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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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Where is everybody on this ride!? I thought we would have a much larger group.

iggi said:
For those concerned about distance on this ride...here is the Metra info. http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/.... The rail line is the Milwaukee North line.
Oi...just giving this a bump to remind everyone that the date is drawing near, so i will need a confimred list. i will also discuss who is taking what and how. I will be catching up with Zesty on Monday to start the process. Contact me with questions, concerns, needs, suggestions.
i really (really) want to do this : but currently have two complicating obstacles :
1) I Have a committment in DuPage Saturday night ;-(
2) need to find a dog sitter

iggi - when do you need the count by ?
i would like to have attandance confirmed by EOW

daniel brown said:
i really (really) want to do this : but currently have two complicating obstacles :
1) I Have a committment in DuPage Saturday night ;-(
2) need to find a dog sitter

iggi - when do you need the count by ?
sounds awesome!
Leave MARK drunk in a Corn Maze and he may end up having to explain away a Cob in the morning.

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..
LAST CALL!!!

Everyone coming, please contact me by TOMORROW (9/22) for who is leaving on Friday, who is leaving on Saturday, and who is driving.

I want to coordinate everybody for their respective dates to maximize riding groups, figure out campgrounds, etc.
Carly and I are for sure riding- where's Brandon on this?

iggi said:
LAST CALL!!! Everyone coming, please contact me by TOMORROW (9/22) for who is leaving on Friday, who is leaving on Saturday, and who is driving.

I want to coordinate everybody for their respective dates to maximize riding groups, figure out campgrounds, etc.
iggi -

i am going to have to regretfully pass. no dog sitter.

it was great seeing you recently ...let's meet again soon !

Dan

iggi said:
LAST CALL!!!

Everyone coming, please contact me by TOMORROW (9/22) for who is leaving on Friday, who is leaving on Saturday, and who is driving.

I want to coordinate everybody for their respective dates to maximize riding groups, figure out campgrounds, etc.
I WAS planning on doing this, but I have a show on Friday night. Then on Saturday, I'm heading to Michigan for the Apple Cider Century.

I'm bummed cuz I have my new trailer ( http://www.burley.com/products/adventure/nomad.cfm ) and I'm looking for every excuse I can to use it on camping trips. Plus I like beer.

What I might do, if it's cool with everyone, is ride maybe the first 30 miles with everyone on Friday morning...maybe to the first lunch stop, and then head back home. Then at least it can seem like I sort of participated.
...and then we jack your trailer from ya. just kidding. not really.

yeah, ride out with us as long as you want.

Brett Ratner said:
I WAS planning on doing this, but I have a show on Friday night. Then on Saturday, I'm heading to Michigan for the Apple Cider Century.

I'm bummed cuz I have my new trailer ( http://www.burley.com/products/adventure/nomad.cfm ) and I'm looking for every excuse I can to use it on camping trips. Plus I like beer.

What I might do, if it's cool with everyone, is ride maybe the first 30 miles with everyone on Friday morning...maybe to the first lunch stop, and then head back home. Then at least it can seem like I sort of participated.
As we talked about last night, I'm a FRIDAY rider.

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