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Pitching a Tent


Pitching a Tent

this is a group for lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, and of course, bicycling to our camping destinations. and the group needs a better name

Location: the great outdoors
Members: 324
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2022

Discussion Forum

Late September Ride + Camp • Sonoran Desert • FULLY SUPPORTED • GREAT CAUSE! 2 Replies

Hi Everyone, Wanted to share about an AWESOME RIDE/CAMP Adventure for an AWESOME CAUSE!THE CAUSEThe The Worthwhile…Continue

Tags: worthwhilemile, medicine, arizona, sonorandesert, charity

Started by Erin Stevenes. Last reply by Erin Stevenes Jun 27, 2019.

Lost and found from Zion 9 Replies

Cleaning up we found some items that were left behind, and I also overheard people talking about things that they are missing.So if you lost or found anything while camping post it here! I FOUND a…Continue

Started by Laura. Last reply by Mary K. Million Jan 6, 2018.

Howdy all + riding around (part of the) lake 4 Replies

Hello all,I just stumbled on this group while looking around for other Chicago touring/camping bike people. Looks like a good place to be!My wife Allison and I just got back from an 8 day ride around…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Aug 3, 2015.

Something for later in the year

I put this out on another forum and got some interest. There may be a few here as well, especially from the Chicago area.Along my travels the past years a few people have asked about a bike rally in…Continue

Started by Marc A. Irwin Dec 25, 2014.

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Comment by Yasmeen on April 9, 2016 at 10:36am

If you are up for a supported bike camping trip, this event in June might be a good option - they have lots of beer, a band, a campground, etc. And all you have to do is ride your bike and have fun.

Comment by daWillinChi on July 10, 2015 at 10:14am

Shabbona Woods in South Holland has a new camp ground. We're thinking of riding there this weekend.

Comment by Jaik S. on June 4, 2015 at 8:53am

Camping dates are approaching for June...

Bicycle Camping 2015

Comment by Marc A. Irwin on September 21, 2014 at 3:33pm

There is an interesting country bike rally in MSP this coming weekend,

JIm has posted the itinerary for this rally on his website.  I have been to his events, they are a blast.


Comment by Andy J on July 11, 2014 at 9:44am

For what it's worth, I've made other plans - the pierogis will have to wait until next year.

Comment by Andy J on June 30, 2014 at 2:17pm

...on the other hand, Indiana Dunes is just over 30 miles from Whiting, so we could use PierogiFest as a stop over on the way there and the way back.

Spark any interest?

Comment by Andy J on June 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
After digging a bit deeper, it looks like Jellystone in Portage is a bit of a dump (reviews on Yelp and looking over the site on Google satellite view). Not much else I the way of campgrounds in the area.

Does anyone know otherwise?
Comment by dan brown on June 24, 2014 at 12:46pm

All three of those look great. Let's have some others chime in with their thoughts and suggestions

Comment by Andy J on June 24, 2014 at 11:46am

RAGBRAI runs 7/20 through 7/26, so there is a conflict for those that are doing that.

Three ideas come to mind:

  • A ride up to Illinois State Beach in Zion for a S24O style outing.
  • Heading out the day before (7/25) the CL ride to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN and staying at Jellystone in Portage, IN. Meet up with fellow Chainlinkers at the fest the next day, and then return to Chicago with them.
  •  Head out with the group to PierogiFest on the 26th, but then continue on to camp in Portage afterward, instead of returning to Chicago with them. Head back the 27th.

This looks like it would be fun if we could get a decent group together. Thoughts?

Comment by dan brown on June 24, 2014 at 9:12am

Hi Andy. Yes I am interested. Tour de Shore re-ignited the bike camping bug in me. RE : July 26th - when is RAGBRAI ?

I'm pretty open for the entire summer; I think the trick is making reservations, and planning.


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