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Pitching a Tent


Pitching a Tent

this is a group for lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, and of course, bicycling to our camping destinations. and the group needs a better name

Location: the great outdoors
Members: 297
Latest Activity: Sep 21

Discussion Forum

Howdy all + riding around (part of the) lake 2 Replies

Hello all,I just stumbled on this group while looking around for other Chicago touring/camping bike people. Looks like a good place to be!My wife Allison and I just got back from an 8 day ride around…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Joe Kallo Aug 15.

Burnidge Forest Preserve/ Paul Wolff

Has anyone rode and camped at this park?On Google it looks like there is a long & direct route there all along trails from Oak Park right up to the last few miles at the end. …Continue

Started by Renee Patten Jun 26.

Wisconsin 6 Replies

I live in Chicago and have biked to Illinois Beach State Park and biked from Joliet to Starved Rock back to Joliet and camped along the way.  I would love to do a fall colors trip through Wisconsin.…Continue

Started by Kari B. Last reply by Barry Niel Stuart Mar 1.

Anybody game for setting up a trip to Zion the 3rd, 4th or 5th weekend April? 98 Replies

Um...yeah, what I just said.  Anybody game?

Started by Kellie. Last reply by igz Feb 19.

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Comment by Marc A. Irwin on September 21, 2014 at 3:33pm

There is an interesting country bike rally in MSP this coming weekend,

JIm has posted the itinerary for this rally on his website.  I have been to his events, they are a blast.


Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on July 11, 2014 at 9:44am

For what it's worth, I've made other plans - the pierogis will have to wait until next year.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on June 30, 2014 at 2:17pm

...on the other hand, Indiana Dunes is just over 30 miles from Whiting, so we could use PierogiFest as a stop over on the way there and the way back.

Spark any interest?

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on June 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
After digging a bit deeper, it looks like Jellystone in Portage is a bit of a dump (reviews on Yelp and looking over the site on Google satellite view). Not much else I the way of campgrounds in the area.

Does anyone know otherwise?
Comment by dan brown on June 24, 2014 at 12:46pm

All three of those look great. Let's have some others chime in with their thoughts and suggestions

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on June 24, 2014 at 11:46am

RAGBRAI runs 7/20 through 7/26, so there is a conflict for those that are doing that.

Three ideas come to mind:

  • A ride up to Illinois State Beach in Zion for a S24O style outing.
  • Heading out the day before (7/25) the CL ride to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN and staying at Jellystone in Portage, IN. Meet up with fellow Chainlinkers at the fest the next day, and then return to Chicago with them.
  •  Head out with the group to PierogiFest on the 26th, but then continue on to camp in Portage afterward, instead of returning to Chicago with them. Head back the 27th.

This looks like it would be fun if we could get a decent group together. Thoughts?

Comment by dan brown on June 24, 2014 at 9:12am

Hi Andy. Yes I am interested. Tour de Shore re-ignited the bike camping bug in me. RE : July 26th - when is RAGBRAI ?

I'm pretty open for the entire summer; I think the trick is making reservations, and planning.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on June 24, 2014 at 8:56am

This group has been awfully quiet - so much for all the plans made this winter.

I'm as much to blame as anyone - it's easy to forget about distractions like making a living and family obligations when in the throes of cabin fever.

Anyhow, I'm finally getting out there. My 12 year old daughter and I are doing GITy Up! next weekend (anyone else going?). I'm throughly enjoying the anticipation and preparation; so much so that I'm already thinking about the rest of the summer.

My next "window of opportunity" would be July 21st though the end of the month (the weekend of the 7/26 and 27 looks especially good).

Is there anything in the works, or interest in putting together a group outing?

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on March 1, 2014 at 9:16pm
No sign of warm nights for some time to come. Not sure if setting dates and prepping gear makes the waiting more or less bearable.
Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on March 1, 2014 at 7:12pm

I'm all for it, assuming we have good enough weather.  So far this year, it's been extremely blustery.  Let's hope for this spring to be a big improvement.  I just don't want a snowstorm in late April.


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