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any who'd like to join us on B/H/T are welcome as guests, assuming willing to sign ride sheet release, wear helmet

can meet us at Ogilvie Transportation Center after train arrives at 7:46, ride Metra back after or peel off early, etc.

Burnham / Hegewisch / Taylor city ride
Sunday, June 21, 2009
6:45 am prep, for 7:13 train
72 miles (cycling) @ 14-16 mph
leaves from Panera Bread, Elmhurst
Jerome Hughes
Metra to Loop, south on Lakefront Path & East Side streets to Burnham Greenway, nip into IN, through Hegewisch, north via Major Taylor Trail, casual soul food lunch, return across SW side to Salt Creek Greenway. Train, bike paths, city streets, exploration. Bring $ for lunch, tire fixing gear, etc. If planning on Metra, bring bungees and fairly clean Metra-able (single) bike. Please contact for additional details, let me know you're coming so we don't miss you, etc.

email details referenced in above listing...

Burnham Greenway & Major Taylor Trail city ride
Sunday 6/21 6:45 prep for 7:00 sharp departure to board 7:13 Metra
heading to Loop
72 miles cycling (20 on train) at 14-16 mph, group stays together, no
one left behind
departs from Panera Bread, Elmhurst
led by Jerome Hughes 630.632.4566

Metra to the Loop, down Lakefront Path and East Side streets to
Burnham Greenway, roll wheels into IN, return via Major Taylor Trail,
casual soul food lunch, return across SW side to Salt Creek Greenway.
Paths, city streets, exploration. Please see below for additional
details, contact with questions.

Rolls at 7:00 sharp (arrive beforehand about 6:45 to prep) with a
couple blocks ride to Elmhurst Metra Station, board 7:13 to Ogilvie
Transportation Center, ride across Loop, south on lakefront path
through new Solidarity Drive tunnel, explore Promontory Point, Rainbow
Beach, Calumet Park and Burnham Greenway, with quick spur crossing IN
state line, to 130th through Hegewisch, west past turning basin to
return north on Major Taylor Trail (explore south end of Major Taylor,
Pullman Park?) through scenic Beverly (lunch at BJ's Market & Bakery)
and then across southwest side through Marquette Park past Midway
Airport to join Salt Creek Greenway in Lyons for return to Elmhurst

Metra train note: gets to lakefront quickly, 12 bikes/train allowed,
should be room, but may have to split onto different train cars
depending on number of riders.

*** Please note - you must bring bungee cords to secure bike on Metra
train, and your bike must be fairly clean (that is, not muddy/greasy.)
Bring snacks, etc.

*** also be sure to have tools, pump, tubes, patch kit, etc. as glass
& flats sometimes may be an issue on some portions of this ride

If not enough space will decide on alternate approach, such as
skipping train, riding into city across W side to loop or across SW &
S sides direct to Rainbow Beach, skipping lakefront north of Rainbow
Beach - if necessary, this will inflate miles by 15-20, bringing to
85-90 total. Rode it this way solo in '07, on this trip will be noting
more details to improve route further for later rides.

Lunch note: BJ's Market & Bakery, 9645 S. Western, across from
Evergreen Plaza, Metromix 4 star " the Soul Food version of
Corner Bakery..." have sampled their mustard catfish at Taste, pretty
good, and a wider menu here - opens at 11a, train arrives downtown at
7:46, so three hours to ride 35 miles with stops to rest and explore
some places along the way should put us there soon after they open.

- site talks mostly about the original on Stony Island, but we're
within a mile of other two locations, at 97th & Western and 79th &

- one metromix review says food/attitude not as good at 97th &
Western, willing to try it, as location is good)

- map of the planned route, though doesn't include lunch, which
requires riding a mile west (on 99th, 97th) from Major Taylor and back


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