Time: January 31, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Location: Daley Plaza or Promontory Point
Street: Washington & Dearborn or 55th & Lakefront Trail
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/m…
Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2015
There's been a ride to the Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN, every January since 2006. The beer is great ("there are few places more exciting from a beer lover's perspective", says the NY Times), and they take their cuisine as seriously as they do their beer.
Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night stays these couriers (and other riders) from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. We depart Daley Plaza at 9:00 AM and collect riders at Promontory Point at 9:45 AM. I like to get there before they open at noon; it's the fourth-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line. After we complete our "rounds", we may be less swift, so there are different return options: ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra (40 miles), ride to 100th or 93rd and take the J14 or the Metra (45), ride to 71st and take the J14 (50), and of course ride all the way (60).
The fine print:
There is no support vehicle. You are responsible for yourself. The pace is 12-15 mph with a short break at 7-Eleven. January weather can be extreme. Be prepared for cold as well as flats/mechanical problems.
▢ Water and snacks to have en route
▢ Pump, tube, tools
▢ Extra layers of clothing (more than you expect to need)
▢ Government-issued ID
▢ Panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago
Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Flossmoor Metra train schedule, 93rd St Metra train schedule, Jeffrey Jump (J14) bus schedule, Metra rules, CTA guide, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.
The inaugural Three Floyds ride was conceived and organized by Mark Sinclair and took place on January 14, 2006. As many of you know, Mark died on April 14 of that year, at age 34, a few days after suffering a brain aneurysm. It was Mark's hope that it would become an annual event.
PS: This ride doubles as the First Step of the 2015 Twelve Steps Challenge. Ride to Three Floyds 12 months in a row and win a nifty prize!