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Pitching a Tent

this is a group for lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, and of course, bicycling to our camping destinations. and the group needs a better name

Location: the great outdoors
Members: 327
Latest Activity: Mar 15

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Lost and found from Zion 9 Replies

Cleaning up we found some items that were left behind, and I also overheard people talking about things that they are missing.So if you lost or found anything while camping post it here! I FOUND a…Continue

Started by Laura. Last reply by Mary K. Million Jan 6.

Howdy all + riding around (part of the) lake 4 Replies

Hello all,I just stumbled on this group while looking around for other Chicago touring/camping bike people. Looks like a good place to be!My wife Allison and I just got back from an 8 day ride around…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Aug 3, 2015.

Something for later in the year

I put this out on another forum and got some interest. There may be a few here as well, especially from the Chicago area.Along my travels the past years a few people have asked about a bike rally in…Continue

Started by Marc A. Irwin Dec 25, 2014.

Fall tour report 3 Replies

We took a 9 day tour in October: train down to Quincy (yay Amtrak roll-on!) then up the Mississippi to Davenport then across the state back to chi. It was a total hoot. I posted a report of the trip…Continue

Started by Joe Kallo. Last reply by Joe Kallo Dec 4, 2014.

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Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on June 24, 2014 at 8:56am

This group has been awfully quiet - so much for all the plans made this winter.

I'm as much to blame as anyone - it's easy to forget about distractions like making a living and family obligations when in the throes of cabin fever.

Anyhow, I'm finally getting out there. My 12 year old daughter and I are doing GITy Up! next weekend (anyone else going?). I'm throughly enjoying the anticipation and preparation; so much so that I'm already thinking about the rest of the summer.

My next "window of opportunity" would be July 21st though the end of the month (the weekend of the 7/26 and 27 looks especially good).

Is there anything in the works, or interest in putting together a group outing?

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on March 1, 2014 at 9:16pm
No sign of warm nights for some time to come. Not sure if setting dates and prepping gear makes the waiting more or less bearable.
Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on March 1, 2014 at 7:12pm

I'm all for it, assuming we have good enough weather.  So far this year, it's been extremely blustery.  Let's hope for this spring to be a big improvement.  I just don't want a snowstorm in late April.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 15, 2014 at 11:27am

Mmmm...mutant locust kebobs...

Either of those weekends work for me, bit it looks like they don't start taking reservations until May1, so I assume it's first come/serve. I would assume that won't be a problem early in the season.

I'm new here - have there been many group outings? Are we just handful or a full-fledged mob?

Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 1:24pm

of course, when we go, there will be a biblical locust plague or alien bug invasion that will become mutated by the nuke powerplant nearby.

the weekend after easter? the first weekend in may is cinco de mayo season and likely a CHAOS event. the weekend of may 10/11 seems open. the weekend after that, im hoping to ride/camp to indy for the muddy roots festival spring weekender.

Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 14, 2014 at 1:08pm

OK then. Trepidation addressed. Sounds like I need to start thinking about dates.

Comment by igz on February 14, 2014 at 1:00pm

people just love to complain!!  yes, bugs...there are bugs.  it even rains sometimes!! crazy right? the great outdoors and such. 

ive never really noticed a litter problem either. and generally, if i see something, i pick it up.  i somehow dont recall walking around all day picking up trash and swatting bugs off me any time i camped there.

it is a nice park, the sites on the northern edge under the pines are the nicest IMO. its an easy trip, and access to metra to ride back if yer bum is still sore or you just dont feel like riding back.

ive had a blast every single time ive been!

Comment by JustWill on February 14, 2014 at 12:59pm
Zion!
Comment by Andy J (9.2 miles) on February 14, 2014 at 12:55pm

Camping n00b here - how is the Zion site? I've read mixed reviews on the interwebs. Folks complaining about bugs and litter.

Comment by John on February 14, 2014 at 12:10pm

Igz, let's set up a Zion trip asap. I took the Metra to Kenosha a few weeks ago and all I could think about on the train was camping up there!

 

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