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Coach’s Corner: A Saturday dispatch from the Harms Woods Bike Trails

Coach's Corner: A Saturday dispatch from the Harms Woods Bike Trails

It was a beautiful early September Saturday, so I decided to break from my normal walking routes and take a hike (literally) over to the…

Wednesday, Sep 16

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It was a beautiful early September Saturday, so I decided to break from my normal walking routes and take a hike (literally) over to the Harms Woods Bike Trails — a popular walking and biking destination for our Northbrook and Glenview residents.

Making my editor Melynda proud, this new (in time on the job, definitely not in years!) protégé decided at the last minute to take along a little notepad, since you never know when you might just happen upon a story. I should have brought along a bigger notepad.

I quickly found out a relaxing late summer stroll on the Harms Wood Trail can actually be anything but. Especially on a busy, crowded Saturday where I found the walking path to be about as hectic, nerve-rattling and dangerous as turn No. 4 at the Indy 500.

Don’t get me wrong: It’s an absolutely beautiful walk. But, just so you know, you best keep your head on a swivel or you could get run over by myriad transportation devices at any particular moment.

A few observations, now that I have regained my sanity and stability.

1. Bicyclists have no fear. Most of them speed through the crowded trails at alarming rates, often with a quick, perfunctory "on your left" to indicate passing. If you happen to not hear this warning or happen to veer out at the wrong moment, the result would likely end at the nearest hospital — maybe event a lead feature on the local 5 p.m. news.

Cyclists, I fully appreciate your […]

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