Monday, September 18, 2006

Cool Morning Ride

Used my helmet mounted Phantom Jet Lite to illuminate the first part of my ride this morning. Unfortunately the battery wasn't fully charged and I had to switch it off before it was light out (you hurt the battery if you let it run down all the way). At Lawrence or Wilson I spied a road bike mounted commuter far ahead. He had a good pace and it took me until around Gordon Terrace to catch up to him. Unbenownst to him, I believe, I drafted off him for a good while and quite enjoyed the lift. Around Diversey he slowed down. So I passed him and let him know I'd cut into the wind for a change. We shared the duty until he exited the trail at Randolph.

Roosevelt Road was pretty backed up from Wells to Canal Street and blocking the bike lane. So I had to resort to slaloming through cars. Kind of exciting but not something I'll make a habit of doing.

Distance Traveled: 24.3 miles
Distance to date: 527.2 miles
Price of gas: $2.89

1 comment:

edgewater_roadie said...

Came across your blog today looking for Chicago biking blogs. I think I was the "roadie" that traded turns drafting from Diversey to Randolph. I appreciated your courtesy and comapny.

I bike almost every day from Bryn Mawr to Randolph, but left about 10 minutes earlier than normal on the day we met. Hope to run into you again.

Have a safe ride!