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INSIDE 6 PUBLISHER'S LETTER

Fox River and its trails are constants, but restrictions are a new reality.

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Off-road biking trend finding plenty of enthusiasts.

From yoga classes to pop up food trucks, craft breweries serve their suds with a side of fun.

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26 ALL-SEASON CYCLING

12 WILDLIFE VIEWING

28 WATER WONDERFUL

14 MAP YOUR RIDE

30 ELECTRIC BIKES

Spring is for the Birds on the Fox River. Enjoy the dazzling Fox River and its nonstop action. Outdoor Escapes Along Fox River Trail from Algonquin to Yorkville.

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FOX RIVER AND ITS TRAILS ARE CONSTANTS,

BUT RESTRICTIONS ARE A NEW REALITY

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ur annual Fox River Trail Guide contains all the latest news, trail maps, fun insights and essential information to enjoy a day – and a full spring/summer/fall season – along the Fox River.

An annual highlight of the year for our readers, this Trail Guide has always been a signal that the outdoor season of fun has arrived. From biking and skating on the trails to kayaking, canoeing and fishing on the Fox River, we have provided a listing of the services along the trail, the culinary options to enjoy, and the unique sights to see.

Given the timing of this annual guide, along with the new reality of COVID-19 restrictions throughout the nation, it is important that you utilize the contact information provided in this guide to always check on the status of readiness and availability for events and businesses. Before heading out on any excursion, take a moment to be certain the trails and river access points you might be targeting are open to the public. Use this guide to check on the hours of operation and any restrictions for the many businesses that make these wonderful days along the Fox River so enjoyable. We all understand what an amazing and beautiful resource the Fox River is for our region. Enjoying it with family and friends will still provide the expected indelible experiences – but with a level of awareness that is critical for all of us to remain safe and healthy for the foreseeable future. Laura Shaw | Publisher

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iven that another name for a gravel ride is an adventure ride, it’s no surprise that this form of cycling has grown in popularity in recent years.

This combination of road biking and mountain biking that takes cyclists onto unpaved roads and into parts largely unknown has a lot of appeal to those who avoid the pavement and high-traffic roadways. “People like it because they’re roads you don’t normally travel,” says Aurora-based bike shop All Spoked Up Manager Jon Schratz, who designs the GPS gravel ride routes that the shop has hosted. “They’re mostly open, gravel country roads, usually only accessible by certain types of cars, and there’s no traffic on them other than maybe some slow-moving farm equipment, so they’re relatively safe.” According to Schratz, most serious

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cyclists these days have a GPS computer on their bicycle, so they can easily follow the gravel route. The rides, which have started from the shop at 8 a.m. Sundays, are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume when given the all-clear. “In the last five years, gravel riding has really taken off,” says Schratz, who notes the decline in competitive road racing, giving way to community-oriented gravel riding. “With gravel riding, also called adventure riding, you can go at your own pace rather than work toward an end goal other than a certain distance you might want, and there’s less traffic. It’s a safer entry point for a lot of cyclists, and people are more encouraging of newer riders starting out.” A gravel bike looks like a road bike, similar to the old 10-speeds style racer, but with much wider tires and “a little more aggressive tread,”

says Schratz. “It’s like road bikes with the dropped handlebars, only knobbier tires.” A gravel ride also provides cyclists the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Schratz has observed the likes of deer, hawks, bald eagles, and even turkey vultures. “They’re really big and really scary looking, but they won’t mess with you,” he says. All Spoked Ups’s gravel rides are 100 percent self-supported, meaning you need to bring your own food and water. Sometimes there’s a gas station at the halfway point. “But not always,” says Schratz. The rides have drawn a hugely positive response. “I get a lot of, ‘I’ve never been down those roads. That was really cool!’” says Schratz. For upcoming events and gravel routes, contact All Spoked Up at 630-801-9005 or visit at: website at: allspokedup.com.

