Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chicago Trip Day 1 - Just getting there

This was a last minute vacation. Margot only got the time off 2 weeks prior and we didn't know where we were headed until about 1 week ago! Margot drove the car so we could bring Sadie and I rode the motorcycle.

Poor Sadie trying to get comfortable in the car. She gets tired
but has problems sleeping with the bumps and vibrations in the car.

At the end of the week, Margot will head back home while I head down south to meet up with Mike, Alice and Henry for a romp through the Tail of the Dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway, and lots and lots of roads in between!

The first day was pretty much an endurance run to get to Chicago. I rode 11 hours and 900 km's through 3 rainstorms, 3 states and 1 province, 1 timezone change, 30+ degrees celsius with high humidity, met a young woman named Gina who only started riding 3 weeks ago and is doing a road trip from Connecticut to Montana, was smiled at by a pretty young bride with the car made up with bows and streamers, waved to countless kids in the backseat of the family car, saw a motorhome towing a helicopter, waved to another rider on the interstate who was wearing a tank top, sandals, no helmet and riding with no hands! Definitely an interesting day. Unfortunately due to the thread of rain, I didn't take many photos.

And here was our reward:

Chicago deep dish pizza at Giordano's. Look at all that
cheesy cheese!

Now I know why they sometimes call pizza a "pizza pie."
FYI, a large pizza weighs 13 lbs! We just ordered a medium and I could only finish 2 slices.

I'm looking forward to our the rest of our trip :)