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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

For me the stressfulness associated with...

For me the stressfulness associated with attaining an R-12 was due to the fact that I live in northern Illinois. Winter weather can be fickle. The year that I did mine, I rode a 200K brevet (R-11)...
Forum: Touring
05-31-21, 03:35 PM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I can completely relate to this! I just spent a...

I can completely relate to this! I just spent a week up in central Wisconsin hiking, using my bike to shuttle for my point-to-point hikes of the Ice Age Trail. I had my fleece headband and gloves in...
Forum: Foo
05-12-21, 02:44 PM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1280x960/toodles_laptop1_0c85c9659279dad93972eaaf6dcef2e65227090d.jpg
My laptop! I believe that she was watching the Serene Screen Fishies!
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The only difference that I'm seeing in my area...

The only difference that I'm seeing in my area (Illinois/Wisconsin) is more flexibility on the checkpoints. Instead of needing to get a card signed or get a receipt (necessitating interacting with...
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Views: 3,461
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My taillight of choice is the Cateye Rapid X3...

My taillight of choice is the Cateye Rapid X3 https://www.cateye.com/intl/products/safety_lights/TL-LD720-R/

I'm a slow rider and these lights have kept flashing for 19+ hours (300K brevet). They...
Forum: Foo
04-09-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,695
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Out of the blue, upper administration has decided...

Out of the blue, upper administration has decided to merge two of our colleges together here at the university. Current deans are gone at the end of the semester. I really liked my dean and felt he...
Forum: Foo
04-07-21, 04:41 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Not quite 24 hours yet from my second shot of...

Not quite 24 hours yet from my second shot of Pfizer. As was the case with the first shot, I didn't notice any arm discomfort until later in the afternoon. This time I did feel a little queasy in the...
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,175
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

There is a reason that my husband gladly stays...

There is a reason that my husband gladly stays home with the kitties when I got off on my week-long biking or hiking adventures.

Married 30 years in August. Exactly 1 bike ride together. He hasn't...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 05:08 PM
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Views: 837
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Have you considered continuing onto the Chief...

Have you considered continuing onto the Chief Ladiga Trail? Another 33 miles gets you to Anniston where there is a very nice motel (McClellan Inn - 1 mile from trail head). Plenty of food options...
Forum: Foo
03-18-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Check out Brown County State Park if you like to...

Check out Brown County State Park if you like to do mountain biking: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm
Forum: Foo
03-16-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,719
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Just got my first dose of Pfizer this morning....

Just got my first dose of Pfizer this morning. Super efficient setup at the fitness center associated with the hospital.
Forum: Foo
03-16-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 73
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Got my first dose of Pfizer this morning. Super...

Got my first dose of Pfizer this morning. Super efficient setup at the fitness center that is associated with the hospital system that my doctors are in. They took over the whole kids side.

But no...
Forum: Foo
03-14-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 95
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Hondo Gravel I am always telling the student...

Hondo Gravel I am always telling the student athletes I teach that the BMI chart is probably okay for your typical couch potato, but for anyone who is regularly active, it falls short. But if it...
Forum: Foo
03-13-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 95
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

FINALLY! I have an appointment for Tuesday...

FINALLY! I have an appointment for Tuesday morning through my healthcare system for the first dose. It will either be Pfizer or Moderna. It also looks likely that the university I work for will also...
Forum: Foo
03-02-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My husband had to put a note in the garage to...

My husband had to put a note in the garage to remind me NOT to plug in my C-Max Energi while the Christmas lights were on :thumb:
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,898
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

https://www.dillpicklegear.com/picklejar/index.php...

https://www.dillpicklegear.com/picklejar/index.php?route=product/category&path=74

I have a Dill Pickle handlebar bag. Just the right size for my needs and I can access it while riding. No special...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

another vote for the Frankfort and Georgetown...

another vote for the Frankfort and Georgetown areas of Kentucky! I’ve ridden down there twice and it was well worth the 6+ hour drive from Chicago. ...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

You'll probably want to double-check expected...

You'll probably want to double-check expected drive times when it gets much closer to your actual trip. We have a saying here in Illinois that we only have 2 seasons: Winter & Construction.
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I'm trying to figure out how you are going to...

I'm trying to figure out how you are going to drive from Niles, MI to Rockford, IL in 3 hours. You do change time zones so that buys you an hour. Catch the I-80/94 corridor at the wrong time and that...
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 716
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

It was in the 20s yesterday morning with light...

It was in the 20s yesterday morning with light winds in the Chicago suburbs. Great morning for a 20 mile bike ride around the subdivisions! My face was only cold for the first mile. I haven't been on...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

OP - re: Illinois - I absolutely would NOT go...

OP - re: Illinois - I absolutely would NOT go through downtown Chicago. Take I-80 west to I-39 instead. You can ride the I&M Canal trail from Joliet out to Morris. Exit Hollywood Rd in Joliet and...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,712
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Another vote for the Root River trail! It was...

Another vote for the Root River trail! It was part of a 300K brevet that I did 2 years ago. I hope to get back in that area to ride it again.
Forum: Foo
02-18-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 716
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

We might get to freezing on Sunday, but with more...

We might get to freezing on Sunday, but with more snow. I did see 40 in our 10 day forecast. We haven't even been in the 20s all month.

It was 17 degrees when I got up this morning which almost...
Forum: Foo
02-18-21, 06:12 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

hondo_Gravel - I can't like your post since the...

hondo_Gravel - I can't like your post since the situation is so bad but I do want to "like" your attitude about how you are approaching this. Hope our weather gets back up here and leaves you alone...
Forum: Foo
02-16-21, 06:25 PM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I remember those years since I am a lifelong...

