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Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride


Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride

Time: April 25, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Location: 41.926337, -87.630484
Street: Lakefront Trail at W Fullerton Pkwy
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:…
Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2015

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No, this isn't about making a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

It's about trying to ride to Three Floyds every month this year. Now there's a consistent schedule -- the 4th Saturday of every month -- others have opportunities to lead (I can't make it every time), and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

Dark Lord is a gargantuan Russian imperial stout with a reverse cascading head that billows the color of burnt oil, like the Dark Lord rising from his black primordial beginnings. Its resonant vinous aroma is of cherries, sweet malt, molasses, burnt currants, and plums with a port wine undertow. Mochachino notes are buried within. It has the consistency of hellishly yet divinely smooth motor oil. The first sip coats your palate with a thick charred-fruit-and-chocolate blanket. Alcohol burn then wiggles its way down your throat.

Dark Lord Day is a festival where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts, sample beers from all over the world, eat, listen to live music, and generally have a great time. It's also the only day of the year you can buy Dark Lord. The festival requires a ticket (but the ride doesn't). No admission to the festival will be granted without the original purchaser being present to validate their ticket with their state or federal ID or passport. Tickets are non-transferable.

The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know where so they can look for you.

45 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 50 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 55 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 70 if you ride both ways. 16-19 mph. Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, lights if you might stay late, water and snacks to have en route, and 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 policy, CTA guide, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

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Comment by bobweiser on April 26, 2015 at 8:42am

deet, thanks for coming. what an adventure!

Comment by bobweiser on April 25, 2015 at 9:13am
Leaving start for last-minute stop at REI. For a tent!
Comment by bobweiser on April 24, 2015 at 10:41pm

the forecast is actually getting better!

Saturday 04/25 60%
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 46F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Comment by bobweiser on April 24, 2015 at 2:38pm

definitely going despite the forecast

1. be prepared for rain 2. bring a nice bottle (or two), people will probably be sharing and/or trading

Comment by Tristan on April 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

No ticket :(

Which is particularly sad since Corrosion of Conformity are playing!

Comment by Ben S on April 24, 2015 at 1:40pm

Is anyone still planning to ride down?  A friend and myself are planning to, but the forecast is making it hard to commit.

Comment by bobweiser on April 23, 2015 at 8:46am

note new starting point

Comment by bobweiser on April 18, 2015 at 7:39am

now it looks like the sun is going to come out for the dark lord!

Saturday 04/25 10%
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 53F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 14, 2015 at 11:46am

As I have no ticket, anyway…

Comment by bobweiser on April 14, 2015 at 12:02am

weather might not cooperate, but you can't have everything

Hi 56°
Cloudy with showers
Precipitation 72%
Thunderstorms: 20%
Rain: 0.22 in
Hours of Rain: 4
NE 15 mph
Gusts: 29 mph

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