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llinoisans may be under a stay-at-home order, but birds are free to fly without compunction. Thank goodness! I can’t wait to welcome back our feathered friends decked out in their boldest and brightest colors. Spring is the best time to see birds in Illinois. Each year, spring migration brings hundreds of species through the state. Through March 29, an amazing 195 bird species have been reported in Illinois, which is right on par with previous years. The Fox River is one of the best places to watch them. Kane County is blessed with numerous forest preserves up and down the river, including Ferson Creek Fen Nature

Preserve, Norris Woods Nature Preserve, Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve, Fabyan Forest Preserve and Les Arends Forest Preserve. In fact, 212 different bird species have been seen at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin, making it one of the “birdiest” places in Kane County! By now, the waterfowl that spent the winter along the Fox—birds like Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Buffleheads—are off to their breeding grounds in Canada and won’t return until December. Taking their place are Pied-Billed Grebe, Hooded Merganser and what may well be the most beautiful bird in Illinois, the Wood Duck. It looks positively regal with its drooping green crest, red eye and black-and-white face. If you look up, you might just see a flock of

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Both the yellow rump and chestnut can be found along the Fox River trails. Photos by John Sprovieri

s American White Pelicans or Sandhill Cranes heading north.

it constantly bobs its tail as it walks.

Want to try something special? Bundle up and head out to Ferson Creek Fen in St. Charles at dusk. Walk along the trail in the grassy area and wait. When it’s nearly dark, you’ll hear male American Woodcocks calling to attract females. Beeent…Beeent…Beeent. Then, suddenly, one of the birds will launch itself straight up into the sky. You may not even see it, but you’ll certainly hear it. Their wings make a high-pitched twittering sound as they fly.

If there’s one time to hit the Fox River forest preserves, it’s got to be May. That’s when the warblers and thrushes arrive. More than 30 warbler species have been observed at Les Arends Forest Preserve alone. Birdwatchers wait all year to see these small, colorful birds decked out in their breeding plumage. Their names say it all: There’s Bay-Breasted Warbler, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Orange-Crowned Warbler and Black-Throated Blue Warbler, to name a few.

In April, it’s time for the shorebirds to start passing through. Keep an eye on the riverbanks and sandbars for Solitary Sandpiper and the adorable Spotted Sandpiper. You can’t miss the latter. It’s got a white breast with dark spots, and

And it’s not just their colors that please, but their sounds. The “dawn chorus” is a symphony of trills, whistles, chirps and buzzes. The flute-like song of the

Wood Thrush is said to be the most beautiful bird song in North America. Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order explicitly allows Illinois residents to engage in outdoor activities, such as walking and hiking, as long as they comply with social distancing requirements. So get out of the house, get some fresh air, and see what’s around. Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring! For more information about birding on the Fox River trails or Kane County Audubon, visit: www. kanecountyaudubon.org. FOX RIVER TRAIL GUIDE 2020

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TR Both above its surface and below, our dazzling Fox River is jam-packed with life. Day and night, throughout the year, resident as well as migratory species enliven the region with nonstop action. All you need to know is where to look.

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Any time of year is a good time to see mammals, and the Fox River is a valued resource for many. Beavers, muskrats and mink are common sights, especially at dawn and dusk, and it’s not unusual to spot whitetailed deer taking a drink or, like you, taking in the view.

 Spring Trail If you find yourself on the trail in spring, make sure your gaze is focused upward. Mid-March through late May, the trees are teeming with migratory birds. Many species of warblers, the males decked out in breeding finery, hunt and peck for insects among the budding leaves. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for ruby-throated hummingbirds. Although best known for their nectar-sipping habits, they’re also prodigious consumers of insects—

which provide the protein these tiny dynamos need to raise their families. As the days get warmer, be on the lookout for reptiles and amphibians. Small DeKay’s, or brown, snakes frequently warm up on the Fox River Trail’s asphalt surfaces, and turtles often cross as they make their way to and from the water. Note: If you see one of these cold-blooded creatures on the trail, please don’t move it unless it is in imminent danger. And even then, move it only as far as needed, and in the direction its head is facing, to protect it from the threat. Note No. 2: The Fox River is NOT home to venomous snakes. Those dark, thick-bodied snakes basking on rocks and logs are northern water snakes and, while they will bite, are nonvenomous.

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RAIL Frogs and toads may appear along the trail, but you’re more likely to hear them than see them. Listen for American toads trilling, green frogs twanging (their call sounds like a loose banjo string) and bullfrogs bellowing as the weather transitions from spring to summer.

