Ok, so first another minor rant. The Chicago Marathon will cost you $175 as a local and $200 dollars if you are an international participant. Fuck you Bank of America and the other organizers of this event. I have had a good run so far participating in the last 8 Chicago marathons. I can say I have had a great time, especially the last few years being able to raise money for Misericordia and being part of the HeartRacers team. How can you justify charging someone that much money for running down the street? Yes, you are just running down the street…you show up with a pair of shoes and run. That’s it. I know you reply…you have to shut down the streets, pay police, buy all that great gatorade, pay out prize money. Save it, who cares who wins and how much money they get. This was designed to be a race for the people. Do you know how much they charged during the first race? It was $5 dollars and the original selling point and advertisements declared it was “the people’s race anyone can come and enjoy.” It is disappointing that no medial outlets have called their bluff, no mention of skyrocketing fees at all in the internet-news-blogosphere. As for right now my plan will be to host another race on that day that will be 26.2 for my friends (and anyone else who wants to join). Cost will be free and if you want give that $175 to the charity of your choice go for it. Sorry gatorade stations will not be supplied but finishers will get a medal and a beer.

In other non rant news, I saw a new article on the Bloomingdale Trail. Check it out, if you have a cool one million to five million you can have a bridge named after you. I can’t wait to someday ride the Exelon CNA Boeing Trail (formerly known only in theory as the Bloomindale Trail). If you expand the “artist’s rendering” picture you can even see they included a nice bilboard right on the entry point stairs…how cute. I guess i kind of turned that into a backhanded rant. Sorry.

Click me to learn how you can have your name on a bridge or light post. 

It’s funny how 48 degrees can seem downright balmy when it’s compared to 10. On my commute home I had a nice tail wind, slight rain, and it was overall a great ride. Come September I’m sure I will bitching and moaning about that temperature but I will take it mid Feb. anytime. Just noticed that if you click my page below on the West coast trip it takes you to a new page where you can look at my pics and watch an advertisement/show on the Green Housewives. I have no idea who they are and how they got to my website but it appears wordpress now is pimping thepuppies out to make a dime. I would like to state for the record thepupies do not endorse Green Housewives or anything else sold to you here. Back to biking: I booked a weekend at Kettle Moraine (June 22) so put it on your calendar and join us for the third annual trip. I must be getting desperate if I am booking trips in June already.****addendum: the Green Housewives ad was removed from the post, now i just feel like i am being monitored****

One more thing I wanted to post. Check the link. It’s a Dutch fellow riding his bike to the dentist. It kind of is as boring as it sounds but it is also brilliant. Little commentary running at the bottom explains all the features and set up of the bike lanes and layout. It is amazing in it’s simplicity and utterly depressing because it makes me realize just how far we are behind them and how much our cities / politicians / morbidly obese drivers will never allow the kind of set up they have over there. Everyone looks relaxed and is just moving right along. You never get the sense that your life hangs in the balance every second you are on your bike. Imagine that….sounds nice.

check the biking fun here

One final note, who is up for a snow ride next time it comes down?

Holllaa.

January 9, 2013

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Merry Christmas all and happy new year. Brought the new year in with a hug from the screamin’ eagle. Great time. Also, glad to report thepuppies made it back to the Snow Fun Run and took home some hardware. Take that you Dick Ponders.

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West Coast Boogie.

October 6, 2012

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It’s been awhile since the pups posted anything. We have been on many adventure since then. The summer was great and included mucho biking. Hope my biking legs turn back to running legs soon because we got the marathon tomorrow. The highlights of the summer included the Tour De Illinois, Tour De Michigan, and the Tour De Wiso. Pictured above is a site we came across while biking from South Haven to Saugatuck. Another great weekend was rolling back up to Lake Geneva for the carnival. On the way back Sweet Angelines saved our ass. This place is in Richmond Illinois and if you are ever in the neighborhood stop by and enjoy some great breakfast.

