Upcoming Event: GITy Up! on Trails for Illinois

Steve Buchtel, executive director of Trails for Illinois, sent BikeOvernights.org the following information last week about a great-sounding overnight event coming up July 14-15 (we really like his organization's tagline, "May your home be your trailhead"):

GITy Up! is a bite-sized, all-trail bike camping adventure along the historic Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trail. GITy Up! is an S24O -- a Sub 24-hour Overnighter -- for beginning cycle tourists, for families, and for seasoned bike campers with just a weekend free.

Cyclists enjoying the Fox River Trail on a beautiful sunny day.

Beginning at high noon in Wheaton, Illinois, you’ll tour a leisurely (and mostly flat) 25 miles per day, fully supported by volunteers and our GITy Up! partner in adventure, REI. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for visiting and exploring the quaint towns and delightful attractions of DuPage County and the Fox River Valley.

A shorter family route (just 8 miles each way) leaves from the Fox Valley Park District’s North Aurora Island, inviting toddler-toting, trailer-pulling parents to pedal in for the fun.

GITy Up! raises funds for Trails for Illinois to promote trail-based bicycle touring and to demonstrate the economic impact it could have statewide. We believe that Illinois is just a handful of trail connections away from being a premier Midwest destination for trail-based tourism -- and that fabulous adventures are waiting for you right now.

The giant windmill in Fabyan Forest Preserve, between Batavia and Geneva along the Fox River. Photo couresy of Steve Buchtel.

GITy Up! is helping us showcase healthy, active, sustainable tourism opportunities in Illinois. And it will introduce the joys of overnight bicycle touring to a new group of cyclists. A maximum of 250 tickets are available for the overnight (and 150 for the single-day option). So don't dally -- GITy Up!

Get more information about bike overnights.

Top two photos courtesy of St. Charles Park District.

3 responses so far ↓

Jane - Sep 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM

This was a complete BLAST! I can't tell you how much fun my son and I had on the GITyUp. The camping location was just perfect; the long grass made for a very comfortable tent site.

I've done a lot of camping over the years, but this was my very first time bike camping. We definitely will be doing it again.

Gabi Reczek - Jun 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Where did you camp?

Gabi Reczek - Jun 7, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Thank you for your reply! I was hoping to find a place to camp along one of the bike paths in northeastern Illinois.

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