Last week we had the first beautiful spring day in Chicago. I could hardly sit still at work, I was so excited to get outside in the sun. I rode my bike the twelve miles home from work and it was glorious, obviously. That first day of real spring weather, when the sun finally feels warm on my face for the first time in six months, is one of the best days of the year.
Anyway, I rode up next to this guy with bursting panniers and a tent on his rear rack, and asked him where he as going. "The dunes!" he said. We talked for a while and I learned he had biked there the day before, camped overnight, and biked back (about 65 miles each way). I was so happy to talk to him because I had imagined doing the same ride this summer and now I feel inspired to actually plan it.
If you, like me, you love riding your bike and want to ride your bike every single day for the month of April, you could do 30 Days of Biking with me! Their modest goal is to "advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives and preserves the Earth." Like me, they strongly believe that there's no one right way to ride a bike -- you don't have to be spandex-clad, a hipster, or a cute ladybiker.
I'm doing this because I want to make biking a part of my daily routine in Chicago, like it was in NYC before I moved. I think this will encourage me to use my bike to get around here and get more comfortable biking in a city that I still don't know super well.
I logged 34 miles this week since getting sidelined with my ankle injury. I'm stiff and sore, but my bike's still a loyal friend, ready to hang out again after a long winter away from each other.