This is a brief post to inform everyone that the July, August and September tours have been cancelled. This includes tomorrow’s Tour of Evanston.
As many of you know, my father died at the end of last month and my family and I are working on sorting out his affairs and moving my mom to be close to us in the Chicago area. I have to focus on my family for the time being but hope to be able to run the final two tours of the year in October and November.
My sincere thanks for all of the kind wishes, messages, calls, texts, emails, letters and the like that we have received. It has been a difficult time but we have been better able to get through it with the support we have received.
Thank you all for you understanding.
Charles Nissan Diamond
Last night, my father, Charles Nissan Diamond died unexpectedly at his home. It hit my mom especially hard and I drove out to Cleveland today to begin the process of helping her, making arrangements for his funeral, and meeting the family that is congregating to celebrate his life. It has been a hard couple of days and I suspect they won’t be easy for a while.
My sister Rae sent me the picture above, which I love and shows a side of my dad that not many knew.
I love you dad and I miss you already. Peace to you and mom and Rae and all of our family.
FRIDAY NIGHT’S TOUR IS CANCELLED.
I am going to have to cancel Friday night’s make-up Downtown Night Tour as I will likely still be in Cleveland and in any case will be in no position to lead a group of riders through the streets of downtown Chicago at night. I am sorry for this. I will initiate refunds for all that pre-registered and be in touch about the status of the season pass for those that purchased one this season. As I look through the posts on Chicago Velo, it is depressingly notable how many of the posts are about tour cancellations, postponements and rescheduling. I know it isn’t the time to make big decisions about everything after a major event in one’s life, but as I sort through these tasks, I will be taking stock about the future of the Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours as well.
Take care everyone and hopefully I will see you soon.