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As the title suggest, I thought  we could use this thread as a way to post open invitation training rides. This Sunday, I'm doing a lakefront ride:

Map:    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5841901

Start: Buckingham Fountain

End: Buckingham Fountain

Start Time: 9am

End Time: 11:30-noon-ish

Pace: I'd like to keep around a 14-18 mph pace


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It's just simply riding the lakefront in it's entirety. It equates to about 36 miles + whatever miles it'll take to get to Buckingham and back (for me 42 total miles). Weather looks like crap for Sunday (chance of rain - 40 degrees) - from my experience training for marathons, I've found crappy conditions only make me stronger.

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Anyone interested in a lakefront path jaunt tonight around 6pm?

 

Nothing special, we would just head down to the Southern Terminus of the path and then head back North. People could break-off when-ever wherever. Doesn't have to be fast. Thinking about meeting at Buckingham around 6pm.

This saturday I was planning on taking the Centennial trail to Joliet and the Old Plank Road trail back.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on the route to the Centennial trail. See what I came up with here: http://goo.gl/maps/linfz

It is partially based on Kelly's feedback earlier in this thread. I am mostly curious about the long stretch on 26th. Is that bike friendly, as Google says it is?

Are there any other issues with this route? I would hit this part between 7 and 9 am approximately.

I don't have any feedback on 26th street as the 2 times I've come in from Joliet, I've used Ogden.

Ogden, IMO, is a good biking road (at least on the weekends) as it's very wide in most spots and it's 4 lanes, so traffic has plenty of room to go around you and the lights are spread out so that you can really move on it. At 7-9am on a Saturday, I'm guessing traffic will be pretty light. But if you do take 26th, I'm interested to hear about this route.

 

BTW: Here is basically the route I take except I get on/off Ogden at Damen instead of 26th Street:

 

http://goo.gl/maps/FmZuB

There's some very nice riding on low traffic rolling hills through the Burr Ridge / Darien area, if you bypass the I&M portion of trail.

Take Willow Springs Rd. S. -> German Church Rd. W. -> Wolf Rd. S. -> 91st W. -> Madison S. -> Jeans SW. -> Rt. 83 S. & pickup the Centennial Trail at Rt. 83.

That's part of my regular commuting route. I've never actually ridden the Rt. 83 S. portion (I park at 91st & Cass, ride from there) I'm pretty sure it's shouldered from Jeans & has a pedestrian lane over the river. I can check it out on my way home tonight if you'd like.

Sorry, no feedback on 26th from me either.

Checking that out would be cool. Google streetview shows a narrow shoulder over the river, and a pedestrian lane over the canal (which I would not be taking?)

Kelly D. Grills said:

There's some very nice riding on low traffic rolling hills through the Burr Ridge / Darien area, if you bypass the I&M portion of trail.

Take Willow Springs Rd. S. -> German Church Rd. W. -> Wolf Rd. S. -> 91st W. -> Madison S. -> Jeans SW. -> Rt. 83 S. & pickup the Centennial Trail at Rt. 83.

That's part of my regular commuting route. I've never actually ridden the Rt. 83 S. portion (I park at 91st & Cass, ride from there) I'm pretty sure it's shouldered from Jeans & has a pedestrian lane over the river. I can check it out on my way home tonight if you'd like.

Sorry, no feedback on 26th from me either.

Ok, I'll report back later this evening. That's correct, the access is between the river & canal.

Duppie 13.5185km said:

Checking that out would be cool. Google streetview shows a narrow shoulder over the river, and a pedestrian lane over the canal (which I would not be taking?)


There is a sidewalk on the W. side of Rt. 83 S. from Jeans to the Centennial Trail access.

A touch narrow, but in good condition & very ride-able.

I also had a look at Jeans Rd., as I've never ridden it either (I normally turn off Madison @ 97th -> Bluff -> Cass -> 91st). That's an industrial area, decent road, save for alot of loose gravel. You'll take Jeans under Rt. 83 then S. on the sidewalk to the trail access.

I think you'll find this route quite enjoyable!

Here's a map from Cossit & Gilbert to the Centennial trail access:

http://goo.gl/maps/i9MkV

Thanks, Kelly. If the weather will hold up for Saturday, i will give this a try.

Thanks for the route advice Kelly. I ended up taking Wolf Rd. down to Willow Springs Rd., mainly because i didn't pay attention when building my cuesheet.

I agree, it's a very enjoyable area to ride. I definitely have to go back to follow the other suggestions you made.

Kelly D. Grills said:

There is a sidewalk on the W. side of Rt. 83 S. from Jeans to the Centennial Trail access.

A touch narrow, but in good condition & very ride-able.

I also had a look at Jeans Rd., as I've never ridden it either (I normally turn off Madison @ 97th -> Bluff -> Cass -> 91st). That's an industrial area, decent road, save for alot of loose gravel. You'll take Jeans under Rt. 83 then S. on the sidewalk to the trail access.

I think you'll find this route quite enjoyable!

Here's a map from Cossit & Gilbert to the Centennial trail access:

http://goo.gl/maps/i9MkV

@Duppie, how was 26th?

26th was good to ride on. Industrial on the east end, it becomes more residential once you go further west. But I did ride it early on a Saturday Morning, so YMMV

Kelly D. Grills said:

@Duppie, how was 26th?

Going to ride the cx bike at Palos or on the DPRT tomorrow morning. Got room for one or two in the car...

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