 Summer Speaking of summer, add these animals to your list of what to look for: Ospreys soaring overhead; cormorants diving for food; and herons and egrets foraging in the shallows. If, like these birds, your appetite is for fish, you might want to bring a pole and wet a line. Thanks to years of catch-and-release conservation, as well as some dam removals and shoreline restoration projects, the Fox River’s smallmouth bass population has never been better.

Promises wildlife viewing opportunities

Moving from summer into fall, migrations begin anew. Those birds we welcomed in spring are heading back south, though their bright spring colors in many cases have been replaced with subdued, nonbreeding plumage. August is the time that swallows also head for their wintering grounds, which could be as close as the Gulf Coast and as far as Central America. Look for large groups of these birds foraging above the water, availing themselves of the river’s bountiful insect population.

 Winter Walks Winter is still a great time to get out and enjoy the scenery—and ducks! Several species including common and hooded mergansers, goldeneyes and buffleheads can be found in those areas of the river that don’t freeze and are

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particularly common near the discharge pipes of municipal water treatment plants, where plant and animal life is rich. Last but not least, you might be lucky enough to spot our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle. Once federally endangered, the species has made a remarkable comeback—thanks largely to improved water quality and the ensuing uptick in fish populations. Today we can enjoy viewing resident pairs as well as northern individuals that visit over the winter months. Fox River wildlife is 24/7/365. As you stroll, jog or bike its trails, be sure you don’t miss the show!

PAM OTTO is an Outreach Ambassador with the St. Charles Park District. FOX RIVER TRAIL GUIDE 2020

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Escapes OUTDOOR

Along Fox River Trail By Melissa Rubalcaba Riske

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From peaceful walking trails to fishing and even a playground this park is a great location to visit along the Fox River. Bring a picnic and enjoy the ambiance. Check out the summer concerts in the park as well.

 RIVER PARK 151 N. River Lane, Geneva 630-232-4542 • genevaparks.org The two-acre park offers large views of the Fox River as well as historical artifacts and native features. Its amphitheater is a great spot for concerts and other events.

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Wander through this outdoor museum and even hop aboard a trolley ride. Learn about Chicago’s history with the electric railway and get an up-close look at railroad cars and locomotives.

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With more than 90 acres this favorite park offers plenty of activities from hiking and bike trails to activities including volleyball and a multi-level play area. There is an 18-hole golf course, a miniature golf feature and swimming pool

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there are pancakes, French toast, an omelet shop, big-time Farmer’s breakfasts and its rich, creamy gravy made with homemade pork sausage and served on fresh biscuits.

 ALEXANDER’S CAFÉ 1650 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 549-0514 • alexanderscafe.com Appropriately named after Alexander the Great, this eatery features a great menu of home cooked meals and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Omelets, skillets, breakfast combos - including the famous Waffle Iron and the French Connection - pancakes, crepes, benedicts and more give diners many delicious options.

those looking for a classic, such as eggs with their choice of potatoes, English muffin, toast or pancakes, will find that on the menu, as well as benedicts, skillets, omelets and a lot more.

 RIVERVIEW DINER 1420 SE River Rd., Montgomery (630) 859-3737 • riverviewdiner.com

LUNCH  DEANE’S MARKET & DELI 500 S. 3rd St., #141, Geneva (630) 402-0139 • deanesmarket.com

Big flavor and big plates await patrons here. Whether you choose the breakfast staple of bacon and eggs served with toast or pancakes, or you’re craving a nice stack of fluffy pancakes with ham, bacon or sausage, or have a taste for an omelet or French toast, grab a seat and eat.

 HARNER’S RESTAURANT, BAKERY & CATERING 10 W. State St., North Aurora (630) 892-4400 • harnersbakery.com

It’s been all about scrumptious sandwiches, salads, soups, sides and specials at Deane’s for a few years now. Roast beef, turkey and egg salad sandwiches are renown. Mixed greens, Asian and classic Caesar salads along with chicken noodle, French onion and minestrone soups round out the options. Grilled cheese and many other varieties of sandwiches, along with daily specials, are available Monday through Saturday.

