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A great ride, fall camping, ghost stories around a campfire...and the worlds's largest corn maze!!! Its The a'MAZE'ing Ride

Lets take a ride up to Spring Grove, IL, home of Chain O Lakes State Park and Richardson's Farm, who has been offering the World's Largest Maize Maze for sometime with a different theme each year, this year is celebrating Lincoln's 200th birthday. The maze is 28 acres with 11 miles of trails. This year, there is also a Zip Line - 30' high and 700' long over a pupmkin patch.

The camp site it just under 2 miles from the maze.

The campgrounds offer trails through prairie lands and huge old oaktrees, equestrian (horsey) rides, and boat rentals.

Everything is fairly cheap...$12 campsites that can fit two tents (up to 8 ppl), $10 for the maze. Bring your own food, a large bundle of wood is $7 at the campground.

The dates...

I am scheduling this for September 25th through 27th (Friday through Sunday). We depart on Friday morning, get to the grounds and setup camp. People who cant ride up on Friday can meet us on Saturday. Saturday, we go to the maze. (it may be a Maze Til Midnight night, so we'll decide what time we go). Back to camp for hangin round the fire, tellin ghost stories, munchin on some smores. We leave Sunday whenever (check out not till 3pm).

Metra is available for return trip.

I would also like to set the following weekend as a rain date. (Oct 2 - Oct 4).

On GoogleMaps...type in "9407 richardson road, spring grove il", click on satellite view. You will see one of year's past mazes.

http://www.richardsonfarm.com/index.asp -for the maze
http://dnr.state.il.us/LANDS/landmgt/Parks/R2/CHAINO.HTM#camping -for the campgrounds
http://www.thechainlink.org/events/the-amazeing-ride -for the RSVP
http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/... -for Metra

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That sounds awesome. I have a pretty decent route to Chain O lakes that I can give you. Corn mazes are one of my favorite things. There's a pretty decent chance I will be attending this ride!
I'll see what I can do about getting off work, cuz this sounds fucking awesome. How long is the ride? Are we going to have the support car take our stuff again, or are going a little more self sufficient this time?
Ride is approx 60 miles. As of right now, this is an unsupported ride, so plan to pack smart. I know this may be difficult for some, so maybe someone wants to be "the vehicle" to take up some gear, especially for larger tents.
By the way, the event is posted in the events section. Please RSVP so we can establish a firm plan.
I am IN- assuming I can get off work. I will have the same setup as the Dunes ride. So, I guess we account for at least 1 tent :)

iggi said:
By the way, the event is posted in the events section. Please RSVP so we can establish a firm plan.
for these (when it's not too cold) - I go minimal. I bring only the rain fly for my backpacking mtent (and lots of bungee cords to attach to trees). picnic tables also can be transformed into a 'tent' (with a tarp, etc.)

anyone here do the Tour de Shore this year ? we had a cool canopy we made with tarps and tables.
it rained a lot too...

DB



iggi said:
Ride is approx 60 miles. As of right now, this is an unsupported ride, so plan to pack smart. I know this may be difficult for some, so maybe someone wants to be "the vehicle" to take up some gear, especially for larger tents.
I'm totally in! I'll have a 2-person tent with me and, of course, a combine(corn harvester) for you know what.

In terms of food, I assume we need to bring cooking gear as well? (never done an unsupported multiday)

Also, what about bike recommendations - road vs hybrid? Both of mine can handle rear racks, but my roadie has 25s while my hybrid has 32s or 42s if I want to put the original knobbies back on it.

Bart Simpson with chainsaw to Willie: I found a shortcut through your hedge maze!
they have grill tops built into the fire rings...so grilled meats, veggies, toasted bread are easy. if ya wanna boil stuff like water for coffee/tea, heat up soup or beans, etc, yeah a sauce pan or small pot may be needed. if there is no room to pack it, you can always wear it as a helmet on the ride up??



Tank-Ridin' Ryan said:
I'm totally in! I'll have a 2-person tent with me and, of course, a combine(corn harvester) for you know what.

In terms of food, I assume we need to bring cooking gear as well? (never done an unsupported multiday)

Bart Simpson with chainsaw to Willie: I found a shortcut through your hedge maze!
Ryan - im taking that big ol' surly - and I hope to get a front rack on before this trip.
Im going to bring a multi-purpose pot/pan thingy that can be used by everyone in the group that is a carnivore. Im just saying that only 1 or 2 people need to bring cookware for the group depending on the size, as long as you have your own eating utensil.


iggi said:
they have grill tops built into the fire rings...so grilled meats, veggies, toasted bread are easy. if ya wanna boil stuff like water for coffee/tea, heat up soup or beans, etc, yeah a sauce pan or small pot may be needed. if there is no room to pack it, you can always wear it as a helmet on the ride up??



Tank-Ridin' Ryan said:
I'm totally in! I'll have a 2-person tent with me and, of course, a combine(corn harvester) for you know what.

In terms of food, I assume we need to bring cooking gear as well? (never done an unsupported multiday)

Bart Simpson with chainsaw to Willie: I found a shortcut through your hedge maze!
Sonova bitch, this sounds f-ing awesome. Unfortunately I will be out of town that weekend. If it does rain I will be there for the rain date :)
This does sound like a really cool thing to do.
Mark, you could always get drunk after the corn maze. It's one of those few things not improved by alcohol.

"This map makes no sense!"
"You're holding it upside down!"

As the Evil Dead zombies say, "Join us!"

M.A.R.K. said:
I love corn mazes, but I would get way to drunk in that thing to find my way out for sure..

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