Then we conquered the real deal. Thepuppies took over the west coast. We flew out to Seattle with our babies and rode down to San Francisco. I guess I could write a book on the trip. I could do that but what I will instead do is encourage you to go there and ride it for yourself. This country has a lot to see and to see it by bike is truly the best way. It was beautiful and the trip of a lifetime. Shout outs to the new members Jordan and Libby, you two were rock solid. Bad Ass with a capital B and A. A certain ring also made the trip with me and made for one happy lady. Stay safe, get your knickers out of the closet because the frost is coming.

Heat Wave

July 7, 2012

 

My boy Tom Skilling tells me that it is the hottest in Chicago since the deadly heat wave of 1995. Luckily I have been laying low on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, keeping cool, and enjoying the sun and fun. Hope to get some puppies out to Novelty Golf soon, he had a great impromptu secret picnic at our top secret meeting place in the woods. Congrats to little sis for making it out for that event. Other recent events have included a trip to beer city USA, and rock climbing the red river gorge in Ken-tuck–eee. I have been getting into the Tour De France, crazy crashes this year. Since it’s July and I am watching the tour I will be riding on the second anual P.U.R.E. ride, if you feeling like getting a good work out in join me. Here is the route from last year.

Click here for map of Stage 1 Tour De Illinois

A strike team of puppies left town this weekend and biked up to Milwaukee. The plan was to wait out the Nato meeting from a safe distance then when the shit hit the fan we would bike back down and take back control of the city and lead the people to a bright new dawn. We were quickly incapacitated as we hit the lovely Milwaukee brewing co. before we even got into town. This is the perfect way to bike into town, any soreness was eliminated by the flowing delicious beverages we enjoyed. Next day we got to see some man in a suit slide down a slide many times (grand slam also dropped on those punk ass Twins) at the Brewers game. Met a dude named Jay who took us to the grab some gyros and found us the best juke box in town. Thanks Jay for the hospitality. Other thanks to the eager Kaitlyn at the Intercontinental and the crazy dude we met for not killing us (apparently you can meet a wife in Cudahy if you have a few bucks and a half a pack of smokes). Let me also thank the big person upstairs for the glorious tailwind on both the trip up and the return trip back home, this has never happened before to me. It was grand. We will be planning on some events for new recruits soon. Stay posted.

Sunday, we be ridin’

April 19, 2012

 

Think we will hit the streets this Sunday for a ride. Come join us. 

Also, put May 19-21 on the calendar. Mil-lu-wau-kay. 

Happy Birthday To Us.

April 9, 2012

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We turned four today. And you thought my inability to follow through with anything would surely spell the slow death of this entity/gang/lifestyle/blog. “HA” i say, rejoice in our fourth birthday. Grab your bike, get outside, and enjoy the small things in life. 

Ride your ride

April 4, 2012

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The crazy nice weather allowed us to perform a ride – camp trip in March this year. I never thought I would be enjoying a campfire this early in the year. Finally rode the I&M canal trail from Joliet to Starved Rock. Left on Saturday morning and were able to make it back to Joliet on Sunday to catch the 4:30 train back to the city. The trail itself had some nice parts, not many people that time of year. SnakeSmasher made an appearance and managed to kill two snakes on the path. I met a small turtle but did not take him with us. It was a great weekend, worth the trip. Pictured above is one of the locks along the path.

We also have been planning some summer events. First, to bitch a bit, what is the deal with camping around this city? Why is it so freaking hard to find a decent campsite? Many of the more popular ones now make you book for a minimum of two nights (rip off), there are also some convenience fee’s thrown in for good measure. Next thing you know you are paying 50 bucks to sleep on the ground and piss in a stinky hole in the ground. Come on. Not to mention most of them are already booked solid for the summer, who are these people that book a site for July eight months early?

So, now I am one of those people who book sites early (they forced my hand, i did not want to). August 18th, puppies return to Lake Geneva. Bike. Camp. Unsafe Carnival Rides. Fun. Put in on the calendar.