I'm looking for suggestions for longer loop rides leaving from and returning to the city. I rode the various bike paths/trails north to the WI border last weekend and really enjoyed that, but now... what's next? The up and back nature of that ride was also not ideal. So:
If you were going to do 60-100 miles on a nice Saturday, where would you go and what route would you take?
If you wanted to do up to, say, 200 miles in a weekend with an overnight somewhere (camping or hotel), where would you go and what route would you take?
All suggestions welcome, but the idea is that the ride originates in and returns to Chicago w/o the need for a car. Of course, if you've got a great ride suggestion that requires a car, that could work, too, but...
Your question reminded me of T.C. O'Rourke`s blog. He tells about a few 50+ mile rides around Chicago he did in preparation of randonneuring(?) events. I don`t think there are maps or anything. It`s a good read nevertheless.
You can also search garmin's rides via http://connect.garmin.com, crete a free account and then click on the explore tab
here is a link for organized centuries
here are a couple of routes 80+ miles I did last year
long overnighters could go to Bong Recreation area, Rock Cut St. Park, Dunes St. Park.
Good long loops are out to Barrington, Palos Heights, Three Floyds Brewery, Two Brothers Brewery.
If you use metra you can really get out of town!
Has there been a good discussion of GPS devices? I'd appreciate a link.
That's a great route to get to Two Brother's Brewery.
Yes, I live out this way, (West Chicago 60185), so I'm very familiar with the IPP and GWT.
Might as well hop off the IPP and take a rest in Villa Park and hydrate at Lunar Brewery on Saint Charles Road before you trek to Two Bros.
Kelvin Mulcky said:
A tour de Brew
Haymarket-->Lunar-->Stockholm's-->Two Brother's-->Rock Bottom-->Revolution
85 miles round trip. Could anyone survive that? Map here
Who ever has to take the Metra, has to pick up the tab...Just saying...