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10-21-2014 11:31 AM
Mr_McBride Ride invite posted:
10-21-2014 11:06 AM
Mr_McBride I'm going to post a separate group ride invite....I'll come back and post a link in this thread, though.
10-21-2014 10:51 AM
Fitty I'm supposed to go to Louisiana this weekend, but if I don't, I'm in. I should know by tonight.
10-21-2014 10:38 AM
Mr_McBride The Dirt Cherohala this Saturday, 10/25, anyone?
10-08-2014 01:18 PM
Fitty I think I'm going to be out of town that weekend, but if not I'm in. I may just go to the Barber Vintage Fest one day this weekend and let that be my ride. We'll see.
10-08-2014 12:22 PM
Mr_McBride My schedule has changed and it looks like I will be available to ride on Saturday, 10/25.

Anyone else here available to ride that day?

Let me know and I'll stitch a route together and create a ride invite.
10-08-2014 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by Fitty View Post
So, are we riding Monday, weather permitting?
I apologize, but I didn't realize that my kids would be out of school that day. I will not be able to ride.

Don't let that stop you from riding, though.
10-08-2014 12:16 PM
Fitty So, are we riding Monday, weather permitting?
10-08-2014 10:47 AM
Mr_McBride That's a great area to ride in. 136 is one of my favorites.

You'll see this sign along 136:

I look forward to meeting and riding with you.
10-08-2014 10:38 AM
Roadscrape88 Thanks for the encouraging words, Rodney and Fitty. I just viewed a website with lots of tips on riding and it said riding several times a week consistently is the way to engrain skills. The MSF rider coach told me that too. Besides, it's fun.

I hear what you're saying Rodney, about moving around making you more visible. That does make sense. One day last week was when the cold front moved through, wind was very strong and gusty so I tended to post up in a vehicle's wind shadow. The day after that a Madstad bracket arrived which made a huge difference - my head was no longer being blown around, which allowed me to ride free of cager traffic.

I kind of defaulted into the school/rush hour traffic - just wasn't thinking. But turned out to be a good skill builder with all the stop n goes, people turning every which way, having buses block vision ahead and add in a few construction zones, a lot of low speed handling in tight areas. Stuff like that makes me hyper vigilant. And I feel it after an hour of that stuff, wears me out.

Think I'll take a test spin on backroads up to Big Canoe, take Hwy 136 over Burnt Mtn, down through Jasper, then the roller coaster Cove Rd. through Marble back to Big Canoe, then Yellow Creek Road back to Franklin Gold Mine, Birmingham Hwy and the horse farm roads through Milton. That's a small verions of doing the Gaps. By the way, Ive ridden most of the typical motorcycle routes in north Georgia on a bicycle at least once, which gives me some up-close familiarity with those roads. By the way, don't miss Jim's BBQ on Hwy 19/129, just north of the Hwy 180 intersection for Brasstown Bald. Best BBQ and sides anywhere I've found!
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