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Old 05-13-07, 08:01 PM   #1
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Murray's Mill Ride-June 16th

Anyone in? Nice ride on rolling hills, wonderfully supported by super nice folks! Hope BF'ers can come out for it.

http://www.heritagealliance.org/MMBikeRide.html
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I'm there - you KNOW i'm there!!! Quite literally.
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hey cyclemagic, i'm originally from conover and know the murrays mill area. maybe i can do that one!

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CM, do most people do the metric ride? How's the traffic on the route? How many total riders do you think?
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FU....you had better be there or I'll have to hurtcha!

Karen: It is a great ride, hope you can make it! It may be fun to ride in familiar territory again. Do you miss the Conover area? Quite a change from the big city (you are in the Raleigh area now, right?).

BikeWNC: I'm not sure how the field breaks out, there are quite a few people that do the metric. I'm planning on it. Depending on the weather (seems to have been rainy the past couple of years), there is a pretty big showing (~200-ish).
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BikeWNC: I'm not sure how the field breaks out, there are quite a few people that do the metric. I'm planning on it. Depending on the weather (seems to have been rainy the past couple of years), there is a pretty big showing (~200-ish).
It would be a good ride for me after Mitchell on the 11th, but I have some logistics issues. My wife is working that day, the ride starts at 8am and it is a 2:15 drive. That would mean I would need to leave the house at 5am. Grandma, the sitter, gets up early but that may be asking too much. So right now it doesn't look good for me making the ride.
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I don't blame you, BWNC. 5am is precious sleeping time, I totally understand! More power to you for riding Mitchell! How many years have you ridden it? (hijacking my own thread...)
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I don't blame you, BWNC. 5am is precious sleeping time, I totally understand! More power to you for riding Mitchell! How many years have you ridden it? (hijacking my own thread...)
This will be my 4th in a row. It may be my last for a bit. I've said that before, but this year I'm saying it before the ride. I think I'm ready to try some other rides and there are so many good ones around our area.
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not an easy ride, I hear. Well, here's to making this year's your most enjoyable one yet.
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Thanks. I'll do my best, now if the weather would cooperate that would help.
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I grew up right down the road from murray's mill. I'd love to do that ride, but new to the sport. I may look into it next year.
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oh, don't be shy, msharpe! the 15 and 30 mile loops are very very beginner cyclist friendly. the best part is that they will feed you during and after the ride! It is a great way to push yourself further than you expect to be able to go, especially if you take advantage of the rest stops along the way. Give it a try!
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msharpe - You in Cornelius? Come on lots of rides up here and great routes. Shears Road ...gateway to great rides!!!
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I may see if the wife want's to do the ride. We haven't done any group rides yet, so we may want to try that first.

PAlt, I'll have to get a few routes from some of the locals. So far our route has been from West Catawba to 115(sometimes towards mooresville, sometimes towards huntersville). We did manage to make it out past the lazy 5 ranch on 150(those are some crazy hills for a beginner)
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PAlt, I'll have to get a few routes from some of the locals. So far our route has been from West Catawba to 115(sometimes towards mooresville, sometimes towards huntersville). We did manage to make it out past the lazy 5 ranch on 150(those are some crazy hills for a beginner)
I AM one of the locals! PM and I'll set you up with several routes.
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woot! Sounds like bikeWNC is talking himself in to riding. Anyone else?
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I may do it. <pensive Vega look>
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I may do it. <pensive Vega look>
Nothing to be pensive about. It's not a race, just a ride in the country. Put the pocket protector and slide rule away, turn off your brain and just ride. You can do it.
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yeah, Vega, what HE said! just come out, have some fun and see some Catawba County countryside!
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Just in case you are on the fence about this ride, let me entice you with a few pics from our ride today.....





beautiful scenery. Just watch out for the critters below the mill:

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I see you had to tilt the camera in the second pic to make it appear there is an incline.
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silly. maybe I did..I was rolling at the time. Trust me, there are some long pulls on this route, not at all a flat course. VERY do-able, but with a few rollers in there for good measure.

We did the 30 mile route today. Today was my third day in a row riding and I was a bit tired to day. Think I need a rest day or two now!
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i know! yikes! Funny thing is, we saw the snake AFTER going down to the stream and back up to the bridge. He was quite beautiful, from afar.
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IMHO to long and thin to be venomous. Probably a harmless corn snake. The color and markings do resemble a copperhead though...
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