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Ride Schedule From 06/22/18 Thru 08/21/18
2016 EBC Ride Schedule

   

RIDE

PACE

Casual

Moderate

Fast

(F+) Fast Plus

Very Fast

(V+) Very Fast Plus

10-12 mph

13-15 mph

15-17 mph

17-20 mph

20+ mph

22+ mph

 

Summer 2018 Rides   Effective: 06/01/18

 

Please see each ride for start location:

“Panera start” = Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

“Chandler start” = Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston

“Remote start” = as shown

 

PLEASE: NO BIKES ON PANERA PATIO OR LEANING ON WINDOWS!

Do NOT park in the Panera parking lot:

On weekends, parking is available in the Metra lot along Poplar Drive south of Greenleaf

On weekdays, parking is available a few blocks east on Greenleaf Ave: make sure signs allow all-day parking where you park!

  

Rides will not take place if there is snow or ice on the surface of the road, or if it's raining or snowing.

Don't forget to check Weekly Rides for regular recurring rides and Rides Forum for rides added, changed, or canceled at the last minute!

Click here for: Ride sign-in sheet for ride leader.

 

NOTE: Rides showing “LEADER NEEDED” are not scheduled!

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
06/23 Sat 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden: Panera start ~ Connie Uselman
We will ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden and spend about an hour walking through the gardens and having lunch.
06/24 Sun 8:30 AM
37             M
Lake Forest Estate Lane: Panera start ~ Joanne Davis
Estate Lane and view of Albert Lasker's remaining estate buildings.  Lunch stop at Bannockburn Green.
06/26 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll take a scenic, but less than direct route to Riverwoods.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
06/28 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Glencoe & Homer's Ice Cream: Chandler start ~ Cynthia Karabush
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will ride through residential streets up to Glencoe, stop at Homer's for ice cream, then ride back to Chandler.
06/29 Fri 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Chandler start ~ Cynthia Karabush
In honor of the royal wedding and its taste of British traditions, Cynthia's revising her usual "sweet" route. Help her celebrate the U.K.'s National Cream Tea Day by searching out tea & scones on our way to Highland Park for lunch! There will be an opportunity to buy specialty teas before our return to Wilmette.
http://www.creamteasociety.co.uk/national-cream-tea-day
06/30 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Civil War Days at Lakewood Forest Preserve($) - Remote: Village Green Park in Northbrook ~ Peter Glaser
 Remote Start - Village Green Park in Northbrook, located at the corner of Walters & Meadow Rd
 
We will ride out to Wauconda for lunch at Lindy's or Bulldogs.  After lunch, we will enjoy a visit to Civil War Days.
 
The boom of cannons, the crack of rifle shots, and the galloping of horse hooves will welcome you to the Civil War Days encampment at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Admission is $5 for seniors and $10 for other adults.  Get $1 off admission with this coupon
Bring a lock for your bike.
• Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln, Civil War era generals, Harriet Tubman & Sojourner Truth.
• Wander through civilian camps to see artisans and tradesmen at work.
• Experience a soldier's life with reenactments of pay day, weapon checks, drills and mail call.
• See drills and demonstrations by cavalry, infantry and artillery units.
• Explore public amusements and horticultural and domestic arts exhibitions at the 1863 Summer Fair.
• Shop Civil War era vendors.

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
07/01 Sun 8:00 AM
61             F+
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso
Melissa will lead a Fast Plus Group (17-20mph) leaving Briston Woods at 08:00AM!
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at Fast Plus (17-20mph).  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.
07/01 Sun 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Bluff: Panera start ~ Joanne Davis
Low end of moderate pace (about 13 mph). Come join us as we journey up to Panera at Route 176.  We'll travel through the Botanic Gardens, Ridge Ave, skirting Lake Forest Hospital.  Returning via the Bike Path and Ft. Sheridan route.
07/01 Sun 9:00 AM
63             F
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Leader Needed
LEADER NEEDED for FAST group (15-17mph) leaving Bristol Woods at 09:00AM.
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at Fast pace (15-17mph).  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 7:30 AM.
07/03 Tue 9:00 AM
55             M
Libertyville - Liberty Restaurant: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We will celebrate Independence Day with a ride to Libertyville and lunch at the Liberty restaurant.  If there are enough riders interested and another ride leader, there may also be a Fast section.
07/03 Tue 6:30 PM
             M
Tuesday Night Fireworks & Feast Ride: Panera start ~ John Chisholm
Remote start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
EBC Fireworks Enthusiasts:
 
