ROCKTON - On June 29th, Senator Dave Syverson rode his bike from the Northern part of the 35th Senate District (at the Wisconsin border), down to the city of Dekalb. The Senator was joined by his son-in-law and three friends.
"The purpose of the ride was two-fold; first to get a different perspective of the district (a neighborhood view) than I would normally get and, secondly, to meet a challenge to ride 57 miles on my 57th birthday," said Syverson.
The Senator's bike route began in the Village of Rockton in Winnebago County. The cyclists then turned eastward through Roscoe to Poplar Grove in Boone County. Next, Syverson's group turned back south to the city of Belvidere and into Dekalb County through the towns of Genoa and Kingston. The last leg of the journey took them South again to Sycamore and then they finished up in the city of DeKalb.
According to Syverson, one of the really bright spots of the trip was when they were about 40 miles into the ride, just outside the town of Sycamore. There, in the midday heat, they rode past an old fashioned ice cream social at the Old North Grove School on Brickville Road.
"The cold, hand-pumped well water was so refreshing, and the root beer floats were a godsend," said Syverson. "All the volunteers at the social were very nice and welcoming."
Senator Syverson also had the opportunity to speak with Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy who happened to be attending the ice cream social.
"The ride was a good way for me to remind these young kids in their 20s, including my son-in-law, that we can still do what they do," joked Syverson. "It just takes a little more Advil afterwards."
Syverson is currently planning to take another ride across the district later this summer.
From Senator Syverson's July 3rd newsletter