Weekly Wednesday Evening Ride Grab Bag ~ 20 Miles Out-and-Back

This ride will continue year round as weather permits. All routes are approximately 20 miles in length and our pace will be in the 13 mph range, give-or-take. The route taken will depend upon trail conditions and the types of bikes present.  For your safety as well as that of those around you, please come equipped with front and back lights.

Route 1
This is our usual route and takes us down the full length of the North Shore Bike Path, an asphalt and crushed stone rail-to-trail from Mundelein to Lake Forest. If you're looking to expand your trail options, this is the trail to check out - it runs parallel to Route 176 and connects to the Des Plaines River and Middlefork Forest Preserve Trails, the Skokie Valley Bikeway, and ends at the Robert McClory Trail.

Bonus: This trail passes within feet of the local Dairy Dream - a nice treat during the summer months as we near the end of our ride.

This route accommodates all types of bikes - mountain, hybrid, as well as road with care.


Route 2
As an alternative, we may take the North Shore Bike Path to the Des Plaines River Trail and then head north, up, through, and around Independence Grove in Libertyville. This is a nice scenic ride, especially at twilight and in the fall. Yes - we still pass the Dairy Dream on the way home!  :-)

This route is best suited for mountain and hybrid bikes but we have ridden road bikes and lived to tell the tale!


Route 3
Same as Route 2, except we head south to Old School Forest Preserve "loops".


Route 4
If the North Shore Bike Path is mucky and not conducive to riding, we will head west on Hawley Street through Mundelein and catch the Prairie Crossing Bike Path at Midlothian Road, heading north to the Rollins Savanna in Grayslake. This route is completely paved and will accommodate any type of bike.



On Tuesday evening, I will email my cell phone number to all those who have RSVPed "Yes" by that time - if you are not present AND have not contacted me by 6 pm on Wednesday, I will assume you are not coming. As always, if you RSVP "Yes" but your plans change, please kindly update your RSVP to "No" on the Meetup site before the scheduled ride time.

Meetup
We will meet in the northeast parking lot of Carmel CHS (turn off of Route 176 onto Carmel Parkway - first parking lot on your left). Please arrive a few minutes early so you are ready to ride by 6 pm.

Suggested Items to Bring
- Front and Back Lights
- Helmet
- Spare Inner Tube
- Portable Air Pump / CO2 Cartridges
- Tire Levers
- Photo ID
- Cash / Debit/Credit Card
- Two Water Bottles
- Sunglasses
- High Energy Snacks (PowerBars, Clif Bars, Trail Mix, etc)
- Cell Phone
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Bike Lock
- Camera

You are strongly urged to wear a helmet and refrain
from wearing headphones / earbuds while riding.
All cyclists bike at their own risk.

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  • Mikki H.

    I'm here. Where is everyone

    June 4, 2014

    • Mike

      I like to check my fear before a ride ;)

      2 · June 4, 2014

    • Pam W.

      LOL ~ I ALWAYS check my fear! Safety first you know! ;-)

      2 · June 5, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Had a blast. Great ride. Thankyou

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Had a blast. Great ride. Thankyou

    June 4, 2014

  • Jerry

    Another great ride in Lake County.

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Paul S.

    Sorry we missed you Mikki. We pulled out of Carmel about 6:10.

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Maureen H.

    Is this ride still on, given all the rain today?

    June 4, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      It's on - can't promise status of trail, though. Paul will be your fearless leader tonight!

      June 4, 2014

    • Maureen H.

      Thanks

      June 4, 2014

  • Pam W.

    OK.....because the HAWKS are going to WIN tomorrow night, I cannot upset the mojo of our game viewing group. So I won't be riding this week. ;-)

    May 31, 2014

    • Pam W.

      :-( Will see how my knee feels might have to cancel

      June 1, 2014

  • ed

    Do you guys ever go for an after ride Popsicle at the place across from Franks for the Memories? Crazy good on a hot day.

    May 29, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      Didn't know there were popsicles there! Since we start/end at Carmel we don't go by Franks but wr do stop at Dairy Dream!

      May 29, 2014

  • ed

    I never get to do these:(

    May 29, 2014

  • ed

    I never get to do these:(

    May 29, 2014

  • Marc R.

    Yeah! Off this night!!

    May 14, 2014

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