Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The fuel milege graph

First bar was before the 15 tooth front sprocket was installed and a lot of interstate riding at 70mph. Second bar is the first leg of our trip and the 15 tooth sprocket installed. Easy riding and probably a max of 55 mph. Third is where we hit some 60mph speed limits and a little rain. I need to find a rain jacket without a hood on it that acts like a parachute while riding. The last 3 are pretty much mixed drivng. 70 mpg average isn't all that bad considering the bike is legal for interstate use.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

So what happened to that steak, anyway?

No worries. There has been much red meat consumed on this trip, but we didn't end up eating any of it at our intended location, Ray Radigan's. We have gathered a lot of intel from the locals here, and they say it was a great steak place -- 30 years ago. Apparently it was a club at one point that had meat of myth and legend, but now it's own by Ray's son and the quality of the food is nothing to go to Kenosha for. The general consensus is that if you're in the area, it's good enough food to merit a visit. If not, don't go there.

So we haven't.

But we have been eating meat from Poeta's, the little neighborhood Italian grocery store/butcher shop just down from Ray's parents in Highwood. Right now there is some fresh sausage cooking on the grill outside. I cut it from a 3 pound rope of sausage. Not appealing to look at, but desirable for its freshness. And Monday we had some thick T-bones that I personally grilled up in the back yard. Tasty, tasty.

Dinner time awaits. Tomorrow the open road calls again. We're eyeing Accuweather carefully, but we're ready.

Collage of souvenirs

Program? Check. Metra ticket from Union Station to Highwood? Check. Skydeck ticket? Check. Northwest Metra line map? Check.

The trappings of motorcycle travellers without their motorcyles.

And at the top.

The Sears Tower's Skydeck. It's really high. Remember, this was the world's tallest building (decorative spires notwithstanding) until 2001. It's damn tall. Remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Yep, this is one of the places they visit during the music montage.

At the bottom...

The Bean

While the early morning Chicago commuters were busy racing to work, Ray and I strolled through Millennium Park and posed briefly in front of The Bean as the sun came up over Lake Michigan.

Looking down on everyone

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Chicago from 21st floor

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