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    Senior Member giorgios's Avatar
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    A surreal New Years Eve ride

    I realize I'm a little bit late in reporting this, my official justified excuse is "writers block". Anyways, New Years Eve in Chicago, normally the temperature is in the low thirties, on this past December 31, 2004 the temperture at 1 p.m. was 57 degrees and sunny it was incredible to say the least. I rode a nineteen mile loop from Montrose Ave to the Mueseum Campus and back on the lakefront trail. Normally on this ride in the winter months I will see up to 25 to 100 people MAX. This day was so abnormally warm and sunny plus the fact that is was a holiday that it seemed like a cool September day. There were many hundreds of peolpe on the trail and not just cyclists and runners, there were roller bladers, moms and their buggies, couples walking, couples actually sitting on the beach, groups of people walking, many people were in shorts, I remember even seeing one guy roller blading with no shirt on! Trust me for Midwest Chicago in late December this is rare. A group said "Happy New Years" as I rode by after that commet I started saying it to people as I came up to them most of them smiled and said it back. I had the biggest smile, not just on my face but my whole body was wearing a smile! It just felt so good to be alive and doing what I was doing for that hour or so last December 31, 2005.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by giorgios
    It just felt so good to be alive and doing what I was doing for that hour or so last December 31, 2005.
    Wow you're good.

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    Ride On!! PanPanX's Avatar
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    *gasp* this guy is from the future!!

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    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
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    that totally rox, he needs to tell me how to get there
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

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    Hey... With global warming on the way, it might be like this every year. That's if we can survive flash floods and massive hurricanes!

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    Senior Member Paul L.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
    Hey... With global warming on the way, it might be like this every year. That's if we can survive flash floods and massive hurricanes!

    And the northern United States undergoing a second ice age to make reference to a recent hit movie.
    Sunrise saturday,
    I was biking the backroads,
    lost in the moment.

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    無くなった HereNT's Avatar
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    Second ice age? Does that mean I could ride in winter all year long? Yeah!!!

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    Don't Believe the Hype RiPHRaPH's Avatar
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    really made the polar bear club's annual dip in lake michigan a tolerable one.

    we've had a few 50's on NYEve in chicago in recent years.
    I have enough words to get me into trouble, but not enough to get me out of trouble.

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