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

  • Carmel Catholic High School

    1 Carmel Parkway, Mundelein, Il (map)

    42.270576 -87.986824

  • Northeast Parking Lot
  • 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
    Head west through Mundelein and pick up the Millenium Trail, heading out toward Lakewood Forest Preserve. The beginning of this trail is paved but eventually changes to gravel, some deep. Hybrid and mountain bikes are best for this route.


    Route 5
    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. For everyone's safety, please refrain from wearing headphones / earbuds or utilizing a cell phone while riding. All cyclists bike at their own risk.

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  • Pam W.

    Oh NO!!! What happened? Julie also had a fall when trying to ride to Carmel.

    June 19, 2014

    • Mike

      Front tire slipped out going over wooden decked bridge. I almost recovered but when tire grabbed the asphalt it threw me off. I think bike got hurt worse than I ☺

      June 19, 2014

    • Pam W.

      So sorry

      June 20, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Hope your doing Ok, Mike. That was a nasty fall!

    June 19, 2014

    • Mike

      Doing much better, thanks

      June 19, 2014

  • Kathi T.

    I did not want to wait and see because we have people driving in a ways.

    3 · June 18, 2014

    • Jerry

      I was a little miffed about not riding, but shortly after it was "officially" cancelled I heard the thunder and I was OK with it. Now I see there are many other things to consider. Thank you Kathi for keeping us safe when we should know better.

      June 19, 2014

  • Julie C.

    I changed my mind. No, that isn't the whole truth. I set out for the parking lot where we meet up and totally bit asphalt right in the middle of a puddle. I am OK. I am taking it as a sign, though. I may get a new helmet. #reallyreallynotmyday

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Mike

      You're not alone Julie. Kevin, Jung & I did the ride tonight & I lost it on a wooden bridge and got some nice road rash along with 2 bent rims.

      June 18, 2014

    • Pam W.

      Oh no! I hope you are ok Mike.

      June 19, 2014

  • Mike

    We did encounter a snapping turtle on the trail tonight! Sorry no photos Was focused on just trying to make it back!

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Jung.Suh

      It was a mission impossible getting back on a broken bike. But you made it cheers !

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Kevin, Jung & I (Mike) did 20 miles to Lake Forest and back.

    3 · June 18, 2014

    • Mike

      Thanks for the help and making sure I made it back!

      1 · June 18, 2014

    • Mike

      Thanks Kevin for the help & making sure I got back OK!

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Julie C.

    OK, ride is cancelled. But, I am going to ride anyway, I will cruise the parking lot at 6 to see if anyone else is brave enough.

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Kathi T.

      Contact Brian Larsen! He was interested in still going!

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Nick

    Rt 176/45 and still raining. I'm out for today.

    June 18, 2014

  • Pam W.

    Ride cancelled

    June 18, 2014

  • Julie C.

    Mundelein = thunder and rain now (4:50) but weather.com says none at 6pm. I guess we'll see...

    June 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Just poured for 5 min in Round Lake and now have partial sunshine

    June 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Not raining in Round Lake although it is moving from North to South

    June 18, 2014

  • Pam W.

    My sister is in from CO so I'm not riding, but if ride is still on I will stop by with the full size jersey printout. Rainout and I will have it Fri and Sat

    June 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Looks like it should be gone by 6.

    June 18, 2014

  • Pam W.

    Don't know. More rain coming now.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Julie C.

    Soooooo... Are we still riding?

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Julie C.

    What's with the Wednesday thunderstorms???

    2 · June 18, 2014

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