This past Sunday I headed out for a short ride…and ended up being gone for about 3 hours. Time passes so much more quickly when you’re riding! It was around 65 when I left so I forewent the tank and tail bag, and used my backpack. The backpack really inhibits air circulation (I call it the “backpack breeze blocker” phenomenon), so I use it only when it’s below 75º. I knew I was going to stop off for lunch at some point, and didn’t want to mess around with pulling everything off and taking it into the restaurant with me.
I decided to head south for Sunday’s ride instead of my usual westward routes. I didn’t have any particular place in mind, other than wanting to eat lunch at Jimmy John’s. For some reason, I was craving a #6 on wheat. Also, they tend to keep the thermostat pretty cool in there, so I knew I wouldn’t overheat if I kept all my gear on. Behold, strategy!
I rode around for about an hour before I finally found a Jimmy John’s. There are three stores pretty close to where I live and I see them all over the place, but of course when I’m actively looking for one–nada. I finally passed one on Ogden Ave. though, so I circled back and popped in. It was as delicious (and cool!) as I was hoping.
After lunch, I jumped back on the bike and headed northwest. I took one of my favorite roads (Diehl), and decided to explore some smaller streets around Warrenville. I ended up in an expansive office park. It was mostly deserted, so I had some fun practicing U-turns and quick stops, and just exploring all the little drives. I have to stay, the office parks around here often have nicer nature-scaping than the actual nature preserves. I rode around the all-glass Nicor building that I have driven by countless times on the interstate, and it’s even more impressive up-close. Even better, it’s next to a large retention pond surrounded by willow trees and a walking path. I will have to return with my pedal bike sometime and ride around the grounds.
After my office park exploration, I decided it was time to head home as I was getting tired. I find that I make little mistakes when I get tired, so I like to get myself home safe and sound before that happens. It’s exhausting being so alert!
I had to make one more stop on my way home–Petco. The Grumpy Old Man (my cat) had run out of food, so I picked up a small bag for him. Unfortunately, they were out of his favorite, so I had to find a substitute. I saw a kind made for “sensitive systems” and there is no one more sensitive than the Grumpy Old Man, so I took a chance. (As a surprise bonus, it was on clearance for $4.00!)
I loaded it into my backpack and set off. Wow, it’s amazing how much heavier 7-lbs. feels when you’re carrying it on your back! By this time the mercury had crept up above 70º, so the “backpack breeze block” was in full effect. Luckily, I didn’t have to suffer for too long since home was not too far away. I got home just in time for dinner! It’s uncanny how accurately my stomach keeps time.
As an addendum, I would like to report that the Grumpy Old Man was satisfied with the sensitive systems substitute.