Featured Event: Ride to Valhalla

September 17, 2021 - September 20, 2021

When

September 17, 2021 - September 20, 2021 All Day

Out Our Front Door- An Adventure Begins

What’s Included:

  • Campsite reservations
  • Ferry tickets to and from Washington Island
  • Semi-supported: We will carry some of your gear in a truck for you
  • All meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch on Day 4 (vegan/veggie options)
  • Some snacks
  • Campfire & S’mores, and snacks
  • Interpretative Trail Guides

Additional Nights: OOFD has a group site reserved for the Thursday before and the Tuesday after the event that all riders are welcome to stay at for FREE! That way if you want to arrive the night before and/or not drive home after riding 70+ miles on Monday, you can stay with us at Potowatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay. No meals provided during those additional nights.
Transportation: You can drive (just under 4 hours from Chicago) and park for the duration of the trip in Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay (this is where we will beginning and ending the ride).
This is a FOUR NIGHT LOOP OF DOOR COUNTY! Two nights spent on the Washington Island! This is not your average group bike ride. At certain breakpoints and along the way, our Guides will immerse and educate in the history, geography, architecture and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats and ecosystems of Door County. We will incorporate cultural stops to see some of the more interesting sights of Door County.

We will learn about the quest for Icelandic-American inventor, Chester Thordarson to build a Valhalla in America on Rock Island. Jens Jensen, the landscape architect responsible for such Chicago landmarks as Humboldt and Garfield Parks, has an intellectual commune and natural retreat called The Clearing which will be a stop along the way.

Natural highlights include the splendor and glaciated cliffs of Door County looking out onto Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

This year, we unfortunately cant explore Rock Island itself due to high lake levels, but we’ll still learn about the island. It is a former private estate of the Thordarson family and see the historic boathouse.

Meals and entertainment will be provided on this unique adventure. We’ll hope for clear skies at night for clear viewing of the stars from Washington Island.

All riders must get themselves to the start point in Sturgeon Bay.

See the complete 2021 season calendar at OOFD.org

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