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January, 2023

Sunday
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The elected board takes office: All officers will assume their rolls on the first day of the calendar year. Members: Please welcome and assist the new officers. Please thank outgoing and continuing officers for their service. Admins: Make a fresh copy of this event (never reuse an event) for each year and update all the details.
Sunday
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The Saganaskee Slough Boat Launch (Western Parking Lot) Palos FP Willow Springs, IL
9:30 AM
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We will hike the ridge trails along the Saganaskee Slough and the Calumet Sag Channel in the Palos Forest Preserve. The intended hike is for 8-10 miles at medium pace along the rocky ridge which was created by dug up rocks during the channel excavations.

I recommend a pair of sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles, and microspikes. Bring some snacks and a thermos of warm water/tea/coffee for a short trail side break. Please, dress appropriately in layers for the prevailing weather.

This event is planned in conjunction with the Forest Trail Hiking Club. Our members should feel comfortable hiking in a large group. There will be a after-hike get together to celebrate the New Year’s Day. Feel free to bring a treat or a beverage of your choice.
Sunday
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Happy new Year. We will once again bike, hike, run etc at the Morton Arboretum. Start time of 10 AM, fellowship in the cafe afterwards around 12:30. The Arb still requires timed entry. If you are not a member, I can get two additional people in. Let me know. Hope to see you there.
Sunday
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Lyman Woods Highland & 31st
11:30 AM
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Join me for a hike at Lyman Woods. Trail will be muddy. Lunch at Labriola Bakery for anyone interested in joining us. Bring water & $ for lunch and extra pair of shoes might be needed.
Monday
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From our Ride Captain/VP: "January 2, 2023: Nominations are open. You can only nominate yourself and do so by sending an email to webmaster@elmhurstbicycling.org and President@elmhurstbicycling.org. Once our webmaster, John Riordan sees your nomination, he’ll add you to the list of candidates on the Election Central page of website."
Monday
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Woodridge: Starbucks Seven Bridges Complex. Meet in parking lot near new Starbucks North of the Imax
9:30 AM
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We are picking up our daughter at O‘Hare on Tuesday; so, I‘m posting a ride on Monday. Let‘s ride west on Benton Avenue then out through the Cress Creek neighborhood and stop for coffee on the way back at Peet‘s Coffee at Ogden & Columbia. 38 degrees, cloudy, wind W @ 7 mph.
Monday
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This the first ride of the year to see the sunset at around 4.35 pm . We will ride from Klein Creek Farm. To Prince Crossing road to West Dupage Woods Forest then to West DuPage River trail on to the Horse trails of West DuPage woods Horse trail and back to Klein Creek Farm . It’s a mixed trail with some road riding lights recommended
Friday
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Woodridge: Starbucks Seven Bridges Complex. Meet in parking lot near new Starbucks North of the Imax
9:30 AM
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A winter road ride at slower speeds. South Frontage Road and German Church Road outbound to Wolf Road. We will save the rolling hills on 91st Street for a warmer day. Bagels and coffee at Great American Bagel at 14 miles. 59th Street on the way back.
Friday
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Lombard: Lombard Commons Park in the parking lot off of Grace St
6:15 PM
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Join us for a short nighttime trail ride. We will leave from Lombard Commons and go out on the Illinois Prairie Path to Glen Ellyn or Wheaton depending on how the group is feeling. We will take a short, short, break and head back to the start. Once back, anyone who wants to go out for pizza and beer, is welcome. We already have some takers. The whole ride will be at night so bring lights and reflective clothing. This is a path ride and conditions could be a little mucky so a regular mountain bike may not cut it. In either case, it will be a great way to end the work week. Hope to see you there!!!!
Saturday
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An early morning ride mostly on mixed trails from the Elmhurst Depot down to Fullersburg Woods and back. We will start at the Elmhurst Depot and use the IPP and Salt Creek trails to meander down to Fullersburg Woods. A short rest stop at the Hinsdale McDonalds on York Rd then a return back up the same paths. It‘s a mixed bag of limestone, woodchips, and pavement. Fat tire or mountain bikes are best for this one. It will be dark so good front and rear lights are mandatory and reflective clothing is always wise. The general idea of the route in below although some deviation is possible. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41729434
Sunday
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Mallard Lake trails and Riding to West Du Page Forest Preserve and exploring some single track . Just having fun riding in this weather. The entrance if off Schick road west of Gary ave
Sunday
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Meet at the Morton Arboretum for a 10:00 am start to bike, hike, run etc at your own pace. Let me know your mileage for club miles. We will meet in the visitor center cafe afterward for some social time. The Arboretum still requires timed entry so make your reservation to get in between 9:00 and 10:00.
