IN - The gate was locked! That's my first thought as I write this because it was the most recent and because I took a picture of it. I actually left earliER than I had been (4:09) so I was pretty happy. Most of the lights were with me, but I did have to make a full stop to blow my nose at one point. It is very cold this morning (39o now at 5:15) but very little wind. Before I came to the gate I saw a car parked on Atkinson south of Abbott, which is very unusual since it's all open fields there. On two previous occasions I had been at that particular gate onto Abbott's Abbott Park campus and I saw them open it between 4:25 and 4:35. I got there this morning at 4:41 and there were no security in sight. I stood there for almost a minute and nothing. I started riding around and decided it would be today's picture so I doubled back. When I did, I saw that same car that had been parked driving eastbound on Atkinson with only the parking lights on and the gate was still closed. I had to ride at least an extra mile to go around to another gate. When I passed my gate on the inside it was open. Well, that's more exercise for me. Since I signed up for Exercise Across Abbott with a lady who is a tri-athelete I can sure use the extra minutes for the team.
Abbo-Labbo from I294 and Atkinson
HOME - Well the gate did what the trains could not, I got home one minute faster than it took me to get to work. It was bright and sunny, there was actually a heat index so although it was like 51 it felt 60ish. It was very nice with a slight breeze. I was only going to go with one picture today, but as I was leaving work I was crossing the interstate and snapped the second picture. It is decidely less impressive than the at-night version, but I was in a hurry this morning. There was quite a bit of traffic on the bike trail this afternoon, but otherwise it was uneventful. I did pass UNDER a train on Prospect in Mundelein near Lake street, that was satisfying. Also, I had purchased a reflective vest that I wore yesterday and today. I don't like it because it makes me look like a construction worker, but it is highly visible. Also, it makes me look fat.