I remember those years since I am a lifelong native of Chicago suburbs. I learned to drive those years. Put my car into the ditch driving home from work one night. I think some Good Samaritans got me...
Forum: Foo
02-13-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,821
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

On behalf of the Chicago area (lifelong...

On behalf of the Chicago area (lifelong resident), I apologize for winter getting lost and heading so far south. It is so weird to see all of you posting weather forecasts that are pretty normal for...
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Views: 1,891
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

a few years ago I did a trail race to support my...

a few years ago I did a trail race to support my friend's birthday. It was a ~3 mile loop through the woods. There was a 6, 12 , and 24 hour event I think. Someone had set up one of those cameras...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Marathons (both running and walking) vs 200Ks -...

Marathons (both running and walking) vs 200Ks - cycling is much less harsh on my body and recovery is quicker. Cycling is much more fun! Except in headwinds. I can hike long distances in headwinds...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,251
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

My plans for a couple of short tours in 2020...

My plans for a couple of short tours in 2020 vaporized thanks to the pandemic.

As for 2021, I originally had planned to do a multi-night credit card tour, but I'm still wary about the pandemic and...
Forum: Touring
01-23-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,229
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Another female rider here. My husband just laughs...

Another female rider here. My husband just laughs about how many saddles and bike short combinations that I've tried over the years. I've been riding with a Brooks Cambrium C17 (no cutouts) on 2 of...
Forum: Foo
01-17-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,543
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Soreness is from the vaccine itself. Like I said,...

Soreness is from the vaccine itself. Like I said, pneumonia shots have caused the most soreness followed by the tetanus shot. Flu shot is no big deal, at least for me.
Forum: Foo
01-17-21, 11:53 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The reactions to the shingles vaccine seem to be...

The reactions to the shingles vaccine seem to be all over the place. I just had my second shot. No big deal either time. My arm was little sore for just 24 hours. I had a little more fatigue than...
01-01-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,391
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I miss interacting with my students in person....

I miss interacting with my students in person. I'm so sick of Zoom. If I never had to use it again, that would be great. Unfortunately, I don't see much changing before the summer semester at the...
12-02-20, 07:34 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

my thoughts exactly. Not sure what it will take...

my thoughts exactly. Not sure what it will take before I’m willing to eat indoors with strangers.

I’m not a bar, concert, movie theater type of person so restaurants are about the only thing I...
11-18-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,605
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I also got my flu shot early this year. And was...

I also got my flu shot early this year. And was FINALLY able to convince my husband to get the flu shot too. I don't think it will be hard to convince him to get the vaccine when it is available as...
11-18-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 74
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Marcus_Ti your post got me curious as to where we...

Marcus_Ti your post got me curious as to where we stand here in Illinois. I'm in DuPage county but am close to Will county. My bike routes from home take me both to Will and Kane counties. Looks like...
11-15-20, 03:36 PM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Nope, we are not in the lockdown mode like we had...

Nope, we are not in the lockdown mode like we had in April & May, Yet. What starts tomorrow in Chicago is a voluntary stay-at-home advisory. But if things don't turnaround really soon, then the...
11-15-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,605
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

See the state that is completely red? Yeah, that...

See the state that is completely red? Yeah, that is where I live. I get the NYT morning update and was not at all thrilled to see this. The local dashboard for the next suburb over where the hospital...
11-14-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,605
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I thought we would make it until December before...

I thought we would make it until December before the full-fledged crap fest began. I was wrong. Here in Illinois, we keep setting new records of cases every day. We were over 15,000 cases yesterday,...
11-11-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,279
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Hondo Gravel well, crap, I guess we got our wish...

Hondo Gravel well, crap, I guess we got our wish yesterday (new cases) - from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/:
...
11-08-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,279
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

.“Texas, which accounts for over 10% of total...

.“Texas, which accounts for over 10% of total U.S. cases, reported the largest number of new cases in the United States last week and was followed by the state of Illinois, which has half as many...
11-03-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,279
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Hondo Gravel Looks like Texas is back in first...

Hondo Gravel Looks like Texas is back in first place: https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/texas-passes-california-for-highest-number-of-covid-19-cases-in-us/
11-02-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 322
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Finland has the COVID detecting dogs:...

Finland has the COVID detecting dogs: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-finland-covid-sniffer-dog-trial.html
10-17-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I wish I knew what blood type my DH is. I'm Type...

I wish I knew what blood type my DH is. I'm Type O. Not that I'm going to use that as an excuse to be reckless but it does bring a little bit of comfort. I also have asthma (very well controlled with...
10-01-20, 04:47 AM
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Views: 1,711
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Don't know if you saw this...

Don't know if you saw this https://www.cbsnews.com/news/appalachian-state-student-chad-dorrill-dies-covid-19/

Super healthy young man. No doubt his parents really don't want to hear about how very...
09-29-20, 05:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,711
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Yep. All of the major universities here in...

Yep. All of the major universities here in Illinois that decided to do in person classes are finding the same thing. Their models all assumed that the students would follow the public health...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,876
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Took advantage of a 3 day weekend to get my 100...

Took advantage of a 3 day weekend to get my 100 mile ride in for September. It was a beautiful day to ride! I started out by riding my first 100K perm for 2020 (#3740) which starts at a gas station...
08-19-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,279
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Nothing is going to stop college football! ...

Nothing is going to stop college football!

https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article245041645.html

UNC Chapel Hill goes online with their classes, sends students...
08-18-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,279
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Next state over from me, but a Catholic...

Next state over from me, but a Catholic institution, just much larger, than the one I work for:

University of Norte Dame
...
Replies: 57
Views: 11,876
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

It has been a hot summer here in the Chicago...

It has been a hot summer here in the Chicago area. We are well above average in the number of days with highs in the 90's. I failed to make the 100 mile mark in July with my longest ride being ~94...
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