The sooner we can nail down a date, the better. Since inclinations seem to be for the East or West Coast, it would help us all with travel plans to make some commitment early. The Boston ride is good in my book, it will fit my travel plans for late July and early August.
Nonetheless, the last weekend in July is a good possibility
Last edited by Jim from Boston; 11-11-12 at 04:34 PM.
Jim, please agitate for as much early insight as you can get regarding the date. I think one reason the turnout was so low for the 3rd Ride in Ann Arbor was that I did not solidify plans early enough to enable many of us to set aside the work time, and to plan a long drive.
However, I was very happy to meet everyone who did make it to Ann Arbor!
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If I can be of any assistance please let me know. I have no idea what goes into making this ride happen, but I am willing to help and I will be in the Boston area from time to time next year. Of course this implies that Boston is the choice, which although would work for me personally, shouldn't necessarily be assumed at this point.
Thanks for that offer; DnvrFox's thread appeared soon after your post. In my experience on the 2nd and 3rd Annual Rides, and watching the 4th one materialize via various posts, usually several bids are made by individuals for already-organized rides in various locales, and those interested just show up. The attendees make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The “organizer,” usually suggests a meeting place for the 50+ subscribers to congregate.
IMO, the 2nd Annual Ride in the New York Finger Lakes set the standard for the Annual Rides, and I think was the first Ride associated with an Organized Ride by an Outside Club. tsl (of Rochester, NY) was well-regarded as the “Host,” but besides giving advice about the ride on which he had previously participated, he otherwise was the nucleus around which us BF’ers congregated. The schedule and routes, and the venue complete with campsites, bunkhouses and meals were provided by the organizing club.
The 3rd Annual Ride in Chelsea, Michigan was similarly hosted by Road Fan (of Ann Arbor, MI). Whereas the Finger Lakes ride was a three day weekend event, the One Helluva Ride was a one-day Saturday ride. Road Fan did organize a Friday afternoon ride to fill up the weekend, and I think we all dispersed on Saturday. Notably, a few subscribers, who were eager to attend this ride couldn’t make it, most due to unexpected medical issues.
I followed the progress of planning the 4th Ride; I think Irwin 7638 (also from Michigan) kicked it off. There were a variety of suggestions, and Irwin’s proposal, the Harpeth Ride in Tennessee was the choice. He originally suggested a venue located as centrally as possible in the USA, but not necessarily known to him personally. He did a great job researching it out though. It appears that was a particularly well organized ride; but again, the individual riders made their own arrangements. There was some discussion about more than one 50+ Annual Ride, but none others materialized.
My experiences on the 2nd and 3rd Annual Rides were memorable, and worth the 400 and 800 miles, one-way, I drove to get there. A benefit to me in having a Boston Ride is that I save two vacation days in travel time. As a Michigan native, I can tell you that visiting New England is a particularly unique and exciting experience, and personally I really enjoy showing visitors around. Furthermore, I would think that there are a lot of Fifty-Plus subscribers living within a reasonable travel distance of Boston, though it is eccentrically located in the continental US.
One concern I have voiced in discussions about “organizing” a Ride is that of legal liabilities incurred. That’s why I think it is mandatory to have the Annual Ride in conjunction with an Organized Ride by a reputable Cycling Organization. For a good discussion of such considerations, see: Personal Liabilities Leading Local Rides?
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Last edited by Jim from Boston; 11-12-12 at 12:34 PM.
Boston and environs is a very confusing, yet so-charming place, that I would not want first-time visitors to spend their time reconnoitering and getting lost, so I am offering myself as “host, “checkpoint, “advisor," or whatever.
Here’s my preliminary suggestion: I anticipate that visitors who trek up to Boston would also like to visit the city and environs, as well as socialize with our compatriots. I had hoped to make myself available for a few extra days, from Thursday, 7/25, til Monday, 7/29 to provide flexibility for travel plans. I checked our company’s vacation schedule, and someone else is off through Friday, 7/26. I could be available mid to late Friday afternoon and thereafter, and possibly late afternoon-evening on Thursday, for any early arrivals. I have requested vacation days Monday, 7/29 through Wednesday, 7/31.
So a tentative plan is:
- Thursday: ? early arrivals, with a (?) ad hoc get-together late afternoon/early evening
Friday: expected arrivals, with a planned activity late afternoon and/or early evening
Saturday: the Ride with a following activity, to be decided
Sunday: to be decided
Monday – Wednesday: to be decided (though if there is not much interest, I’ll not take the days off.)
This is all tentative and flexible, but at least the date is pretty reliable, and will be officially announced in February. I look forward to further plans as the Ride Date approaches.
I sounds like good move for those of us who can make it. It works right into my calendar, I'm in. I may be able to make one in Wisconsin also if that materializes.
The Boston ride sounds great. I'll see what the rest of the Ohio group has to say about another road trip!
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Last edited by Jim from Boston; 01-08-13 at 09:59 PM.
From what you've posted about last year's ride, I am guessing that the ride start will be at Lexington High School again. I am browsing maps and hotels and it would appear that Belmont is midway between Lexington HS and Boston, yes? Does that seem like a reasonable area to look for hotels?