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Ride the River - Fall Foliage (CBES)


Ride the River - Fall Foliage (CBES)

Time: October 24, 2015 from 8am to 9pm
Location: Norwood Park
Street: 5801 N Natoma
City/Town: Chicago
Event Type: social, beer, brewery, brewpub, des, plaines, river, trail
Organized By: Rich S
Latest Activity: Oct 25, 2015

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Come join CBES on an Autumn ride along the Des Plaines River Trail!  

We'll meet at Norwood Park (northwest corner by Natoma and Avondale) for an 8:00 AM departure. Head over to the Des Plaines River Trail and ride about 37 miles north to Tighthead Brewing in Mundelein. After lunch and refreshments it's another 15 miles north to Only Child in Gurnee. 


After Only Child it's 9.7 miles to either Waukegan or Prairie Crossing Metra Stations. Riding to Waukegan allows a bonus stop at Zumbier

Route to Waukegan

Route to Prairie Crossing

This will be a metric century with at least 62 miles of riding. 

Minimum average speed: 12 mph 

Be aware that the Des Plaines River Trail is not paved. The surface ranges from hard packed dirt/mud to smooth crushed limestone. Make sure you and your bike can handle the trail, speed, and distance. This is a non supported ride so make sure you can handle any minor mechanical issues or flats on your bike. And last but not least this ride is on public roads with traffic so do consume responsibly. 

Bring: Bungee for Metra, Water, Snacks, Lock, Lights, and a Spare Tube

Waukegan Metra: 4:10, 5:10, 7:10, or 10:40

Prairie Crossing Metra: 3:04, 5:04, 8:42, or 10:42

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Comment by Marcusn on October 25, 2015 at 7:26pm

Thanks Rich! Another beautiful ride. Cheers all!

Comment by Rich S on October 24, 2015 at 7:48am
I'm running about 15 min late
Comment by neozen on October 24, 2015 at 7:04am

Very sorry.  The Weezel and I got back too late from prepping for Marauders.  We won't be making it this morning.  Have an awesome ride y'all!

Comment by Rich S on October 23, 2015 at 11:25am

Showers are in tomorrow morning's forecast and if that's the case then we'll meet by the fieldhouse on the west side of the park. Wherever is most out of the rain. 

The forecast looks fantastic from 10am onwards. I can't wait! 

Comment by Rich S on October 20, 2015 at 10:51am

Yeah I'm happy about that as well. It was still under construction when I rode through there a few months ago. There are also easily ignorable trail closed signs at the train tracks north of Golf Rd. 

According to this link all underpasses are open

Marcus, I'll text you when we leave the Nature Center in Glenview ... should be around 10-10:30am. I expect to cross Route 22 an hour or so later. 

Comment by This PBL dosnt make me feel safe on October 19, 2015 at 8:57pm

Holy crap they got rid of that bit where you have to ride along Milwaukee!  Excellent.

Comment by Jared on October 19, 2015 at 8:27pm

Last section has been completed (near Lincolnshire).

Comment by Marcusn on October 19, 2015 at 8:27pm

Unless the weather forecast for this week is way off, flooded underpasses will not be a problem. 

As per my usual form, I'll meet up with the group on the DPR south of Route  60, likely around Route 22. 

Cheers Rich!

Comment by Rich S on September 23, 2015 at 2:42am
Yeah flooded underpasses are always a risk with DPRT, Jared. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Comment by David P. on September 22, 2015 at 3:37pm

There's a good chance I'll be out of town, but if I'm not I'll be there!

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