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Ninth Step Almost-Century


Ninth Step Almost-Century

Time: September 26, 2015 from 7:30am to 7:30pm
Location: The Clock Tower
Street: 3700 N. Recreation Drive
City/Town: Chicago
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Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2015

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No, this isn't about making direct amends to the people we've harmed whenever doing so is possible and won't injure them or others.

It's about trying to ride to Three Floyds every month this year! Now there's a consistent schedule -- the 4th Saturday of every month -- others have opportunities to lead (I can't make it every time), and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

September is National Century Month, so this step is a century -- if you ride enough extra to and from the start. The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know where so they can look for you.

35 miles to Three Floyds + 10 miles to Flossmoor Station = 45 miles. Take the Metra Electric home or ride another 30 miles to Brixie's = 75 miles. Take the BNSF home or ride another 20 miles to Revolution, West Lakeview, and back to the clock tower = 95 miles. 15-18 mph. Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, lights since we're staying out late, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Flossmoor Metra Electric train schedule, Brookfield BNSF train schedule, Metra policy, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

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Comment by bobweiser on September 29, 2015 at 12:51am

only 100.72 for me!

Comment by Steve A on September 27, 2015 at 2:51pm

Great fun.  Ended up with 103. Also learned at Half Acre that Bob likes girlie beers.  Who knew.

Comment by bobweiser on September 27, 2015 at 10:02am

i had a fun day, thanks, everyone, for coming. fyi we did were able to find seats at half acre, and had a nice conversation with the couple next to us about beer and puerto rico.

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on September 26, 2015 at 7:15pm
Great ride. Thanks bob. Sorry for diching early. Had to make it home by 7:30
Comment by bobweiser on September 25, 2015 at 11:27pm

this will be fun with a larger group!

Comment by bobweiser on September 25, 2015 at 11:20pm

i predict closer to 8:32-ish

Comment by Will on September 25, 2015 at 7:08pm

I'll catch you at Promontory Point. 8ish?

Comment by Steve A on September 25, 2015 at 5:53pm

Changed my status.  I have never been to Half Acre.  Would like to try.  But I am game for anything in the city.  Will be biking home to Rogers Park at the end, so north is good for me.

Comment by bobweiser on September 25, 2015 at 5:07pm

steve, yes, i'm really hoping to leave at 7:30. i usually give us 3 hours, and sometimes that's not enough. plus i dialed back the pace because of the distance. that early in the ride, i'd rather not risk having to wait in line for an hour or two. with bruce as our advance party, we could probably get away with 8:00, but i think it's too late to change that now. bring a magazine in case we get there super early. or, then we'll have time for the off-road option!

bruce, that would be great. i'm thinking 10:30. i'll try to remember to text you from wolf lake with how many people we are.

hey, do you guys want to upgrade from "might attend" to "attending"?  :-)

Comment by bobweiser on September 25, 2015 at 4:28pm

the beer gods giveth, and the beer gods taketh away. Revolution's Tap Room will be Closed. they're also having their Oktoberfest, and tickets are sold out. but they were $45, and there are only going to be 4 beers.

so, somewhere else instead? half acre? bad apple? fountainhead?

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