Old commute, 2 miles, -198 ft. elevation. New commute, 13 miles, net -2 ft. elevation (although there is a low point at -50′ and a high point at +10′).
The ride is nominally westward, and there are various ways to pass the requisite checkpoints: in order – crossing the Skokie Highway, the freight line, the MD-N commuter line, interstate 94 and the Des Plaines river. Depending on the route, some (but not all) of those can be made relatively stress-free and dry.
Here’s what my bike saw at the Skokie, MD-N and Des Plaines today.
Photo update: riding home, across the same train tracks. Even at modest, approach-path speed, a moving train is an impressive creature.