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Ride the River - Fall Foliage Edition (CBES)


Ride the River - Fall Foliage Edition (CBES)

Time: October 25, 2014 from 8:30am to 8pm
Location: Logan Square Monument
Street: Milwaukee, Kedzie, and Logan
Event Type: social, beer, brewery, brewpub, des, plaines, river, trail
Organized By: Rich S
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2014

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


We'll meet at the Logan Square Monument for a 9AM departure. Head over to the Des Plaines River Trail and take that to Tighthead Brewing in Mundelein. There's no food at Tighthead so we'll either order delivery or pick something up on the way there. 

From there options are either 3:10 or 5:10 Metra trains from Libertyville or ride another 9 miles to Lake Bluff Brewing. There are 4:21, 5:20, and 7:21 trains back to Chicago from Lake Bluff. 

Distance to Tighthead is a bit over 40 miles via 2 potential routes:

DPRT all the Way

DPRT to Half Day Road

Be aware that the Des Plaines River Trail is not paved. Surface fairly smooth and is mostly crushed gravel or limestone. Make sure you and your bike can handle the trail and the distance. This is a non supported ride so make sure you can handle any minor mechanical issues or flats on your bike. 

Minimum average speed: 12mph 

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

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Comment by Marcusn on October 26, 2014 at 9:56am

Agreed! Epic. Company, ride, weather, beer (in that order?). Enjoying most of the day outside in late October is a gift -- best shared with friends. Cheers folks.

Comment by Will on October 26, 2014 at 9:26am

GREAT time! Thanks Rich!

Comment by Jared on October 25, 2014 at 10:19pm

Thanks for organizing.  Beautiful fall day for a ride.  And sometime next year we need to plan a ride to ride the trail to the state line.

Comment by LarryN on October 25, 2014 at 9:19pm

Thanks Rich! Couldn't ask for a nicer day!

Comment by Rich S on October 25, 2014 at 9:02pm

Epic ride! Seriously one of the best rides I've been on the past few seasons. From the trail to the beer to the company I can't ask for more. Thank you all for coming out and wish we could do this every weekend! 

Comment by rabbitsnake on October 25, 2014 at 8:13pm

Hey guys, sorry for keeping you guys off pace. I was the one who said I would ditch at Dundee, but I did keep on with Kevin and Joe and we made it to Libertyville just in time for the 3:10 train. A bit punishing ride for me, but it was pretty beautiful. 

Comment by Rich S on October 24, 2014 at 2:29pm

Or we can ride to Lake Bluff and then ride back home! But yeah like Kevin said there is the Metra from Libertyville which we did last year. I was already aware that the NCS was weekday only. 

Comment by Kevin Mulcky on October 24, 2014 at 2:17pm

Mickey Finn's is 3.5 miles away and right down the street from the Libertyville metra. 3:10 and 5:10 options. 

Comment by DanaW on October 24, 2014 at 2:12pm

I just figured out that there is no weekend service on the NCS Metra Line.  The easiest return option has evaporated leaving 1. riding back or 2. riding 9 miles East to Lake Bluff.  (#2 had already risen to the top of my preference list even before finding out about the NCS)

Comment by Rich S on October 24, 2014 at 10:14am

Glad you'll make it out again Marcus! Plan is to take the DPRT all the way. Only if the trail is really muddy and underpasses are closed from last week's rain would we detour. I expect trail conditions to be fine by now though. 

Will text you when we're leaving the nature center and again around Half Day Road. 

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