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Tour of Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa

Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa Tour

Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa Tour

Today we managed to avoid the rain that all my apps were predicting and tour Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa.  These two northwest side communities are in the heart of Chicago’s bungalow belt and are surrounded by rail lines.  The rail lines were responsible for bringing manufacturers and industries to the communities.  Soon the population expanded as companies located along the rail lines sought workers.  Workers and their families filled the bungalows and brick flats in the neighborhoods.  Parks, schools, religious and civic institutions dotted the area to service the new residents and the built history of these streets endures today, giving us a perfect backdrop for our tour.  Here was our route:

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New Tour in advance of the first running of the last new tour which hasn’t run yet because it’s cursed I guess

Belmont Cragin Hermosa Ride Poster 2014

Belmont Cragin Hermosa Ride Poster 2014

Catching up after a long absence away from something has never been a strength.  The chaos of the way that work piles up and some gets through and some gets backed up and the dam’s release when it all gives way is perhaps overstating it, but that is the general feel I have for these things.

In the wake of the most recent leave from tending to my web garden and rides, the Evanston tour got cancelled. Again. The Tour of Evanston might be the tour I have the most trepidation about, though I feel most excited to do that one. The number of things that WON’T be on the tour could make an amazing tour.  I think it will be a really awesome tour when it finally runs. Unless its cursed. It is starting to seem a little snake-bit with both the first and second dates cancelled with short-notice.  Well, third time is so consistently the charm that I am planning on a September make-up date, nearly a year after the original tour was supposed to have run.

What could go wrong?

This will be AFTER the Tour of Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa, which will go forward as planned on August 30, 2014.  So yeah, the new new tour will be before the old new tour.  Ross Felten’s new tour poster is spot on and posted just above.  Tour information is right hear.