Don't put the bike away for the season just yet! Join us for a ride along the Great Western Trail (http://www.great-trails.com/great-western.shtml) for a visit to the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival (http://www.sycamorepumpkinfestival.com/).
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.
Driving directions to get to the start point: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.