Three Floyds Brewing Company

Here in the psychotic midwest, mother (F*#ker) nature gave us 2 ½ days of spring. Bikes and Beers must be had before Old Man Winter slaps anyone in the face with a 23° F wind chill on a bicycle (like today).

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Illinois weather does really suck sometimes, but if you’re up by the suburbs of Chicago, safe trail Cycling is vastly open to where your mind and body can take you.

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On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the trunk bag was minimally packed on the Trek Darth Vader to trek to Three Floyds and back. And by back, I mean to my parents where they’ll bring my bicycle and I the remaining distance.

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Trails taken (that made up of 97% of the entire trip):

  • Kishwaukee – Kiwanis Trail
  • DeKalb Nature Trail
  • DeKalb – Sycamore Trail
  • Great Western Trail
  • Randall Road Bike Trail
  • Silver Glen Trail
  • River Bend Trail
  • Fox River Trail
  • Stearns Road Trail
  • Illinois Prairie Path Elgin Branch
  • Illinois Prairie Path Aurora Branch
  • DuPage County Regional Trail
  • Dupage River Walk
  • West Branch DuPage River Trail
  • Southern DuPage Regional Trail
  • Greene Trail
  • Veterans Trail
  • Centennial Trail
  • Old Plank Road Trail
  • Thorn Creek Red Paved Trail
  • Pennsy Greenway
  • Munster, IN – Pennsy, Thorn Creek, Old Plank Road were taken back
  • I & M Canal Trail (61 miles)

The 365.53 km (227.13 miles) in three days were Beautiful and exhausting. Here are my Relive links:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

I have not experienced a bad 3Fs brew. And I don’t think that I ever will. The stay at a new hotel almost next door to 3Fs was modern and wonderful. Please, check out Munster, Indiana and Three Floyds Brewing Company.

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Adventure is my exercise.

CHEERS

Tripel Beer Ⓥratt

Onion, Broccoli and Cauliflower were diced and riced. Previously Beered Brats from Tofurky were utilized. Beer, Tripel if ya got it, was heated in a pan. Seasoned with Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic & Onion Powder, the Brats, veggies and seasonings were simmered. The Brats were grilled. The Brats were put in the Simmering Beer and thrice beered.

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Topped with Daiya and melted, Veggies and BBQ Sauce, these bastards were bunned and SERVED.

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CHEERS

Winter Cycling

Cold weather and air is adaptable. Getting sick cannot be fun. Constant boosting of my immune system is key to my survival through the Winter commutes. Often, the choice of bike depicts exactly how fast you will get to point B or point C. Weather forecasters and I all suck at predicting the weather. Here in Illinois, the weather forecasts change hourly.

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As long as the Winter cyclist is dressed appropriately, the cold shouldn’t truly effect a cyclists well-being. Of course, it is not good for anyone to be out in negative degree Fahrenheit temperatures for longer than 60 minutes.

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Layers are more important than bicycle choice. Correct footwear, headwear and handwear are most crucial to comfort.

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My commutes range from 6-8 miles to and from 6-8 fro. The time ranges from 20-45 minutes each way. In-between my rides, the work hours range from 7-13 hours. Lights are essentially a must. At the moment, two front (both 700 lumens) and one rear attempt to keep me seen. I have just upgraded to a brighter rear light as I’ve been riding more road lately on my cross bike. The All-Weather hard-case tires are amazing in sloppy conditions. My FatBike, the Arrogant Bastard, is so heavy and slow and hard to commute with unless an utter snow massacre has just happened.

#RideOn

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#BeSafe

Happy 2018

2017 has been an interesting and turbulent year for myself. Ultimately, it was a good year. Is it really possible to have a bad year? Not for me. My goal of trying 2500 different beers has been accomplished. Goodbyes were said to Untappd, the social drinking network. I have progressed with my company and still somewhat enjoy my job.

 

2017 Cycling Summary

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Good, healthy and mostly Vegan food has been plentiful. May your 2018 be amazing!

 

Cheers

Happy Wednesday

Yesterday was a fun-filled awesome day. With some lows and some extreme highs. I awoke at 4:00am thinking that I was late for my 6:30am shift. At 5:45am and around 25 degrees F, I commuted via bicycle to work. Dressing in various layers, the commute was absolutely comfortable.

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#WORKHARDPLAYHARDER

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The sun was present throughout the day. Being a sunshine addict, I suited up after my shift (without all of the layers) for a beautiful November day and rode on to enjoy a few hours of remaining daylight. After picking up a 4-pack of beer, I ventured to a wildlife refugee before heading to a brewhouse for a few more amazing beers.

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Fall into Winter months are progressively dying, cold and dreary. Utilization of warmer//brighter days is a must, in my book. Overcoming the cold and the death is essential to becoming stronger and prepared for any further difficult situations.

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It is game time. Here in the midwest, the next five months will not be pleasant. Optimism and drive will get me through.

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Cheers to an early Spring.