First thread, here goes:
I'm Stephen, 27 and lover of road bikes and trips for only 3-4 years. The irony is I moved to Chicago 3ish years ago..
Commuting by bike in Chicago is many things: exciting, efficient, and encouraging. Biking wakes you up, saves you money, and propels you to tomorrow.
Then there's long-distance. Not racing nor training, but biking as travel. I've biked to Southwest Michigan and Southeast Wisconsin - both trips similar in distance and difficulty.
Anyone have a good 2 day/1 night group trip model they recommend?
I & M Canal Trail is "groomed trail". Does this mean it would be road bike friendly?
mindfrieze said:Take Metra to Joliet and bike the I&M Canal trail to Starved Rock and back. I think it's around 60 miles one way.
Jeff, according to Mapquest - shortest distance, avoiding highways, toll roads and seasonally closed roads mind you - it's around 12 miles from the Joilet Metra station to US-6 and South McKinley Woods Road. It's probably a bit shorter than that because the closest trailhead is actually east of S McKinley and US-6.
Do you have directions from the Joliet train station to the trailhead? Thanks.