Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This is becoming a habit.

Another successful ride in the books. If I knew it was this easy, I would have been making these trips all through September and October. I guess sometimes I just don't get things as quickly as others (not a surprise to most I'm sure).

A small recap:
Our numbers were up from the four of us that originally rode out to St. Charles on the 16th so I had a good feeling about last Sunday's ride from the beginning. When we left Dunn Bros. the parking lot was slippery in spots, but it was no match for the skating rink that was the road that wraps the north side of Silver Lake. I thought for sure I was going to go down in some heap of lycra and bruises, but I managed to escape the possible humiliation.

Narrowly squeezing through the gate that blocks the trailhead at Quarry Hill Nature Center we hit the gravel and were headed east for St. Charles. Our group, now made of three 1st week veterans and two new comrades, climbed up the Silver Creek Road hill and rode the small crosswind towards the gateway to Whitewater.

The weather was beautiful and the company was great. The dogs were well behaved and the hunters were polite. We met Jim on our way back from the turn around and he rode the reverse route back to town.

All in all a great morning with great people. If you haven't come out yet, please consider this casual ride. It really is a great time. Start with hot coffee and conversation, pause for hot coffee and conversation and finish with hot coffee and conversation, throw in some bikes and a lot of gravel and you get a perfect way to start/end your week. This ride will happen again this weekend, the 30th of November. Start time is again 8am from Dunn Bros. on Elton Hills Drive. here in Rochester. Same route.

Having said that, I may not ride as I had a pretty significant run in with a rogue drawstring for the first 28 miles on Sunday. I haven't been on a bike at all this week as I can barely walk with any consistency. I guess we'll see how it goes, but for now, I think I am going to rest my bits.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

50 mile follow up.

Well that's done.

I think we ended up with right around 60 miles on Sunday and I think I can speak for everybody that went with and say that it was pretty nice to be out and on the bike. There was an incident with a farm dog, but it appears as though there will not be any permanent damage at this point. The creepy guy hanging out in the woods just off the road was entertaining to say the least and the company for the whole morning was exceptional.

The roads were nice and hard and the wind was almost non-existent and with no mechanical problems across the board, I would like to invite anybody who might be interested to join us this coming Sunday (the 23rd) for another go at the St. Charles run. Let me know if your interested, we'll start again at 8 from Dunn Bros.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

More about the 50 miler...

Here are the specifics:

I am going to go to the Dunn Bros. coffee house on Elton Hills Drive around 7:15 on the morning of Sunday the 16th. I plan to enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin before the ride. Anyone who might care to join me for the early food and beverage is more than welcome.

As a group we are going to be leaving Dunn Bros. on Elton Hills at 8:00am. If you are not there to leave with us as a group you are more than welcome to join along the way.

The course is going to be about 52 from start to finish. Since this is not a race I will not allow anyone to be dropped from the pack without that persons approval. Don't worry about falling back, the faster riders in the group will wait to make every turn so that no one gets lost between here and St. Charles. The half way point will be an opportunity for everyone to stop and get something to eat or drink should they so choose. The following is a map for anyone who might be interested in the route for this ride.

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Please keep in mind that this is just a ride. Nothing more than an opportunity for people to get out on their bikes and ride some gravel. I am not your supervisor nor do I intend to be your babysitter. Know your limits, it's going to be cold. Also, if you plan to come along, please let me know for sure so I am not waiting around at Dunn Bros. for nothing.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall Ride

I have been getting requests to put together a fall ride on a portion of the Almanzo course, we go. I have decided to go with November 16th. It is a Sunday and it is coming up quick. I figured we could head out early (8am) for a 50 mile out and back to St. Charles. (I suppose if there is interest, we could do a no-drop century, but we'll see.) I will be leaving from Dunn Bros. North. If your interested let me know here or send me an e-mail. Sorry for the short notice, but hey, it's a ride isn't it?