Today I woke up at 8:00 to give me enough time to get
ready in order to leave by 9:00 and get my bike to Chicago BMW. When I came
upstairs I found cheesy eggs awaiting me. Synthia and Eric had made
breakfast and had some leftovers. Eric headed for the shop while Brian and I
made our way to BMW.
Our trip to BMW took us down Lakeshore
drive. We passed all the museums and the “Married with Children” fountain,
we even passed by Gandhi Electronics. When we got to BMW and dropped off the
bike, Peter the service manager met us. He directed us to Mark in Parts to
pick up the radio, headset, and cables. We had to wait through several phone
calls for Mark to help us, apparently Chicago BMW gets a lot of calls. We
then met back up with Peter who took us to see Walter. We went over the work
to be done, oil change, install CB, install heated seat, install powerlet
wire, and install headset in the helmet. But guess what, the helmet was
still at Eric’s shop. Both Brian and I had stared at it the night before. I
even asked if we would need it, but Brian said no. So we had no helmet to
install the headset in. Then I found out that Mark in Parts did not order
the mounting bracket. It turns out Brian had one and that Mark was not
supposed to order one. I then asked about my horribly aimed headlight.
Walter hooked me right up and showed me how to aim, and switch (depending on
load carried), the headlight.
Leaving BMW we decided we were hungry. As
we could not decide what for, we ended up having McDonald’s at Eric’s shop.
After our quick lunch, Brian moved the bikes inside and then ran to Harley
to get some parts. Eric worked on one of the Harley’s in his shop, prepping
it for sale. In the meantime, I got on the computer, checked my email,
called up Patty and rented her a car for her
Austin, TX trip. Soon after all of us were done with
our various tasks we decided to head out as we still needed to deliver my
helmet to BMW.
Our first stop was Eric’s new house. They
bought an older, run down home and are rehabbing it. It is coming along
nicely. We then delivered the helmet to BMW. Peter let us know that my bike
would not be ready until Thursday afternoon (they were closed on Wednesday
the 4th). We took the helmet out to Walter and I saw my bike. It
was stripped! Walter had removed the tank, seat, and beak to install the CB
Radio. After snapping a few quick pics it was off to find dinner.
As this is only my 2nd trip to Chicago, I decided I wanted Giordano’s. We
ordered a beef and onion stuffed pizza, although it seems as if Giordano
forgot the beef. After finishing our cheese and onion pizza we walked back
to the car. On the way Eric saw a squirrel jump up on a trash can. When he
called the squirrel it ran right over, literally. Brain threw it some
cheese, but it just stood there, staring at Brain. So Brain chucked it some
crust. This must have pleased the squirrel, as he ran over to a column,
splayed out on his belly, and began to eat. I got some decent photos of it
We drove to REI and bummed around for a
while. I ended up buying some camp food, a new spoon, a dry compression sack
for my sleeping bag, and some compression zip lock bags for my pillow.
When leaving REI, Eric thought it would be a great idea
to head up Lakeshore Dr. to see the fireworks (Chicago’s fireworks are on 7/3). The closer we
got the thicker traffic became until finally we just had to park on the
street. The entire Lakeshore
was a parking lot. Then the fireworks started, but not out over the lake.
They were only directly in front of
Town. Alas, we were stuck
in traffic just around the corner. Oh well. After waiting in traffic from
8:30 to 10 it started moving. The cops were forcing everyone off the street.
Of course as soon as we got off Lakeshore, the cops opened it back up for
traffic. It took a really long time to get home, I think we got in around
Then it was bed time.