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A Bike Ride to Indiana Dunes State Park
A One Day Bicycle Adventure
Free Tour! Say What?!
When: Saturday, September 24th
Start: Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, IL
Meet: 7:15 am
Departing: Promptly at 8 am
Ride to: Indiana Dunes State Park
Return by Train to Chicago (Take the 5:51pm or 10:22 pm Train. You choose)
Need a bike? Rent one here
-This is a challenging yet very doable 55 mile bike ride. A guided adventure tour, leaving from Chicago and returning to Chicago.
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 battled and 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 the Earth's geological forces that shaped this land.
Let's transport back to 1893's World’s 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 pop in one of the last remaining wood-smoked seafood shacks in Illinois, for a mouth-watering snack.
And most important of all, spend an evening enjoying the Sand Dunes of the Indiana Dunes Lake Shore.
***Tour Size: 15 people
Who are we? Visit us at www.outourfrontdoor.org
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.
For this ride our guides will give you an in-depth tour of the South Eastern Chicago and Northwestern Indiana region, as we travel from the heart of Chicago to Indiana Dunes State Park. Then Relax on the beach and Dunes before taking an evening train home.
The only trains available to carry bikes are out of the “Dune Park” train station on the South Shore Line. On Saturday evenings- they depart at 4:02 pm, 5:51 pm, and 10:22 pm.
These train rides are about an hour and twenty minutes to Chicago. The South Shore train has multiple stops along the south side of Chicago and ultimately stops at Millennium Station do at Randolph Street, in downtown Chicago. A one way ticket costs $8.
****WHAT TO BRING
• Your bike!
• Cash/Debit/Credit Card for food drinks and train.
• Photo I.D and Emergency contact Info
• A 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.
• Bike rack
We 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. If not, this is a shorter trip and you may discover that
• 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
You might want to bring, a photo device, pain relievers, comfortable cushion bike gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, information to share.
Bring some swim wear. 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 your Tours?
Yes! It is a challenge. Just about anyone who has ridden a bike for a day can do the tour. You should build up your riding distance/endurance to at least 20 miles. Not sure you can ride it? Check out other people who completed the trail here
How long does it take to complete the "To the Dunes" Day ride tour?
The ride takes 1 day to complete.
What kind of bike do I need?
It's really up to you. But 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?
Bobby's Bike Hike gives a discounted, full weekend, rental rate for this tour. Visit Bobby's Bike Hike here to rent either a hybrid bike, standard road bike or a premium road bike. Visit their location near the Lake Front Trail at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive. Pick up your bike a day before the event on Friday afternoon and drop off by Monday 10am.
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 a spare inner tube. 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?
We still ride if there is a little rain. But safety is our top priority so if there is severe weather forecasted for the entire first day of the tour, then the event is cancelled.
How fast do you Ride? What is the pace of your tours?
The pace we ride at is around 12 miles per hour. This is to accommodate everyone riding the tour and to be able to take in all the views. (For the faster Riders there will be segments where you can open up.)
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 a spare inner tube. Our prepared Guides are always ready to help, are trained for emergency repairs, and carry extra tools and supplies.
Details of Event Image used for this event:
Part of public domain images. Use for nonprofit and personal uses. Not for commercial purposes.
A Part of the Indiana GenWeb Project. Historical Images of Porter County. The Fascinating Sand Dune on the Shores of Lake Michigan Near Michigan City, Ind. Indiana Dunes State Park. Date: 1924. Source Type: Postcard. Publisher, Printer, Photographer: George Leusch, Curt Teich (#102816). Postmark: None. Collection: Steven R. Shook. Copyright © 1996-2008, Cheryl Trowbridge-Miller.Copyright © 2008-present, Steven R. Shook. All Rights Reserved