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Where to Ride

In the Twin Cities & across the country // Guest blogger Tonya Vrba tells us about dating & cycling in the Windy City!

When someone cute catches your eye, it can be difficult summoning the courage to ask for a date. It’s always a good idea to have a plan in mind before making a date proposal. Cycling is a wonderful change to the normal dinner and movie dates. With the right trail and scenery, anyone can find enjoyment on a bike. The Fox River trail, which stretches for 35 miles from Aurora to Algonquin is the perfect romance path.

Start: From the south, the Fox river trail start in Aurora, Illinois near North River Street Park. There are plenty of places to join the path. If you want a short ride to a specific city, start on the road further north. My boyfriend and I usually start near North Aurora Island Park. The path is immediately immersed in trees, breaking now and then to provide beautiful views of the river.

End: This path does not loop, so at some point, you will have to turn around. The trail ends in Algonquin but meets up with the McHenery County Prairie Trail. If you’re looking for a long ride, follow the Prairie Trail all the way north to the Wisconsin border. Being close to so many towns, you’re sure to find a place to rest for the night. Just remember to turn back at some point!

In Between: Although the trail winds through nine Chicago Suburbs, it’s hard to not notice you’re surrounded by nature. The trail makes its way through more than 10 parks and near the trail in Geneva there is a lovely Chinese garden to visit. Downtown St. Charles has wonderful restaurants and a beautiful view of the river. The path itself is paved and wide enough for both bikers and walkers. It’s a common site to see a family with kids on the path near the parks. During the areas where the path moves inland there tends to be less people and more greenery.

When to Ride: Late Spring and early summer are some of the best times to ride as plants will be in bloom. The Chinese garden in Geneva has more color in it during the summer as well. Sunny days are the best as the lights makes for great photos. Two things to avoid are windy and humid days. Dirt and leaves from the forested areas can carry on strong breezes and humid days can create problems with insects in the air. If neither of those things bother you, the only bad day, is a rainy day.

Author Bio: Tonya Vrba is a passionate writer. Her work has been published in newspapers and blogs. She writes frequently about health, career and dating issues. Tonya currently writes with Dating Sites Online. Learn more about her work at her personal website