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08/05/14 I left the house earlier around 6 a.m. it was easier to get going since I had my bags packed and mounted. I took the cta to the loop rode my bike a couple of block to the Metra station. Lasalle st. station (nice building CBOE) asked a metra police to watch […]


Christopher Eccher section 2 07/24/14 Slept in checked out 10:45. Quick breakfast. Old Plank Trail nice. Matteson, Railroad Park, Caboose car, Nice houses, Outdoor auto shoe frankfort sweet Charger my dad had one I remember that 4barrel 440 v8 sweet! Mosquitos are coming around me when I stop […]

Section 1 Maywood to Lansing

My name is Christopher Eccher. I decided to ride the GIT in sections classic loop followed by all of the alternates 767 miles TOTAL GIT I call it. I could change the order such as half of 8 and complete 9 then 4,5,6,7,half of 8, then alternates. I am using public trans […]

GITride Covers 767 miles in trail reports. Overnight.

When you ask bicycle riders what kinds of issues they encountered on the Grand Illinois Trail Ride, their chief complaint always seems to concern routing and unexpected hazards that they would have rather avoided.

GITride addresses this need with a user-driven, volunteer, hazard identification system. A system that benefits all user groups: Riders/Tourists, Business Owners, […]

Grand Illinois Trail Ride Publishes its Chart of Loops

The Grand Illinois Trail Ride is an athletic bicycle tourist venue in Northern Illinois, USA.

We are pleased to announce that we have completed a chart of loops that will allow an interested rider to chose which loop attempt would best suit their available time and ability, based upon terrain and mileage. […]

GITride is bicyclist tech support on the Grand Illinois Trail

GITride is bicyclist tech support on the Grand Illinois Trail? PRE LAUNCH: The site is beginning to behave as it should technically, and we are coming into peak season on the Grand Illinois Trail Ride. The Pre-launch preview is available for the large crowd of folks made up of teachers and students at all levels, […]

GITride website improved to enhance bicyclist user experience

We’re pleased to announce that the website backbone has been reinforced. It’s stronger, faster. Able to make your experience here quicker and more gratifying.

If you were a visitor of GITride.com over the last few weeks, you wouldn’t have noticed anything different.

However, if you attempted to log in and actually use the collection […]

Trail Reports are a great way to keep everybody in the Loop

The Grand Illinois Trail Ride is a top notch USA athletic tourist venue in Northern Illinois. We were looking for a better way to keep trail information updated; both for those who use it, and those who maintain it. Trail Reports seemed to be the answer.

Trail reports come to the site from two […]

Grand Illinois Trail Ride loaded with helpful rider features

The Grand Illinois Trail Ride is loaded with helpful rider features. We are moving right along with our beta phase, which means we are tweaking features installed on the website

By registering, you are participating in this beta stage and we certainly do appreciate your help. You contribute to the project […]

GrandIllinoisTrailRide.com (GITride.com) entering Beta Phase

Revised: July 30, 2013


Most of the features are installed, live and ready for use.

Register now to participate in the beta testing process.

You can use the site, download information, post messages, & register.

Please feel free to use the site, post condition reports, enter your up-to-date travel information, post […]