Milwaukee: The Good Land 2019

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Turin Bicycle

4710 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

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A Weekend Bikepacking trip From Chicago to Milwaukee and Amtrak Back. With a

Campground Ho'down and Bike Bar Crawl in Milwaukee


Start: Turin Bicycle

Meet: 7:00 am at Turin Bicycle Saturday morning

Ride to: Milwaukee & Camp Overnight at Cliffside in Racine, WI

Return to Chicago by Train. Arriving back at 7:17 pm Sunday evening

Registration comes with Guided Tour, Campsite, Train Ticket & more. Bring your tent and camping gear on your bike.

Day 1: 80 Miles | Day 2: 28 miles then Train home

This is for Intermediate to Advanced Riders


  • Campsite reservation

  • One Return Amtrak Train Ticket

  • Dinner upon arrival, warm breakfast

  • Campfire & S'mores

  • Adult beverages

  • Interpretative Trail Guides


Milwaukee: The Good Land is a 2 day, 1 night bike camp-out from Chicago to our neighbor to the north, Milwaukee. We will bike to and camp at Cliffside Park in Southeast Wisconsin along beautiful Lake Michigan. Enjoy a warm campfire and cool beverages en route to a bar-bike crawl in Milwaukee followed by a leisurely train ride back home to our beloved city of Chicago.

Breweries/Bars to tour/visit:

  • Lakefront Brewery

  • Palomino (classic MKE tavern)

  • Maybe some more (day of decisions)


  • Your bike, tent, sleeping bag and gear.

  • A Water bottle, high energy snacks, bike lock, spare inner tube, bike lights & a helemt

  • Personal Items and change of clothes- There are showers at the site so bring your own soap, small towel and deodorant.

  • Cash/Card for Lunch and Drinks: We will be stopping at affordable restaurants along the way for lunch. Note: You are more than welcome to bring your own main meals.


Bike camping offers a total sensory experience, where the journey is as important as the destination. It’s like backpacking by bike; you carry your camping gear with you on your bicycle. With this adventure, we offer beginners and experts alike an opportunity to experience bike camping beyond the city.


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.

Our Guides have worked with historians, biologists, forest rangers, and leading people in their fields to deliver a one kind trip. They have setup multiple break points along the way in all the right places to ensure you can go the distance. So if this is your first time out on a long ride You’ll be surprised on far you can actually go.


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.

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.


  • 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. 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.


Can anyone ride this trip?

  • 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 50 miles. Not sure you can ride it? Check out our website

How much are tickets?

  • Adult tickets are $95.

What’s included in the registration?

  • Tickets include a two-night group tent campsite rental, ride marshals, food for all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, guided activities, trip planning, firewood, and s’mores.

  • Participants bring their own tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and other gear.

What type of trails do you ride?

  • The trails on Day 1 are mostly paved bike paths and some gravel/dirt paths. Day 2 trail conditions range from group road riding and paved bike paths.

Tell me more about food.

  • The guides will prepare a hearty, tasty camp dinner on Saturday night (veggie options available for vegetarians) and Sunday breakfast (Coffee, oatmeal, fruit, and tea).

How do I get to the start point if I don’t live nearby?

  • It’s up to you to get to the start point however you can. A few options: 1) store your bike and gear near the start/end point in another participant's garage before and after the ride; 2)Take the closest CTA train to get to the start point - be aware of rush-hour bike restrictions

Do I need to bring my own tent and sleeping gear?

  • Yes! Check out a sample packing list here. If you already own camping equipment, you can use what you have. However, if you’re looking to invest, buy gear intended for backpacking; it’s lighter and more packable than car camping equipment. We’ll cover how to pack for family bike camping in an upcoming blog post.

  • Don’t own any camping equipment? Our two Cook County Forest Preserve destinations (Camp Dan Beard and and Camp Shabbona Woods) all rent camping gear. See here for more details.

Do you transport the tent and camping gear to the destination?

  • No. There is no SAG vehicle. Participants transport themselves, plus tent and gear to the campsite on their bike. That’s what makes it bike camping! Please pack lightly and find a way to load your bike solidly.

What happens if it rains, is the event cancelled?

  • No. We will make every effort to put the event on and would only cancel in the event of biblical extreme weather or the zombie apocalypse (in which case, we’d all be furiously peddling with the other bike-powered preppers anyway). We strongly suggest you bring rain gear and if it looks like rain, garbage bags double wrapped over your gear with some tape where necessary can good-enough waterproof almost anything.

Bike Rentals?

  • Check out Bobby's Bike and Hike. They hook our people up with a mini-discount

What kind of bike do I need?

  • There is a bit of limestone, but really, all bikes are welcome.

What happens if my bike breaks?

  • We are here to help and have dedicated ride marshals in the group who will make simple repairs and help you out in any type of breakdown in order to get you rolling again.

  • This is frontcountry camping, which means we’re never that far from a bike shop if things get serious.

What happens if I’m too slow ?

  • We aim for no rider left behind! If you can keep pedaling and have a positive attitude, we won't leave you. Plus, we ride about 12-15 mph.

  • If you just can't complete the ride, bug out options include Metra, CTA, rideshare and phone a friend, depending on location.

Are there other rides?

  • Yes! For 2019, there are a total of 10, about once a month.

  • Shorter free day rides called Where the Wild Things Grow happen monthly.

How fun is it riding with other folks?

  • Adventures create memories that last a lifetime so be prepared to have some fun and feel those warm communal vibes along the route and around that campfire.


Individual/Participant Cancellations: No Refunds | We are a small organization and due to the small group size of our rides, a ticket cancellation/no show has a real impact into the planning of the tour and as such, we cannot provide any refunds for a participant cancellation. By registering you acknowledge and agree there will not be a refund if you cancel or do not show up for the event.

Organizer Cancellation: Full Refund | Nobody wants an event to be cancelled. But in the very rare case the organizer does cancel the event at their discretion due to unforeseen circumstances, then registered participants will receive a full refund. To date this organizer has never cancelled an event.

Weather and Rain: We do not cancel an event for rain or a storm. We ride rain or shine. Understand that Chicago weather is typically passing, if it gets intense we will wait it out in a provided shelter then continue biking. FYI-Some of the best views and greenery are after a rain storm.


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