Due to the Metra Bike Blackout on accounts of everyone streaming into the city Sunday night for the Air and Water Show, we will no longer be biking to the Ren Faire. I'll be part of a group that will be driving up, camping Saturday night and driving to the Ren Faire on Sunday. It sounds like there are also some people who will be riding up Sat, camping, and riding home Sun.
Ride our steel steeds north on Saturday. Camp for night at Illinois Beach State Park or a nearby hotel if that's your thing. Ride to the Bristol Renaissance Fair on Sunday, spend the day at the fair and sling shot home on Metra. The plan is to catch Train 824 from Winthrop Harbor at 6:57.
The ride up is around four hours plus stops and mostly on trails. Meet Saturday at 10:00 at the North Channel Trail trailhead in Rowan Park just north of Lawrence. We'll stop somewhere along the way for lunch.
Renaissance Faire tickets are $19.95 at the gate, $17.95 online, or $16.95 at Walgreens.