Join us as we provide an in-depth guided look at the different regions of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area by Bike.
The Great Marsh: Migrations from the North -Sept. 29th - 30th 2018
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 7:11 PM CDT
Trails | Wetlands | Flight | Dunes
A Ride to Indiana Dunes from Chicago, in association with "Bike Your Park day".
Ridership Level: Easy | Pace 12 mph | Travel time: 5 hours | Mileage: Day One 65 | Day Two Train
The Great Marsh is the largest interdunal wetland in the Lake Michigan watershed and we are going to put you in the heart of it. We will learn about bird migration, the struggle and birth of a National Park, and of course hike the dunes. Day Two is full of exploration of the park by foot and Day 1 is the all about the bike ride with historical breakpoints.
The Lake Michigan shoreline of Southern Chicago and Northwestern Indiana reveal the marks of a century-long conflict over land use in the region. Sand dunes, steel mills, power lines, marsh land, and a commercial harbor share a ten-mile stretch along the lakeshore. These blimp in time squabbles may pale in comparison to what laid here tens of thousands of years ago... We'll learn the struggle for a National Park and discover the birthplace of ecology, the rise of Steel, and pop in one of the last remaining wood-smoked seafood shacks in Illinois, for a mouth-watering snack.
Let's transport back to the 1893's Worlds fair as we cruise along Chicago's world class museum campuses, Daniel Burnham, and Jackson Parks, to the beginnings of green spaces in Chicago.
And most important of all, spend an evening enjoying the Sand Dunes of the Indiana Dunes Lake Shore and State Park.
The North Loop Ride -200 Miles | Two Days
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Chain-O-Lakes State Park.
-Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 5:30 AM – Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 7:30 PM CDT
Featuring: Glaciers | Topography | And Stories of the Untold
Ridership Level: moderate-advanced | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 7 hours | Mileage: Day One 95 | Day Two 95 | Round-trip 190
Learn about the topography, get googly-eyed over king styled mansions & Hollywood movie homes. We'll celebrate with live music near beach volleyball courts, discover two State Parks in one day, overnight in a cabin, and the list goes on! This all comes with history, architecture and nature by our 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 farmland rural roads, historic towns, and rolling rivers. It will refresh the needing adventure.
Autumn Sun Harvest Tour
Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Illinois Beach State Park.
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 7:30 PM CDT
Fall Color Tour | Bike overnight | 2 Days
Ridership Level: Easy-Moderate | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 5 hours | Mileage: Day One 52 | Day Two 65
Get ready for crisp cool air mornings and the smell of autumn, as we tour the forests of Northeastern Illinois. A seasonal landscape, where vast tracks of color flush red, yellow and autumn bronze, in the valley of the DesPlaines. A regional ride through the woods and prairies that lie beyond Chicago. But before we get there… house pumpkins, gourds, and cider fill the north shore communities, as we travel north and feast our eyes upon architectural masterpieces.
Learn about the towns, the lay of the land, and the unique ecosystems along the way, as we drop knowledge on top of your noggins at each break point.
We’ll ride to and camp on the youngest land in the state at Illinois Beach State Park, discover the Dead River, go on a guided Nature walk, and learn what the Chicago area looked like before European settlement. And what better way to end our first day of riding than to relax around a campfire, on a cool night with warm apple cider on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Day 2 Fall Foliage. Full Day in the The Woods. Lunch at Chicago Botanical Gardens. Plus so much more…
This is not an out and back route but a true bike loop starting at Buckingham Fountain, to the Wisconsin State Line, through the Valley of DesPlaines, and back to the city metropolis –Chicago. Gather some friends, check out the itinerary, and let’s have a good time.
Decemberg: Winter in the Woods
The History and Beginnings of the Forest Preserves. A Two-Day Bike Camping Trip
Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
Board the Dark Matter Star Lounge and land at Camp Reinberg for a winter night in the woods. A Two Bike Camping Trip exploring and learning the history and beginnings of the Forest Preserves. Happening Sat. & Sun. December 9th-10th
Registration Coming Soon