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That’s right: it’s time for the (eleventh) annual Staved Rock Ride!

This years ride will occur Thursday September 17 to Sunday September 20. We will be riding from Chicago to Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL, and back, camping each night. Several Amtrak/Metra/CTA options exist and you are welcome to meet up at the park.

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This ride is open to all. However, it is unsupported and everyone is responsible for themselves. It is suggested your bike be in good working order and that you are equipped to fix minor mechanical problems that arise. You should be comfortable riding on all types of roadways and in the dark.

REVISED Itinerary

Day #1-- 8AM breakfast at location TBD. Metra to Joliet, ride 40 miles to Growing Home Farm in Marseilles, IL.

Day #2-- Ride 25 miles along the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail to Starved Rock State Park.

Day #3--Brunch at the Lodge and hike around the park.

Day #4--Depart early and ride 65 miles to Joliet, Metra back to Chicago.

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This is a great ride for cyclists new to touring as well as for long distance veterans who are looking for comraderie.
sounds fun !
Oh, if only I wasn't out of town for a wedding that weekend!
We'll also be unveiling an Amtrak-assisted itinerary at the meeting requiring only about 55 miles of pedalling in total, which will allow us to bring our 3 year old son on the trip!
At last night's planning meeting, attended by 12, the Alpha-Team Itinerary has been revised to have us overnight at Growing Home-- an awesome, organic farm in Marseilles, IL, that offers job training programs.

The change also eliminates cycling the least interesting portion of the distance, Chicago to Joliet.

Details on the Beta-Team route will be forthcoming shortly.


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