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The Last of the Summer Tweed Rides


The Last of the Summer Tweed Rides

Time: October 3, 2010 from 12pm to 7pm
Location: O'Sullivan's Public House
Street: 7244 W. Madison
City/Town: Forest Park, IL 60130
Website or Map:…
Phone: 773.278.5669
Event Type: social, microbrews, picnic, bummel, tweed
Organized By: The BBC
Latest Activity: Oct 5, 2010

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Then help us bring Tweed to the Burbs!

Please join the BBC on Sunday, 3 October for The Last of the Summer Tweed Rides. We will gather at O’Sullivan’s Public House around noon.

We hope to depart at 1pm for Villa Park's Lunar Brewpub. We'll be following the Illinois Prairie Path, the oldest Rails to Trails bike-path in the Colonies. The route map is here.

Lunar is a palace for craft beer fanatics. it creates 40 different beers a year, with at least one new brew each week. On tap all the time are Moondance IPA, Raspberry Cream Ale and Total Eclipse Oatmeal Stout. Expect big Belgians during the holidays and season beers for Oktoberfest and St. Patrick's Day. If you're craving something more substantial that the snacks on hand (pizza, popcorn, pretzels and nuts), choose from the delivery menus behind the bar and have a meal brought in from a local restaurant.

After quaffing a few choice pints, we'll proceed to our picnic at The Sheldon Peck Homestead. You can pick up victuals & libations at any number of fine establishments in close proximity to the brewery. The homestead was a station on The Underground Railroad where escaping slaves hid. Peck was an abolitionist as were many of the townspeople in the area. His youngest son, Frank Peck, recalled as many as seven slaves at a time hidden in the house.
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Comment by Bill Watson on October 5, 2010 at 8:56am

Comment by Alan Lloyd on October 5, 2010 at 7:34am
Nice knees, Garth!

On my ride home I thought I'd keep it simple and headed straight along St. Charles Road - which had been scraped for resurfacing a few miles along, I think I may have rattled a few fillings and my kidneys loose (and who knows what fell off of the bike).
Comment by Mike Bullis 5.5-6.5 miles on October 4, 2010 at 9:00pm

Wish I'd taken more pics but I was having too much fun.
Comment by Bill Watson on October 4, 2010 at 8:51pm

Comment by Bill Watson on October 4, 2010 at 7:23pm
My first tweed ride was a great time. I'm really glad I went and look forward to future rides. Found my great uncle's Brooks Brothers hand me down suit coat today so I'll be ready next time! Thanks for such a fun day.
Comment by Dara A. on October 4, 2010 at 5:30pm
What a lovely adventure! Thanks, everyone.
Comment by Alan Lloyd on October 4, 2010 at 9:13am
I'm not sure who didn't know the title of t'other book, besides "Britain by Bike" thgat had inspired a program on British TV recently, but it is "It's All About the Bike: the pursuit of happiness on two wheels" by Robert Penn ...

And, talking about "Britain by Bike", have you seen how the price of the Harold Briercliffe 1950s guides have gone through the roof on eBay in the UK? Originally sold for 2/6, half a dollar (at the time).
Comment by Alan Lloyd on October 3, 2010 at 10:51pm
Home safe, before dark and in time to watch Da Bears (who were bad), 10 hours out of the house on a 56.5 miles round trip.

My photos are here, please excuse my bike posing in front of several views ...
Comment by John on October 3, 2010 at 9:53pm
A very fine day. Thanks to the host and hostess!

More pictures here:
Comment by Mike Bullis 5.5-6.5 miles on October 3, 2010 at 8:21pm
Had a great time and glad to put faces to the screen names.

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