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Tenth Step Ride

Time: October 25, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Location: The Clock Tower
Street: 3700 N. Recreation Drive
City/Town: Chicago
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Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2014

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No, this isn't about continuing to take personal inventory and promptly admitting when we were wrong.

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, including this time), and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

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.

45 miles total if you take the Metra back, 70 if you ride both ways. 16-19 mph. I like to get there before they open at noon (it's the third-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line). Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Metra schedule, Metra rules, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

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Comment by bobweiser on October 26, 2014 at 8:01pm

mid-late afternoon on sat. i'm afraid it's not atypical. the key is to get there (or to have a buddy get there) early. or to go during the week.

Comment by Brett Miller on October 26, 2014 at 7:58pm
is the two hour wait typical? Last time I rode on May, we waited two hours, too. Beer and food was good and all, but two hours?'
Comment by bobweiser on October 26, 2014 at 7:40pm

all the way from niles? that's a trip! too bad about the line. glad you had a nice day and a nice meal at flossmoor station. hope we can ride together next time.

Comment by Peggy Reins on October 26, 2014 at 4:50pm

Oh, and I forgot about the flat tire so we were pretty late to 3 Floyds.

Comment by Peggy Reins on October 26, 2014 at 4:26pm

Yes, we did!  It was a great day!!! Thanks for the map and cue sheet including notes on Metra departures from the Flossmoor station. If any group departed from the clock tower, we missed them. We were biking from Niles and had some difficulty navigating over to the lakefront path to get to the ride start, so we were late.  We also ran into a couple of events that made biking the lakefront impossible between the museum campus and McCormick Place.  By the time we got to 3 Floyds the wait to get in was about two hours, so we followed the cue sheet and had a wonderful meal at the Flossmoor Station before taking the train back into the city.  By the way, the conductors were very friendly and accommodating -- something I don't always experience on Metra.  I had never taken the Metra Electric line before and loved how you can roll your bike right onto the train.

Comment by bobweiser on October 25, 2014 at 10:44pm

so did you in fact go? hope you did, and it was great!

Comment by Peggy Reins on October 24, 2014 at 9:19pm

But we can follow a cue sheet.  Printed out and ready to go.

Comment by Peggy Reins on October 24, 2014 at 9:18pm

I'm a guest -- signed a waiver -- and plan to ride with a friend.  We've never done it either and are unreliable as leaders

Comment by bobweiser on October 23, 2014 at 4:44pm

young, i can't make it on sat. it looks like it'll be a nice, if breezy, day. with gps and the cue sheet, and an adventurous spirit, i think you'd be fine.  :-)

Comment by Deet 4.5mi on October 22, 2014 at 2:32pm
I am also planning on doing the 11/22 ride.

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