Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Chicago, IL
Date: 2006-09-16
Distance: 71 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 3.83 Hours
Average Speed: 18.59 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,475 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day


  John – Time to Return Home


For John, today brought the end of the trip. A short connection to the airport, packing up the bike, then a long wait for the plane departure. The end of the first long trip. A better understanding of what would make an ideal cycling touring day. Plenty of things to remember.

  Flat Tire Competition

Well, John certainly won this one. 8 flats to one of mine. No matter what some cyclists may say, my opinion still is that when touring use wider tires such as 38 mm. When comparing the luck of others riding on narrow tires (28 mm or so) to mine while touring, I do not mind spending extra money to buy tires, such as Schwabbe Sureguards, with their inner liner to protect against thumbtack type intrusion. It certainly helps to inspect the tires once a day for foreign objects intruding into the tire. During the trip I did pull out glass pieces, pieces of wire, sharp stone, all which could have worked their way in and created a flat tire condition.

  After John changed from 28 mm to 32 mm wide tires, he only had one flat for the rest of the trip. He was not carrying such a heavy load.

  Visit to Union Station

Rode downtown to the Amtrak station to find out where to check in the bike. Friendly information was received. The elevator is certainly not well marked. Have to go in early as the procedure is to go to a secure area where one has to be escorted to for boxing the bike.

  Lakefront Trail and Activity

    Went on the northern section of the Lakefront Trail today. Along the trail many sport events happened attracting many a person from the young to the old. Soccer, touch football, tennis, and beach volleyball attracted people. Many just lounged about on the beach taking in the warm breeze and sun.

  While there were many cyclists, joggers, and walkers on the trial, I was expecting many more. The Trail is well used but could be used by so many more when compared to comparable trails in other cities. Maybe they were all taking advantage of the sports events along the trail.

    It should be noted on the quantity of bike parking along the trail facilitating riding to the beach and partaking of other activities.

  Cycling thought Neighbourhoods

  My sojourn today took me along arterial streets with local neighbourhood shopping. It always makes the trip more pleasant. It is always interesting that just because you are a cyclist people expect that you know the way around.

  In Millennium Park it was interesting that the security people were using Segways to get around.


Cycling Facilities



Chicago, Illinois