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Old 08-13-10, 06:40 PM   #1
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3rd Annual 50+ Ride? Anyone?

First was in CO at Glenwood Springs late August 2009 - DnvrFox coordinated it

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...2B+annual+ride

2nd in northern New York (Watkins Glen) June 11-13 2010 - tsl coordinated

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...fficial-Thread)

3rd - 2011 - ?????????????????????

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Old 08-13-10, 06:44 PM   #2
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I've been wondering too. I'm carrying-over some vacation time from this year to next, and I'm just itchin' to travel.
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Norcal?
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Anyone interested in Eugene, Oregon? I'd be happy to coordinate.
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Norcal?
I would, a base in Santa Rosa would be fantastic.
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I vote for the the West Coast! Actually Eugene would be interesting, we could visit the Bike Friday factory.
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I'm gonna be based on the relatively bucolic western outskirts of Tokyo next summer if anybody's up for that...
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I'm goin' to Disney World! Florida at spring break, Daytona Beach, Girls Gone Wild . . . no, wait a second. Wrong demographic.
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The first year, we tried to do our own ride. Due to a wide, wide variance in interests about length of rides, when to get started in the morning, tolerance to heat of various participants, differing personalities, etc., there were certain noticeable and frustrating problems.

Last year they tied into an already established ride, and piggy-backed on that. I believe the logistics were easier the 2nd year.

I think the west coast - nor cal or Oregon would be worthwhile.

We tried to have various rides to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of abilities and interests.
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Not interested! NorCal is not even close to Georgia. I'm not driving for 4+ days to get to an event.
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I liked linking the ride to a sponsored event. It allowed us to choose the length and difficulty for riding. There's a 4-day trail event in SW Ohio that might work for a 50+ annual ride.

http://www.greenetrailsclassic.com/
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The first year, we tried to do our own ride. Due to a wide, wide variance in interests about length of rides, when to get started in the morning, tolerance to heat of various participants, differing personalities, etc., there were certain noticeable and frustrating problems.

Last year they tied into an already established ride, and piggy-backed on that. I believe the logistics were easier the 2nd year.

I think the west coast - nor cal or Oregon would be worthwhile.

We tried to have various rides to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of abilities and interests.

We could do the same here i would be more then willing to coordinate it all, we have such a vast aray of rides here considering our location.
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Not interested! NorCal is not even close to Georgia. I'm not driving for 4+ days to get to an event.
True anywhere in the country for folks who don't live there. However, the scenery and sights through some of the states between GA and CA or OR is outstanding. Think of it as an excursion, not 4 days of driving.
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I say we get Stapfam involved in this discussion. I'd love to know what rides in his nick of the woods we could "tie into".
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I'd love it if it could be in late June, July, or August so we teachers could attend. I know others like to avoid the months when school's out to avoid crowds, but that's when I always tour and it's great - the weather is the best (unless you're talking about a hot-weather place) and the campgrounds aren't too crowded during the week. Besides, if this was something planned in advance we could get reservations.

As long as I'm asking, the western states would be my preference. Eugene would be nice, as would Santa Rosa/wine country. Bozeman, Montana would be great; Sandpoint, Idaho and the Selkirk Loop; the San Juans/Bellingham area in Washington, with maybe a jaunt up into B. C.; Central Oregon - Sisters/John Day, etc.

There are so many possibilities!
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Lets all get helmet cams and do a virtual get together.

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Not interested! NorCal is not even close to Georgia. I'm not driving for 4+ days to get to an event.
Great! Find an event you're willing to drive to and propose it to the rest of us!
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We have had several offers to coordinate a 50+ 2011 ride. Where do we go with this? Is there enough interest? If the location is too far, please suggest another closer to you.

Shifty:

Anyone interested in Eugene, Oregon? I'd be happy to coordinate. and - I would, a base in Santa Rosa would be fantastic.

Beverly - not sure if she was offering to coordinate?
I liked linking the ride to a sponsored event. It allowed us to choose the length and difficulty for riding. There's a 4-day trail event in SW Ohio that might work for a 50+ annual ride. http://www.greenetrailsclassic.com/

sinclac - Somewhere in CA
We could do the same here i would be more then willing to coordinate it all, we have such a vast aray of rides here considering our location.


Anyway, I am going to drop out of the picture. There will either be enough interest or the idea will go away. No sense pushing anything on anyone. I would keep it fairly simple. Someone simply announce a place for a ride, let folks sign up for the ride at the web page of the ride, etc. It got pretty complicated for our first ride. I think the 2nd was simpler. Hopefully, we learn by experience!!
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I'd certainly try to make a West Coast ride, whether in California or Oregon. I'm not about to suggest anyone join us here in the desert during the summer, and going to a cooler area (love the west coast breezes) is enticing. As the saying goes during our summers: "Anyone who is anyone... leaves" Seems like a good reason to "leave" to me.
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Yes, Eugene is a great place to gather and ride, June, July or August are the driest months and usually very mild with low humidity.

A few possibilities for riding:


A covered bridge tour is always nice


Rails to Trails by the lake



And, this is wine country
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Yes, Eugene is a great place to gather and ride, June, July or August are the driest months and usually very mild with low humidity.

A few possibilities for riding:


A covered bridge tour is always nice


Rails to Trails by the lake



And, this is wine country

SWEET!! Now I just need to find the money to by a "CAR" to get there or, maybe take a bus and have enough cash for the Mrs. and I to buy that "Bike Friday Tandem", we keep dreaming of!! Hope you get the the "go ahead", even IF we couldn't figure out a way to get there for the event, it sure looks like a GREAT place to ride a bicycle!!
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No need for a car, Amtrak goes to Eugene. That's how I'd get there. Looks like beautiful country too. Now I'm thinking how cool would it be to order a Bike Friday, ride the train up there to pick it up, and let the 50+ ride be its maiden voyage.
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No need for a car, Amtrak goes to Eugene.
Hmmm... That almost sounds doable. A little more time than I'd like to spend traveling--four days each way. I almost have enough points to get a free ticket one-way. I could buy a some more.
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Then there is the possibility of 2 or more regional 50+ rides
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