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Prairie Fox (CBES)


Prairie Fox (CBES)

Time: November 9, 2013 from 10am to 8pm
Location: Union Station
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Event Type: beer, trail, social, brewpub, brewery
Organized By: Rich S
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2013

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Come join us for a November ride on the scenic Fox River Trail! 


We'll meet at Union Station to catch the 10:40 BNSF train out to Naperville. Limit of 10 bikes per train and don't forget to bring a bungee.

Our first stop will be Hopvine in Aurora. From there we'll take the Batavia spur of the IPP and the Fox River Trail to Stockholm's in Geneva. From there we'll continue further north to Geno's in Elgin where Serge has arranged for some tastings from Threesome Brewing. Then it's a short 2 miles to take the Metra home from Elgin

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We'll meet at the Ogilvie Metra Station to catch the 8:30am train out to Crystal Lake.  From there we'll ride south on the Prairie Trail to .... well pretty much wherever we want!

There are several potential stops along the trail and 2 more that may be open in time:

Village Vintner in Algonquin

Threesome Brewing in Elgin

Emmett's Ale House in West Dundee

Stockholm's Brewpub in Geneva

Geneva Ale House

Penrose Brewing in Geneva (if they're open)

We'll decide as a group what stops to make on the train ride out and as the ride rolls along. 

Minimum average speed is 12 mph


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Comment by Kevin C Dormant on November 9, 2013 at 11:22pm

Fun is the ultimate arbiter. This was a fun ride.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on November 9, 2013 at 9:27pm
Great ride indeed. Thank you, Rich!
Comment by Rich S on November 9, 2013 at 8:43pm

Cheers to all that came out! Fantastic ride even if Stockholm's set a new low! 

Comment by Rich S on November 7, 2013 at 1:52pm

Ok folks ... laziness and sleeping in a bit late wins. I'm going to update the ride and send a message to all RSVPs.  

Chris, thinking one's beer is too good to enter the growlers of another brewery is a violation of all that I hold holy! Regardless with the late start and shorter days we likely won't have time to stop at Solemn Oath. I do plan on visiting them one day but it won't be this weekend. 

Comment by Chris C on November 7, 2013 at 1:24pm

Biking near a brewery and not stopping for a soul-nurturing beverage is a violation of all that I hold holy. Given that your itinerary change has you starting at the Rt. 59 Metra, Solemn Oaf presents itself as a test for your immortal souls. Choose wisely - God is watching.

Comment by Kevin C Dormant on November 6, 2013 at 4:38pm

11/23: MSU @ NU. After that it won't likely be an Autumn ride. It'll be an early winter ride.

Comment by Rich S on November 6, 2013 at 3:55pm

Kevin, not that I'd want to discourage you from riding Saturday, but I might squeeze in one more ride along the I&M Canal Trail this year. It would either be Nov 23 or Dec 7. It'll all depend on my work load at school so that's tentative. It won't be autumn anymore by then either. 

Comment by Kevin C Dormant on November 6, 2013 at 2:46pm

I'm upgrading my RSVP to a point somewhere between "Attending" and "Might Attend." I've missed out on any rural autumn rides this year and I don't know how many more chances there will be. (The wind forecast doesn't bother me one way or the other.)

Comment by Rich S on November 6, 2013 at 2:29pm

Yeah I'm waiting until tomorrow afternoon to commit one way or the other.

My biggest concern is for anyone who doesn't get the update and shows up too early for the train or meets us at the wrong end of the trail. 

Comment by djm on November 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

Fine by me.  We should check the forecast as we get closer:  Tom Skilling (my personal weather god)'s forecast now says: "Southwest to west winds 12 to 26 mph backing west to northwest in the afternoon." but NWS forecasts the wind shift to be Sat night.

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