Once at camp, folks squared off on their chosen cabin and bunk just as the brewskis arrived, thanks to Ashley who drove up with treats and dinner. The rest of the night was, as is in many camp trips, a high light for merry makers who relish the opportunity to stand around the fire, tell and hear tales of glory, learn about our fellow travelers and deal in fire making/ maintaining skills passed down in family from generations to us.
Even in Winter when the sun comes late, morning comes too early, especially for the party campers who never want the party to end. Fortunately for us a new fire, coffee and hot steel cut oatmeal with berry compote rewarded the effort of getting ready to ride again.
The start of our shorter ride back to the city was much colder than the ride up to Camp Reinberg. Some folks needed a little extra insulation and deployed plastic bags inside shoes or gloves on feet and/or hands. The precaution was not a mistake because temperatures varied between 32 and 28 degrees for the 35-mile trek to our end point, Graceland Cemetery.
Many cyclists in Chicago revere the Des Plaines River Trail, and I think it’s because of its many faces. From season to season it’s unrecognizable from the last. This time of year, the skeletons of trees are laid bare revealing long sight lines which are concealed during other seasons.
Fittingly, the ride ended in Graceland Cemetery at the final resting place of Daniel Burnham who played an oversized role in shaping the city that we love. Burnham helped oversee the design and construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 then published Plan of Chicago. The Plan of Chicago was an outgrowth of the City Beautiful movement which spawned the wonderful natural park resources that we enjoyed on this ride!
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