Our Own Mother’s Day CycloFemme Ride

On Mother’s Day this year we thought that taking part in a local Cyclofemme ride would be a great way to spend the day. To make it even more fun, we thought we’d invite Andrew’s ex-wife ( and Little Ding’s mom) to ride with us. The guys took both us moms out last year for Mother’s Day so we thought this would be a nice way to continue the tradition.  We had planned on joining the ride that Po Campo was organizing along the lakefront, but things didn’t quite work out that way.

Instead, we took a ride through the residential neighborhoods of Oak Park and River Forest IL.  This bike crew included myself, Mr. Ding, LD (Little Ding), and LD’s mom.  It was sunny, a little chilly in the wind, but still a great day for a ride and a picnic.

We loved riding in the wide, tree-lined and fairly carless streets in Oak Park and River Forest. IL.

We loved riding in the wide, tree-lined and fairly carless streets in Oak Park and River Forest. IL.

mother's day ride 2013

Our route was basically riding west to the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum – a lovely small and very child-friendly museum and nature center, with trails and a variety of programs.  The Victorian mansion that houses the museum was built in the 1870s, and the “Trailside Museum of Natural History” was established in 1931, the first public nature education facility of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

trailside museum

We parked our bikes and walked around the grounds to say hello to the coyote, a red fox, and a vulture, before heading inside to learn a little bit about counting tree rings, and squirrels.

trailside museum

red hen treats

Oh yes – we made a stop at Red Hen for picnic supplies!

saying hi to the coyote

Note the path – The museum building, garden, and grounds are all wheelchair accessible.

trailside musuem

trailside museum

They have fishtanks, snakes, birds, and other small live animals inside, but for some reason I really like these stuffed squirrels.

From the museum we rode towards Keystone Commons, to spread out our picnic in grass, under the sunshine.  Treats from Red Hen Bakery,  some Mimosas for the moms, strawberries and other goodies, served as a great wrap-up to our ride before we headed back to LD’s mom’s house.  We had a great time.

mother's day ride

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