 STATE STREET DINER 630 W. State St., Geneva (331) 248-0646 • statestdiner.com

Calling itself the ‘best bakery in the Fox Valley area for over 50 years,’ Harner’s has much more than homemade sweet rolls, donuts, pies and more. For breakfast alone,

Those looking to spice up breakfast can order Huevos a la Mexicana or the Chorizo Scrambler, while

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 RIVER’S EDGE BAR & GRILL 12 N. River St., Batavia (630) 406-9200 theriversedgebatavia.com

and Oink and The Big Swine are just a handful of irresistible sandwich selections.

 TAP HOUSE GRILL 123 Washington St., Oswego (630) 383-2020 • taphousegrills.com

There’s nothing wrong with choosing one of the big, crispy, fresh salads. It’s just that there also are locally-sourced burgers, uniquely delicious sandwiches, such as Old Boy’s club, Chicken Romesco and Brandied Pork Belly, as well as appealing appetizers, including Cap-N Chicken Fingers and Chipotle Sprouts.

There are nine choices on the menu listed under “Two-Handed Sandwiches,” including the 1-lb. BLT and the new Impossible Sloppy Joe. That doesn’t include Tap House’s amazing burgers, wings, burger bowls, tacos, wrapped and un-wrapped selections and entrees, including grilled salmon and tuna.

 SOUTHBANK BBQ 129 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville (630) 385-2477 southbankoriginalbarbecue.com

DINNER  CHIANTI’S 201 S. 3rd St., Geneva (630) 232-0212 • chiantisingeneva.com

You won’t get sea sick from this Pork Boat, featuring pulled pork, coleslaw and cheesy potatoes in a boat with sweet BBQ sauce drizzled all over. It’s just one of the many great starters, while the Cuban, The Malibu Clucker, Tri Tip, Moo

Featuring Chianti’s own brand of Italian cuisine, the restaurant offers most dishes at two different sizes anytime of the day, including favorites: Cajun chicken tortellini

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crusted sashimi Ahi tuna, brick chicken vesuvio, truffle mushroom pork chop, Cajun surf and turf and the 24-oz. Porterhouse steak are a few reasons why FoxFire has to be experienced soon.

and garlic crab. And don’t forget the martinis, wines and beer list to complement your meal.

 EDEN ON THE RIVER 1 Illinois St., St. Charles (630) 945-3332 • edenstcharles.com

 PARMA PIZZA BAR 107 W. Van Emmon St., Yorkville (630) 385-2295 • parmapizzabar.com

Those looking for Mediterranean food or looking for something different, will find imaginative, elegant cuisine served in a simple and approachable style here where a diverse selection of Middle Eastern and other delicacies are made fresh daily.

Wood fire, hand-pressed Neapolitanstyle pizzas are quite the draw at Parma, but so are its pastas, sandwiches and salads, along with a selection of great appetizers, including parmesan truffle fries, sausage and peppers and wings. And don’t forget craft beers and an exclusive wine selection to wash it all down.

 FOXFIRE 17 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1369 • foxfiregeneva.com Since arriving on the scene in 2003, FoxFire has strived to provide guests with unforgettable meals and diners keep coming back for more. Cajun

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 GRAHAM’S FINE CHOCOLATES & ICE CREAM 302 S. 3rd St., Geneva (630) 232-6655 grahamschocolate.com

favorite or a new gourmet flavor every time you visit here. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Kimmer’s also sells amazing ice cream cakes and pies.

Your sweet tooth will think that it is Christmas morning when you stop into this Geneva treasure which has been treating countless folks to its delicious, homemade chocolates and ice cream since 1987.

 MY SISTER’S LIL DONUT SHOPPE 25 S. Madison St., Oswego (331) 203-2736 mysisterslildonutshoppe.com Cinnamon rolls and twists, Bavarian crème, raspberry and apple-filled bismarks, fritters, strudels and pecan rolls, cake donuts, raised ring donuts, unfilled and cream-filled long johns and pastries and muffins. My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe can satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth craving among your party.

