Registration is open for for the 2007 Bike the Drive tour on May 27. It’s an annual 30-mile tour along Chicago’s lake front, and they close down Lake Shore Drive for the duration. For those not in the know, Lake Shore Drive is a 6 to 8 lane thoroughfare in downtown Chicago. I’ve ridden in it for the past several years in a row, and it’s wonderful! It’s always nice, easy and relaxed. I’ll post some pictures later.
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to be towing a carrier with my daughter in it or not. It’s a long trip for a toddler; and although I’ve got a Trek Doodlebug, I’m a little worried about her comfort sitting in it for a couple of hours in one go. She’s been good on ten mile rides, but even on those I usually stopped for a few minutes every twenty or so to let her stretch. I’ll try taking her out for a longer ride in April when it gets warmer and see how she likes it. She’s three now, and very talkative, so there’s a much better chance of getting coherent answers to questions like “Are you feeling OK?” and “Do you need to stop?” Last year, I’d just make myself stop every so often.
I shouldn’t complain, though. It was on one of those stops last year, under some high tension lines out on one of the trails, that she learned about electricity. We were standing on a bridge looking at dragonflies and looking for frogs when she became aware of humming and popping noises. She looked around and asked, “What’s that, Daddy?” And I answered, “That’s electricity. It’s up there in the wires.” She got her serious look on for a few moments, looked up and studied the power lines and towers, slooping their way into the distance. And then she smiled and laughed. Since then when we’re in the car together, she’ll often look out the window at the power lines and say, “Look Daddy! That’s electricity!”
On second thought, if she comes with me on the 27th, we’ll stop often. And I’ll bring a frisbee and a few Nerf balls.