Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Remembering September 11th, 2001


It's a later in the day post but it did not make me not think about what happened on this date back in 2001. It's a sad day for a lot of people and it affects me in a negative way every year. I still have a lot of questions that I still want answered. I don't believe what they tell me to pacify me. I never will. So back in the day, before everyone moved, we used to have long training rides on Sunday. We would start early as usual and at 911 am we would stop and do a minute of silence. If it was cold a flask would do it's rounds. Now I mostly ride alone and on Sundays I remember 911. I remember my friends as well and all those people who lost loved ones on that day. You will not be forgotten. Ever. Thanks for reading, Ari

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Visiting Merritt again. What a great place to chill.


 Merritt Forest preserve Dekalb County


Been trying to at least get out for a weekly picnic with the wife. Travelling far has not been in our time budget but there are a lot of small preserves not far from where we live that we are revisiting again. Merritt is the second time we have been there. It really is a little gem with some surprising terrain. Very quiet, lots of flowers, birds, pine trees and some wonderful mowed trails for some pleasant walking. WE pack a lunch and a small stove and Moka pot for coffee afterwards. We found a spot to hang hammocks and take short naps. We really suggest you take a drive out there. It is worth it. 










Monday, August 24, 2020

Escaping the Fishbowl and meeting a Slender Fungus member

 So the wife and I have devised a plan to escape on Sundays as much as possible. WE have been packing a lunch, bought a small stove for coffee and are taking our folding chairs. Yesterday we targetted Merrit Prairie out in Dekalb. A beautiful little preserve with very few people. Most of the day we were alone except for occasional dog walkers. We had our lunch and coffee and then Slender Fungus member Gumby showed up on his 4 wheeler to visit. It was great to see him. We sat under a tree and chatted for a good while. It sure was great to catch up with him. WE spent the day relaxing, listening to the birds and looking at the many flowers in full bloom. Then we got back on the highway and re-joined the ratrace. Thanks for reading. Today I will check out the Gazateer map and find the next location. Thanks for reading, 

Ari 













Sunday, August 16, 2020

August 16th, 2020 Apple River Canyon and Galena, IL.

 In in effort to escape the fishbowl we packed up the car and headed west again. Our target today was to get to Apple River Canyon, a place we have not been to in about 10 years. I have no idea how 10 years transpired but they did. We were pleased to see that not much had changed, save for the masked patrons. 

We found a removed location and had our prepacked picnic. Food always tastes good outside and one much get hungry from driving. We relaxed in our folding chairs then checked out the river which was low. We were able to walk in it for a bit and look at the bluff above. The weather was absolutely perfect. 

We returned from our river excursion and fired up the little stove for a moka pot of espresso. Total luxury I must admit. Once we were done we drove off and headed west exploring some beautiful roads in the NW IL corner. We came out to rte20 and decided to head over to Galena. It was a bit busy there so we just did a quick walk. 

It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed seeing some of the roads I had cycled on a long time ago. I couldn't believe what we had achieved back then and it seemed so long ago that we did that. 

I really liked getting out of my fishbowl. It gives me energy and hope. It gives me a drive to find new places and enjoy the beauty out there. 

thanks for reading. 








Saturday, August 15, 2020

A hot day out on the roads

Had this idea of wearing my old school EUSCATEL today. It was already 9 am when I got rolling and I instantly felt warm. I was tired from a looong week at work and my motivation was low. I decided to do the LEMONT LOOP. A hilly course but not advisable on a SAT. BOY was it busy. It took my bright rear flasher, orange jersey, bright green bike , cateye mirror to keep those damn cars off me. I kept thinking they should stay home and save lives. I ended the day with 45 miles and a near heatstroke. Still glad I got out cause in JANUARY I would have regretted it. Ari

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020