North Branch Trail to Chicago Botanic Garden (with "Bicycle Chicago" Meetup)

  • October 17, 2010 · 9:30 AM
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Hello Everyone! What a beautiful day it was for riding (and anything else) today; hope everyone got out and rode or did something. As for the weather tomorrow, it's 2 for 2 and we're gonna have another beautiful day, albiet slightly cooler and partly cloudy, but wonderful for cycling all the same. Remember to wear wicking synthetics and not cotton, and that includes undergarments, gloves, hats, etc., to keep moisture away. A light jacket and gloves to walk the Garden grounds is advisible if you run cold, especially if the sun isn't out half the time. The wind is not expected to be as gusty as today and will shift from NNW in the a.m. to NNE in the p.m., 7mph for our start and 5mph as we finish.
http://www.wundergrou... Here are general cycling dress guidlines:
http://commutebybike.... See everyone tomorrow! Ride on! Connie :-)
Timetable of Events (Gathering and departing times are firm; others are approximate) 09:30 am: Gathering time 10:00 am: Departing time 10:50 am: ETA Harms Woods (see below for location) 12:00 pm: ETA Chicago Botanic Garden 12-02 pm: Lunch & enjoying gardens 02:00 pm: Depart Botanic Garden 02:40 pm: ETA back at Harms Woods 04:00 pm: Arrival at Caldwell Woods
Ride Pace This depends upon who shows, but the pace will be slow - moderate (12mph average). Gary will lead a faster group if the need arises. Tailwinds and downhills will mean faster paces while headwinds and uphills will mean slower paces. There are only two small climbs (one's a little longer than the other, but nothing to be concerned about), so this is basically a flat trail. Enjoyment of fall's gifts and each other is the focus, but if there's a faster group, we will split off in which case I will sweep both groups. If we end up missing anyone planning to join us at Harms Woods, just text me and we can plan to meet up at the Garden for lunch and the ride back if you wish.
Trail Surface(s) The entire trail is paved, so all bikes will work.
About the Ride/Mileage We will be picking up the North Branch Trail (NBT) at Devon & Caldwell at the 0 mile mark. According to the map link I provided, the round-trip mileage is approximately 30 miles, give or take a few 1/10s of a mile. For those preferring less mileage (roughly 15 miles from this point out 'n' back), feel free to meet up with us at Harms Woods in Glenview at the northwest corner of Golf Road and Harms Woods Road (see "North Branch Trail (North) map
here). Contact me on my cell that morning to make arrangements for us to pick you up and continue on to the Garden. I will email my cell number the evening before the ride to those who will be attending.
Location We're meeting at the Caldwell Woods trailhead free parking lot at the corner of Devon & Caldwell, Chicago, IL. My many thanks to Gary Chuven for not only providing the map I posted showing the location of the Edgebrook Metra station, but for informing me that there is street parking along Caldwell, Lehigh and Central; there are parking lots at the train station and at Devon & Central; and, most importantly, that there is a $BUX on the NW corner of Devon & Central. ;) We will be riding to the Chicago Botanic Garden located at 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, but will be biking into the south service entrance on Dundee Road.
Transportation/Parking Parking at the Caldwell Woods trailhead is free and there are washrooms. Public transportation to the trailhead and from Chicago Botanic Garden is available via
Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line (M-DN) and the CTA bus and train lines. JD pointed me toward this
Google Maps Route Planner for foot, car, public trans and bicycle. ***Be sure to check the public trans schedules so you're sure to make your necessary connections. If you need to stay longer or leave earlier than our approximate 1:30p departure time from the Garden, feel free, as we needn't leave as a group. If for some reason you aren't able to bike back from the Garden with us, there are Metra trains leaving from the Lake-Cook station at 1:29p and 3:29p (as well as several times later throughout the evening) that arrive 21 minutes later at the Edgebrook station near the Caldwell Woods.***
Carpooling Please indicate in the "Comments" section with your RSVP if you are interested in carpooling so you can make arrangements with others.
What Should I Bring? Tuned-up bike, helmet, water/snacks, etc., lock, photo ID; and the following recommended stuff: spare inner tube, portable air pump (or CO2 cartridges), tire levers, sunscreen (important even on a cloudy day), lock, cash (for emergencies and lunch), cell phone, Medic Alert ID (if applicable), and insurance card.
Waiver/Helmet Rule Each rider, whether a member of Chicagoland Cycling Meetup, must sign a waiver prior to each ride (posted in the "Files" section) and all riders must wear a helmet for the duration of the ride.
When We Get To The Garden Noon projected arrival time will be at the Garden south entrance on Dundee Road. A large red sign greets you. Bike entry is free and biking is allowed on the west perimeter at a speed limit of 7mph. I like to take some pics on my ride up to the visitor's center where we must rack our bikes prior to entering the gardens. There are other racks located on the grounds as well if you prefer to rack elsewhere. For those who want to lunch there,
here's the eateries info. I'd like to browse a
farmer's market takes place on the first and third Sundays of each month. Hope to see you there! :-) Connie :-)

