We will meet at the parking lot on McCormick Blvd. that is SOUTH of Dempster Street. This location has facilities and a couple of picnic tables. The ride will depend on the wind direction. If there is a North wind, we will ride up to Central Avenue and Green Bay Road in Highland Park. If there is a South wind, we will ride down to North Avenue Beach in Chicago. Either roundtrip is about 24 miles.
The ride direction will be announced at the Meetup; it will be based on that morning's 9AM weather report.
Plan on a 12-14 mph pace. We can split into "faster" and "slower" groups if the ride is large enough. Much of either route includes street riding. There are food places and a bike shop at either halfway point.
The ride will proceed as long as there is no active rain...
Helmets and signed waivers are absolutely necessary.
What to bring with you:
1. A bicycle in good working order. Almost any type of bicycle will do. Remember to properly fill the tires with air. And bring a spare tube.
2. Filled water bottles.
3. An energy bar, or similar.
4. A helmet.
5. A bicycle lock.
6. ID card.
7. Some money for food, etc. if desired.
8. Sun screen.
9. Sun glasses.
Most important, bring enthusiasm!
After this ride, we can proceed to Emma's Bagel Cafe on Gross Point and Skokie Blvd. for lunch. They installed new bike racks at our request!!!