Camp Shabonna Woods

Camp Shabonna Woods was the second of Cook County’s brand new camping sites I decided to check out. Located about 30 miles from Logan Square, and almost entirely on trail, Camp Shabonna Woods definitely hits a lot of the “good for beginners” check boxes while keeping the same cyclist friendly reservation and occupancy structure as the […]

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DIY Fire Starter

While there are a lot of things to love about bike camping in the Chicago region, accessibility to dry firewood is not one of them. It’s definitely more of an exception to encounter firewood that is dry enough to light with just kindling than a rule. It’s also hard to find kindling at campsites at […]

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Burnham Greenway

This is not my favorite trail. The Burnham Greenway runs between Chicago’s East Side neighborhood and Munster, Indiana. While the Burnham Greenway is somewhat useful as a connection between other trails, it definitely has one glaring 2 mile hole and not a lot of excitement on either side.   The Burnham Greenway is entirely paved, […]

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Camp Bullfrog Lake

  When Cook County announced it would finally be opening some of its forest preserves for camping in 2016, I was thrilled. It seemed so silly that there was all of this great land, but nowhere for sanctioned camping on any of it. After looking over the new sites, I determined that 3 of them […]

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Cal-Sag Trail

  The Cal-Sag Trail (Calumet-Saganashkee) is one of Cook County’s newest trails. The first section opened in July 2015, and construction is still underway on the rest of the trail. This is scheduled to be wrapped up at the end of 2017. Following the I&M Canal for its current whole length, the Cal-Sag has a […]

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Robert McClory Bike Path

As the final Illinois component of the length of trail from Chicago to Kenosha, the Robert McClory Bike Path picks up close to the end of the Green Bay Trail  and jogs north closely following the Metra UP-N line to Greak Lakes, where the trail turns slightly and remains west of the Metra off of the lakeshore by […]

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Green Bay Trail

Picking up just south of the Wilmette stop on the UP-N Metra line, the Green Bay Trail connects Wilmette to Highland Park, where you can ultimately pick up the Robert McClory Bike Path. It’s a short ride through Evanston from the North Shore Channel Trail, as such a pretty low stress ride to get to. This trail […]

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North Shore Channel Trail

The North Shore Channel Trail was the first bike trail I ever rode in Chicago. While it’s not particularly long or interesting, it is pretty useful as a connector (and completely paved!). You may know it as the Skokie Sculpture Garden trail as it’s the trail that winds past all of the truly ugly sculptures north […]

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Handle Bar Bags

I spent a lot of time researching the best bar bag and finally settled on Arkel’s small handle bar bag. While most of my other gear is Ortlieb, and they make a reasonable bar bag, Arkel ultimately won me over.   Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors, Arkel is completely focused on utility and durability […]

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