As my twitter says, this exercise thing is getting to me.
I went for a morning ride today, again to the Botanic Gardens. This trip was much shorter than the last, both in distance (20-24 miles compared to 33 miles) and in time (160 minutes as opposed to an embarrassing 270 minutes). The reason it's shorter is because I didn't get lost this time. Last time I went around a loop in the Skokie Lagoons before figuring out how to continue, and I went past Church to Dempster and had to go back.
The coolest thing about today though, is that I managed to ride without holding onto the handlebars. I kept that going for 100 feet or so, before having to turn a corner. BUT THAT IS SO COOL!