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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
Adventure is my exercise.
Congratulations to Cubs fans everywhere. Congratulations to Cardinal fans in Illinois for seeing a truly stellar team this year in the Chicago Cubs take away their pride. Since 1876 the Chicago Cubs have won 1197 games against STL and the Cardinals have taken 1147 from the Cubbies during regular season play. And in the all-time post-season the Cubs are 3-1 against STL. According to Wikipedia.
I’m very excited to see and try many Illinois brewed beers and creations. For me, anyways, true local brews give you a sense of untouchable refreshmentism before even considering the smell, taste, feel or notes. Perhaps that is due to the freshness, but I believe it’s more along the fine lines of a thing called pride! Like rooting for your local high school football team, it may not be the best, but damn it, you’re happy to see it and experience it.
Breweries come and go, bought out and sold out. There are craft breweries now directly competing with the (has-been) big dogs Miller and Bud. I want to concentrate on the Illinois breweries who are not selling out. All of this information is from Wikipedia. Apologies if any info is incorrect.
My first favorite Illinois brewery:
- Big Muddy Brewing opened in 2009 in Murphysboro, IL.
My go-to Illinois brewery:
- Revolution Brewing out of Chicago since 2010.
- Wild Blossom Meadery – Chicago, IL.
Most versatile arsenal Illinois brewery:
Destihl 2007 Normal, IL.
Super local Illinois Valley breweries:
- Radium City
- Starved Rock Brewing
Most impressive Illinois brewed beer:
- Tighthead Irie IPA- Mundelein, IL 2011
I was watching the Cubs on Monday night and wanted some easy quick (Vegan) food. I tweeted Jimmy John’s, half inebriated. And with their awesome help, I was able to conclude and acquire a Vegan delivery. Their bread is not Vegan. I paid $18 for two lettuce wraps that were delicious and not so much filling. I was impressed with how well Jimmy John’s interacted with me via twitter and did not cower like a company that puts beef fat into their fries and probably soda. That was the first time that I have ordered out in quite a few months.
Try some Illinois brewed beers or mead and try some Illinois baseball! The Cubbies are something else this year.
My Sundays are usually exactly the same boringness commuting via bicycle to work for eight hours and returning home to eat have a beer and watch a little Netflix before bed. Yesterday was still definitely a Sunday. I still rode Darth (Darth Vader, my 2015 Trek CrossRip Elite) to work. And I was sitting outside of work, cooling off and basically meditating to get my self psyched up for work, when I was scared almost to death, having multiple heart attacks when I saw this crawling on my ankle. That might be the definition of a run-on sentence, but I am nor ever was an English major.
I pushed the little rockstar off and ran to safety. I did not kill it or squash it. I took a picture of that beast, though. I had a great day at work and went to one of the five places where I find good new beers. This one being a liquor store in existence since the late 19th century, with an exception to prohibition, selling alcohol to LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. I came across four beers from a brewery that I have never seen before. There was a Saison, Dubbel, Tripel and a Witbier. Those four beers were all 750 ml and corked, but varied from $15.99-$19.99. The brewery Rockmill Brewery from Lancaster, OH, wherever that is. I chose the Saison for $16.99. This Saison is up at the top with my favorite Saisons, Firestone Opal and Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux.
It was light, tart and spicy. I cannot wait to try their other beers! If you see it and can afford it, try Rockmill Brewery.