Monday
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Woodridge: Starbucks Seven Bridges Complex. Meet in parking lot near new Starbucks North of the Imax
9:30 AM
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We are having a sofa delivered on Tuesday; so, I‘m posting for Monday. A shorter version of the "all street" Tuesday ride to Panera on Showplace Drive for bagels and coffee.
Wednesday
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Elmhurst: Whole Foods in rear lot along West Ave.
12:30 PM
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We will ride to LaGrange Panera for short break and return to Elmhurst. The route is paved and limestone scree Salt Creek Trail. Please, dress appropriately for a mid forty degree afternoon. Any mountain bike or a fat tire bike or a trail bike would do. A set of front and rear lights would help.
Wednesday
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A mid-week nigth ride mostly on mixed trails from the Elmhurst Depot down to Fullersburg Woods/ Graue Mill and back. We will start at the Elmhurst Depot and use the IPP and Salt Creek trails to meander down to Fullersburg Woods. A short rest stop at the Hinsdale McDonalds on York Rd then a return back up the same paths. It‘s a mixed bag of limestone, woodchips, and pavement. Fat tire or mountain bikes are best for this one. It will be dark so good front and rear lights are mandatory and reflective clothing is always wise. The general idea of the route in below although some deviation is possible. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41729434
Friday
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Darien: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve - Rides typically start from the parking lot on Northgate Roa
1:30 PM
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Join me for 1 or 2 loops around Waterfall Glen. We‘ll do the first loop and then decide whether we are done or will do another loop. Bring an appropriate bike for the crushed limestone paths. I‘ll be riding my fatty with studded tires.
Saturday
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Join me in this winter race .A long and short course option will be available so riders of all abilities can choose the event best for them .Register at the following is the registration and information .https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/IL/Lemont/TheForgeFatTire (Type The Foundry(at the Forge ) in the google maps to give best directions.
Saturday
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Elmhurst: Early Bird - 180 W. Park
1:00 PM
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Join me for a slow ride on a Sunny afternoon. Dress in layers as still be cold. We will start from Elmhurst at Early Bird location on Park near Prospect. Free parking by train tracks. We will head west thru Villa Park to Lombard on low traffic streets with Stop in Lombard at Gnarly Knots for a break then return to Elmhurst. Fat bikes, mountain bike or bike with larger tires or whatever bike work for this ride speed.
Sunday
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Join me in this ride trail riding between 2 forest preserves mixed trail with horse trail .Fat bike is recommended or a MTB bike .There will some hills exploring the area with some twist .
Sunday
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Please join me for biking, hiking, snow shoeing or any other Winter activity of your choice (FYI- I will be hiking). This is part of the Braver than the Elements series. Meet in the parking lot. We will be in the middle row, section closest to the Visitor Center. Meet in the Ginkco Cafe afterwards for lunch, coffee, beer and/or conversation with your fellow EBC members.
PLEASE GET YOUR TIMED ENTRY TICKETS EARLY AS IT IS DOG DAY AT THE ARB.
Sunday
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Elmhurst: Whole Foods in rear lot along West Ave.
11:00 AM
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We will ride to LaGrange Panera Bread using paved Salt Creek Trail and paved streets. After a short break for a snack/coffee will will return to Elmhurst. Any bike trail/fat tire/mountain bike will do. Please bring water/snacks etc and dress for a forty degree day with some winds. A set of front and rear lights would help in enhancing rider safety.
Sunday
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From our Ride Captain/VP: "January 15, 2023, (end-of-day. Nominations close"
Monday
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From our Ride Captain/VP: " January 16, 2023 – Final list of candidates is listed on the website."
Tuesday
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Elmhurst: Whole Foods in rear lot along West Ave.