On Tuesday, July 3rd, we will have a triple action-packed night of cycling, eating, and oohing-ahing. Once again Wilmette will be celebrating the '3rd of July' in grand style.  This includes a spectacular fireworks display at Gillson Park at the lakefront, starting at 9:30 pm.
 
This ride will start at Panera in Wilmette at 6:30pm.   We will meander around the North Shore at a very moderate pace, and we will proceed under our own 2-wheel power to the Wilmette fireworks.
 
We plan to sit on the eastern lawn (near the public sidewalk) of the Baha'i Temple, on Sheridan Road just south of the Wilmette harbor, for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. 
 
Feel free to join us for one or more of these activities.   Lights and helmets are mandatory, mosquito repellent and something to sit on are recommended.   It should be an enjoyable Summer night and pre-Independence Day celebration.
 
07/04 Wed 9:00 AM
30             M
DesPlaines River Trail - Remote: Libertyville ~ Peter Glaser
Do you enjoy riding your bike on a quiet, scenic trail? Perhaps you are a bit tired of sharing the road with cars. Join us on the north section of the Des Plaines river trail (DPRT). The DPRT has a crushed limestone surface, suitable for bikes with wider-tires. We will begin the ride on the DPRT at Buckley Road (176) in Libertyville, adjacent to Independence Grove FP. We will ride north to Rosecrans Road (173), take a quick break, and then retrace our path to Buckley Road. We will enjoy lunch at Wildberry Café at the end of the ride, so those with afternoon holiday plans can skip lunch and hop back in their cars. 
 
Parking is available in the shopping center on the SE corner of Milwaukee (21) and Buckley (176). Additional parking is available at the Wildberry Café on the SW corner of Milwaukee (21) and Buckley (176). Riders will meet on the DPRT on the north side of Buckley, 300 yards east of Milwaukee. Please note that Independence Grove charges non-Lake County residents a small parking entry fee.
 
07/05 Thu 9:00 AM
32             C
Views of the Lake from Ft. Sheridan: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein
This week's Thursday Casual Ride goes to Ft. Sheridan
07/07 Sat 9:00 AM
             M
To be determined - Remote start ~ Ken Schulein
Ride to be determined
07/07 Sat 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Forest Glen: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
We'll head west to the Valley Line / Skokie Line Trail at Dempster and ride to Bryn Mawr, then stop iin Forest Glen for a rest stop.  We'll return to the new extension of the North Branch Trail, ride east thru the city to the Channel Trail at Argyle, then home.
07/08 Sun 9:00 AM
40             F
Cantigny Park, Wheaton - Remote: Villa Park ~ Brian Montigney
The ride starts in Villa Park and travels roads through scenic western suburbs until circling the Fermilab in Batavia. After that we stop at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for lunch and a tour of the First Division Museum and/or McCormick Mansion and the Park Gardens. There is a Dairy Queen on the return route shortly before the end of the ride.
 
The ride is relatively short – 40 miles – so that we have time to explore this hidden treasure of a park/museum. Here is the link to the Cantigny website:  http://www.cantigny.org/
 
One way to get to the start of the ride is:
 
·         Go South on the Tollway (I-294)
·         Exit West onto I-290 towards Rockford/IL 64  
·         Immediately, at the first interchange, go West on North Ave (IL 64)
·         Go Left (south) at IL 83 
·         Go Right (west) at St. Charles Ave
·         Go Left (south) in three blocks at Villa Ave
·         Go Right (west) in two blocks at Kenilworth Ave. (If you cross railroad tracks you have gone too far)
·         Shortly after turning onto Kenilworth, you'll find public parking on the right, from which the ride will start. It is a U-shaped parking lot around a little park, which doubles as a trail head for the Great Western Bicycle Trail.  The public parking lot is located right behind the More Brewing Company at 126 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL, 60181.
 