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  • Frank S.

    Connie,
    NO ! I can't wait till next year

    October 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Frank...next year you will be aMAZed at the maze. I promise! :-)

    October 28, 2010

  • Bruce M.

    Best trail on the north side and a great group to ride with makes a great day.

    October 20, 2010

  • George K

    Kudos to the leaders and the TLC shown - keeping everyone accounted for and assuring we were safe and enjoying the day which I certainly did. I look for even more colors next year that this trail is noted for in mid-October, but no complaints on the sunny bike-friendly weather Mom Nature provided us! Thx.

    October 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Oscar for being our crossing guard and keeping us safe! :-)

    October 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay...so THAT'S what you meant by the SuperDawg location...thanks Larry! :-)

    October 19, 2010

  • Frank S.

    Excellent day for bike riding, great leaders and new bikers to meet

    October 18, 2010

  • Frank S.

    Connie
    Great ride, you did a great build of the hay maze, I was disappointed that the Gardens took it down
    Gary...so sorry for you and your wife's loss and glad you came out with us. To

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, had a great first experience, and a big thanks to connie and Maria for all the support. See you again

    October 18, 2010

  • Larry G

    Connie.... This is the spot that I use for a starting point at the south end of the trail (Where I was when I called you and a few other people were parked....) There is a lot, access to the "fake" south end of the trail, AND Superdawg across the street!!!!

    http://www.meetup.com/chicagoland-cycling/venue/693812/?eventId=13179748&popup=true

    October 18, 2010

  • Larry G

    Gary.... Sorry to hear.... Please pass along my sympathies to your wife....

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary...so sorry for you and your wife's loss and glad you came out with us - such a pleasure meeting you. :-)

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Map of Bunker Hill Woods and location of trailhead parking lot:
    http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/spring2001/IWbunkerhillmap.html

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's info about the Bunker Hill Woods trailhead located near Devon & Caldwell (just north of Devon a couple blocks on the west side of Caldwell):
    http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/spring2001/IWbunkerhill.html

    October 18, 2010

  • M.E.

    Beautiful trail

    October 18, 2010

  • Fred Y

    I had a great time! Thanks to the organizers.

    October 18, 2010

  • Sonja

    Wonderful trip, wonderful leaders, wonderful participants, all in all a very good trip!

    October 18, 2010

  • Karen K.

    I had a great time. I enjoyed the beautiful ride and the friendly group.

    October 18, 2010

  • Gary C.

    Now, I want to thank everyone for participating in today's ride. This was not a good day for me; one of my wife's friends passed away yesterday and she is busy helping with all the arrangements. I would have gone on a ride somewhere anyways, but it was sooo much better to be with a lively, funny, vocal crowd. Thanks again.

