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Fifty-Plus Ride in Pennsylvania - October 9-11, 2015

Old 02-08-15, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Len S View Post
Looks very interesting. It is fall color time. What could be better then getting into that part of the country? 70+ If the weather is really good we could stay in the area for a week looking at fall colors. Stay at lodge or in RV park. Isn't there an "up coming event" board on this forum where this should also be posted?? Want to make sure I can find this post again amongst the 100's of posts being put up.
Usually the “Official” Fifty-Plus Annual Ride thread is periodically bumped up by interested subscribers and becomes active shortly before the Ride occurs. Much of the early posts on previous Ride threads were to deliberate where to go, but this year looks established early. Most previous Rides happened in July.

BTW, Len S. of Berkley, MI, I am a Michigan native and back around 1972, my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I bought matching Mercier Road cycles in Berkley, MI at a shop if I recall correctly was Smith Cyclery. We toured on them in Michigan and Ontario, and rode them across country on our honeymoon to settle in Boston.

One other memory of Berkley. I grew up on the East Side of Detroit, and when we were pre-teens, my friend asked his father if he would drive us to the Berkley Theater to see a movie. The father, a Detroit Police Detective replied "Berkley?...That's half way to Chicago!" Was funny at the time.

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Len,
As Jim said the post will get bumped up fairly often. Surprisingly, we have learned that a stickied post gets ignored more than read, in most cases. Seems that these 50+ Ride threads do the trick fairly well. Unfortunately we won't make this one, y'all have a good time.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Dittoes to what Miss Kenton wrote. The Kentons and I have attended two Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, Watkins Glen in 2010 and Boston in 2013.


I just visited the Pennsylvania Ride website, and 34 riders are registered, some by teams, but no Team Kenton, and no BF screen names. Maybe we could register with our screen names in parentheses, or as Team Bikeforums (...?Team Fifty-Plus...?Over-the-Hill-Gang--bicycling double entendre intended--or what), or as both. Some of the other team names are Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag Magazine, Fitness Center; and Events Unlimited and None (one member each).
The Kenton group is indeed registered, but as individuals. I wasn't trying to be covert, I just didn't want the organizers to expect a team jersey.
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I am now registered. No idea yet where I'll stay, how I'll get there or whether my wife will be able to go, but I'm in.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
I am now registered. No idea yet where I'll stay, how I'll get there or whether my wife will be able to go, but I'm in.
As a veteran of four Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, I had made up this (updated) Preparation Schedule for myself as a working professional with a family:

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  • schedule time off from work: two driving days, 2-3 days for Ride(s) and to hang out [return driving day is Columbus (holiday) Day]
  • train with winter commuting, then intensify in mid March, and continue to train
  • ask Family permission to go away for one week (they probably would not want to go)
  • arrange accommodations [I use the AAA Regional Guidebooks.]
  • pre-ride bike check at LBS
  • rent car if necessary
  • map driving route (~500 miles)
  • pack
  • Register for event [Even for professional conferences, I usually register on-site, in case of exigencies, but I plan to be in. The Pennsylvania Ride does offer a $10 discount before August 1.]
Right now Boston is in the midst of a two-day snowfall, adding another one to two to feet to our recent two-three feet last week, and below freezing temperatures so it just piles up. I’ve encountered outright hostility when people ask the usually good-natured question, “You didn’t ride your bike today, did you?.” (I didn't.)

So forgive me if I’m obsessively posting about nice-weather riding.

Accumulation as of 4 PM and 6PM 2/9/15, since Tuesday 2/3:



The snow doesn't get dirty on the road, because it is coninuously covered by new snow, and nobody is driving. Light snow is predicted until 4 AM tomorrow, and more snow predicted for Thursday. The subways and Commuter Rail are closed until probably Wednesday, 2/11.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
As a veteran of four Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, I had made up this (updated) Preparation Schedule for myself as a working professional with a family:
Yeah, I've never been and never intend to become that organized. I'll be there. That's about all I need to know at this point.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
I am now registered. No idea yet where I'll stay, how I'll get there or whether my wife will be able to go, but I'm in.

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
As a veteran of four Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, I had made up this (updated) Preparation Schedule for myself as a working professional with a family….

Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Yeah, I've never been and never intend to become that organized. I'll be there. That's about all I need to know at this point.
Well you should see my packing list…hate to arrive on time, having forgotten my bike (helmet, gloves, shoes, pump, tools, shorts, water bottle, computer, lights, extra valve stem caps…); never happened.

Originally Posted by Len S View Post
… Isn't there an "up coming event" board on this forum where this should also be posted?? Want to make sure I can find this post again amongst the 100's of posts being put up.

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Usually the “Official” Fifty-Plus Annual Ride thread is periodically bumped up by interested subscribers and becomes active shortly before the Ride occurs....
Like with this kind of “trash talk.”
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Old 02-17-15, 03:39 PM
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I was perusing the Northeast Rides and Events subforum and came upon this thread, ”Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic,” presumably our proposed venue. There are several descriptions of the 2013 event, with generally favorable reviews.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I was perusing the Northeast Rides and Events subforum and came upon this thread, ”Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic,” presumably our proposed venue. There are several descriptions of the 2013 event, with generally favorable reviews.
Not the same location.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I was perusing the Northeast Rides and Events subforum and came upon this thread, ”Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic,” presumably our proposed venue. There are several descriptions of the 2013 event, with generally favorable reviews.

Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Not the same location.
Same sponsor, I presume.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Same sponsor, I presume.
Different magazines. Bicycle Times is associated with Dirt Rag which also has an event at a different location at Raystown Lake.

Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag couldn't be more different from Bicycling.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Different magazines. Bicycle Times is associated with Dirt Rag which also has an event at a different location at Raystown Lake.

Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag couldn't be more different from Bicycling.
Thanks for the correction.
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Schedule for Pennsylvania:

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
  • schedule time off from work…done today
  • train with winter commuting (not so much), then intensify in mid March (next week - I'm off work, and the roads are clear), and continue to train…
  • ask Family permission to go away for one week…
  • arrange accommodations …
  • pre-ride bike check at LBS
  • rent car if necessary
  • map driving route (~500 miles)
  • pack
  • register (onsite) for event…

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This sounds like something I would enjoy and it would give me a chance to catch up with some of the 50+ crowd :-)

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Good to hear from you, Beverly, its been a while.

What ever happens this ride should be dedicated to Tom Stormcrowe's memory. Please consider doing this.

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Sounds like fun. Schedule permitting I plan on being there.
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Raystown Lake is a fantastic place! 30 plus miles of undeveloped lake! WE took our kids there when they were teenagers. They asked where's the boardwalk and amusement rides? They predicted our vacation would suck!

As adults today, it's the only place they want to go back to. They had soooo much fun there!

The kayak/canoe/paddle groups do some kind of event around the same time of year, so it should be an interesting crowd!
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The 70-Mile Mixed Surface Ride at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek.

This looks like a good candidate for my 60th birthday ride. My Zukas has 32mm tires which should work just fine.
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This may be doable. I'll talk to my wife tonight. I also make trips to Atlanta and could bring a bike.
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While I’d like to go and meet numerous forum members firsthand, it’s over 154 miles “as the crow flies” from my house, so I’ll be unable to make it.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Sounds like a good ride (The One Helluva Ride in Chelsea, MI, July 11). Glad the Fans and Jim were able to connect. Looking forward to meeting some of you good folks in October in Pennsylvania.

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Thanks for the note, BD, and I have posted my ride description in reply to Road Fan’s. I continue to look forward toward the Pennsylvania ride, and as Road Fan and I discussed, it likely will be (at least my) premier ride of the year. I will post later to that Pennsylvania Ride thread, at least to bump it up.

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The 70-Mile Mixed Surface Ride at Bicycle Times Adventure Fest Presented by Trek.

This looks like a good candidate for my 60th birthday ride. My Zukas has 32mm tires which should work just fine.
I just visited the Ride website and made note that they offer road and mixed surface routes of varying distances, but I couldn’t find a schedule by day. I nearly entirely ride on roads, and I’m bringing my carbon fiber road bike, and my beater, although quality mountain bike, mainly if it rains. The 61 mile road ride appeals to me, but I may try a mixed surface ride. Socialization with other Fifty-Plus Riders though, will strongly dictate my choices.

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  • [strike]schedule time off from work: one driving day, 3-4 (weekend days) for ride and hanging out, one return day[/strike]
  • [strike]train with winter commuting, then intensify in mid March[/strike]
  • [strike]ask Family permission to go away for week end (they probably would not want to go)[/strike]
  • arrange accommodations
  • pre-ride bike check at LBS
  • rent car if necessary
  • map driving route (~500 miles)
  • pack
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I just reserved a cottage for my wife and I at Lake Raystown Resort for Oct. 8-11. We're in!
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When this first came up, I was thinking I would like to do it. It's only about a 6 hr drive for me, so that would have made it quite doable.
However, we have a wedding to go to in Quebec that weekend, so I'm afraid I'm out.
Maybe next time.
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Sorry you can't make it, Dan.

We are trying to figure out the best travel plans. Drive for days or possibly take Amtrak to a point and rent a car. Any tips on taking a bicycle on Amtrak?
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I just visited the Ride website and made note that they offer road and mixed surface routes of varying distances, but I couldn’t find a schedule by day. I nearly entirely ride on roads, and I’m bringing my carbon fiber road bike, and my beater, although quality mountain bike, mainly if it rains. The 61 mile road ride appeals to me, but I may try a mixed surface ride. Socialization with other Fifty-Plus Riders though, will strongly dictate my choices.
I'm going to try to communicate with the organizers about the ride schedules. I'm thinking that all the options might be available each day. If that is the case, I am leaning towards doing the 61 mile road ride on Friday. That is my birthday and 61 miles is perfect for my traditional 'age plus one' birthday ride. Might do the 45 mile mixed surface on Saturday and play it by ear for Sunday.
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