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Fox River / Great Western Trails (Mt St Mary's Park, St Charles)

Let's meet in the Mt St Mary park parking lot located off of Prairie Street just east of IL-31 to be ready to ride at 6PM.

We will follow the Fox River Trail north and cross over the river on the lovely covered bridge to make our way a short distance through a residential area eventually crossing under Randall Rd.  Then we will have a short distance to ride on Dean Street until we pick up the Great Western Trail which we will continue on to approx. IL-47.  We will then turnaround and reverse the route back to the parking lot to complete an approx. 22 mile round-trip ride.

Click on the link to see the route:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/468080012/

You do not have to join me for the full ride; however keep in mind that you may be returning to the parking lot on your own if you choose to ride a shorter distance.

Pace:  Approx. 12MPH average, but we will need to be cognizant that the sun sets at 8:25PM.

Trail Surface:  Paved, streets and crushed limestone.

**Helmets are strongly advised for all riders** due to the inherent dangers when biking.  Meetup.com, the organizer and other members of Girl With A Bike are NOT responsible for you or your safety; you are responsible for your safety if you attend this event.

Please bring:

• A good attitude

• Dress in comfortable layers and according to weather forecast

• Drinking water and snacks

• Supplies such as replacement inner tubes, patch kits and tools (tire levers, etc.) to repair flat tires that may occur

• Bike in ride-ready condition

I will NOT be able to help you make any repairs and please keep in mind that I am not a professional biker.  I am simply a girl who enjoys biking and has enjoyed  biking with the very wonderful people who have attended the previous biking meetups!

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  • Caron C.

    So, I took my bike over to the shop, and there is a spring (looks like an innocent wire) that pulls the brake away from the wheel and it had popped off at some point. Easy fix! Anywho, in hindsight, all I had to do to make my life easier was disengage those front brakes, DUH!!!! Note to self...

    July 17, 2014

  • Renae

    Great group of people that were fun to ride and visit with. Amanda, please tell your husband that I enjoyed the challenge of keeping up a faster pace! Caron you were a trooper for riding with your brakes like they were. Sue and Jeremy it was nice visiting with you after the ride, too! Coming soon we ride the WHOLE Great Western Trail!!! Photos will be posted in the next day or so.....something to look forward to! :-)

    July 15, 2014

  • SueZ

    Thanks for organizing another great ride, Renae. Perfect evening exercise. Good group of people.

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rene, Sorry I have to cancel today. I hope to join you over the weekend! Have a wonderful ride today!!

    July 15, 2014

    • Renae

      Hi Manoosh, I was sorry you weren't able to make today's ride. I hope to see you on the weekend.

      July 15, 2014

  • Caron C.

    Fun, nice little mini hills getting to the Great Western Trail

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Renae

    I know you all know this already, but I will be there a bit early and ready to ride at 6PM. Also, Caron, I am hoping we'll get in 22 miles, but it is time dependent. So as I mention above the sun sets at 8:25PM which means I'll be watching the time as well as the mileage. If we need to turn around because we're running out of daylight we will.

    Also I will have limited access to this site after I leave my house tomorrow. That means I will be there no matter what (yes, rain or shine); however, please use your judgement when determining whether or not to attend this ride. Don't worry about me if I am the only one there as that is the consequence for me for not being "plugged" in.

    Probably obvious, but I'll mention it anyway.....if it rains during the day then plan on getting muddy as the Great Western is crushed limestone. Hey, if it doesn't bother you then you'll just achieve Mud Rider status if you haven't already!

    See you all tomorrow! :-)

    July 14, 2014

    • SueZ

      Better to be an Adventure Cohort or a Mud Rider?

      July 15, 2014

    • Renae

      Better to be a mud riding Adventure Cohort!

      2 · July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will change my rsvp tomorrow if need be. My knees and quads are a mess. I want to see how I am feeling tomorrow. :(

    July 14, 2014

    • Renae

      I am sorry to hear that, Marisa. I hope you feel much better for sure tomorrow. I hope to see you, but take care of yourself!

      July 14, 2014

  • Caron C.

    I am hoping we will stick with the original mileage, the days are getting shorter and shorter ;-( going today to get a headlight just in case...

    July 14, 2014

  • Chris

    Sorry; I need to cancel as my bike is in the shop. Hope all of you have a good ride!

    July 13, 2014

    • Chris

      When I brought the bike to the shop, I wasn't able to duplicate the problem, even though it plagued me during my entire ride back. I'll be getting a tune-up and a new chain; hopefully that will be enough. Tell Larry I appreciate his help; thanks to his suggestions I was able to pedal most of the way back. Unfortunately, I had to pedal continuously; whenever I would coast or stop the problem would resurface. I hope you ate some ice cream for me in Morris!

      July 13, 2014

    • Renae

      They were closed!! :-( I think the universe is trying to help me lose weight; first no pie in East Dundee and now no ice cream in Morris! ;-) I did pass your message along to Larry. I enjoyed visiting with you for the portion of the ride we did together! Good luck with the bike repair and hopefully we'll see you on the trails soon!

      July 13, 2014

6 went

  • Renae
    Adv Instigator, Mud Rider, Wind Master, Snow Conqueror & LXXII, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Amanda +1
    Adventure Cohort
  • SueZ
    Adventure Cohort
  • Caron C.
    Adventure Cohort
  • A former member

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