 KIMMER’S ICE CREAM 1 W. Illinois St., St. Charles (630) 762-9480 kimmersicecream.com

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 LIMESTONE COFFEE & TEA 8 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 454-4556 www.limestonect.com

 COFFEE DROP SHOP 227 S. 3rd St., #107, Geneva (630) 845-3255 www.coffeedropshop.com

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This specialty coffee shop, which got its start in 1978, roasts its own unique blend coffees and custom blends its own variety of teas. All of its coffees must pass its own strict quality control so patrons are ensured a great cup of delicious joe,

This female-owned business in the heart of Batavia is just steps away from the Fox River, inviting those on the nearby walking, jogging and baking paths to stop in. Come to Limestone to enjoy a quality cup of coffee or to order from the full espresso bar. Breakfast and lunch items are also available.

 GRAHAM’S 318 COFFEEHOUSE 318 S. 3rd St., Geneva (630) 845-3180 www.318coffeehouse.com

 VILLAGE GRIND COFFEE & TEA 19 Main St., Oswego (630) 554-6678 www.villagegrindoswego.com

Taste is paramount at Graham’s so if you’re looking for a really good cup of coffee you’ll find it and much more here. Graham’s also serves pastries, breakfast, lunch and offers specialties like fondue and gelato. Try this: Gelato Affogato. It’s a scoop of gelato with a shot of espresso.

3 SKYLINE TREE SERVICE 303 N. 2nd St., St. Charles 4 DEANE'S MARKET & DELI 500 S. Third St., Suite 141 | Geneva 5 GENEVA PARK DISTRICT 710 Western Ave. | Geneva 6 MILL RACE CYCLERY 11 E. State St. | Geneva 7 STATE STREET JEWELERS 230 W. State St. | Geneva 8 BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT 327 W. Wilson St. | Batavia

Located in downtown Oswego, this homey coffee house offers hand-crafted coffees, teas, iced drinks, smoothies and more. Treats are its specialty with plenty of home baked goods as well as lunch items, including scratch soups and sandwiches.

9 BATAVIA CREAMERY 4 N. Island Ave. | Batavia 10 ALL SPOKED UP 14 W. Downer Pl., Ste. 12 | Aurora 11 OSWEGO CYCLERY 59 S Main St. | Oswego 12 OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT 313 E. Washington St. | Oswego

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From yoga classes to pop up food trucks, craft breweries s With warmer weather on the way, it’s a good time to unwind and relax throughout the weekend. For craft beer connoisseurs, the options at these local breweries offer a variety of tastes for all palates, along with special events to keep patrons entertained.

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 OSWEGO BREWING CO. 61 Main St., Oswego www.oswegobrewing.com Founded in 2017, this craft brewery nestled in downtown Oswego features an ever-evolving craft beer list. As we head into spring, the aptly named Mild Weather English Ale has toasty, biscuity notes. The Oswego lager is malt-driven with Hallertauer Mittelfruh hop to balance out the drink. It’s bringyour-food at this causal hangout, where bookcases of board games beckon for patrons to hang out for awhile. Sop by during one of the many special events planned each month, including yoga, singo and visits from local food trucks.  POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY 106 Riverside Ave., St. Charles www.pollyannabrewing.com Pollyanna’s is always in search of the next hit craft beer by experimenting with local fruit and spices, seasonal lagers and

barrel-aging. Take in beautiful views of the Fox River while sipping a Full Lemonty golden ale or Pollyanna Pils lager. Stop by on the weekend to take in live entertainment while enjoying a Fun Size pastry stout – a milk stout with peanut, vanilla, cocoa nib and sea salt.  PENROSE 509 Stevens St., Geneva www.penrosebrewing.com The “beer first” culture at Penrose is evident in its Belgian inspired session ales that are oak barrel-aged, fresh hop flavors and alternative fermentation. Session Sour, Taproom IPA, Proto golden ale and Dryft IPA are year-round favorites always at hand. You also can discover a new favorite on the rotating seasonal and hoppy special releases, such as the Pancake Robots – an imperial stout with maple syrup and vanilla. Check the website for the latest schedule of food truck visits, which range from ramen to barbecue. Once you’re settled in with a drink and food, test

