The morning started out almost like any other, but there was the slightest hint of something different in the air—magic—as we turned our bikes onto the Fox River Trail and headed south to historic Elgin, Illinois.
Riding along the Fox River, we enjoyed the way it winked back at the sun who was flirting shamelessly with it.
We rode past beautiful scenery that waved its leafy fingers, beckoning us to leave the trail and play.
But we didn’t. We stayed on the trail that eventually took us within feet of the river.
We could tell by the change in scenery that we were getting close to our destination.
Finally, we arrive in historic Elgin, Illinois—made famous by the Elgin Watch Company.
I love libraries. As you can imagine, lots of magic is let loose in the children’s section of the Elgin library.
We continued our journey to see the Grand Victoria riverboat casino. After dazzling the security guard with our brilliant smiles (and using just a hint of magic), he allowed us to use their very nice restrooms.
On the return trip, we stopped and fortified ourselves for the ride back home with a delicious breakfast at “The Measuring Cup.”
Then, you’ll never … ever … believe what we saw. How had we possibly missed this on the ride down? Impossible!
A castle! The early morning hint of magic in the air proved to be true.
With the zoom lens we got a closeup view. How cool is that?!
See those blue tubes hanging over our right shoulders? Those are how we drink water while riding. We wear “Camelbak” packs that each hold 100 ounces of water. When we’re thirsty, we just bite down on the bite-valve and voilà! Perfect for a long, hot ride.
There’s magic around us all the time, all we have to do is pay attention.
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
– Laurie Buchanan
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