Driving from Wilmette takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. 
 
Please send an eMail to either Brian, whippetsx2@gmail.com or Diana Montigney, dmontign@gmail.com if you decide to enjoy the outing with us, so no one gets left behind if they are running late!
07/08 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
To Be Determined: Panera start ~ Dana Taylor
Destination to be determined but certainly it will be somewhere fun to ride to and a good lunch before return!
07/10 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
EBC Pool Party: Panera start ~ Shel Orkin
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Shel Orkin will be hosting his annual EBC pool party on Tuesday.   We’ll leave from Panera.  Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.
07/12 Thu 9:00 AM
29             C
Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will be riding to the Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield via a nice meandering route that does not use Deerfield Rd and maintaining EBC's alternative moniker, Eating Biking Club.  Except for eating, this ride is casual: 10-12 mph & 29 miles.
07/12 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Taste of Park Ridge Dinner Ride: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
This week's Thursday Moderate Dinner Ride will go to Taste of Park Ridge - featuring a variety of local restaurant food vendors and live entertainment.
07/14 Sat 7:00 AM
108           F+
Bull Valley: Panera start ~ Steven Schoenfeld
The total distance is about 108 miles. This is one of the more challenging rides on the EBC schedule.
 
Alternative remote start for a 68 mile ride: Deerfield Panera on Milwaukee @ 08:30am.  Please notify ride leader if you intend to meet there!
07/14 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
We will ride at a moderate pace (13 – 15 mph) to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking. The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).
Lunch will be at the Panera in Lake Bluff.  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.  Our total distance will be around 45 miles.
07/14 Sat 9:00 AM
41             F
Discover Deerfield: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
We will take a meandering route to lunch at the Rhapsody Cafe in Deerfield, a town we often ride past, but not into.
07/15 Sun 8:00 AM
72             F/F+
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Northbrook Village Green ~ Jeff Miller (F) / Will Heelan (F+)
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow). 
 
Jeff Miller will lead a Fast group (16-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
 
We will ride through the rolling hills of Barrington Hills, passing horse farms and mansions.  We will continue beyond Barrington, riding along the scenic Fox River.  Then, we pick up a few miles of the Prairie & Fox River Bike Trail which is flat, nicely paved and surrounded by lovely wooded areas.  Lunch will be at a small cafe along the bike path in East Dundee.  After lunch, we return on the bike trail and then onto some different hills and more horse farms and mansions.
 
07/15 Sun 8:30 AM
25             M
Breakfast Club to North Center: Panera start ~ Sharon Kaminecki
If you like to eat, ride a bike, meet new people, explore different parts of the north shore and Chicago, but dedicate only half a day doing it at a time, this group bicycle ride is for you!  The "Breakfast Club" will ride at a moderate pace to a different neighborhood, stop for breakfast at a pre-selected restaurant, and be back around noon.
 
Join us as we ride to brunch in the North Center neighborhood at Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant, 3655 N Western Ave, Chicago, www.reclaimedbarandrestaurant.com.   Fuel up with a snack before coming out to ride because we will do most of the riding before stopping for breakfast.  Bring cash/credit for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
07/15 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Logan Square Farmers Market: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
We will ride to the Logan Square Farmers Market at a casual pace.  We will stay at the market for a while to walk around, listen to music, eat and buy fresh things to bring home.  Bring a lock for your bike and panniers to carry home your purchases.  Much of the ride will be on the North Shore Channel Trail.
07/17 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Lake Forest: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Our route to Lake Forest and back will be mostly familiar, with a route variation on the final approach to Lake Forest that will take us along some streets we seldom ride.  Lunch will be at Caputo Cheese Market in Lake Forest.
07/17 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
07/19 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Superdawg: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Ride will be mostly on a trail through the forest preserves.  Destination is Superdawg, a drive-in that is a Chicago Landmark. 
07/21 Sat 8:00 AM
63             F/F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ LEADER NEEDED (F) / Jay Twery (F+)
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  Lunch will be in picturesque downtown Burlington. We will be mostly on scenic rural roads.  On the way back we will stop in Silver Lake for root beer floats.
 
