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Old 11-13-11, 11:58 AM   #1
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Cruisin' in the Country - Claxton, GA

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I rode the metric century at the 16th Annual Cruisin' in the Country ride in Claxton, GA Saturday. I had planned to make this flat country ride a fast 100 miler, but my recent bout with walking pneumonia took some of the fire out of my belly, so I decided to go for a casual metric instead. I had also planned to camp out before the ride, but the forecast of an overnight low of 31 degrees changed that plan. I almost bailed out of the whole thing, but my friend, Twiggs offered to share the cheap motel room he found, so I went.

I don't do cold weather well anyway, but especially after being sick. It was still in the mid 30s when we started around 8:15 and my poor feet were numb until around 9:30 when it finally broke into the 50s. We would have waited later to start the show and go ride, but Twiggs and I both wanted to finish in time to get home and watch the Georgia-Auburn game. I should have worn an extra pair of wool socks and used my shoe covers, but I knew it would warm later and I didn't want to carry too much stuff in my jersey pockets. I started off in a light cycling jacket and old sweat pants over my l/s jersey and bib shorts with knee warmers. I threw away the sweat pants and stuffed the jacket in my jersey at the second rest stop around 10AM when it finally got up to my comfort zone around 55. After that the ride finally became fun.

It was a beautiful sunny day with very little wind as we cruised the very flat roads through the area's farmland. Most of the roads were smooth, but there was a long stretch of shake and bake where I was glad to be on a bike that rides so smoothly. Twiggs was test riding a bike almost identical to mine except in Test Bike Red instead of my black on carbon.


Roubaixs by BluesDawg, on Flickr

The rest stops were great, especially the first one at a small church where the ladies set out all sorts of homemade goodies for us along with the usual rest stop fare.


Rest Stop 1b by BluesDawg, on Flickr


Rest Stop 3 Susan & Twiggs by BluesDawg, on Flickr

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Twiggs early by BluesDawg, on Flickr

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passing train by BluesDawg, on Flickr

The boys in red and black finished and ready to drive home to watch the University of Georgia Bulldogs demolish the Auburn Tiger/Eagle/Plainsmen.


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Old 11-13-11, 12:20 PM   #2
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Good report, good pics. Looks cold down there. It was in the sixties here in the Ohio Valley.
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Old 11-13-11, 12:59 PM   #3
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Nice! I'll take your cold weather if you will take these winds.
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Looks like a nice ride. Was there fruitcake?
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Old 11-14-11, 06:42 PM   #5
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Lookin' good! Wish I had lots of flatland, uncrowded roads to build up my stamina. Too many inattentive motorists around here, hills or no.
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Great photos. We're going into the no-sun phase of the year where we all misplace our sunglasses, so I'm a bit envious.
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A photo by the pro fotog for the ride.

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Congratulations on the ride

When the temps get into the 30's I always use the chemical toe warmers to keep those toes warm. They are fantastic.
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I love reading ride reports with photos. Nice ride. It makes me wish I lived in an area where the weather was "nice" all year. But, in spite of our winters, I do love it up here in Canada. It sure beats New Jersey.

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Looks like fun! Glad your getting over the pneumonia, that must be rough. Thanks for beating those awful Auburn Tigers!! Roll Tide!
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A photo by the pro fotog for the ride.

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Hey Blues Dawg, is that a picture of a pie on your jacket?
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Old 11-15-11, 04:17 PM   #12
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Uh, not exactly.

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Uh, not exactly.

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Apparently there was a large group of Bacchetta recumbents there.

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I think it's pretty obvious that Bacchetta riders get all the babes.

The soundtrack was as obnoxious as anything I've heard in a while. Bleechhhhh!
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What? No love for Aerosmith?
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Found more pics.


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Blues,
Great report and glad you felt up to the metric! Now, How 'bout them DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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Hey Blues,

Isn't Claxton set for a BRAG overnight town next year? Is this part of the same route?
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Isn't Claxton set for a BRAG overnight town next year? Is this part of the same route?
No. BRAG will be in the northern part of the state next year.
Tentative, unconfirmed route:
Chattanooga, Dalton, Cartersville, Roswell, Winder, Cornelia, and Hartwell.

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