Day 6, the home stretch, from McHenry to the north
shore and sweet home Chicago along the lake.
|Along the ride, people kept adding adornments to my bike helmet (partially visible in the picture above). Secure in my "manliness", by day six I was sporting a smart looking helmet full of smiley stickers, two antennae made out of those fuzzy pipe cleaners, and a several stick-on creatures.|
|Day six brought an end to a very memorable life experience. Along the way I met a lot of genuinely wonderful people that I felt privileged to ride with, and a lot of very nice people in small towns you've never heard of. The ride culminated with a moving reception in Grant Park. During the reception, a group of HIV positive riders walked a "riderless" bicycle through the streets for a rider who participated in the previous year's ride. He had finally lost his life to the AIDS disease.||
Day 6, through the streets of Chicago to Grant Park,
500 miles, we did it!