Cold Turkey

Well it’s Thanksgiving again and this year we decided to try a happy, organic, pasture-raised turkey for our table.  So this week I took a pilgrimage out into the Illinois countryside, visiting the Nadig Family Farm in Cortland to pick it up.

After nearly a two hour ride, Charlotte Nadig met me at the farm and quickly produced our turkey.  And I must admit, it wasn’t the first time I’ve been given the bird.

Her super-cute kids loved the YellowMobile!  I’m afraid it was their fault that I don’t have any pictures to show.  They were all huddled outside the front door waiting to watch my departure.  I was so worried about keeping them standing in the cold too long, that I forgot to take a single photo.  Gah!

Soon I was homeward bound under a beautiful sunset sky.

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Harvest is nearly done.  The majestic forests of corn have been swept away to reveal a sprinkling of farmstead islands, floating on a vast sea of earth.

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The sun smoldered on the horizon for a while…

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And then…

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… was gone.

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After scaring up a raccoon, two squirrels, three rabbits, and a deer…

…I was home.

No-one else was there when I arrived so I took a selfie with the guest of honor to commemorate the occasion…

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Can you spot the real turkey?

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Oh yeah, there’s a movie…

Special thanks for the music –

Three States In One Day… with a short-cut

I’ve been wanting to test the YellowMobile on a real adventure – a trip out to see my parents in Michigan – and finally the time had come.  I started out from St. Charles in the wee hours on Father’s Day and headed North to Wisconsin.  Here’s the map…

Now that’s a shortcut!

Morning, before daylight is the very best time to put in some mileage on the suburban roads in my area but I had another reason – I had to catch the 12:30 ferry in Milwaukee, some 100 miles away.

Not bothering with the bike path, I took the most direct road North.  I was very satisfied with my recent headlight adjustment as I finally joined up with the path.  I could see everything ahead of me in that pre-dawn tunnel of foliage and there was no need for slowing to allow a safe margin for braking.

I did run into some bike path problems later – closures with no info or detours!  I lost at least a half hour messing with that.  My lesson for next time – if you hit the road early, stick to the streets as long as you can – they’re a sure thing!  When I’d gone quite a ways on major roads, I decided to give the path another chance and ended up on the Sternes Woods trail.  Think of it as a paved mountain bike track.  Who would do that?!!

Anyway, once past the woods it was clear sailing… for a while.  Wisconsin has bike trails but they were gravel – and they were wet from the previous night’s rain – and they were soft!  Kind of like pedaling uphill all the time.

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This is my breakfast spot across the boarder, in Genoa, Wisconsin

I stayed on the trails as they turned from manicured trail – to gravel path – to a weedy, two track farm road.  Luckily, I spied a paceline of bikers on the highway which ran parallel and quickly decided that if they could, I could.  Hmm, big choice – 10 to 15 mph on the trail or 20 to 25 mph on the pavement…  I took the highway straight into Milwaukee.  Unfortunately, I have no video of that because Cammie took a nap.  Slacker!

I made the ferry with time to spare – whew!

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Goodby Milwaukee

Travelling by velomobile is wonderful!  Everyone I met on the ferry wanted to ask about my strange transportation and after I’d told them a bit, I could find out more about them, where they were headed, and what they were doing.  A marvelous chance to learn about my fellow travelers!

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It was foggy coming into the Muskegon channel

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The YellowMobile has landed!

My folks met me at the ferry landing, then I pedaled the fifteen or so miles to their home.  I was relieved that my dad didn’t follow me with his emergency flashers on!

I stayed a couple of days and helped dad build a fire pit that he’d been planning.

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Dad’s new pit

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My folks cooked some amazing meals

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Mmm! Pork loin with squash and peas

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Thanks and farewell Mother and Dad!

Here’s the movie…

Oh, if you don’t like riding around in the dark, you can skip ahead to the 6 minute mark or so…

My thanks to the musicians…

Ordinary Pictures by Alaxander Chereshnev

http://audiofarm.org/audiofiles/20710

Brain Breaker by Al Alandra

http://audiofarm.org/audiofiles/19235

Rural Parks by Alaxander Chereshnev

http://audiofarm.org/audiofiles/20711

Never Did Nothin To Write A Song About by Speck

http://ccmixter.org/files/speck/42634

The Living Game by Hans Atom

http://ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/42718

A Northern Illinois Group Ride!

Last weekend I rode out to Sycamore for the first ever Northern Illinois Velomobile Rally and Swap Meet.  There were two of us – me and my new friend, and fellow velonaut, Joseph Basett.

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This is our group photo

We waited around for a while to see if anyone else would show up but, since we didn’t really invite anyone else, we finally gave up and went for a ride.  Joe showed me around the countryside between Sycamore and Dekalb in his beautiful Sunrider.  It really looks awesome – like it would feel more comfortable sporting a pair of wings and a jet engine.

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Joe in his Sunrider

I got to take a closer look once we got back to Joe’s place.  Here’s some more pictures of his cool machine…

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Check out the cool entry door!

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Fully enclosed intior

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Disk brakes

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Landshark!

The swap meet was held next.  I got a great pair of brand new Tryker tires for my front wheels.  Woo Hoo!  Joe wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about the sushi rice roll snacks that I brought along.  Oh well, maybe next time…

Speaking of next time… if there are any velonauts in the area who would like to participate, let us know. Our next event could be even bigger!!

Thanks Joe, for a very nice afternoon!  Here’s the video…

Thanks to the artists at ccmixter.org for the music…

Test Drive by Zapak

http://ccmixter.org/files/Zapac/26047

Ice and Chili by _Ghost

http://ccmixter.org/files/_ghost/22043