2:30 PM
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We‘ll head south on the Salt Creek Trail to 17th Ave and then turn around. All paved except for the section along York Road between 22nd and 31st streets. I‘ll make a game time decision on whether we do that section or cut through subdivisions to stay on pavement. I‘ll be on my mountain bike with 2" tires. Mid-ride break at the McDonalds at 17th Ave and 22nd Street. Lights required as we will return after sunset.
Tuesday
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Join me for an evening walk around Elmhurst. Dress warm and wear reflective clothing. We will meet at Elmhurst Library parking lot side door on the west side. Rain or snow cancels.
Wednesday
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We will hike from 4 to 6 miles at a 3-mph pace. Wednesday admissions at the arb are discounted, but the arb has timed entry, so if you are not a member, you must register in advance for around 9am. Bring your binoculars because we will stop to look at birds and other critters. We will meet near the coffee shop inside the visitor center at 9:00 am and hike at 9:15am.
Friday
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Come join us for a paved path ride starting from Veterans Park in Naperville on Gartner right across Washington from the Trader Joe‘s Start. This ride will be an out and back on paved paths. We will go past Knock Knoll to Whalon Lake and back. This is a test run for a potential HDH Naperville route. It will be dark on the way back so bring lights and protective clothing. Hope to see you there.
Saturday
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Darien: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve - Rides typically start from the parking lot on Northgate Roa
7:00 AM
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Raise your hand if your New Year‘s Resolution was to ride at least one century in each calendar month of 2023!! If so, it‘s time to get crackin‘! We‘re almost done with January. I‘m posting this opportunity in concert with another riding group (Gravel Goofballs) who plan to start this long day at 7am when the sun starts working. The idea is to aim for 11 loops with each being about 9.4 miles. Most will be riding fat bikes since it‘s the winter fashion. If conditions are favorable, any trail ready bike should work. If it‘s snowy/icy then studded tires are highly recommended. Be your own judge as to what is best. The fat bike pace will be on the slow side (8-11 mph) because that‘s just how it goes, but you can ride ay any speed and distance that seems prudent. Parking is at the usual Northgate Road lot and you can rest/re-fuel after each loop if that seems wise. Stash some warm drinks and nutrition in your car and look forward to it at every lap! Send me your final distance for club mileage credit. Let‘s be awesome!
Saturday
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Elmhurst: Whole Foods in rear lot along West Ave.
9:30 AM
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We will ride to LaGrange Panera along the Salt Creek trail for 20 miles. We will have a coffee/snack break at the Panera before heading back. There is few miles of paved street riding. Consider a fat tire bike or a trail bike with wide tires. Please, dress appropriately for a low thirty degree morning with light wind and bring water and snacks. I recommend a set of front and rear lights for better visibility.
Sunday
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Mallard Lake County Forest Preserve
8:30 AM
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This ride is mixed trail ride with some single track. And some paved trails between the preserves. It‘s a fun ride and always exploring some new single track. Please Note the entrance is just west of Gary Avenue on Schick Road
Sunday
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Join us at the Morton Arboretum to bike, hike, run etc. meet at 9:45 in the east side parking lot to start at 10 am. We will repair to the Gingko Cafe for fellowship and fun around 12:30. The Arb requires timed entry on weekends, so make your reservation online. I will be biking for this edition of the event, so will need someone to volunteer to lead the hike. Let me know.
Sunday
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Lisle Community Park Rt 53 & Short St. first parking lot right after turning onto Short St.
11:30 AM
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Join me on an afternoon walk in the park at the Lisle Community Park paved trails. We will meet in the first parking lot across the street from the Lisle Police station (SW corner at Rt 53 & Short St). If there is interest lunch at Caffe di Moda after walk.
Monday
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Voting is open from Monday, January 23rd through Wednesday, February 1st. Each member gets to cast one vote for up to 4 candidates. Log in to vote. The Election Central button is in the middle of our Home Page. From there go to the Special Election section at the very bottom of that page. A person may only vote once. A family membership may have two voters. Each voter within a family must log in order to vote. For login issues, email Membership@ElmhurstBicycling.org. Results will be published after voting closes.
Tuesday
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Elmhurst: Whole Foods in rear lot along West Ave.
