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18th Annual January Three Floyds Brewpub (and First Step) Ride


18th Annual January Three Floyds Brewpub (and First Step) Ride

Time: January 14, 2023 from 10:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Daley Plaza or Promontory Point
Street: Washington & Dearborn or 55th & Lakefront Trail
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Jan 14

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There's been a ride to the Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN, every January since 2006. Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night nor even virus stays these couriers and other riders from the swift completion of their appointed rounds of beer." There are few places more exciting from a beer lover's perspective", says the NY Times.

We depart Daley Plaza at 10:30 AM and collect riders at Promontory Point at 11:15 AM. The sixth-best brewery in the world is unfortunately still pickup-only. Lunch is at 18th Street on the way back.

Return options include: 40 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 45 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 50 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 60 if you ride both ways.

The fine print: There is no support vehicle. You are responsible for yourself. The pace is 12-15 mph with a short break at Wolf Lake. January weather can be extreme. Be prepared for cold as well as flats / mechanical problems.

▢ Water and snacks to have en route
▢ Lights
▢ Lock
▢ Pump, tube, tools
▢ Extra layers of clothing (more than you expect to need)
▢ Money
▢ Government-issued ID
▢ Panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago

Chicago's covid risk level is back up to Medium. Stay up to date with vaccines. Wear a mask in indoor public settings where vaccine status is not known. Get tested if you have symptoms. Follow all isolation and quarantine guidance, including wearing a mask. If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Metra Electric train schedule, Jeffery Jump (J14) bus schedule, Bikes on the Metra, Bikes on the Bus, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

PS: This ride doubles as the First Step of the 2023 Twelve Steps Challenge. Ride to Three Floyds 12 months in a row and win an awesome prize!

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