Gilman Trail – cycling – food and bridges

The Gilman trail, just off of the Fox River trail in Aurora Illinois runs just over twelve miles to Sugar Grove. It was a blustery day, gusty and cold. It starts on an old railroad right of way and I was struck with the thought that who doesn’t think engineers are artists has not contemplated bridges.

A converted rail-road bridge across the Fox river.

A converted rail-road bridge across the Fox river.

Crossing rivers, or highways

crossing the highway in style

crossing the highway in style

Or streams

A little suspension bridge over a stream

A little suspension bridge over a stream

And if you bike back to the Two Brothers Microbrewery at the old roundhouse at the train station in Aurora you can get a craft beer ( Prairie Path Ale ), and food to keep you pedaling in the cold.

Two Brothers Brewery Prairie Path Ale

Two Brothers Brewery Prairie Path Ale

Beer and a mufaletta… a fine lunch for a bike ride and fuel for the last 10 miles home.

Mufaleta.. what's that ? Better try one to find out !

Mufaleta.. what’s that ? Better try one to find out !


25 Comments on “Gilman Trail – cycling – food and bridges”

  1. Shannon says:

    Ride on!

  2. SaBiscuit says:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s lovely. You’re lucky to be surrounded by pristine nature.

  3. Polly says:

    This reminded me of a covered bridge I saw near Boston when I was over there – fabulous times πŸ™‚

  4. Awesome pictures! I had to Google Muffaletta. Now I want one! I grew up eating mortadella. I sometimes indulge in fried mortadella with fried egg on pan toasted French bread (cheese, lettuce and mayo optional! Blessings! πŸ™‚

  5. Great photos and made all the more endearing by the time of year. I’ll admit, the food does look yummy and I’m a vegetarian. I can think of a million (well maybe not a million) items to place between the bread!

  6. Sabio Lantz says:

    Love the pics and the brew/food. Enticing. Great prose too.

  7. Wonderful bridge shots! And now I am hungry, too. πŸ™‚ Happy day to you.

  8. Well I know what beer is Bill but had to look up muffuletta : A traditional style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone

    Thank God for Wikipedia – it sounds delicious!

    Love the bridges Bill. ❀

    Diana xo

  9. Now I have to go to Google. I’m on low carb and meatless diet.

  10. shanechall says:

    Mufaleta? Looks great, but I’m going low-carb right now. Bummer. I used to be really into different breads from different cultures.


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