.
Starting at Eggers Woods, 112th and Avenue E, two blocks from the Illinois, Indiana State Line
So overcast even the birds were grounded.
The north end of the Burnham Greenway is a bike path through neighborhoods.
1.2 mi - Bike path along the base of the Chicago Skyway at 105th St.
1.9 mi - Riding along the Chicago Skyway into Calumet Park.
2.2 mi - Sweep from north to south in Calumet Park at south end of Lake Michigan
2.2 mi - View from Calumet Park looking at industry at the South end of Lake Michigan
2.2 mi - Industry at south end of Lake Michigan from Calumet Park
2.2 mi - Beach in Calumet Park
The marked bike trail through Calumet park is a relabeled sidewalk. There were curbs at every parking lot entrance and street crossing. We switched to the street at about mi 3.3
2.8 mi - Saw to two of Chicago's finest on bike patrol.
3.3 mi - Trail left the park and routed back on city streets. Not much traffic.
3.6 mi - Calumet River at Ewing Ave, looking towards Lake Michigan.
5.0 mi - Bike Lanes start at 85th St.
6.2 mi - Bike lane along South Shore Drive near 76th St.
6.8 mi - Start the Lake Shore Bike Trail
7.3 mi - Lake Shore Bike Path at 67th St.
7.3 mi - Loop Buildings from Lake Shore Bike Path and 67th. ST.
7.9 mi - Marquette Drive in Jackson Park near LaRabida Children's Hospital
8.6 mi - It's funny how some places catch your attention. I've always liked the view from Lake Shore Drive in the section from 61st to 59th streets. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to travel it outside of a car.
9.1 mi - Museum of Science and Industry from Lake Shore Bike Path at 57th St.
9.1 mi - 57th St Beach
9.1 mi - 57th St. Beach
10.3 mi - Loop from 49th St.
11.9 mi - Near 39th St.
McCormick Place is barely visible in the background.
13.3 mi - View from 29th St.
Yes, it was raining on us again.
13.3 mi - That large flat building at the left is McCormick Place
14.1 mi - Waterfall at back of McCormick Place Convention Center
14.1 mi - Monroe Harbor from back of McCormick Place
14.1 mi - Waterfall in background and a native in the bushes
14.9 mi - Planetarium
14.9 mi - and Aquarium
15.4 mi - Looking due west from the north side of the Aquarium
We decided to go downtown on the same day as the Lalapalooza Concert and the Tall Ships visit. At several points there were so many cyclists and pedestrians on the bike path that we had to dismount and walk the bikes. As we rode out from around the Aquarium we could hear the bands from Lalapalooza playing in Grant Park .
15.4 mi - Almost there
Looking due north from the north side of the Aquarium
15.9 mi - By the time we got to Balboa Ave. the crowds were so thick we could barely ride.
16.8 mi - Tall Ships near Navy Pier
16.8 mi - On the waterfront
17,0 Pedestrian traffic on the Lake Shore Drive bridge over the Chicago River was so heavy we had to walk our bikes.
17.5 - Navy Pier
The pier itself was closed to bicycles because of the crowds, but we could wander around looking at tall ships.
"Captain On The Helm"
"Dedicated to those courageous mariners who guided their ships
through perilous waters, carrying cargo and people.
Their contributions have been so much a part of our history.
May they never be forgotten."
Rode from Navy Pier to Millennium Park
19.0 mi - Amy and Mary Lynn found the only dry spot in Millennium Park
Cloud Gate in Millennium Park
(a.k.a. The Bean)
Reflections in The Bean
Inside, looking up
One last look inside
This was another great trip in spite of the rain and the crowds.