From Cosmic Bikes, we'll ride to the North Branch Trail, and follow it all the way to the Skokie Lagoons. Some people we know claim that "the North Branch Trail is surely a gem among Chicagoland's network of bicycle trails. It has everything a great bike trail should have: distance, scenery, variety, along with excellent pavement conditions. The NBT will take you through woodland and prairie, along the river and its adjacent wetlands, and if you follow it to the end, between Tower & Dundee Roads you will come to the Skokie Lagoons, which can almost make you forget that you are still in the big city."
Bring along a sandwich or another nosh. We'll find a place to perch on the water's edge and take a food break before heading back.
Social ride. Moderate pace, about 32 miles round trip. Ending time is approximate.
Bring: your bike, helmet, layered clothing, food, water. Bathroom facilities along the trail may not be open. We'll plan stops as opportunities present themselves.
Meet at 8am at Cosmic Bikes for a 8:30 departure.