Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Long Ride

Who ever heard of a skinny tire LRP?
Starts at the Bonetti road parking lot at 8am, Monday May 25th. Finishes about 8 hours later. Depends if we opt for the 110 mile route or the 85 mile route. Either way we will be having lunch at historic Ham's Station. I called and confirmed that they will be open.

Every mile is paved, but the road conditions are often poor enough that cross bikes will have occasional advantages. And there will be some climbing. There will actually be kind of a lot of climbing.


I added some pictures from a walk I took this week. Trying to keep everyone entertained while waiting for comments.








25 comments:

  1. I haven't yet proposed this idea to my wife, but I might just have to wear the pants on this one. Sounds like a great ride on some new-to-me territory. How do I find the Bonetti road parking lot?

    PC

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    1. Bonetti Road is off of MET, just past the top of Redneck Rising. There is a small parking lot next to the intersection.

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    2. Ok, I've got official approval for the ride - and I didn't even need to remove my belt.

      Can you give me an approximate milepoint marker for the Bonetti Road intersection? I'll look on google maps to try and get the look of it. I should know what you mean by redneck rising, but alas, almost two years I been riding with FT3 and I still don't know my way around these woods. Maybe if I showed more than once a month . . .

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    3. Nevermind, I see it on the map. See you on Monday as we memorialize the fallen . . .

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  2. Thanks for the call out Nocar! I'm no able to go that far from work leading up to the ride. Great pictures!

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  3. This is looking good. Do you have a route description on Strava or MapMyRide? :-)

    We're the pics meant to denote, "steel is real" bring your old school mount?

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  4. I'm in. Also would like some detail on the route. An idea of upper elevation would be good. Weather could be pretty mixed up high.

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  5. Just found this review of Ham's Station on Google+ "Friendly atmosphere nice people a haven in a storm for bicyclest."

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  6. So exciting! I love having this ride to look forward to . . .

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  7. Feeling a bit awkward as I write this since I initiated the concept, but this is a bit time heavy for me at this juncture. Many things are occupying my time including a work trip next week and tournament baseball prep. I have time for an approximately 5 hour ride, this skinny LRP will have to wait till summer for me. If anyone is interested in a lesser option hit me up. Sorry NoCar.

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  8. And no, NoHandle, I was not being sarcastic about the blog post, this is what the blog is for and I am glad NoCar put this here. That thread was and is still getting a little out of hand.

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  9. I tried to detail the route on mapmyride but had some technical difficulties. Besides, if RG gets ahold of a map then he is likely to get himself lost, so I have to keep that under wraps. Max elevation will be at Hams station, (6629') so its all downhill after lunch, besides the occasional roller, of course. I estimated 92 miles.

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  10. My reputation for bulldogging rides precedes me.

    Do you recommend road bike w/25c's or CX bike with 28c's and cush rear end but 2.5 lb baggage?

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  11. 2.5 pounds of baggage? You bringing the whiskey bottle?

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    1. That Trek is a boat anchor, how can you sell those things with a straight face? ;-0

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  12. I thought you only had one cross/road bike RG. When I rode most of this route before I was happy on the road bike with 25s. The thing I really wanted was the lower gearing of my cross bike. I recommend whichever bike is more comfortable

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    1. Tx. Still have the BMC, Craigslist is not moving it.

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    2. Actively shopping though, so price is dropping.

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  13. NoCar, I'm struggling. This LRP has me quite torn. The duration is bumping up against the family and a P3 issue. Unfortunately, I have to back out. I could probably overcome the family component, but the P3 issue is a Knee that has not been happy of late and I'm worried about creating a bigger problem. I'm open for starting with the group and then turning around on the earlier side and doubling back though.

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  14. There are several P3 short cuts

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  15. And I can bring an extra map

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  16. According to wunderground, looks like we may be riding into a thunderstorm Monday. Think I'll bring a shell . . .

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  17. Awesome ride! That one is an LRP Road Classic.

    Great job on the route selection NoCar!

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