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s serve their suds with side of fun your knowledge on current events and pop culture during trivia night at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.  TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora www.twobrothersbrewing.com Nestled inside the former roundhouse used at the end of the BNSF line to redirect trains back to Chicago, Two Brothers Roundhouse is just steps from the downtown Aurora train station. The year-round beer selection includes the brewery’s flagship, award-winning Domaine DuPage, Seasonal beers and specialty brews round out the selections. The menu offers shareable apps if you’re looking for a light bit to hearty entrees. When the weather is nice, bands perform in the gazebo – the focal point of Two Brothers’ extensive beer garden.  STOCKHOLM’S 306 W. State St., Geneva www.stockholmsbrewpub.com The handcrafted beers at Stockholm’s are brewed in an Old

World Tradition – cask-conditioned and unfiltered. The beers start with two-row barley malts and are combined with other malts, grains and hops. The Belgian style Third Street Ale features four barley malts to give it a rich flavor. The Doc’s Porter is a blend of creamy wheat and sweet oats with a hint of coffee. Pair these microbrews with a slow roasted pulled pork sandwich that’s smothered in Stockholm’s homemade sauce or a burger served on your choice of sesame seed, brioche or pretzel bun.  GENEVA WINE CELLARS AND TASTING ROOM 227 S. 3rd St., Geneva (630) 232-8888 www.genevawinecellars.com This little retail wine shop offers wines by the glass, bottle or case. Drop in and enjoy a glass outside on the patio. Features an extensive wine collection that includes exquisite bottles from around the world.

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 ROWDY’S 210 S. Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-5054 www.rowdysbarandgrill.com Located in the heart of Yorkville, Rowdy’s has cold drinks, great food, live videogaming and a welcoming environment to come and hang out with friends or family. Drink specials keep the fun flowing all week long, and don’t forget to drop in on Sunday and enjoy a Rowdy’s bloody Mary.  ACQUAVIVA IN BATAVIA 35 N. Water St., Batavia (630) 761-1010 www.acquavivabatavia.com Get your night flowing with a red, white or bubbly selection or a specialty drink, including Acquaviva’s bloody Mary, sangarita, limoncello, mules and martinis. Red and white wines can be ordered by the glass or bottle.

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ALL-SEASON ROAD TO CYCLING

Navigating the trail of life-long passion By Melissa Rubalcaba Riske

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ast December, at the age of 52, Karen Cerveny of Batavia had hip replacement surgery and six weeks later her doctor cleared her to resume activities, including her weekly role as a spin teacher at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Wellness Center. “Cycling can be a great way of regaining one’s strength because it’s low impact,” says Cerveny, a fitness instructor and a junior high school physical education and health teacher. Cerveny’s hip replacement

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surgery took an anterior approach, which allowed for less cutting of soft tissue and muscle as well as a quicker recovery. She credits her caring medical team, her orthopedic doctor at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital and physical therapist at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Outpatient Physical Therapy in Geneva, not to mention her active lifestyle pre-operation, that allowed her to quickly get back in her bike’s saddle. For more than 20 years, Cerveny has been an avid cyclist. She’s found pleasure in a leisurely

ride on the bike trails along the Fox River and pushed herself in competitions, including road races and triathlons. A former runner, Cerveny says she turned to cycling for a great workout that is gentler on the joints compared with the impact of running or jogging. “I think cycling is great as a lifetime activity,” Cerveny says. Indoors, Cerveny loves her 5:15 p.m. spin class at Delnor Health & Wellness, where she leads and encourages participants through 45 minutes of cycling, followed by 20 minutes of

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strength training and a 10-minute stretching session.

technician at Bike Rack for more than 12 years.

“It’s a total body workout,” Cerveny says.

Using some of the latest technology, Seay and his team can help a cyclist find a comfortable ride. He uses Saddle Pressure Mapping to see how a rider is distributing weight across the saddle and he uses cameras to capture a rider’s motion and movements. He also uses pressure sensors in a cyclist’s shoes to measure and adjust for foot comfort as well.