LEADER NEEDED to lead a Fast group (15-17mph) and Jay will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20mph).
07/21 Sat 9:00 AM
25             C
Coffee and Ice Cream Ride: Panera start ~ Jo Gayle
Our Coffee and Ice Cream Ride is going to Highland Park for coffee (not sure where yet), and then to Graeter's on Green Bay Rd. in Hubbard Woods for ice cream!  We will ride at a high casual/low moderate pace (11-13 mph).
07/22 Sun 8:30 AM
70             F
Jelly Belly Ride - Remote: Lake Forest Northcroft Park ~ Jeff Miller

Remote Start: Northcroft Park - located at the southeast corner of Old Elm & Ridge in Lake Forest. The main entrance is on Ridge, south of Old Elm.

We will ride up to Pleasant Prairie, WI to visit the Jelly Belly distribution center. Our lunch stop will be at Culver's in Pleasant Prairie. After lunch, we will head over to the Jelly Belly center where you will find a plethora of sugary snacks. Make sure you have some way to carry your Jelly Belly purchases home with you. And, just to ensure you don't lose weight on this ride, we will stop at Culver's in Gurnee on the way home for an ice cream sundae or root beer float!
07/22 Sun 9:00 AM
30             C
Fort Sheridan & La Casa de Isaac: Panera start ~ Bill Benjamin
Enjoy a casual ride up to Fort Sheridan.  On the route back, stop for a unique Mexican brunch at La Casa de Isaac in Highland Park.
07/24 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Mitsuwa: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll ride to Mitsuwa, a popular Japanese food court in Arlington Heights.
07/26 Thu 9:00 AM
27             C
Seafood City: Chandler start ~ Connie Uselman
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: How many trails can one take in a morning ride? Let's find out. Is it possible to connect the new Skokie Valley Trail (south) to the Sauganash Trail to the Chicago River North Branch Trail to the Channel Trail? Join us and see. For fuel and refreshments we will graze at Seafood City, a Filipino Supermarket. This market contains many quick-serve grilling stations. Bring a pannier for take home treats.
 
Round trip is 25 to 27 miles, back around 2 pm.
 
07/27 Fri 
             Any
Amishland and Lakes: July 27-29 ($) - Remote: LaGrange, Indianna ~ Jo Gayle
Amishland and Lakes, based at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana is a two day bike tour of the Amish countryside and lakes of northeast Indiana.
 
The Amishland and Lakes bicycle tour visits a world where lifestyles have remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. The routes range from 22 to 100 miles, offering smooth, quiet roads, where buggies are numerous and cars are few. There are wide open spaces, clean country air, friendly people and lots of great food. There is plenty to explore, experience and eat. Amishland and Lakes is famous for great SAG food (watermelons, peaches, blueberries, bananas and fresh baked cookies), and on Saturday there are Amish bakeries, restaurants and homemade ice cream parlors along the route for riders who want to sample local "home cooking".
 
ROUTES: On Saturday riders will have a choice of 22, 38, 52, 67, or 100 miles over smooth, quiet lightly traveled roads with few hills. The 67 and 100 mile routes pass through Shipshewana, and the 52, 67 and 100 mile routes loop through the lake filled scenic countryside around Wolcottville. On Sunday, we have routes of 23, 29, 39, and 50 that travel east through Amish country and the Pigeon River Nature area.  Friday Ride Option: For those who wish to ride on Friday we suggest the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
 
For instructions, directions, and general information follow this link. http://www.amishlandandlakes.com/index.html
 
Here's a link to lodging: http://www.lagrangechamber.org/list/ql/where-to-sleep-31
 
Jo is planning on staying at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana: http://www.bluegategardeninn.com/.  Her recommendation for anyone planning on doing the optional Friday ride is to stay in Shipshewana.  There's also a number of lodging options in Howe, Indiana.  If you have any questions, please contact Jo Gayle at jigcsr@gmail.com.
 
Jo will be leading an EBC group at low end of Moderate (11-13 mph) but the ride accommodates riders at any pace if you wish to ride at a different speed.
 
