Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I've been a -travelin', a-travelin' I've been...

...but I'm back home for a few days. The hotel we stayed at in Naperville, IL (a little berg outside of Chicago) charged for wireless, so you know that the Big Walu and I weren't going to go there; unfortunately, that meant the only internet access was through my iPhone, which, while I dearly love it, is still kind of a a pain to use for blog posting or longish emails. Sadly, we didn't discover until the day before we left that the hotel was right next door to a Starbucks and that we can use wireless for free there since we have just been assimilated by the ATT/Apple Borg. Quelle revelation! Ah well, at least we'll know better next time.

But now that I'm home and re-connected to the interwebs, I thought I'd do a little posting-catch-up. I'll start with this terrific photo of me and my friend Dawn at the Morton Arboretum in Naperville. Dawn and I met through an online forum for Masters Runners several years ago, and though we've corresponded virtually since forever, we've never met in the real world until last week (kind of like the modern day version of pen-pals!). She lives in a little town nearby, so when she found out we were coming up, she offered to meet me for lunch and a little garden touring.

Dawn was just as nice in real life as she is in the virtual, the Morton Arboretum was absolutely lovely, the weather was perfect, and I had a cheeseburger for lunch--so all in all, it was a banner day. Since Dawn and I are both runners, we thought it appropriate to stand in front of the "No Runners" sign:


I leave again next Monday, and since I will be traveling out of the country, I'm guessing my internet connection will be even more spotty than it was this last trip. So be looking for some Bike Garden radio silence in a few days...

In the meantime, I'll be doing a little posting on some public spaces I saw in Chi-town, as well as some thoughts on the seasonal rhythm of gardening.

8 comments:

  1. Susan, it was nice to see your post. I haven't noticed that many lately.

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  2. I picture packs of scary runners knocking people over!

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  3. Cool that you got to meet a long-time Interwebs buddy! I am so looking forward to your visit here, lucky me that I get to meet you too. To warn you, I am not a runner, more of a couch potato except when gardening, at least these days. Good luck getting re-packed for your next trip!

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  4. Susan, I was immediately drawn to your blog because of my love of cycling and my newfound love of gardening. I had to deal with some back problems this spring, but I just started riding again. I look forward to getting out of the city for some longer rides! I was just thinking today about how I need to be sure to get into the habit of taking my camera on my rides.

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  5. Hi Susan, I was in Chicago too for the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling. Wish I'd known you were nearby. I love the irony of the no runners sign, and I hope you have fun on your next trip.~~Dee

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  6. Glad you are having some fun this summer! I'm reminded about the brand new and wonderful bike I got 2 summers ago and only rode for a couple of months...just about 14 to 15 miles a day for a few days out of a wk. for just a few wks a month for only a couple of months in the late summer/early fall of 2007!! Then I ripped out my ACL and had to recouperate all winter, then 'last summer' I had major pain issues...that now seem to have subsided; however, NOW I'm sitting w/an ace bandage and a 'boot' on my leg due to a sprained ankle that is taking up to 4 wks (or more, I don't know yet) to heal!! So sorry I've rambled on...but anyway, I'm hoping to ride again soon and get in shape...I've lost my muscle tone and gained wt. and it's irritating, to say the least!
    Have fun...and since today is your birthday, happy birthday Susan! Jan

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  7. I've been having trouble keeping up, and I haven't left town. I came here to tell you happy birthday, as I got an email from blotanical telling me it's today. I hope it's been a good day! It sounds like you are doing some fun things.

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  8. Stopping by to see what/where in the world Susan is! gail

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