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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: 325
Latest Activity: Aug 25

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 Kellie on March 22, 2010 at 11:54pm
Soooo, I left all my gear in PDX when I left. Anybody know a place in the city where a girl can pick up some cheap (used) camping gear? I appreciate it!
Comment by Sol on March 22, 2010 at 11:48pm
Hey all, just so you know, Illinois state parks do not allow any alcohol. That said, there is a private camp ground right across the street from the Starved Rock state park which does allow alcohol....or at least there was a private campground there a few years ago.
Comment by Laura on March 22, 2010 at 10:57pm
First weekend of may would be AMAZING! that is the day after I finish my internship forever!!! and i will need to celebrate!
The rest i filled out in the nice handy dandy poll.
So excited for camping season! now to go to st louis and find all my camping stuff!
Comment by shar on March 22, 2010 at 5:42pm
this is what i posted on the discussion board....
dunes was a fun trip and so was chain o'lakes.. both will be nice to revisit but I would love to explore some other areas this year just so I have the pleasue of marking things off on my been there done that list.
a close one to start off with this year could be illinois state beach

so with that.. lets start of first weekend of may and illinois state beach.. and if we want to go somewhere else on another weekend in may lets do that too!!!!
Comment by KatieP on March 22, 2010 at 3:22pm
I made a handy poll to see what weekend works best (assuming it's Sat-Sun?)
Comment by Glenn on March 22, 2010 at 2:39pm
Start of May sounds awesome to me. Any time is a good time to camp.
Comment by globalguy on March 22, 2010 at 2:05pm
I like the Starved Rock idea - T.C. O'Rourke and Michael Burton have led expeditions out there in the past. Also, check out Google Maps - Directions with a Wisconsin to Chicago search. It highlights all the park-oriented bike trails. There's a very cool one that starts out from Milwaukee just north of Elston that appears to go all the way to the Skokie Lagoons and then a little farther north it continues up to Lake Forest. It might be a good practice run to see if some of us are ready for the mileage?
Comment by Michelle Green on March 22, 2010 at 10:58am
I'm pro first weekend of may. it could be the It's Never Too Soon To Be Camping Camping Ride.

I'm also really in favor of using the same word multiple times in one event name.
Comment by Chuck a Muck on March 22, 2010 at 10:54am
May 1st I'm out >:( Ciclo Urbanos 1 year party is on that day and it is The National Home Brewers Asc. Big Brew Day... How about mid may?
Comment by BalloonBiker on March 22, 2010 at 10:20am
The first weekend of May (May 1 & 2nd) don't work for me, but that is okay. It looks like our group is getting big enough to support several camping trips.

Illinois Beach is probably the easiest place to get to from Chicago.

I don't think that May is too early... Are you calling it?

As a point of order, I do think that if you do decide to plan a specific trip, then you should start a discussion about that trip to keep things organized.

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