Welcome the the Lemont Outdoors !
From paddling to cycling to hiking the Lemont area has everything you need for outdoor adventure. Uniquely situated in the Des Plaines River Valley, Lemont has topography like no other community in Chicagoland. Some of the area offers multi-use trails that are flat along the I&M Canal, lending itself well to casual walks and bike rides. Other areas have great hill climbs that will challenge your stamina and endurance. Lemont is also home to the Quarryman Challenge, a 10 mile and 5k running race that winds through town. It’s a great route run, cycle or walk. Get out and get local !
Yes, I Hate Riding on an Indoor TrainerI think with the New Year here, we all have resolutions or goals of greatness. For me, I’m working towards my first century ride. I’ve been pretty close with hitting 77 miles. To make it this year I’ll need to adjust two items; the first is mindset and […]
Okay, for starters I wasn’t actually wheel to wheel with a tow truck…At the beginning and the end of the typical cycling season we’re limited by daylight. Sunset is before 7pm and the sun isn’t rising until after 6. Yes, I can start using a headlight and taillight but more on that later. With school […]
The Joliet Iron and Steel Works has been on my list for a while. I’ve always heard that it’s an interesting site / hike with some “ruins” to explore. Conveniently it’s along the I+M Bike Path, so we could actually ride there from Lemont, depending on your cycling ability. For our visit we drove to the […]
Lyman Woods may not be a large preserve, but i think it makes up for it’s size with its interesting wetlands and a unique nature center. The Nature Center The building is a great STEAM topic in itself with it’s sod roof that helps to recycle rain water with multiple rain barrels. The “William F. Sherman, […]
I’ve been wanting to visit Midewin for wayyyyyy too long… If you haven’t heard of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, southwest of Joliet along Route 53. Coincidently you’ll be using the old Route 66 highway to visit the area. The first thing you’ll notice is there is a lot of ground to cover, 18,000 acres actually. That said, […]
I tackled my 4th Tour de Farms this weekend ! It was a great ride ( Saturday only for me ) this year! We were challenged with a 100 degree heat index and an invigorating strong wind out of the south. None of that mattered when you stop and think of the challenges someone faces […]
Rolling into June and connecting the dots; Veterans Memorial Trail to I+M Trail to the Centennial Trail
Seventh ride of the summer and starting to feel pretty good. Since I mostly ride solo, okay, all the time, I rely on Strava and my rides stats to push myself harder for my Tour de Farms with Team Zym. Not a whole lot of wildlife but more cycling traffic might answer that — with […]
Sometimes It’s Better to Ride on a Cloudy Day Today it was chilly and grey, but it’s my scheduled ride night and I really needed to get some miles in to prepare for my Tour de Farms MS150 ride. I’m so behind in my training, that I don’t really care what the weather is like. […]
—— q u i c k n e w s p o s t —— Great news ! The CalSag is now a paved bike path to from Lemont to 127th Street in Alsip. That makes it an approximately 11 miles of path in one direction with minimal car interaction. Previously the section […]
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