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      October 6, 2018

      Saturday   5:30 AM

      301 South Columbus Drive
      Chicago, Illinois 60605

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      The North Loop Ride- 200 Miles | Two Days

      Two Day Bike Trip From Chicago to Chain-O-Lakes State Park and back EVENT DETAILS Start and Finish: Buckingham Fountain Meet 5:30 am at Buckingham Fountain Friday Morning Bike to & Overnight at Chain-O-Lakes State Park Pace: Casual, we ride together as a group. No one is left behind, a Guide is always riding in the front and the back Lodging: Primitive Cabin dormitory style (Pack your sleeping bag on your bike. Cabin spot included when you register) Returning Sunday by bike around 7:30pm Two Full Days with our Guides. ​This is a challenging yet very doable 200 mile-ish bike ride. A two day loop leaving from Chicago and returning to Chicago. For this ride our Guides will give you an indepth tour of Northeastern Illinois, as we travel from the heart of Chicago to Chain-O-Lakes State Park.  Learn about the geography, check out Hollywood movie home, get googly-eyed over king styled mansions, celebrate with Live music near beach volleyball courts, Discover two State Parks, overnight in a Cabin, the list goes on! This all comes with guided history, culture, and nature from our Tour Guides. Pedal along ancient Shorelines, where woolly mammoths once trekked and American Indians footed through native lands. Meander and traverse through prairies and oak savannas, under leafy green canopies and wide eyed vistas. Witness the brilliance of engineering architects as you roll through canyoning towers of stone and steel marvels built by the mighty hands of men from around the world. This well deserved bike adventure is as bright as the gleaming blue waters of lake michigan coupled with rural farmland roads, historic towns, and rolling rivers. It will refresh the needed adventure. WHAT TO BRING Required Items • Your bike! • Sleeping gear/bag • Cash/Debit/Credit Card for food and your drinks• Photo I.D and Emergency contact Info• Two spare inner tubes.• Water bottle. • Bike LIGHTS, front and rear.• Lock for your bike.• High Energy Snacks • Personal Items- There are showers at the cabins so bring your own soap, small towel and deodorant. • Helmet- (Optional, it’s not against Illinois State Law if you decide not to wear a helmet. It’s up to you if you want to wear one.) The Tour Guides will have -A bike tool kit, an air pump, a presta/schrader valve adapter, tire lever, chain breaker, and a crescent wrench (for those older bikes), a multi-toolkit, lights and emergency packet. Our guides will help you with any needed repairs *If you have any of the above items please bring them along at your own convenience.  TIPS FOR THE RIDE Bike rack We highly suggest to purchase a back rack if you do not have one already. A bike back rack will improve this trip and any future riding you do on your own. A bike rack will also keep the weight off your shoulders. Stop in your local bike shop to help get your bike geared up. Keep it light and keep it tight! Secure your belongings and keep highly used items accessible when packing. Light weight usually makes for a more enjoyable ride; So don’t bring your living room furniture on the ride. And Avoid dangling straps, they can get entangled in the wheels and cause an accident; Be smart and protect your safety. Other Stuff to Bring You might want to bring, a photo device, pain relievers , comfortable cushion bike gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, information to share. Clothing ​Dress for the season and dress in layers. In the spring and fall the outside temps may be great to wear a T-shirt but when biking the wind can make your chest, hands, and fingers cold. Bring a pair of gloves and a sweater/windbreaker if need be. If a little rain is in the forecast bring a rain jacket. Don’t be afraid of the rain!!! Some the best views is when a storm is on the horizon. If it gets intense there are shelters along the way to sit it out for the moment. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Can anyone ride the North Loop Ride? This ride is a challenge almost back to back 100 mile days, though just about anyone who has ridden a bike for a day can do the North Loop Ride. You should build up your riding distance/endurance to at least 50 miles. Not sure you can ride it? Check out other people who completed the trail here What kind of bike do I need? We recommend a Touring, Road, Urban or Hybrid bike. These types of bikes make for a more comfortable ride. Attaching a bike rack will help carry your daily supplies and keep weight off your shoulders. Do you rent bicycles out to the public? At the moment no. Our goal as we continue to grow we will be able to provide bicycles for participants.  What if I get tired? We champion perseverance and the challenge. We encourage to push on, the reward of completion is great. But if turning around is an absolute must, there is always a train station relatively close by throughout the entirety of the tours. What should I bring for the bike trip?​ Always bring two spare inner tubes (and a bike tool kit if you have one). Dress for the season, during spring and fall make sure to bring gloves for your hands and layer your clothing. Even when the weather is nice, when riding your bike the wind can make you chilly really quick.  What happens if it rains, is the event cancelled? No. We still ride if there is rain. Some of the best views are after a rain storm. Though safety is our top priority. So if there is extreme severe weather we will break and wait it out in a provided shelter, then continue to our destination. How fast do you Ride? What is the pace of this trip? The pace we ride at is around 1215 miles per hour for this trip. This is to accommodate everyone riding the tour, to be able to take in all the views and to be able to ride a second day. You have to remember their is a second day and you should pace yourself. (We are bikers but we are not running a tour de france). What happens if I'm too slow? What happens if I'm too Fast? We ride together as a group.  We do not leave anybody behind. A guide will always be riding at the back and at the front.  What happens if my bike breaks? First, always bring two spare inner tubes. Our prepared Guides are always ready to help, are trained for emergency repairs, and carry extra tools and supplies. CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY Individual/Participant Cancellations: No Refunds | We are a small organization and due to the small group size of our rides, a ticket cancellation/no show has a real impact into the planning of the tour and as such, we cannot provide any refunds for a participant cancellation. By registering you acknowledge and agree there will not be a refund if you cancel or do not show up for the event. Organizer Cancellation: Full Refund | Nobody wants an event to be cancelled. But in the very rare case the organizer does cancel the event at their discretion due to unforeseen circumstances, then registered participants will receive a full refund (excluding the small eventbrite processing fee). To date this organizer has never cancelled an event. Weather and Rain: We do not cancel an event for rain or a storm. We ride rain or shine. Understand that Chicago weather is typically passing, if it gets intense we will wait it out in a provided shelter then continue biking. FYI-Some of the best views and greenery are after a rain storm.     ABOUT US- We're the Out Our Front Door Organization. A bike camping community for Chicagoland. See Our Full Schedule Of Events Here We provide exploratory adventures by immersing and educating in the history, architecture and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.  EXPLORE MORE Drop us a friendly visit at: www.outourfrontdoor.org

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