Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ride Report and *Official* HoBo Ride Callout

First: The HoBo Callout:

The Fall 2014 Edition of the legendary HoBo/ElDorOdyssey ride will go down this Saturday November 29th. Departure time is 1:30pm at the Mosquito Lot in Pville. Let us know if you are in for all or some of this ride in the HCF below so we have an accurate headcount. Bring lights lots of clothes and money, and one of these. 

I won't project any arrival times, but feel free to work directly with me to coordinate any potential/partial ride options, Green Fro, Unknown Local, B and Newb. 

Newb intends to jump on the train in EDH and ride up with us. B may do the same. We should be there some time in the evening. 

Rain Delay: In the event of pouring rain on Saturday at 1:30pm, we will push back the start time to 5:00pm and will do and out and back on the railroad corridor. The HCF below will be the place for that discussion. 

A bunch of turkeys gathered in the Knott lot last night for a bike ride in the Pollywood Hills. 

The ride leader selected a fine route that took us to 'where the hell are we' and back. We rode the fireroads in tight groups, like a flock of 9 turkeys. After all, this was the homecoming of B from his recent work-related hiatus and I from a school-related hiatus. The ride was fab, all agreed - traction was primo and we had a blast. There was much banter, some bumping elbows and some timely puddle splashing and a serious bit of hard riding. It was in fact determine that "mountain biking is damn hard."

Upon return we were met by the long lost Councilman, who, fresh of a challenging ride on the El Dorado Trail, generously provided the evenings fare, and we all gave thanks to him and recalled 'the incident' and our lack of respect for the one named "Bobby."

Viva La FT3, Happy Thanksgiving. 

In for HoBo Ride - ONE!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It was wet so we rode it until we couldn’t stop. Then we ate tacos. Then we waited for Saturday, and did another HoBo Ride

Sometimes I look at old draft posts that never make the light of day, mostly b/c I am checking to see if anyone is drafting something today so I don't post a lame write up right over the top of them.  This is something that used to happen when the blog was more widely used.  So, today I found an old one from 2011.   Not sure who the original author was, but this occurred back in the days when few people had posting rights and you had to submit your write up to the blog keeper.
I find it interesting to note that in the 4th bullet point below the author mentions a "6-pak" and mentions those 5 riders other than presumably himself.  It is confusing tho to ready his final line thanking B for the write up.  Only now as I type this and my explanation of "blog keeper" do I figure out that LOtB was NOT on teh ride and thus not part of that 6-pak, B was.

Who will be in tonight?
No Handle
PS: below is a post, posted by me, Authored by LOtB but actually written by B - amazing.

Original Post below
We need some sort of ride report, lest our efforts slip quietly into oblivion.

Moments of note that I recall:
  • Bambi took a hard impact into a large rock. Bruised and bleeding, he rode on anyway without complaint showing his annealed, hard-ass, FT3 riding style.
  • Group consensus was that this was the wettest ride to date that did not take place under precipitating skies. Some even proposed it to be the wettest ride without any such caveat, but Captain and I know better than that.
  • NoHandle, who was the Acting Ride Leader, proposed a new addendum to the by-laws. Riders with multiple gears shall not fly off the front on SSFT3 nights. Is it the rider or the bike? Hmmm ...
  • We rolled in a respectable 6-pak last night. NoHandle, Captain, Bambi, RG, Xteric and myself comprised the pack.
  • NoHandle can probably give a better route description than I
  • Brake pressure was at a premium last night, with at least a few riders having a bit of trouble keeping their speed in check at times
Thank you B for the write-up.

Until we ride,


HoBo Ride Callout (added by Cappy - are you confused yet???)

Fall 2014 Edition HoBo/ElDorOdyssey Ride is going down this Saturday, November 29th.

Departure time: 1:30pm at the Mosquito Lot

If you don't know the drill: This is a long ass adventure. If you have not been HoBo Qualified, bring light(s), water (unless you are B, then just bring a tiny bottle), money, (lots of it, unqualified HoBo riders buy Black Butte Porters and Pizza at the Nugget in El Dorado Hills), shit to fix your broken bike and plenty of gear to keep you warm...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I have it on good authority that we'll be seeing GreenFro tonight, back from the IR, so I'm making this call out with a Two!

I know many of you are "busy" with jobs, kids, school, GFs, etc, but I'm personally a little let down. When exterric is the first responder to a blog post (last week) - that really is telling.

While on the subject of last week and attendance, NewB, XTerric and I were graced by a visit of one of only two (is that right still) FT3 Vets.  Cappy himself joined us in his usual spirited self fresh off of a trip to Santa Cruz and a private tour of some lame place they make roller skates, exercycles and skating boards.  Can't remember what the place was called but he did come away with a sick ass t-shirt.
Cappy's attendance was rather enjoyed and brought a refreshing level of lively energy to the evening as well as awesome new trail blazing followed by short-riding us back to tacos where he once again lamented missing out on the TS100.  I personally was glad to miss out on it, but next year will be another thing all together for both of us.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jeff State

On a recent trip to the heart of Jefferson State I was intrigued by a few signs I saw along the highway - promoting the movement towards a new state - leading up to what one might consider the future capital of the 51st State; Redding.  I won't say who I was visiting but I did find a publication that I found interesting.

Who knew there was a Jefferson Monthly.  I was assured by the resident owners of this publication that said publication has nothing to do with the movement (nor do said residents) and it even goes to considerable length to separate itself from the politics of the Jeff State effort.  Nonetheless, I found the magazine name interesting.

I think the real question is whether Pollywood is inside the proposed boundaries of Jeff State.  This seems a valid discussion for the taco table.  To that end, I'll see you there.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tribute to Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk

FT3'ers I know many of you have your car (no not "Your" car NoCar) radio tuned to NPR on your drive back from the trail head on Sundays.  I certainly do and over the years have really enjoyed the banter and laughter of Tom and Ray, "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" of NPR's Car Talk.

With Tom's passing yesterday, this marks the end of a truly creative and unique radio show that many people have enjoyed for years.  At times, the show reminded me of some of you and how much we all laugh at the stupidest things and how much we enjoy trying to make each other laugh.  I know that my whole family enjoyed Car Talk and Tom's infectious laugh.

As we did in the past with the passing of another unique and creative showman, Huell Howser; I'd like to dedicate tonight's ride to Tom Magliozzi and enjoy a good laugh and a great ride.

And, don't forget to vote, bring a single speed and bring your lights.
First ride of light change, first ride of the month and it is voting day.

I'm in.


PS: I'll be riding on gears.