The 62-mile bike trail follows the former Chicago, Aurora and Elgin commuter train line. Abandoned in 1961, it was converted to the Prairie Path in 1963. The trail starts in Maywood, but it's easier to pick it up in Elmhurst off Spring Road. Then ride it west to Wheaton. There are also branches to Elgin and Aurora. Maps are available by sending a check for $6 to Illinois Prairie Path, P.O. Box 1086, Wheaton, IL 60187-1086.