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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Blackwell Forest Preserve

Blackwell is one of the closest and easiest rides out of regional campgrounds. Located immediately off the Prairie Path between Wheaton and Warrenville, it’s about a 35 mile ride from Logan Square. Perhaps because it is so close, it’s a site I go to every year.   At $30 a night for non DuPage residents, […]

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