Mercy Riders

Pushing pedals, pushing hope

Three a.m. bike train to Chicago

smallGuysMost of the Mercy Riders convened to ride 60 miles this past Saturday, then 120 miles Sunday on the Bike the Drive in downtown Chicago. Our Swiss rider, Keith, we won’t see until we meet up in San Francisco on June 14. The rest of the riders (Jim, Greg, Bill, Emil, I and Jim Gott, a friend who will be riding with us as we cross through Indiana) met in Frankfort, Illinois and rode downtown. The bike paths are extensive in the area, and we probably road a third of the route downtown on paths as opposed to open roads.

Now, riding Lake Shore Drive is a special treat. Thousands of bikers, all riding from 5:30 – 10 a.m. Which brings me to meeting at 3 a.m. after awakening at 2 a.m. That was not too so fun. But it was great to ride with the guys – especially with Greg and Emil’s ultra-lumen powered headlamps (you can always tell the true bike commuters).

Englewood Apartments

allWe passed by one of Mercy Housing’s properties, the Englewood Apartments., a resident supportive community. The Englewood Community provides another step toward the City of Chicago’s plan to end homelessness.

Many family members accompanied us on the ride. We rode in small groups depending on kids’ ages, tandems and number of times each had to stop. We all gathered for lunch at the Crossroads restaurant.

Nice group picture, Greg!