On Friday I rode the Skokie Valley Bikeway in Lake County for the first time. With the recent heavy rains in mind, I chose it because 1.) it's asphalt and 2.) it isn't close to a river. It's not the most exciting route; the most enthralling scenery is the variety of utility poles. There are parallel railroad tracks, but the trains are hard to see through the small trees lining the path. I was glad that I waited until early evening to start because there would have been very little shade midday.
I parked at the north trailhead in Lake Forest. I spotted this sign near the tiny parking area:
Someone is missing out on a great business opportunity here because despite the sign, I did not seeing anyone hawking weed. I suppose Gatorade would sell better anyway. After riding 16 miles in the heat, I would have bought a bottle.