I'm setting up this new thread for this ride. It's been discussed in several threads, most notably in one titled "3rd Annual ... Ride."
I'm inviting any 50+er or BFer (and any friends/family) to come to Ann Arbor Michigan and participate in the 1-day organized ride, "One Helluva Ride." It will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 9 2011. On-line registration has begun, at www.aabts.org/ohr. You can see all the riding and pricing options there on-line. Several of us have already signed up for the 64 mile option (good opportunity to do that birthday-distance ride!), and I'm hoping we'll to some degree ride together.
The route and all of the (really rather extensive) supporting functions are set by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. Participation is unlimited - registration is not cut off up to and including day-of-event. Significant and generally adequate food and water stops are provided by AABTS as part of the event fee. The route is always well-marked with little pitchforks spray painted on the ground, and the variety of route distances are indicated by pitchfork color. Local LEOs monitor the route and assist with controlling significant traffic crossings.
The AABTS prides itself on choosing the best-condition roads for these rides, within of course the constraints of designing closed loops. Because of this, they don't release current event maps until the day of event. All registered riders will be given the correct map - if they forget, ask. I can sketch up last year's maps on MapMyRide if anyone is interested. There is usually a lot of repetition, but not total repetition from year to year. The routine of the event has been developed for 35 years, so most possible problems have been discovered already.
I've been asked for hotel and restaurant recommendations, and I can provide some favorite restaurants, but I don't really know the hotels. Commonly Ann Arbor people recommend the LampPost Inn for a locally-owned low-cost motel that is reasonably clean and capable, but has no food or other amenities. You do get a decent room. Much higher on the service scale is Weber's Inn. I suggest we focus on rooms in Ann Arbor or within 10 miles, making our other activities as a group more convenient.
Camping may seem a good option, and of course it's always fun. But the suggested campgrounds are Waterloo Recreation Area and Hell Creek Ranch. Both are 30 to 40 miles from Ann Arbor, and in different directions. Recreating in a group might not be possible. OTOH, if me and Mrs. Road Fan are the only ones 50 miles from the BF 50+ers, I'll suck it up. Either way, biking to the event start is probably not a good proposition, from Waterloo, Hell, or Ann Arbor. There are some lodgings in Chelsea itself.
There's been a tradition (?) in the annual 50+ rides to dine together when possible and to do some shorter rides as a group. I can block off Thursday and Friday before the event as vacation days and hence be available. I'll come up with some specific options after I get an idea where people want to sleep. As I said before, right now it's potentially a 50 mile span.
There is still a problem in hotels nationally, that of bedbugs. I don't think it's ever been a huge problem in Washtenaw County, but anyone who's considering staying in a hotel or motel here or anywhere should check it out on www.bedbugregistry.com.
Copying and pasting from the last thread on this (post #147, with additions from more recent activity), currently interested parties include:
Road Fan and Mrs. Road Fan
Beverly (with friends from Dayton?)
Louis (with friends?)
PAlt, it would be good to meet, but it looks like it won't happen this year.
My back yard is small, but I think two parties could set up tents in it. My driveway could in addition take a moderate RV. Got a nice charcoal Weber kettle, too.