But her favorite place on two wheels is outdoors. She cycles year-round outdoors, with several bikes fitted for the conditions and workout. “It depends on what my goals are for the workout, and the weather, on which bike I use,” she adds. Her road cycle is great for long trips and she enjoys the roads in Maple Park, while her bike with fat tires and bar mittens is the best option during cold weather months. Each bike is designed for a specific workout and training and each bike fits her as needed. Not all bikes are equal and the staff at Bike Rack in St. Charles helps riders to find the cycle that meets their needs, making adjustments to the saddle, handlebars and other moveable elements for the most comfortable ride. “We take into account individual goals, medical issues, and core strength and then we adjust a bike around a person,” explains Cameron Seay, lead bike and fit

“Riding a bike should be a fun thing to do,” Seay says. “Every single person has a more ideal posture to prevent injuries and to make sure they are comfortable on the bike.” Outdoor cycling isn’t without dangers and Cerveny says she’s had several close encounters with distracted motorists. A helmet, bright colored clothing and a rear flashing light on her bike are fundamental bike safety elements. She’s also strict about obeying the rules of the road too. “Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, we all need to work together to keep each other safe,” Cerveny says.

Back indoors, Cerveny says cycling classes, like Spin, can be a great workout especially for those returning to cycling after many years. The stationary bike offers stability and she appreciates when first-timers let her know they’re in her class so she can take a few minutes to help them set up their bikes and settle into a comfortable position. With cycling classes, the instructor leads but it’s the participants who select their level of intensity. She says participants shouldn’t worry about where they set the dial. “You’re goal is to make it through the class.” Cerveny says she worries about having hip replacement at her age and she did hear some people caution her against the surgery. Life before her surgery meant moderate pain when she cycled and she found her pain interfering with her active lifestyle and her overall well being. Today, she has no regrets on having the surgery and her ability to resume her activities. “It’s about the quality of my life. I’m so glad I didn’t wait,” Cerveny said. “Now I bike pain free.”

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Water WONDERFUL Fox River delivers many on-water activities By Melissa Rubalcaba Riske

KANE COUNTY

 MILL RACE CYCLERY 11 E. State St., Geneva 630-232-2833 • millrace.com Take a canoe, kayak or paddleboard ride along the Fox Fiver and escape the bustling bike trails and busy roads to find some respite along the slow, meandering waters. One of the hidden gems of the region is Mill Race Cyclery. If you think Mill Race Cyclery is just for those who ride on two, maybe three wheels, then you are literally – missing the boat, kayak and canoe. The cycle shop offers an array of water sport rentals including a single or two-person canoe, stand up paddle board and kayaks. Rents available for hourly, daily or weekly and offers

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shuttle services if you happen to get stuck downstream. Visit the website for details and to book a rental.  KAYAK MYAK RENTALS 847-204-1724 www.kayakmyakrentalsllc.com No need for hauling your own equipment with Kayak Myak Rentals. After booking the trip through the website or phone, staff from Kayak Myak Rentals will meet you and your party at your launch site with everything you need including lifejackets. There are different trips of varying time and distances. Staff then meets up with you and shuttles you back to your starting point. Check

out the website for details and recommendations.  RIVER VIEW MINIATURE GOLF COURSE 8 North Ave., St. Charles 630-584-1028 www.riverviewminigolf.org Find more than a rousing game of Putt-Putt with boating rentals available at the park district location from Mid-May through MidAugust. Rent a kayak for the hour and each rental includes a lifejacket and paddles. Kayaks launch from the dock in Pottawatomie Park. Rentals must be made in person, but be sure to check the website for details.

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 SOUTH ELGIN CANOE 224-227-8364 www.southelgincanoe.com Whether you need a one-person canoe or to reserve canoes and kayaks for taking the whole family out, try this 6.5-mile trip on the Fox River with South Elgin Canoe. Trips begin below the dam in South Elgin and end at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles. South Elgin Canoe can provide rentals for daily and weekend use and prices include shuttle services and life jackets. Cash and check only for rentals. Visit the website or call to book an adventure.