11:00 AM
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We will ride to The Starbucks in LaGrange via Salt Creek Trail and few paved streets. Our pace will be at the upper end of the pace range. After a short coffee break we will head back to Elmhurst. Any bike with wider tires will do. Please, bring some water and snacks. I highly recommend a set of front and rear lights.
Wednesday
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Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
2:30 PM
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The weather forecast calls for snow on Wednesday, so I figured what a great day for a winter ride. We‘ll leave the VP Depot heading west towards Wheaton. How far west we‘ll get will depend on how much snow we face. Expect an adventure and a good workout. I‘ll be on my fatty with studded tires.
Wednesday
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The weather calls for snow on Wednesday so like Ron Richard, I wanted to do a nighttime ride in the Mixed trails of Timber Ridge Forest Preserve and connecting with Geneva spur and connecting with West DuPage Woods Forest and back to Prairie Path cycle on Geneva. I have posted the ride on Facebook EBC page. The lights are mandatory.
Thursday
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Elmhurst Public Library
5:00 PM
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Please join me for a winter urban hike around Elmhurst prior to Pravin‘s presentation at the Elmhurst Library. We will walk through some of the neighborhoods and parks nearby and be back to the library by 6:30pm. There will be time to warm up, nibble on a snack or warm beverage you may have brought with you. A quick stop at Brewpoint is possible too. Dress for winter weather and snowy conditions.
Thursday
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The Klossman Meeting Room Elmhurst Public Library 125 S Prospect Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126
7:00 PM
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This is a slide and video presentation of my recent trek in the Ladakh Himalaya. The presentation is at the Klossmann Meeting Room, Elmhurst Library in Elmhurst at 7:00PM on January 26, 2023. A light refreshments and water will be available. Please, plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to find parking. The presentation will last about an hour. I will talk about the preparation, fitness, food, clothes and trekking gear, modes of trekking, and the local culture and its people. The slides and videos will be projected on a large 80” screen TV display. After the slide and video presentation I will answer questions from the audience. As many of our club members have hiked, trekked, or biked in the alpine regions in the US and Europe, I highly recommend this event to get an glimpse of the Himalayan trekking and its people. Additional parking is available in the Elmhurst Art Museum parking lot adjacent to the Elmhurst Public Library parking. Please, let me know if you are planning to attend this event.
Saturday
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Lombard: Madison Meadows Park Madison St Entrance
6:00 AM
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We will use the Prairie Path and Salt Creek trail to go north with a Stop at Christy’s Pancake House/Diner for coffee/hot chocolate and pie. Lights are mandatory. Rain cancels.
Saturday
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Villa Park: Villa Park Depot / Historical Society
1:30 PM
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We‘ll ride in fresh powder on the Prairie Path heading west from the VP Depot to Glen Ellyn or Wheaton and then back. How far we get will be based on the effort needed to push our bikes through the fresh snow. Mother nature looks like it will provide a beautiful backdrop for the ride. Expect an intense workout! I‘ll be on my fatty with studded tires. I wouldn‘t advise anything other than a fatty given the conditions. Snow does NOT cancel.
Sunday
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Mixed trail ride between 2 forest preserve some single track ,stopping part of the way for a little cannoli or pastry on the way back .
Sunday
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The Paul Douglas Wood Hoffman Estates (42.0682948, -88.1138136)
9:30 AM
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We will snowshoe the trails of the Paul Douglas Woods in Hoffman Estates. Please, dress for a cold morning. I highly recommend a small backpack to carry an extra layer, a pair of spare gloves, water, and snacks for a short break. Also, waterproof shoes, hiking poles, and gaiters would help. The starting point is the main parking lot off the Center Road. The GPS coordinates are given below: (42.0682948, -88.1138136).
Sunday
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Come and take this challenge to show yourself that you are “Braver Than The Elements”! Come join us for a ride, walk, hike, snowshoe and/or cross-country ski the winding roads and rolling hills of the Morton Arboretum and enjoy the beautiful grounds during the serene winter season. What do you want to do? How much do you want to do? That all depends on you. You pick what you want to do: bike, hike, walk, snowshoe, cross-country ski…the possibilities are endless. Meet at 9:50 am in the main parking lot, 2nd lane past the stop sign once you enter. Quick introduction and group photo before starting at 10:00 am.
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