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Chicago outdoor enthusiasts celebrate 20th year at ABR

By TOM LAVENTURE

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ERWIN TOWNSHIP - Members of a Chicago area outdoors club are celebrating their 20th year of annual treks to the Ironwood area to cross-country ski, snowshoe and even some winter camping.

The slogan of the Elmhurst Bicycle Club is "Riding at the speed of fun." That rule applies to silent sports of summer and winter, according to Kim Messina, one of a dozen club members who were at Active Backwoods Retreats (ABR Trails) on Tuesday.

"There are 12 of us this year but in previous years there have been 40 to 50 people from the bike club," Messina said....