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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: 289
Latest Activity: Mar 1

Discussion Forum

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.

Nashbar TR1 vs. Novara Randonee? 5 Replies

After a fair amount of research on touring bikes, I've narrowed down a couple options that would fit a variety of requirements I have, the primary ones being 59cm+ frames (ideally larger), mid-level…Continue

Started by Peter Dykstra. Last reply by Barry Niel Stuart Jan 29.

New rider on pitching a tent - question about IL State Beach camping 3 Replies

Hello! Thanks to great advice from Chainlinkers myself and a group of friends are heading up to IL State Beach for an overnight trip Saturday. Only problem is... I did not get a reservation. By the…Continue

Started by Renee Patten. Last reply by Renee Patten Aug 28, 2013.

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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.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 15, 2014 at 11:27am

Mmmm...mutant locust kebobs...

Either of those weekends work for me, bit it looks like they don't start taking reservations until May1, so I assume it's first come/serve. I would assume that won't be a problem early in the season.

I'm new here - have there been many group outings? Are we just handful or a full-fledged mob?

Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 1:24pm

of course, when we go, there will be a biblical locust plague or alien bug invasion that will become mutated by the nuke powerplant nearby.

the weekend after easter? the first weekend in may is cinco de mayo season and likely a CHAOS event. the weekend of may 10/11 seems open. the weekend after that, im hoping to ride/camp to indy for the muddy roots festival spring weekender.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 14, 2014 at 1:08pm

OK then. Trepidation addressed. Sounds like I need to start thinking about dates.

Comment by envane (69 furlongs) on February 14, 2014 at 1:01pm

Zion has been clean the times I've been, nor unusually buggy.

Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 1:00pm

people just love to complain!!  yes, bugs...there are bugs.  it even rains sometimes!! crazy right? the great outdoors and such. 

ive never really noticed a litter problem either. and generally, if i see something, i pick it up.  i somehow dont recall walking around all day picking up trash and swatting bugs off me any time i camped there.

it is a nice park, the sites on the northern edge under the pines are the nicest IMO. its an easy trip, and access to metra to ride back if yer bum is still sore or you just dont feel like riding back.

ive had a blast every single time ive been!

Comment by J.A.W. on February 14, 2014 at 12:59pm
Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 14, 2014 at 12:55pm

Camping n00b here - how is the Zion site? I've read mixed reviews on the interwebs. Folks complaining about bugs and litter.

Comment by John W. on February 14, 2014 at 12:10pm

Igz, let's set up a Zion trip asap. I took the Metra to Kenosha a few weeks ago and all I could think about on the train was camping up there!


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