07/28 Sat 8:00 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.  Steven will be leading the group at Fast pace (15-17mph) If there is interest and another rider leader, there may be another group riding at Fast Plus (17-20mph).
 
Expect some very challenging hills, especially on the loop around Lake Geneva.  Be sure to bring a bike with the appropriate gearing for steep hills.
07/28 Sat 8:00 AM
77             F
Pierogi Fest in Whiting: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
JOIN US AS WE Ride from Wilmette down Chicago's Lakefront path, along part of the Burnham Greenway Bike path and past Wolf Lake to Pierogi Fest. Some street fests subsist of bad bands and overpriced beer. Pierogi Fest takes a different tack: tacky (in a good way).  Highlights include Eastern Bloc Jeopardy, THREE STAGES FOR LIVE MUSIC and, of course, a pierogi-eating contest. Go hungry. FREE ADMISSION

Option to meet us at the Clock Tower by Marovitz Golf Course on the Lakefront Path in Chicago. The Clock Tower is at the south end of the golf course at Recreation Dr. (South of Irving Park, North of Belmont Harbor.)  Metered parking  is available in the lot east or west of the tennis courts - allow at least 8 hours for the ride.  We should be there around 9:00 am.
07/28 Sat 8:45 AM
65             F
Waterford Factory Ride - Remote: Waterford, WI ~ Leader Needed
Remote Start: Waterford Precision Cycles 816 W. Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI
Get out of the city and head to Wisconsin for some beautiful, rural riding!   See how top quality, custom bicycles are built.
 
This will be a joint ride with Milwaukee's Cream City Cycle Club.  Come early for the factory tour.  Richard Schwinn will give a tour of the Waterford Precision Cycles Factory from 8:00 am to 8:30 am.  The ride will start at 8:45 am.  The route will be on beautiful, quiet Wisconsin roads with rolling hills.
 
Allow 1.5 hours from Evanston to Waterford:  take I-94 to WI-20 west (exit 333), turn left on Jefferson St (Cty W), go south 1 mile, turn right on Bakke.
07/29 Sun 8:00 AM
70             V
EBC Picnic Ride: Panera start ~ Felix Angelov
Starts at: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.
07/29 Sun 8:30 AM
42             F+
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Brian Montigney
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/29 Sun 8:30 AM
40             F
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Tom Witt & Jeff Miller
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.  From Chandler, ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.  If there are a lot of riders again for this Fast ride, Jeff Miller will lead a second section!
07/29 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Marty Horn
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.

We'll leave from Lighthouse Park for a ride through the northern suburbs.  
07/29 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Ed Culp
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
08/02 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Glen: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will journey to the Glen. Our ride will take us around the Techny conservation basin as well as the beautiful park by the Glen. We will stop at the Corner Bakery for a snack.
08/04 Sat 8:00 AM
60-80       V+
Barrington Hills - Remote: Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start VF+ Ride to Barrington Hills. Will start at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve (18163 W Checker Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047) at 08:00 Sharp. We will ride in the Barrington Hills area for 60-80 miles with a short stop in the middle. Contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com if you plan on riding so you can get any last moment changes/updates.
08/04 Sat 8:30 AM
60             F
Wauconda - Remote: Village Green Park, Northbrook ~ Steve Tattleman
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow).  If you drive, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just southeast of the park, where you should be able to park.
 
We will ride from Northbrook to Wauconda and have lunch at Docks (Docks Bar & Grill - on the waterfront of Bangs Lake).  Culver's ice cream on the way home.
 
