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F the Frozen North, I'm moving to Tennessee

Old 02-06-09, 08:07 PM
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F the Frozen North, I'm moving to Tennessee

It's too cold up here in the winter. Single digit degree days? Meters and meters of snow!? What kind of hell is this, anyway?

No, F this. I'm moving South. Nashville sounds good. Apparently they have roads, and also some music, and it never gets too cold to ride (ATTN: Southern weenies: 32 degrees F is NOT too cold to ride. Make a note of it). Summers are apparently only slightly hotter then the sticky scorch-fest we get up here, albeit longer. Boo-effing-hoo on that part. And I hear that there's a decent riding and racing culture down around Nashville. Locals, please confirm this, or I will cry.

Anyway, to be honest, I'm not moving for the riding; I would move to Northern California if that was my plan. Nope, I'll be studying for a Ph.D. in biology at Vanderbilt University. Get ready, TN roadies! I'll be in town in September.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:15 PM
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Come on down, but I'd leave that attitude up there if I were you.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:26 PM
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From my perspective, you'll need to go farther south than TN. 32 deg. IS effin' cold.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:30 PM
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Heck, I thought Tennessee WAS the north. At least Nashville is about as far north as Tulsa, which is way north from here. But somewhere there's an Eskimo saying "The heck with this, I'm moving to Amherst where it's WARM!"
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Yeah, if you want to move south ... move south. I'm heading to Australia in few months.


I am moving there in their winter, however ............
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Tennessee is fine.. just stay away from Memphis. Yuck.
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Vanderbilt is a great school......anything below 40 F is not riding weather.
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Congrats on getting into the PhD program at Vandy...I urge you to get in as much riding as you can now...as of September, well, you'll find out :-) You are going to love warmer weather and no snow!!!
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
It's too cold up here in the winter. Single digit degree days? Meters and meters of snow!? What kind of hell is this, anyway?

No, F this. I'm moving South. Nashville sounds good. Apparently they have roads, and also some music, and it never gets too cold to ride (ATTN: Southern weenies: 32 degrees F is NOT too cold to ride. Make a note of it). Summers are apparently only slightly hotter then the sticky scorch-fest we get up here, albeit longer. Boo-effing-hoo on that part. And I hear that there's a decent riding and racing culture down around Nashville. Locals, please confirm this, or I will cry.

Anyway, to be honest, I'm not moving for the riding; I would move to Northern California if that was my plan. Nope, I'll be studying for a Ph.D. in biology at Vanderbilt University. Get ready, TN roadies! I'll be in town in September.
Congrats on the acceptance at Vanderbilt! That was one of the first colleges I fell in love with for undergrad, my parents wouldn't let me apply there. Then I love UChicago, and I got deferred, then waitlisted, and then shat on. I'm pretty happy where I am now though

I'm jealous of your move to warmer climes!
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Old 02-06-09, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by RacerOne View Post
Tennessee is fine.. just stay away from Memphis. Yuck.
+1 - Mempiss sucks *****. The Vols should sell that back to Arkansas.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:22 PM
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Thanks, y'all - should I start saying "y'all?" I want to fit in, but maybe that would make me sound like a self-conscious Yankee. Actually, now I know the plan - I'm going to milk the New Englander schtick 'till it's dry. Should be good fun. Seriously, I hear that people are coming from all over and ending up in Nashville - it's a growing and diverse community. Or so the people at Vandy with a vested interest in selling me on the city tell me!

And yeah, I hope I'm not too busy to ride, but I think I can manage. The beginning of my third year will be too insane, likewise once I get toward the last couple, but I need to ride.

And thanks cliche. I'm actually a bit nervous about moving to the South, but I'm sure it'll be a good time, and I'll be working with some great people.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:32 PM
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Okay Ph.D. boy. If you're coming down, we need to expand your vocabulary. Here's a question for you:

What is "sweet milk"?
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Old 02-06-09, 09:40 PM
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You still will get some good snow in Tennessee. My suggestion is to keep moving south a little bit more to the Atlanta area, not Atlanta but some where in the surrounding area. Here you will be nearly away from the snow and still have some mountains to climb within a short drive, unlike Florida. I have seen like 4 pieces of snow fall this year though, and there have been mornings when it was like 13 degree's.
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I used to ride a bike in the late 60s, early 70s in Tennessee, Nashville in particular, and compared to back then, it is great now! Seriously, it is a relatively bike friendly city in the sense that there isn't any built-in animosity towards riders. However, there are few bike lanes, and many drivers don't exactly know what to do around bikes, so you do have to be careful. I do most of my riding a bit outside of Nashville (to the West) in the sticks (boondocks, country, etc.). Although the drivers are really not used to bikes there, I have had no problems at all on the country roads. PM me when you get into town and I will send you some routes, etc. Vanderbilt is a fine institution, and there are a couple of nice bike shops in the area. Best regards, Mark
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Originally Posted by sam83 View Post
Okay Ph.D. boy. If you're coming down, we need to expand your vocabulary. Here's a question for you:

What is "sweet milk"?
Um, sweet milk would be not sour or buttermilk, yes?

Mark, thanks, I'll make a note - it would be good to find some local routes relatively quickly. Aside from the Vandy team, are there any good clubs or teams in town?
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Close enough. It's just regular whole milk. You show promise!

What is a hose-pipe?
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Somewhere around here, I've got a "How to Speak Ozark" book. One of the better ones in it is "far tar"- that being a fire tower, as in "Billy Bob done clumb the far tar."

There was this student at Arkansas that went down to Florida on Spring Break. He met a cute girl there, and asked her, "What college do you go to?" She says, "Yale". So he says, "I SAID, WHAT COLLEGE DO YOU GO TO?"

(I've been told that that one holds true for Tennesseans as well.)
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Somewhere around here, I've got a "How to Speak Ozark" book. One of the better ones in it is "far tar"- that being a fire tower, as in "Billy Bob done clumb the far tar."

There was this student at Arkansas that went down to Florida on Spring Break. He met a cute girl there, and asked her, "What college do you go to?" She says, "Yale". So he says, "I SAID, WHAT COLLEGE DO YOU GO TO?"

(I've been told that that one holds true for Tennesseans as well.)
I don't get it.

Sam, I haven't a clue on that one, but I'll take a flying leap and say that it's a garden hose.
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I live in Middle Tennessee. When you move here be ready for some weird weather. Last thursday it was 10 today it was 65 tomorrow it is going to be close to 70. Good riding weather this weekend. Got 20 miles in today hope for at least 30 tomorrow.
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I don't get it.
Yale ................................ yell.

I'm from Canada, and I picked up on that right away. You've got some work to do!
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
Vanderbilt is a great school......anything below 40 F is not riding weather.
I lived in Atlanta for 10 years and I used to echo that same sentiment.
Now I live in Seattle and anything below 30 is too cold to ride.
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I rode Wednesday for 2 hours and it was 27- 28 degrees, and that was the hottest part of the day! I am catching up to pcad now.
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Move to Melbourne, Australia. 46.4C, 115F today, a record
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Originally Posted by wanders View Post
32 deg. IS effin' cold.
You have no effin idea.
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
Vanderbilt is a great school......anything below 40 F is not riding weather.

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