On Saturday Mr. Dottie and I had the privilege of spending the whole day with Miss Sarah of Girls & Bicycles and her husband Don. We showed them Chicago, local style. First they came to our place to get fitted on Oma and Sir Raleigh. Despite the height differences, the bikes worked out.
Then we rode a few miles to the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood, where we had brunch at Toast and walked around. While Sarah scored at the BCBG sale and the thrift store, I finally found a good straw hat at Goorin Brothers hat shop. Eventually we ended up at the gem of the neighborhood, Copenhagen Cyclery. Much riding of awesome bikes and talking of sustainable living with owner Brett and manager Phil ensued.
We all had lots of fun with the Velorbis Mobii.
Then we rode the Larry v. Harry Bullitt. That bike got the best of me – I could not even ride it a few yards without bailing, lest I fall over. Something about the steering is very odd, but Don and Greg managed to figure it out.
After the shop, we drank delicious cocktails at The Violet Hour speakeasy. Our drinks: Swingin’ on the Lawn, The Etiquette, Georgia Peach, Tattooed Seaman, Tequila Old Fashioned, and Juliet and Romeo.
Next we bought wine and picnic food from The Goddess and Grocer and rode our bikes to watch To Catch a Thief in the park with bike friends Elizabeth and Dean, before finally returning home 12 hours after we set off. A very good day!
Sadly, Sarah and Don – and their crazy foreign accents – are now heading back to Canada. I’ll have to start planning my trip to Edmonton. :)
You can see more fabulous pictures of the whole day from Sarah at Girls and Bicycles.