October 9, 2009

Vacation update

By Elisa | 8 Comments »
Dottie and I on our way Downtown on Oma and Betty
Dottie and I on our way Downtown on Oma and Betty

I am having a simply lovely time here in the midwest.  I have been here less than a week and may just stay for a while (don’t worry Bham…I am still coming home).  The weather is glorious, the people friendly and the coffee incredible.  A quick rundown on the trip so far (very quick…a longer post to come).

I spent the first few days walking around downtown Milwaukee and making plans, as well as see the people and drink the coffee (oh and shopping!). I was with Carrie Rollwagen for the first few days and that was so fun. 

Betty and I on the Lakefront
Betty and I on the Lakefront


Today I am in Chicago with Dottie from Lets Go Ride a Bike.  We spent the afternoon sightseeing, bike riding and eating.  I got to ride Betty Foy and we are fast friends.  Riding an upright bike took some getting used to, but I am getting the hang of it.  Chicago is so flat!  The ride downtown was raining the entire way, but we kept and on and had a lovely time.  Drinks at the top of the John Hancock building, shopping the Magnificent Mile and dinner at Giordano’s for Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!  Yes, I would say this has been a good day. 

Tomorrow we head to Wicker Park for bike shop visiting, meet up with some fellow Alabamian cyclists then it is time for the Cocktail Party Ride.  I hope to see some of you there. 

Dottie and Oma
Dottie and Oma

Phew…I am exhausted.  will report back more soon.  Look forward to a post about the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective, a bike shop tour of Milwaukee, test rides of Dutch bikes in Chicago, Cocktail Party round up, and more.  I am sucking the life out of the vacation (in the very best way)

Chicago on a rainy, foggy day

Chicago on a rainy, foggy day

bike love from Chicago!

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  1. On October 9th, 2009 E A said:

    Love it! Welcome to Chicago- it’s great even in the rain, isn’t it!?! :-)

  2. On October 9th, 2009 Yokota Fritz said:

    You ladies are marvelous. Looks like you’re enjoying the visit!

  3. On October 9th, 2009 wle said:


    did you know – ‘oma’ is german for ‘grandma’ :)


  4. On October 9th, 2009 mamavee said:

    And a Woot in stereo over here too!

  5. On October 11th, 2009 anna said:

    Sounds like a fun trip :-) .

  6. On October 11th, 2009 Amy said:

    It was great meeting you the other night! I’m glad you had such a great time in Chicago, even with the unfortunate weather.

  7. On October 12th, 2009 Carrie Rollwagen said:

    Wow, a mention on Bike Skirt! We did have a great time in the Midwest. It was beautiful, the food was amazing, people were great, and the weather, though windy, was a welcome respite from the Alabama heat. Here’s to H&M, Hollander Cafe, Mocha, and (last but not least) Elisa!

  8. On October 13th, 2009 ms. elle said:

    So nice to have met you! Keep up the great velo ventures:)

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