Off the beaten trail

The Sweet Ride! A Fun Chocolate Themed Bike Tour!

I’ve heard of this ride but always find out about it too late!  This year I saw a blurb in the village newsletter and made sure I put it on the calendar!

This is the Sweet Ride.  It is a bike tour around my little town with stops at participating shops.  This year the beneficiary was a Senior Dog adoption group called Young At Heart so OF COURSE we had to participate!

Start and End: Morkes!  This is a family owned Chocolate Shop! DSCF8926-001 DSCF8928-001

Stop 1: Signature Sweets!  Another family owned business.  They were serving Chocolate Gelato!  Yummy!  Plus, they were making paninis for our lunch later on in the ride…


Then it was time to meet the pups up for adoption!  These dogs were ALL so sweet.  I sure hope they get great homes.  Check out their website (link up top) and watch their video.  They are raising money for a permanent home…



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Stop #3: A new business for us is Loving Care Animal Hospital!  They were in Rolling Meadows but are now in Palatine!  It’s always good to have Vet choices.  They were serving up refreshments and more chocolate!DSCF8934-002

Almost my favorite place in town…Mikes Bike Shop for Stop #4.  I love looking at all the fun new bikes.  Another family owned business and a great place to bring your bike for tune-ups or stop in to check out what’s happening.  They were serving Chocolate Milk and cookies!DSCF8938-001 Then the last stop was D’Vine Wine!  Okay…there’s a theme here…another family owned business!  This time it was Chocolate Wine!!  It tasted like a chocolatey Bailey’s.  Yummy! DSCF8940-001

We did buy some refreshments while we were there….who are we kidding?DSCF8939-001

Then back to Morkes for lunch.

All in all we rode 25 miles so the little indulgences along the way certainly were burned off.  We chose to do the add-on miles to make it longer.  The stops without the add on miles is about 10 miles so a family with kids could do it with ease.

I need more of these rides…or just rides in general.  Mikes fixed me up with a new water bottle holder…you can see it there on my handle bar!  No more reaching way down between my legs to get my bottle!  (My bike is the blue girly bike below)…


Now I’m recovering…but will be ready to go again!


2 thoughts on “The Sweet Ride! A Fun Chocolate Themed Bike Tour!”

  1. Now that is one bike ride I could really get into. going out with my husband this weekend now that the weather is turning cooler. He rides all year, I just can’t. In the summer he gets up at 5 to go riding. I just can’t especially if I am up to 12 sewing or on the computer. Lol


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