After several runs this month at Palmer Square, I finally got in my first cycling ride in support of ‘Back On My Feet‘ charity. I started off on an old route, but had to take a detour near Millennium Park due to Taste of Chicago. That detour resulted in me taking State St, and then later taking a left on Madison St, which is one of my normal routes back to my apartment. Instead of taking Madison St, all the way back to my apartment, I took a left on Des Plaines towards Milwaukee which takes me through neighborhoods River West, Noble Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, and Logan Square. Very beautiful route especially in the Wicker Park and Noble Square neighborhoods. As for Logan Square, I took a fabulous picture of the Illinois Centennial Monument while on a pit stop, which I’ve shared a picture of.
I have to say that in route back to my neighborhood riding down Sacramento Blvd in Humboldt Park, I said many prayers while cycling along the road because there are no bike lanes. No bike lanes gives me that feeling that it isn’t a bike-friendly neighborhood. I could not help, but to look in back of me as the cars swerved passed me; the fear of being hit and picturing a ghost bike in memory of me on the side of the road is an eerie feeling, but thank God I made it safely back to my apartment. I took a turn and got off of Sacramento Blvd because of that eerie feeling, which put me on the main strip towards my apartment. The only fear on my main strip towards my apartment in East Garfield Park are potholes from the crappy roads. Potholes can actually be a good thing to keep you awake on a boring ride, however they aren’t good for your bike in the long run if you hit one too many.