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

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

Daiya Ⓥajita

With ease, comfort and deliciousness, Ⓥajitas are ever customizable and fun. Cooked brown rice was tossed with Earth Balance ‘butter’, ‘parmesan cheese’, Paprika, Tomatoes and Black Beans.

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A skillet was heated. Veggie Broth, Peppers, Onions, Gardein ‘chicken’, Corn, Garlic & Onion Powder were simmered before being tossed in Flour Tortillas.

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-Intermission-

Depth perception isn’t always our greatest friend. When assumption collides with confidence, someone is bound to fall on their ass.

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Spending all week mastering riding road tires decently quickly on ice/snow, a tree branch brings ya down. And brings ya down hard, reminding you how old you truly are.

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Recover, Forget, Persevere.

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I needed to redeem my original Ⓥajita concept. HERE IS DAIYA ⓋAJITA.

Happy Monday

Hello all. Apologizes (if any care:) for the three-week hiatus from WordPress. A world as I once knew is over and has been shaken up like die in a Yahtzee cup to be tossed out ever so strategically.

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Within six days of first being aware of an amazing career opportunity, it was final. From finding out that this career opportunity was mine, seven days were mine to prepare for a move.

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Living out of a hotel for twelve straight nights were experience. My second day, I (with others) was flown out-of-state for training, but still stayed in a hotel. Eating healthy wasn’t always the easiest. A few times I made Vegan exceptions with Mexican Food and Pizza.

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Change can be extremely rewarding, but you’ll never know if you will not try. Life is only as hard as you make it. Eat healthy. Have an open-mind. Drink a good Beer. Ride a BIKE.

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Bicycle Ride

 

Every single opportunity prior to yesterday has been an impossible mission to partake in an organized ride. Weather or job has disrupted every ride. Somehow, someway this weekend that I normally work was ironically switched to work more in my favor. Yesterday, was a perfect day in Northern Central Illinois. The day finally reached mid eighties when our 5-10 mph wind metric century (65 ish miles) was complete. I rode with a great group of guys and had a lot of fun. Z Tour 2017 was my first ever organized ride.

Vegan food/snacks were consumed, multiple beers were enjoyed and a curious kitten was saved from bicycle trampling by yours truly.

Z Tour

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#RideOn

Independence Daze

Spontaneity is amazing. Spontaneity breaks free from routine, altering the normal series of events and, if lucky, realigning planets in your favor. Breaking free from your norm, truly opens your eyes to how well the world can click away from the comforts of familiarity. A brain thinking optimistically obviously helps, but let’s sacrifice sleep to bike to a night of fireworks….

#RideON

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#DrinkON

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#AdventureON

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