I did a quick ride yesterday along the Illinois Prairie Path from Diehl Rd, up the Eola Road overpass, toward Aurora. It was about 13 miles in total - a quick ride just to put in a good workout.
The trees and brush along the path are greener now than they were even a couple of weeks ago and areas of the path are secluded by canopies of emerald. Early spring.
The path itself, made of ground stone, was damp but smooth and easy to ride fast.
I saw few other riders but it was early, so traffic was slight. It was blissful alone-ness, built for speed.
By the time I got back from the ride, mind was empty. I went to the basement and put on a record - Boy by U2. Its trippy vibe provided a second kind of bliss post-workout.
It was a soul enhancing way to start a Saturday.