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh I luv ya girl! If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have found my way back to cycling, the Elmhurst Cycling Club, MTBing, etc., etc., etc., PLUS you pulled me out of a bind today when my printer didn't work and I thought I'd have to show up sans waivers! You're right...the day sucked! ;)

    October 17, 2010

  • Maria E

    The best part of this ride was standing next to the Great Pumpkin. I think Charlie Brown is jealous. Thanks to Connie and Gary for being great hosts, leaders and all around nice people. Oh, and of course Larry....funny, funny Larry.

    October 17, 2010

  • Maria E

    This ride was the WORST I've been on. People laughing, smiling, cruising, vibrant colors in the landscape, perfect weather, sun shining, Larry telling his funny stories, Connie telling everyone she was delighted to be there, Gary leading the way with his bright yellow jersey and Oscar passing me up on the road (darn it he's fast). Oh and let's not forget I got to see the GREAT PUMPKIN! ....Maybe this ride didn't suck after all.

    October 17, 2010

  • Larry G

    Connie.... Thanks for putting this one together!!!! And thanks to Maria and Gary for helping out!!!! It was a great day for it and a great trail.... I think I sometimes take this trail for granted and get "bored" with it because I ride it so much, being so close to home and all.... But it was great to ride with people who had never ridden it before or people who don't ride it at least once a week.... Seeing their expressions and how much they liked it reminded me what it was like for me...

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    First, I want to apologize to anyone who may have texted or emailed me this morning and didn't receive a response: I was receiving texts late and calls were going straight to voicemail. I got some texts an hour later. Secondly, thank you so much to Maria for providing the waivers and Meetup signs, to Gary for the logistical and pacer support, to Larry for the safety review prior to the ride - not to mention just being an all-around pleasure, and to Oscar for his crossing guard assistance. We were blessed with two, consecutive weekends of glorious weather and I had a wonderful time sharing one of those four days with all of you! Ride on! :-)

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for such a beautiful time on a beautiful trail to a beautiful place! Pics to follow when I can get them posted...and congrats to the people who this ride was a personal best in distance for! :-)

    October 17, 2010

  • Oscar

    What a wonderful day for a ride, the colors were vibrant and the Gardens were impressive.
    Also, it was nice to many familiar faces and meet many new ones. I hope to see all of you on futures rides!!!
    Thanks to Connie, Maria, and Gary for organizing this ride.

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    My sincerest apologies to all regarding the meetup location; I was mistaken. The free trailhead is *not* off Devon but rather off Caldwell about 1/4 north and is called the Bunker Hill trailhead. However, there WAS plenty of parking, being Sunday, along Caldwell and the residential side streets, so that location did provide plenty of parking at least. Not the safest with regard to traffic, but it worked all the same and at 9isham on Sunday, there wasn't much traffic to speak of in that area.

    October 17, 2010

  • Larry G

    Great to see so many people still enthusiastic about getting out and riding in the middle of October.... Weather was great!!!! It was nice seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones!!!!

    October 17, 2010

  • Gary C.

    Great ride! The perfect combination of camaraderie (I hope I spelled that correctly), screw-ups, and weather.

    October 17, 2010

  • Frank S.

    Sunday events at the Garden
    Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale
    Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Bulb Sale
    Midwest Fruit Explorers Show and Sale
    Farmers' Market

    October 16, 2010

  • Sonja

    Very much looking forward to this ride! It looks lovely.

    October 16, 2010

  • Frank S.

    Connie
    I did not you are riding a red Schwinn Phantom
    Frank

    October 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hmmmm...trying to devise a good comeback for that, Frank... Wait! I've got it!

    I'm as old as my tongue, younger than my teeth, and even younger than my bike. Anyone out there have one of those old Schwinn Continentals?

    October 15, 2010

  • Frank S.

    I am as old as my tongue, but younger than my teeth

    October 15, 2010

  • Maria E

    Are we supposed to state our age when ride leaders asks about medical conditions he/she needs to know about when we sign up for the ride?

    October 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much, Gary, for confirming the location of the station! I posted the map you provided me so everyone can see where Edgebrook is. :-)

    October 4, 2010

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