Madison WI via West Chicago to St Charles IL - 14, 823 kms

Aug 11, 2014


A shot of yet another attractive Art Deco building in Madison.


We had a lovely ride into Chicago today. We were heading for Rockford initially but some sort of glitch in Norm's GPS meant we overshot the mark. Not to worry we still saw and rode plenty of minor roads so it is officially farewell for a few months to the lovely farming country we have seen and this is a shot of a tidy family farm unit. Liked the the different sorts of barns.


And an example of a community size collective for storage.


And a more seriously commercial one.


Getting closer to Chicago we came across an attractive little town called Sycamore and this is the Dekalb County Courthouse there.


With plenty of time on our hands I managed to convince Norm I could cruise through some nice houses. This is in a relatively new subdivision called Fox Mill on the outskirts of St Charles.


And this is in St Charles in a well established area.


As is this one.


And lastly a lovely garden. Beautiful leafy and colorful mix without being too structured.

Bits and Bobs:


A shot of 4 cute butts at a rest stop this morning.


And a reminder for us that as well as looking ahead to what is coming up we also need to reflect on what has passed so we can savour the moments as they happen and once they have passed as well.

And that's it for another trip until, I get home and do a debrief of what worked / didn't, what was different to last year and other plans for next year.

Last Night's Accommodation:

Best Western Plus Inn on Park, 22 Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703

Gracious comfortable place and room very nice but a lot of furniture which reduces space overall. Free parking and wifi. On site bar restauarant and pool. Breakfast not included but available. Staff helpful and engage well. Comfortable bed and fridge so cold water to take tomorrow. Reasonble value. Lovely area and it would be nice to have an extra day to explore. 


Tonight's Accomodation:

Hotel Baker, 100 W Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174

Lovely Art Deco building which looks very cool and has been beautifully maintained. Comfortable roomy suite with outlook over the river. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, parking and wifi. On site restaurant where we dined on the last night last year but decided on the new Mexican restaurant tonight.