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Bike up to the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park + Canoeing

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Bike up to the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park + Canoeing

Time: September 4, 2016 from 8am to 5pm
Location: Lakefront - Kwagluth Totem Pole
Street: 3510 N. Recreation Dr.
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map: https://www.meetup.com/Advent…
Event Type: biking, and, canoeing
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2016

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Adventure Cycling Tour to the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park + Canoeing to Baha'i Temple

Cost: $25 per person. (Covers Canoe Rental)

Date: Sunday September 4th

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Average Speed: 10 MPH (Approximately 25 Miles Round Trip)

Bike from the Totem Pole on the Lake Front Trail @ Addison St. down Lawrence Ave., then up the North Shore Channel Trail through the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. We will continue our Cycling Adventure to the Evanston Community Center. We will then take a guided canoeing trip facilitated by the Evanston Ecology Center up the North Branch of the Chicago River to the Baha'i Temple and back.

Point of Interest along the way...

Register: https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Cycling-Tours/events/233229083/

North Branch Pumping Station

http://chicagopatterns.com/north-branch-pumping-station/

North Branch Damn (Chicago's mini Niagara Falls)

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160208/north-park/its-no-niagara-falls-but-this-is-chicagos-only-waterfall

Sculpture Park

http://sculpturepark.org

Evanston Ecology Center/Arboretum

http://cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/ecology-center/

We will break up to have lunch on Center Street in Evanston at the location of your choice. Here are a couple food recommendations.

Backlot Coffee

http://www.backlotcoffee.com

Prarie Joe's

http://prairiejoes.com

There are also several specialty shops you can visit on Center Street as well.

http://centralstreet-evanston.com/directory

Time Table:

8:00am Depart from the Totem Pole

9:30am Arrive at the Evanston Community Center to lock up our bikes and for a short break

10:00am Canoeing Orientation and Departure

12:00pm Arrive back from Canoeing Trip

12:15 Bike to Evanston Center Street for lunch

2:00 Bike back down the trail to spend time viewing the sculptures and take photos.

4:00 Depart back to Lake Front Trail.

5:00 Arrive back at Totem Pole

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Comment by Tom Limon on September 2, 2016 at 7:58pm
Updated Announcements!!!

Great news, looks like the weather will be perfect: Upper 70s and Low 80s

Please arrive Sunday morning at the Totem Pole at 7:45 AM so we can leave promptly at 8:00 AM, we are schedule to start canoeing at 10:00 AM we have lots of interesting things to see on the way there and back.

If you arrive early we can make sure your tires are inflated properly and do a quick safety check.

Jerome Hughes has gracefully volunteered to ride SAG, which was a huge help for us all on The Pullman Factory Adventure Tour. :-)

When we arrive at the Evanston community center we will be allowed to store our personal belongings, i.e. bags, panniers, etc in a locked office. (The canoe guides will have keys to get us in to lock up everything, even thought there technically closed Sunday)

Here is my cell phone number in case anyone needs to call me 1-312-213-6484

Things to bring...

- A Lock for your bike, we will have 2 huge bike racks in front of the Evanston Community Center all to ourselves to lock up our bikes.

- Water

- Cash or plastic to purchase lunch after the Canoeing (Or you can bring your own lunch)

- Light jacket just in case it gets chilly.

- Spare inner tube and patch kit if you have one.

Below are some common group ride cycling safety tips.

- Be aware of others around you such as fellow cyclists, runners, joggers (especially wearing earbuds), walkers, tourists, and pets. You may see them but they may not see or hear you coming.
- If you see a hole, large cracks, glass, or debri on the road please call it out so the cyclist behind you is aware.
- Follow at a safe distance. Your front wheel shouldn't overlap the rear wheel of the person in front of you this creates a serious hazard.
- Use hand signals when stopping quickly.
- Safely cross intersections. If you can't make the light, we will wait for you on the other side of the intersection.
- Be alert, it's great to have conversations with people while riding but remember to be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards.

Let's have a safe trip! This ride will not be as physically challenging as The Pullman Factory Adventure Tour but will be equally as fun if not greater!!!
Comment by Tom Limon on September 2, 2016 at 8:32am

Only 6 spots left, so please sign up if you want to partake in this Sunday's Cycling Adventure! :-) I'll be sending out last minute announcements regarding the ride tonight.

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