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    Crawlin' up, flyin' down bikingshearer's Avatar
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    The first B&B Slowpoke Ride will be . . .

    . . . this Sunday, February 8. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lucky's/Walgreen shopping center at 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd (NW corner of Alcosta Blvd). Yes, it's short notice, but the response to the exploratory post was good and I wanted to strike while the iron is hot and the weather isn't. (S'posed to be sunny, BTW.)

    Why statrt there? Because it is:
    (1) freeway-easy for drivers (right off the Alcosta exit from I-680, which is the first exit north of I-580);
    (2) BART-able from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station, for those who would rather BART;
    (3) most important of all, one of the locations of Back Forty Texas Barbecue, where a no-host luncheon will be served apres velo-ride (The ribs are good, but go for the brisket. They have killer brisket. Mmmmmmm, bbq brisket . . . .); and
    (4) because I'm the one taking the initiative, so I get to make up the route.

    Why barbecue? Well, because of the drooling started by BenRidin's initial reading of the "B&B" series as "BBQ" series, bigbossman and I felt honor-bound to do the barbecue "thing."

    We will ride down SRV Blvd, cross I-580, and continue on Foothill Road all the way to Sunol, where there is a store that should be open. From there, east a half mile to the entrance to the Sunol Water Temple (it'll be closed - darn) and left onto Sunol Blvd, on up to Pleasanton, and then wending our way back to our starting point. There are one or two options along the way for folks who want to put a few more miles, but this is the basic route.

    The ride is about 25 miles, with flat-to-rolling terrain. I will be riding caboose, and there will be no drops. That's a promise.

    So if you have felt even a little bit intimidated by some of the rides posted here, this one's for you. If you want to turn on the afterburners and add an extra 73 miles to the ride and meet us at Back Forty (yes, I'm looking at you, taxi777) you're welcome, too - just don't expect me to even try to keep up.

    So who's up for the maiden run of the B&B Slowpoke Series?

    EDIT: Here is a link to a map of the route.

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca...n/492300103669

    Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lucky shopping center (northwest corner of Alcosta and San Ramon Valley Bilvds, San Ramon, in front of the Back Forty Texas Barbecue restaurant (all the way at the southern end of the center).

    If you drive, please park behind the Back Forty - uber convenient without being in any shopper's or merchant's way.

    'NOTHER EDIT: So here is the current list of attendees and maybes, updated as of 7:25 a.m. Sunday

    Claim to be Coming Along

    bikingshearer (+1 for lunch, but not the ride)
    bigbossman and his posse, bigbosslady and bigbossprincess
    jobob - riding in from Union City, riding out with a belly full o' brisket
    LeeBob - aka Mr jobob
    MarkoPolo
    hs845
    Kedosto
    Lanceoldstrong
    Mrs. Oldstrong
    rumbutter
    Britpower
    ricebowl (moving up from the "Maybe" list)
    pohlf
    cccorlew
    t4mv
    ahpook + jen + tandem for bikingshearer to draft
    redsail
    jonathan715
    Spingineer
    LanceMach

    Still Not Going to Not be There

    cantdrv55 (I'm trying not to jinx you, buddy)


    Definitely Maybe

    jonjonOnline
    taxi777
    Madcow1950


    Not This Time, But Promising to make Another B&B Slowpoke Special
    huytheskigod
    BlastRadius
    Gee3
    I_meant2do_that
    SesameCrunch
    Red Rider
    cgallah


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    pops head up ...


    Did someone say brisket ?!?

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    in........

    I can ride drag as well as anyone.
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    I'm already registered for Cherry Pie and Julie has to work. I'd much rather have brisket than go get dropped yet again (I really do like racing...what little I get to do before it turns into a solo ride).

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    Schedule will come out on Friday. I'll let ya know.
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    Dang, I'm already registered for Cherry Pie too.

    Sucks because I love brisket and wouldn't mind meeting Siu too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post

    pops head up ...


    Did someone say brisket ?!?

    pops head up ...


    Did someone say slowpoke and brisket?!?!

    I'll have to check the plans with the wife and get back to you guys...
    This day will be over... one of these days!

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    Just in case anyone needs additional incentive, here's the San Ramon Back Forty menu . . .

    http://www.backfortytexasbbq.com/dineinMenu_SR.htm

    Yes, I know I'm evil.

    And the ride should be fun, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huytheskigod View Post
    I'm already registered for Cherry Pie and Julie has to work. I'd much rather have brisket than go get dropped yet again (I really do like racing...what little I get to do before it turns into a solo ride).
    It's really very simple. Go to the Cherry Pie thingie, race until you get dropped, then head for San Ramon and join us for lunch. Problem solved.



