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Spooky Bike Ride to Sycamore Pumpkin Festival (Larry)

Don't put the bike away for the season just yet! Join us for a ride along the Great Western Trail for a visit to the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. Our ride begins at the Great Western Trailhead in Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St Charles. From there, we will ride about 20 miles on the trail to the DeKalb County Courthouse in downtown Sycamore, where thousands of decorated pumpkins will be on display.

We will have lunch in Sycamore, with many food vendors at the Pumpkin Festival as well as a few restaurants to choose from. We will also be in Sycamore in time for the Pumpkin Festival Parade that starts at 1 PM. The Great Western Trail has a crushed limestone surface, so a bike with wider tires is recommended. We will also ride about 1 mile on roads as we enter the town of Sycamore. Total of about 40 miles for the ride. Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve is located on Dean Street on the west side of St Charles, about one-half mile west of Randall Road. The parking lot for the Great Western Trail is located on the left (south) side of the street if you are coming from Randall Road.

Please plan to arrive by 10:00 AM. We will push-off promptly at 10:30 AM. 10:00 Gather at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles 10:30 Depart for Sycamore 1:00 Arrive in Sycamore.... We will lock our bikes up by the post office.... In Sycamore.... Break off into groups for: Watching the parade (starts at 1:00), Lunch (local restaurants or booths at the festival--your choice), walk around the town square viewing the pumpkins.... 2:30 Gather at the post office and get ready to ride back to St. Charles 2:45 Ride back to St. Charles 5:30ish Arrive in St. Charles It usually takes longer to ride to Sycamore than it does to return due to winds.... The ride there is pretty much straight west (usually a headwind) and the return trip is pretty much straight east (usually a tailwind)....


There is plenty of parking at Leroy Oakes....


If you want to arrange carpools, post it in your RSVP or as a comment....

What You Should Bring

Bike (in good working order), Water or Gatorade, Helmet, Extra Inner Tube, Portable Air Pump (or CO2 cartridges), Tire Levers, Sunscreen, Lock (if stopping for lunch), Money (if stopping for lunch), Cell phone (recommended), Photo ID (recommended), Insurance Card (recommended), Munchies / Power Bars / Trail Mix (recommended for any long ride without a break for food.)

Waiver / Helmet Rule

All participants must sign a CBG waiver (one will be provided for you).... All riders must wear a helmet for the duration of the ride....

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  • Larry G

    While I was the only one from this group, we had 35 people from the CBG in attendance.... The weather cooperated.... The festival was a good time.... And the company was awesome....

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • John W.

    and I really do love that Great Western Trail with few car traffic crossings and the open farmland and woods. Have fun.

    October 26, 2013

  • John W.

    Sorry, already have other commitment. Thanks

    October 26, 2013

  • Kathi T.

    Can't attend - double-booked myself :-P

    September 27, 2013

    • Larry G


      September 29, 2013

    • Kathi T.

      Also pulled Scott out - he has been off the bike since August with a bad back

      October 13, 2013

  • Marc R.

    Sorry. Will be at a medical conference from Saturday through Thursday

    September 25, 2013

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