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Going south tour - RESCHEDULED to Sunday rain date


Going south tour - RESCHEDULED to Sunday rain date

Time: October 12, 2013 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Avalon Park - NE corner of fieldhouse
Street: 1200 E. 83rd St.
City/Town: Chicago
Phone: 312-520-1641
Event Type: social, ride
Organized By: Anne Alt
Latest Activity: Oct 13, 2013

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Saturday's weather could be fine or turn into t-storm hell. It's iffy enough that I'm rescheduling to Sunday. Remember that Sunday is Chicago Marathon day and allow extra travel time if you're coming from a location north of Hyde Park.
Are you curious about bike lanes on the far south side?  Or have you ridden them in the past but been turned off by difficult conditions?  Some of our major routes now sport fresh pavement and improved bike lanes, and conditions are much better than they’ve been in years.  Here’s your chance to check it out, with an optional stop for a special yearly treat: the Pullman House Tour. Info about the house tour is available online.

Our tour starts Sat. 10/12 at 10:00 a.m. at Avalon Park, 1200 E. 83rd St. (between Cottage Grove and Stony Island).  Please arrive early so we can start on time.  We will meet by the northeast corner of the fieldhouse.  There is parking available on the east side of the fieldhouse. 

Our rain date is Sun. 10/13, same place, same time.

Here’s a map link for the start location.

The route is about 20 miles and includes South Shore, Jackson Park, Vincennes, Major Taylor Trail and more – easier and more pleasant to ride, thanks to smooth pavement and bike lanes.   If you are doing the ride but not the house tour, allow at least 2 hours, as we would like to get photos in a few locations. 

If you intend to do the house tour, allow 2-3 additional hours, depending on how long you spend visiting each house and walking.  Please bring a lock if you are doing the house tour, since it is easiest to lock up your bike near the visitors’ center or the Hotel Florence.  Food and drink will be available for purchase at the house tour, whether you are doing the tour or not.

For more information, contact Anne Alt at or 312.520.1641.

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Comment by Anne Alt on October 12, 2013 at 6:25am

Lisa, Jennifer, Steve - I hope you can come on Sunday. Looks like it will be a perfect fall day - clear and cool.

Comment by Jennifer on the lake on October 11, 2013 at 6:02pm

Well, now I have to work tomorrow (and get up early anyway, hooray! and ride to work in the rain anyway, hooray!), but I'll join the Sunday chorus.

Comment by Steve Kuzminski on October 11, 2013 at 4:09pm

Yes Sunday would be better!

Comment by Anne Alt on October 11, 2013 at 12:54pm

Hey, it's a 10:00 a.m. start - not too early. Hope you can join us.

Comment by Jennifer on the lake on October 11, 2013 at 12:09pm

I am free both days, but waking up early might prove a challenge. :-)

Comment by Anne Alt on October 10, 2013 at 9:16am

Right now the weather is looking iffy for Saturday - 50% chance of t-storms.  I'll look at conditions in the early a.m. on Saturday and make a decision by 7:00 a.m.  If it's a no go, we'll plan on our Sunday rain date.

Please check the event listing on Saturday morning before you head out.  I will mark it as cancelled if Saturday's weather looks too ominous.

Lisa - If you could join us, it would be great to have you along on the ride.

Comment by Lisa Curcio on October 10, 2013 at 7:10am

Anne, sounds great but have another commitment for Saturday.  If you end up switching to Sunday, I might be able to make it with my niece.  We were planning to ride up north, but if she is willing, your tour would be wonderful.

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