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    I'm most likely in. I'm thinking of perhaps riding out there from home via Niles Canyon - could I meet you guys in Sunol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    I'm most likely in. I'm thinking of perhaps riding out there from home via Niles Canyon - could I meet you guys in Sunol?
    Sure - you can PM Rich or me (John) for our cell #'s.

    One possible problem - you'l have to ride all the way home by yourself with a belly full o' brisket, while the rest of us slip into a BBQ induced coma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I can ride in drag as well as anyone.
    To borrow a word from the snarky folks on the Road Forum... Fixed!
    It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....

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    Oh yeah... I'm in too.
    It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    I'm most likely in. I'm thinking of perhaps riding out there from home via Niles Canyon - could I meet you guys in Sunol?
    Meet us in Sunol? Sure. Or you can BART to Dublin/Pleasanton and join us from the start.

    As for the BBQ-induced coma of which bigbossman speaks (and which I plan to exemplify), the BART thing should take care of that for you, too.

    BTW, Dublin/Pleasanton BART is roughly 2 very flat miles from the start/gorge-fest finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkoPolo View Post
    To borrow a word from the snarky folks on the Road Forum... Fixed!
    You've ruined a lot of people's lives by painting that mental picture.

    For the historically challenged and to help ease the pain, I offer this:

    Riding Drag: definition – The job on a cattle drive taken by the Drag Rider; a person on horseback who takes the position at the rear of the herd; who picks up strays, busts cattle out of hard to reach places and does all the jobs no one else wants to do while inadvertently eating copious amounts of dust.
    Last edited by bigbossman; 02-03-09 at 01:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    You've ruined a lot of people's lives by painting that mental picture.

    For the historically challenged and to help ease the pain, I offer this:

    Riding Drag: definition – The job on a cattle drive taken by the Drag Rider; a person on horseback who takes the position at the rear of the herd; who picks up strays, busts cattle out of hard to reach places and does all the jobs no one else wants to do while inadvertently eating copious amounts of dust.
    Then what do Border Collies do?

    I am trying to convince my wife to go on the tandem with me, if not I will probably BART out to meet you all. May be bringing some others as well.

    UPDATE: I will not be attending the innaugural ride of the B&B Slowpokes...this weekend *swings head quickly to see if she heard* lol
    Last edited by I_meant2do_that; 02-03-09 at 02:16 PM. Reason: talked with better half on phone.

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    I've never been on a BF ride, but I'll try this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_meant2do_that View Post
    Then what do Border Collies do?
    Same thing as the guys "riding drag," except that border collies like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hs845 View Post
    I've never been on a BF ride, but I'll try this one.
    Now that's what I'm talkin' about!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Same thing as the guys "riding drag," except that border collies like it.

    Back in the old days, good dogs were expensive; cowboys were cheap and available, required less care, and it was no big deal if you lost one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    You've ruined a lot of people's lives by painting that mental picture.
    For the historically challenged and to help ease the pain, I offer this:
    Riding Drag: definition Ė The job on a cattle drive taken by the Drag Rider; a person on horseback who takes the position at the rear of the herd; who picks up strays, busts cattle out of hard to reach places and does all the jobs no one else wants to do while inadvertently eating copious amounts of dust.
    check

    Quote Originally Posted by I_meant2do_that View Post
    Then what do Border Collies do?
    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    Same thing as the guys "riding drag," except that border collies like it.
    check

    So if I am reading this correctly, Taxi is really a cowboy?



    To put this back on topic, I hope there is another ride soon.

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    So after Cherry Pie and snelling, I'm going to put off racing to build up more ability until later in the season. So, please do plan more B&B rides. I'm happy to host a similar ride to Davis Laid back Ride #1 (the one without the climbing) if B&B wants to head up this way. Lots of food opportunities too. Unfortunately, the good BBQ joints aren't near anyplace good to start a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    As for the BBQ-induced coma of which bigbossman speaks (and which I plan to exemplify), the BART thing should take care of that for you, too.

    BTW, Dublin/Pleasanton BART is roughly 2 very flat miles from the start/gorge-fest finish.
    That's precisely my plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
    It's really very simple. Go to the Cherry Pie thingie, race until you get dropped, then head for San Ramon and join us for lunch. Problem solved.



    You're welcome.
    In the book "A Dog In A Hat" it wasn't uncommon for teams to start a race and pull off soon thereafter to go to another engagement or leave the race. So there won't be any shame in leaving for some bbq!
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    This Sunday, February 8, 10:00 in the morning at the Lucky's at Alcosta. I'm there. I won't be late.

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