After a one year absence (due to bad weather cancellation), the annual Lope on to Lombard to Loll among the Lilacs has returned. On a clear and sunny but cool Sunday morning, ten riders who either rode to Forest Park or came on the Blue Line joined an additional five riders at the Cook County Maywood Courthouse parking lot.
The ride was scheduled earlier than usual this year due to the warm March, which has accelerated blooming of all kinds of species. We arrived in Lombard after an uneventful ride on the Illinois Prairie Path to find the lilacs already somewhat past full bloom, but still a very impressive display. One could only wonder what will be left when the official lilac festival begins the week after Mother's Day.
We enjoyed a different lunch stop this year: the Rock Bottom Brewery (Lombard) in the Yorktown Shopping Center. The return trip was marred by a single flat tire, which was repaired without incident. The riders were a mix of veterans, as well as new and potential new members.
A fine time was had by all. It was good to have this perennial favorite ride back on the schedule.