Day One Hundred Fifty-nine

A Ride and a Walk

We wanted a change of pace.  Instead of walking today, we loaded up the bikes onto the bike rack and headed back to the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.   We biked this trail back on Day 125 and walked it on Day 146.  We parked at the Sugar Creek Preserve again, but this time crossed Laraway Road and headed south on the crushed limestone trail.

As we crossed Laraway Road and for the first mile or so, we could hear a car or two driving around the Chicagoland Speedway which is just to the west of the trail. The tree-lined trail then heads south/southeast through mostly farmland and crosses two branches of Jackson Creek.
Wauponsee Glacial-bike trailWe rode down to Mile Marker 6, on the outskirts of Manhattan, Illinois, and then headed back.  After we loaded up the bikes, we wanted to take a look around the Sugar Creek Preserve.  We ended up taking, what I would call on any other day, an official walk on the mowed trail through the prairie grasslands.

Sugar Creek Nature PreserveIt was beautiful!  Good day, good ride, good walk!

Day One Hundred Fourteen

Back to a Favorite Spot, AgainI-571

After school, my son and I went walking on the Old Plank Trail, a paved bike and walking trail converted from a railroad line.  Even though I haven’t met my goal yet to walk this entire 21 mile trail, we went back to the most convenient section (which also happens to be my favorite section).  This part of the trail runs under I-57 and goes through a prairie nature preserve and some farmland.

Spring, 20133

I thought that spring would have changed the scenery more from my January blog picture at the top. Instead, I couldn’t help but notice all the puddles due to the record-setting rainfall we’ve received here in the Midwest.

The trail was mostly dry and despite the cool weather, we really had a nice walk.  After a stressful afternoon at school, my son, who has autism spectrum disorder, noticeably relaxed as we walked quietly together with only the birds for company.

Good day, good walk!