KENDALL COUNTY  NAPERVILLE KAYAK 630-300-4257 www.napervillekayak.com The local business offers Fox River trips in Oswego and Plainfield as well as Naperville. Check the website for trips and locations and to reserve equipment. Offering kayak and paddleboat rentals and supports trips along the DuPage River and in Whalon Lake as well.  YAK SHACK 630-479-8074 www.yakshackonline.com In additional to rentals and trips Yak Shack offers classes and an

on-line retail store with drytops and splash jackets as well as accessories. No longer using a retail location, staff from Yak Shack will meet you and your party with your rental equipment at the site of your launch. Rent canoes, kayaks, tube trackers and more. Advance reservations recommended.

MCHENRY COUNTY  FLATWATER CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS 8621 Route 12, Richmond 815-353-7333 Visit in person for canoe and kayak rentals at this location. Rentals are daily and include shuttle services. Operating for more than 10 years, the staff at Flatwater Canoe & Kayak Rentals can help provide for a great day trip on the water.  GILLS 8916 N. Wilmot Road, Spring Grove 847-587-7165 • hmchenrydam.com Find Gills located inside the Chain O’Lakes State Park. In addition to canoes and kayaks find rowboats and motor boats at Gills. Rentals available for hourly and daily use. Staff also leads shuttled kayak tours along the northern branch of the Fox River. Visit the website for times and details.

 JET FUNN RENTALS 109 Nippersink, Fox Lake 847-587-4386 • jetfunnrentals.com For those who want a little more speed in their water adventures, Jet Funn Rentals is worth a visit to find pontoon boats, deck boats, wave runners and, yes, kayaks. Check out the website for prices and more.  SCULL AND OARS 6014 N. Mill Drive, Wonder Lake 815-790-4249 • scullandoars.net The business started by two brothers who needed a summer job, the business has grown considerable to offer water sports enthusiasts kayak and canoe rentals for trips along the Nippersink Canoe Trail. Advance rentals are required and shuttle service is an additional cost. Visit the website for rates and details.  THREE OAKS RECREATION 5517 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake 815-459-2020 • crystallake.org/ three-oaks-recreation This favorite outdoor recreation spot offers rentals for rowboats, kayaks, sailboats, paddle boats and canoes. Enjoy boating activities as well as fishing and great picnic areas as well. Rental reservations recommended during the busy summer weekends. Parking fee for non-Crystal Lake residents.

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bikes By Bruce Heidlauf Owner, Mill Race Cyclery

t’s time to experience bicycling in a whole new way. The electric bike! Not a gas powered moped - a true, battery powered, good to the environment, electric bike. Electric bikes are this century’s newest addition to the cycling industry – and what a fabulous addition it has been. No matter whom you talk to, electric bikes are most often described as “F-U-N”; especially if you self-identify as a Baby Boomer. The first electric bikes launched were the basic comfort bicycles designed for commuters and to ride around town, then quickly moved into mountain, road, and even three wheel bikes (my 85 year old Mom loves this bike and feels confident about her balance on it). The bikes range is typically 40 miles on one charge. Electric bikes allow a rider to ride a further distance, a little faster, and gets you there less sweaty than a traditional bicycle. THE THREE BASIC CLASSIFICATIONS OF ELECTRIC BIKES ARE:  CLASS 1 / PEDAL ASSIST: Maximum speed 20 mph

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 CLASS 2 / THROTTLE AND POWER ASSIST: Maximum speed 20 mph  CLASS 3 / PEDAL ASSIST: Maximum speed 28 mph Unlike a bike with a throttle, which is prohibited on most bike trails, the moment you hop on a pedal assist bike, you will feel a slight assistance that propels you forward in a smooth, easy manner, and the motor only works when you pedal. As you ride, you determine how much help you want from the bike and how much exercise you want. People often choose little to no assistance on a straight-away to get more exercise, and choose more help to get up a hill. Cool! If your best friend is an avid rider but you are not, getting an electric assist bike is a fabulous way to keep up with her, travel at the same speed, and enjoy the sport of cycling together. Getting outside is what summer is all about, and getting there in a comfortable manner is, what else can we say, “F-U-N”! Go ahead, try one out today, and see what has changed since you were a kid!

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Enjoy The Fox River

Rent: Bikes, Electric Bikes, Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand-up Paddle Boards.

From Mill Race Cyclery 11 E. State Street Geneva, IL Call or text: 630-232-2833 www. MillRace.com SM-CL1765307

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