Day 24 of 28, Sunday, 9.24.22
Chicago to Lake Forest, IL
3 days walking until Milwaukee finale on Wednesday!
I was cruising through Chicago, just absolutely crushing it until about 11:30 am, and decided to change plans with Mary Rita, and not meet at Whole Foods, but instead have an adult beverage at Double Clutch Brewery! As I got within a 1/2 block of the brewery, I saw my sister as she was waiting for me to arrive, but a second later I heard somebody say, “Thank you for what you are Dr. Godby!” I was like, what is going on? Who is calling me Dr. Godby out here in Chicago.
The woman who called me by name was Tracey Thomas, ND, a naturopathic doctor in Chicago area! She just happened to be walking her dog in the area, and wasn’t even aware of the walk until her colleague, Sunhee Williams told her the day before about her participation in the Walk. So, Tracey bought my sister and I a drink, and we spoke of how amazing an encounter it truly was, in all of Chicago, to run into each other.
The walk through North Chicago was phenomenal. The route was perfect. It was also a Sunday, the traffic was light, and it was sheer joy to be walking through the neighborhoods of Chicago. My legs felt great after 2 days off!
Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, was on the route. It was awesome, plus it was game day, and while it was still 3-4 hours before game time, I could feel the excitement of the upcoming game. I got photos of some of the memorialized Cubs, who were heroes of mine as a kid as I listened to so many Giants-Cubs game on my little 6-volt radio.
The sidewalks and bike paths all the way to Lake Forest, Illinois, 29 miles, were just amazing. I have never seen anything like these paths before; the connections of cross walks and bike paths are remarkable. This is quality of life! The paths parallel the train tracks, and go for miles and miles.
We topped off a great day with a wonderful Mexican meal in Lake Forest!