 
08/05 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back By Noon / North Shore Channel: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
On this ride we'll follow the North Shore Channel Trail into the city past Riverview to Belmont, visiting Ravenswood Gardens/Ravenswood Manor. There will be a rest/food stop halfway at Beans & Bagel, Rockwell and Leland.  Most of the ride is on paved trails in parks or on lightly traveled city streets.
08/07 Tue 9:00 AM
48             M
Panera to Panera, the long way: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: A slightly meandering route from Panera (Wilmette) to Panera (Lake Bluff).
08/09 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Chocolate Shoppe: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn
 This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Take a casual ride to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream.   
08/11 Sat 7:00 AM
100           F+
Century Ride to Wisconsin: Panera start ~ Steven Schoenfeld
This ride will pass by the golden Pyramid House and its Colossus and by Lake Shangri-La with its life extending waters.
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Picnic Basket Restaurant in Libertyville: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
The Picnic Basket is known for it's distinctive gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads (Picnic Basket Menu).  The distance will be 50 miles and the pace around 16 mph.
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
26             C
Northbrook Court - Remote: Bucephalus Bikes ~ Joanne Davis
Remote Start:  Bucephalus Bikes, 1424 Lake St, Evanston (a few blocks west of Ridge)
 
Journey to the Corner Bakery at Northbrook Court
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
35             M
Botanic Garden Kite Festival: Panera start ~ Will Heelan
Ride up to the Botanic Garden for the Kite Festival.  We will enjoy a synchronized kite flying team performance set to music by the Chicago Fire Kite Team.  See a video here: Chicago Fire Kite Team @ Botanic.  There will be very simple food (sandwiches and hot dogs) available at the festival.
 
We will ride at the high end of moderate - 15 mph.
 
Our very indirect and circuitous route to the Botanic Garden will head north on Sheridan Road, taking some familiar routes to Highland Park, but with a few different twists and turns.  We will meander into some neat little nooks and crannies and travel on a couple of obscure little bike paths which you may not have seen before.  Around 11:30 am, we will enter Botanic Garden from the north, lock up our bikes and head out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the festival and head south through the forest preserves and take the scenic route through Indian Hills golf course, getting back to Wilmette around 2:30 pm for an optional stop at Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette.
 
Please bring a lock for your bike and be prepared for about a 5 minute walk out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  It is wise to bring a hat since we will be sitting in the grass out in the sun watching the kites.  For more info, follow this link - Kite Festival
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
50             M
Gus's Drive In, Remote Start: Wisconsin Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein
50 mile ride in Wisconsin hills with lunch at the famed Gus's Drive-In, 3131 Main St, East Troy, WI.
 
Remote Start: Brighton Dale Golf Course. Take I-94 North. 7.5 miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles. Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
08/12 Sun 8:30 AM
25             M
Breakfast Club to Lincoln Square: Panera start ~ Sharon Kaminecki
If you like to eat, ride a bike, meet new people, explore different parts of the north shore and Chicago, but dedicate only half a day doing it at a time, this group bicycle ride is for you!  The "Breakfast Club" will ride at a moderate pace to a different neighborhood, stop for breakfast at a pre-selected restaurant, and be back around noon.
 
Join us as we ride to brunch at Fork, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, www.forkchicago.com,  the farm to table restaurant in Lincoln Square voted as having the #1 rated chicken and waffles.  Fuel up with a snack before coming out to ride because we will do most of the riding before stopping for breakfast.  Bring cash/credit card for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
08/12 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side: Panera start ~ LEADER NEEDED
 
Join us for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
08/12 Sun 11:30 AM
66             F+
Bristol Woods dinner ride - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso
Remote Start: Bristol Woods, Wisconsin
 
This is an afternoon ride from Bristol Woods County Park to Lyons WI. We will go in the opposite direction then most of the rides this year, and on a slightly different route. Since we will be starting late in the day, there won't be a stop tor a sit down lunch during the ride. There will still be 3 rest stops and all have some sort of food  available.  This will be a beautiful hilly ride in rural Wisconsin with a few small towns, some horses, cows, and barns along the way. There are a couple of new roads to try so there could be a last minute surprise.
 
The real purpose of the ride is to go to the Colony House Supper Club for dinner, which is on the route for many club rides in the area. It's intriguing because it's in the middle of nowhere, and looks frozen in time. You are welcome to come on the ride and/or to the dinner, but you must eMail Melissa Gattuso at melissa.gattuso@icloud.com no later then Friday afternoon if you want to go to the Supper Club (6:00pm). The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from the Park.
 
