Saturday, 14 Jun 2014
Chicago, IL to Hebron, IN
53.9 miles, 4h55m, 10.9 mph
Elapsed Time: 6h10m, Max speed: 26.5mph
Total Climbing: 1032ft, Max elevation: 775ft
Total mileage: 553.5
Linda drove me back to the marina near Soldier Field where she
picked me up yesterday. Then she started driving back to
Minnesota. Fortunately, we
remembered to hang my bags on the bike before she drove off. Now I
really look like I'm on tour.
Another beautiful day with a headwind. Fairly short mileage
though. Really just trying to get out of Chicagoland--but not
without a look back from the Lakeshore Trail..
The Lakeshore Trail ended and I followed the signs for the Burnham
Greenway, which took me past this incredibly high lift gate
drawbridge. You could easily fit a three-masted sailing ship under
They love their M60 Battle Tanks here in the midwest. This one
says right on it, "Training Tank Only."
The Indiana border is around here somewhere. Around the bend there
is a gas station jammed with Illinois drivers looking
for cheap gas. I bought some Vitamin Water.
It's almost mandatory that I be delayed by a train on each of my
tours. So I can check that off.
From Hammond to Crown Point I was on the Erie Lackawanna Trail.
I've been to both Erie and Lackawanna and neither of them are
around here. Nice trail though.
Griffith, Indiana has the most baseball diamonds per capita of any
town in the world. It also has the most railroad
tracks that converge at one point. This is that point. There would
be more tracks, but the Erie Lackawanna
is a bike path now.
So far I have to say Indiana has done a better job with the bike
paths than Illinois and Wisconsin. There are restrooms and
benches and trash cans along the path. And giant Erie Lackawanna
Crown Point has a nice county courthouse. And some inflatable
things. The silver balls had children in them, which seems like a
A few miles outside of Crown Point I returned to the countryside
for the first time since before Milwaukee. And even some small
I have some decisions to make about tomorrow. The winds are going
to me unfavorable and the weather could
be stormy. Food options are very limited tonight--it's
looking like Denny's with a gas station beer chaser.
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