Let’s celebrate our release from winter’s imprisonment by riding bikes along the North Branch Trail to the Chicago Botanic Garden. After a few hours ...there we will ride up another 11 miles up the Robert McClory bike path to the Lake Bluff Brewery then take the train back.
We Will Meet at Logan Square Monument. From there we will ride up Elston to the Milwaukee-Devon trailhead.
Proposed map: http://goo.gl/maps/QvSqg
9:30: leave Logan Square Monument
10:30: Leave Devon and Milwaulkee and start the North Branch Trail
12:30 (hopefully a lot earlier): arrive at Botanic Garden
2:15: leave Chicago Botanic Garden
3:30: arrive at Lake Bluff Brewery
4:21: Train #820 leaves Lake Bluff (arrives OTC @ 5:30)
Since it looks like there are a large number of people coming and there are 20 bikes allowed on the UP-N, there is another train that leaves Lake Bluff at 5:20, so more beers can be had.
~ OR ~
if enough are interested: ride to Mundelein and have a drink at Tighthead Brewing Company, then ride back to Libertryville and take the 8:48pm Milwaukee North train back into the city.
Proposed extended route: http://goo.gl/maps/9dVGf
The first leg to Lake Bluff will be about 40 miles if you start with me by UIC. This will not be an athletic endeavor and want this to be a chill easy day ride, but please make sure you can make the distance.
Also get your bike tuned up! If your bike has been sitting in your basement since October, take it to a shop to get it looked at. You’ll be pretty far from a bike shop if something major happens along the ride.
Things to being:
1) Extra tubes in case you get a flat.
2) Bungee cable for the train ride back.
3) Layers and rain gear for rain (lets hope this isn’t needed).
4) Snacks for along the way. You can bring a lunch, there are picnic areas at the Skokie lagoons. The Botanic Garden does have a food place that sells sandwiches so you can eat there. Lake Bluff also has food at their place.
I’m cool with you meeting us or leaving along the ride as you want. We are mostly paralleling the UP-N line, so if you need to head back to the city or spend more time at the botanic garden, go for it. Beware that if you try to take train 820 from the Botanic Garden, it might be full of bicycles so the conductors might not let you on.