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It is time this Saturday for the Midnight Marauders 4th annual Subterranean Ride. This has been the most popular ride we have put on since its inception. Basically it is a tour of the underground, and sub street level roads, oddities, attractions, and distractions in the down town area. For first timers, it will be a chance to see places that you probably never would, and for veterans, yet another chance to figure out “Where the hell did we go?” There will be some exciting new twists this year if we can pull them off, so even veterans will experience some new things.

For those unaware, there is a labyrinth of streets, tunnels and service roads under the city that only people that work there normally see, but this month Marauders get too as well.

We will meet at the traditional location, the Billy Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan Av(lowerlevel), at 11pm, August the 21st. It is located at the intersection of Hubbard, and Lower Michigan Av., if you cant find it go downstairs. There will be a couple rougher sections on the ride, but any serviceable bike should work.

This is not a trailer friendly ride, unless it is a single wheel jobbie.

Martin

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I think when we get too big we need to break into separate groups, each with it's own leaders and trailers and all meet at the stops and then take off in waves again.

I was bummed because people were saying there would be no stops so I drank and gave away my beer before we left the Goat. I steadily got more sober as everyone else got more drunk. I could have done with half the stops and twice the beer!

For Halloween we could also meet centrally and then take groups North, West and South etc...

Last night was a great time... But I found that a ride is not the time to meet people. If anyone is in Andersonville/Edgewater hit me up and we can do some rides etc..
usually smaller rides like Marauders and FBC or the smaller neighborhood masses are great places to meet new people. The problem is that last nights ride was so large it lost that feel.

It seemed much more like a critical mass ride to me, which is one step away from chaos. Good job to Martin for not going crazy and also for managing a ride that large over a course so tough to navigate.

This is starting to give the L.A.T.E. ride a run for its money

Chicago's Midnight Marauders Subterranean Ride from Aaron Bussey on Vimeo.

That was a tough one last night, Martin. Thanks for wrangling all of us as well as you and the rest of the radio folks did. Looking for forward to next months!
I'll wrangle you any day Craig ;-)
Good times.
It was said that we would not stop to pick up beer. not that we would not stop to drink it, plus doesnt everyone know how to drink beer while riding?

I think Marauders rides are a great place to meet people, big group or small. I met at least a dozen new people. however I have such a better time when its a smaller group.
never thought I would say that I can't wait for winter.

Lee S said:
I think when we get too big we need to break into separate groups, each with it's own leaders and trailers and all meet at the stops and then take off in waves again.

I was bummed because people were saying there would be no stops so I drank and gave away my beer before we left the Goat. I steadily got more sober as everyone else got more drunk. I could have done with half the stops and twice the beer!

For Halloween we could also meet centrally and then take groups North, West and South etc...

Last night was a great time... But I found that a ride is not the time to meet people. If anyone is in Andersonville/Edgewater hit me up and we can do some rides etc..
Wow, I'm ever so sorry. I've been put in my place.


Laura said:
It was said that we would not stop to pick up beer. not that we would not stop to drink it, plus doesnt everyone know how to drink beer while riding?

I think Marauders rides are a great place to meet people, big group or small. I met at least a dozen new people. however I have such a better time when its a smaller group.
never thought I would say that I can't wait for winter.

Lee S said:
I think when we get too big we need to break into separate groups, each with it's own leaders and trailers and all meet at the stops and then take off in waves again.

I was bummed because people were saying there would be no stops so I drank and gave away my beer before we left the Goat. I steadily got more sober as everyone else got more drunk. I could have done with half the stops and twice the beer!

For Halloween we could also meet centrally and then take groups North, West and South etc...

Last night was a great time... But I found that a ride is not the time to meet people. If anyone is in Andersonville/Edgewater hit me up and we can do some rides etc..
did not mean to sound like a bitch. Everyone has a different experience no matter where you go or what you do. Just stating how my experience was.

Lee S said:
Wow, I'm ever so sorry. I've been put in my place.


Laura said:
It was said that we would not stop to pick up beer. not that we would not stop to drink it, plus doesnt everyone know how to drink beer while riding?

I think Marauders rides are a great place to meet people, big group or small. I met at least a dozen new people. however I have such a better time when its a smaller group.
never thought I would say that I can't wait for winter.

Lee S said:
I think when we get too big we need to break into separate groups, each with it's own leaders and trailers and all meet at the stops and then take off in waves again.

I was bummed because people were saying there would be no stops so I drank and gave away my beer before we left the Goat. I steadily got more sober as everyone else got more drunk. I could have done with half the stops and twice the beer!

For Halloween we could also meet centrally and then take groups North, West and South etc...

Last night was a great time... But I found that a ride is not the time to meet people. If anyone is in Andersonville/Edgewater hit me up and we can do some rides etc..
you're welcome dear. when walkies fail, cell phones! hey, i thought the ride was great! that tunnel was amazing, the end spot was gorgeous and the ride home... well, it was perfect. thank you martin, marne, ryan, matt, gabe, and all of the other guides who i was too drunk to recognize.

Marne Provost said:
Laura, I can't wait for winter as well. I was already telling people that during the ride.

It was a difficult ride at times, but I believe we did the best we could. Special thanks to Stephanie Campbell for chasing after 30 people who were following no one and brought them back to us.
for the halloween ride, i might resurrect pony bike... can we get a ride suitable for large amounts of paper mache? :D
This was my first marauders ride. I had a blast but bounced home sober at 3am. It was rad meeting some new people. I have to give props to the people organizing this. I am sure it was a hand full with that many people and that gnarly of a route. If I make it out to another one I will be sure not to drink till 4am the night before.
With a pit stop at Mr. Greek --in all it's trashy club predawn madness-- got to bed a 6am. That was after peeling off early.

Great route, epic drunk.

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