Restaurant: Colony House Supper Club
 
Directions to start: Bristol Woods County Park. Take I-94 North. A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance. Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
08/14 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lambs Farm: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
 
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: We'll lunch in the popular restaurant at this famed institution for the developmentally disabled.
08/14 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
08/16 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Northbrook and Georgie V's: Chandler start ~ Ken Schulein
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We will ride at a casual pace (10-12 mph) to Georgie V's Restaurant in Northbrook.  On the way, we'll stop to see the velodrome and you may have a chance to ride  a loop or two if you wish. 
 
This ride starts at Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston.  We will meet at the American Legion building because of the summer camp.
 
08/17 Fri 
             M/F
Mad City Weekend - REMOTE: Fitchburg, WI $ ~ Sharon Kaminecki (M), Local Leader (F)
Mad City Weekend
Fri 8/17 to Sun 8/19 Moderate, and Sat 8/18 Fast Section led by local leader from Bike Fitchburg.
 
Join us for one, two, or three days of cycling in Madison, WI and see why Madison was awarded Platinum, and Fitchburg Silver, Bicycle Friendly Community status by the League of American Bicyclists.  This year we are partnering with Bike Fitchburg, who will help us experience the best roads and trails, innovative bike infrastructure (including a "bicycle roundabout"), and scenery for cycling in the area as only a local can know.  Besides moderately paced rides Fri., Sat., and Sun. this year we will have a fast paced ride led by a local on Sat.  We will meet each day at the Panera Bread, 2960 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, and have optional group dinners Fri. and Sat. nights.  Further details will follow, but for now, save the date, and make your hotel reservation at the Wyndham Garden Madison Fitchburg, 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, 608-274-7200 (Wyndham Garden Madison-Fitchburg), or other digs.  RSVP to Sharon via text at 773-442-2549 or email at Sharon@earthridercycling.com so we know you are planning to join the fun!
 
08/17 Fri 9:00 AM
20             M
Air & Water Show - Remote: South Blvd & Chicago Ave ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  South Blvd & Chicago Ave, Evanston
Even on a hot August day this is an easy ride, mostly along Chicago’s lakefront bike path, following the bike route through East Rogers Park on the way.  We’ll watch the show at Fullerton Avenue.  The Friday Chicago Air & Water Show, while technically a rehearsal, is a full-blown production.  It starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.  Chicago Air & Water Show.
08/18 Sat 8:00 AM
38             C
Oak Park: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
We will ride at a casual pace to Oak Park.  Our planned destination is Prairie Bread Kitchen http://www.prairiebreadkitchen.com/ in downtown Oak Park.  We will probably get to Oak Park by 10 am and return to Panera in Wilmette by 1 pm.  Casual riders, don't forget to wake up earlier than usual - we start at 8 am. 
08/18 Sat 9:00 AM
57             F+
Melissa's Bday Ride! - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso (F+), Jeff Miller (F)
JOIN MELISSA GATTUSO FOR HER 57 MILE BDAY RIDE IN SCENIC SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN!
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at the high end of Fast.  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.  This 2017 route uses the detour to avoid construction on Rt. 142.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.

Melissa will lead a Fast Plus section (17-20mph) and Jeff Miller will lead a Fast section (15-17 mph).
08/19 Sun 
10  to  68 M
The Wright Ride - Remote: Oak Park - Remote: Oak Park ~ Jo Gayle & Cynthia Karabush
Sponsored by the Oak Park Cycle Club the 2018 Wright Ride takes place on Sunday, Aug 19th in Oak Park.  This is the 12th year for this family friendly ride, which offers 10, 30, 50 and 68 mile supported ride options through beautiful tree-lined, architecturally rich communities.  Please contact Jo Gayle for more information at jigcsr@gmail.com.     http://www.oakparkcycleclub.org/wright-ride
08/19 Sun 8:30 AM
20-25       C
IHOP near the Glen: Panera start ~ Marty Horn
For those who wish to, there will be an option to ride to the top of the Willow Springs Country Club. I did it and it was pretty cool!
08/21 Tue 9:00 AM
52             M
Long Grove : Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: Lunch at Enzo & Lucia In Long Grove: Enzo & Lucia lunch menu.
 
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