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Ever Drive to the WRONG starting point?

Old 01-06-07, 06:11 PM
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Ever Drive to the WRONG starting point?

well iduno, just kinda miffed at my self so i get the bike all loaded and the helm and shoes water bots exec printed out maps of start point. every thing all good, kinda looking foward to a club ride since its been really pissy weather. so i get to the start point of the club ride at 30 min to spare so i fig they should filter in soon enough.. 15 min no one 10 min no one. 5 ya got it. i printed out directions to the ride start point for next weeks ride.. i hope im not the only one who ever makes these silly mistakes.

anyone else ever do that kinda bone head thing?
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No, but I had that feeling once. Our club is doing some weekend training rides this winter. The first one I attended starts at a church with a very large parking lot in the front and even larger one in the rear; and the both lots were being repaved so there were lanes blocked off and gravel everywhere. They advertised that we could even go into the church and take a shower afterward. I got there with less than 15 minutes before the ride and could find nobody. It was cold that day and was the first scheduled day. Only a handful of riders showed up and the ride leader got there either just a couple of minutes early or right at the start time whick is unusual. I had decided to wait in the back parking lot and they met in the front. Everyone but her rode to the ride so they were sitting there ready to go and the ride leader was already dressed also when I finally found them in the front parking lot. I had to get my bike out and all my clothes on while everyone waited on me even though I was the first one there. It takes me a long time to get ready and I try to get to rides early so that I will not have to be rushed. I got everything out and locked my car and thought I was ready. That's when they informed me that I had to wear my helmet. I had a balaclava on my head and this was my first year for winter riding so since I was in a hurry I did not notice that I did not have my helmet on. So I have to get my keys out and unlock the car and get the helmet and lock everything back up.

So I can feel your pain somewhat, but at least I was at the right place as much as I could be without exact directions and I did get to ride so it was not a total loss. But it was a rushed start.
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Yep. Tour de Palm Springs about 5 years ago. A misprint on the internet and apparently I was the only person that didn't receive notice of the new starting point.

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Haven't done that, but I have arrived at a ride, taken my bike down, got dressed to the point of putting on my shoes... that were at home right where I left them. D'oh!
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Let's see.

--Waited at the front of a building, only to find the group was waiting at the back
--Showed up for a 10am ride, only to find they all left at 930
--Got hopelessly lost on the way to the start point (more than once)
--Almost started out on the wrong ride (when two rides left from the same starting point)
--Forgot map holder (many times), rain gear (more than once) and water bottles (once)

But nothing beats the person who drove all the way to the start point, only to find he had locked his bike to the bike rack, and left the keys at home.
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Old 01-08-07, 12:50 PM
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Not biking, but I once zigged when I should have zagged and ended up at the wrong trailhead for a backpacking trip. It wouldn't have been a big deal except that I ended up 50 MILES off the mark. Well, that ruined a whole day!
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On my first MS150 here in Colorado , I misread the starting point and drove to the finish line of the first day's ride (from Boulder to Colorado Springs - about 70 miles). It was my first year in Colorado so I had no idea where things where. I ended up riding the route backwards to meet up with my riding partner. Boy, did that look funny. Hey, you're going the wrong way! Yeah, I know.

Nothing more loserish than showing up at the finish line and asking the organizers, 'Where do line up?".
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Last summer I loaded the bike into my car and drove 60 miles for a ride through the woods. Got there, unloaded the bike and noticed I forgot something, the front wheel..
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I showed up for a leisurely ride from Georgetown to Bethesda, MD, but wasn't sure exactly where the start was. I figured I'd see other riders. I wound up riding around Georgetown for an hour or so and then packing up and driving home. At least I got some seat time in.
It's always an anxious time, trying to find where everyone else is.
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