It was about 45 degrees F and cloudy at about 3:30 pm as I hopped on Shadow and headed west for Champaign.
Part of my little family had gone south with the car for a spring break father-and-son bonding trip and another part was sick with the current version of the “bad cold” that’s been going around. So like a good mom I got on my bike and headed in the direction of my son’s apartment to bring him a “basket of goodies” to help him feel better.
Traffic was spring-break light but still running on Green Street. Am starting to get used to the pedestrian cross walks where cars in all directions stop and pedestrians cross diagonally. But it’s been a process.
Stopped at the campus bike shop to get a light combination lock for Rhododendron, but should have known that their selection would be totally high-security. Ended up spending $40 for a locking chain. No one forced me, but kind of wished I’d used more fiscal restraint. Well, now I have a good lock.
Filled my backpack (after paying) with bottles of flavored fluids (heavy!) requested by my cold-afflicted son, and delivered them to his apartment. After giving his dog a walk decided a pot of chili was something he could manage to get together and headed back out through light rain
to another grocery store. Stopped at Harvest Market,
an upscale place, where, oddly, could not locate a bike rack. So just used my new lock to bind Shadow to a post near the entrance.
After navigating through one distraction after another (but was glad to have been offered asparagus, which I did buy, at the entrance) through the store and forgetting an important item on the list, checked out, rode back (downhill!) to deliver the goods.
With love. Got the asparagus ready to pop in the microwave but let my son take on the chili. And was off.
On the way back it started to rain a little more heavily.
Stopped for a view of the Boneyard Creek at Scott Park.
Did not see any waterfowl there today.
Headed on back toward campus on the Boneyard Greenway, which runs behind the buildings on Green Street.
Not sure bikes are supposed to be on that passage but didn’t see any signs forbidding them.
Stopped at Cocomero on Wright Street, the frozen yogurt place, something I’d been meaning to do, because I’d been wanting to have some of those chewy black “bubbles” they put in drinks (to be sucked up through large-diameter straws). Yum! And spring break meant no traffic or crowds. Had my tapioca “bubbles” in a delicious mango smoothie, suggested by the proud proprietor of the store. As a counterpoint to the “bubbles” it was fruity and smooth, indeed, and not too sweet!
Sat at the counter in the window with a great view of the sparsely-peopled edge of campus, especially the unfortunately brown Alma Mater statue and of Altgeld Hall.
It was a moment to savor, this little slice of spring break.
Then headed home, past the handsome (thanks partly to its current renovation) Natural History Building, with the handsome spreading burr oak in front of it.
Almost home, stopped for a shot of golden yellow Forsythia, that early and brief herald of springtime,
against a still-unleafed tulip poplar and the grey March sky. Let the spring arrive, as slowly as possible!