Ride Updates

  • 04 Dec 2011 7:57 PM | Melissa Hall

    Next Saturday is the traditional Bethlehem Century. While it is too soon to predict the weather with any certainty, the current prediction calls for sun though colder temperatures.


    This year may be the last for mailing your Christmas Cards from Bethlehem due to proposed postal office closings. To the best of my knowledge, the post office currently is open.


    For the first time, there is a 60/65 mile option. Only the century will be swept unless someone volunteers to sweep the shorter route, however, the shorter route will pass through Bethlehem and stay with the century route through the climb out of Bethlehem. Hope to see everyone. Puddle

  • 02 Dec 2011 3:30 PM | Melissa Hall
    I have received a call or two asking what route we are taking tomorrow.  Having polled the breakfast group, I was unable to get an agreement between those I know are planning on riding.   I have, therefore,  made an executive decision; we will be riding the traditional route:  Campbellsburg, Puddle Century 5500 on www.kybikerides.org.  There are two climbs, one that is very well known for being painful.  The rest of the ride is pretty much rolling. There are a total of three stops:  The Red Barn Bait Shop, The Dutch Barn, and The Cheddar Depot.  I have no desire to push the pace, and assuming we have the nice weather that is predicated  all I ask is that you be able to ride quickly enough to get in by dark.

    Please be aware that this route was put together before I had a GPS.  In  fact, I did not even have a map.  Mileage, therefore, will sometimes be a bit off from the GPS as it was calculated with my cycling odometer.  If you are anal or plan to head off the front, feel free to program the map in your GPS or plot it out on Map My Ride.

    For those of you not attending the breakfast, don't look for me to be out in the parking lot until a tad after 8:00 a.m. as that is when I will kick the breakfast crew out of the house into the cold.  Feel free to come and knock on the door and have a cup of coffee even if you aren't coming for breakfast. There is still a bit of room at the table if you want to come for breakfast, but I do like to know ahead of time so I can be prepared.  This is not a paper plate affair.

    Mine is the stone house immediately west of the fire house.  Doors open at 7:00 a.m.  The ride will take off at 8:15 a.m.  (8:00 a.m. is the ride start on the schedule).  Wind is predicted out of the South at about 10 mph.  Normally this is a reasonably slow paced ride where everyone stays together.  I do like to get in by dark, though that has not always happened.

    Lastly, be aware that there is road construction and reduced speed limit for part of the ride up to Scottsburg.  Hope to see everyone tomorrow!  Puddle
  • 28 Nov 2011 4:57 PM | Perry Finley
    Raining with lots of standing water & ponding
  • 28 Nov 2011 5:54 AM | Dave Combs
    11/28/11 Fat Forty ride canceled
  • 27 Nov 2011 1:42 PM | Perry Finley
    27 Nov 2011 8:12 AM Stewart Prather


    Today's ride is cancelled due to rain.  I will not be at the start to tell people it's raining.  Sorry.

    Stewart Prather


    This was posted on the Member -only forum

    Perry



  • 20 Nov 2011 12:34 PM | Charlie Drexler

    Due to unsafe riding conditions and the continued threat of rain, the Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center ride scheduled for 2:00 PM is cancelled.
    I will not be at the ride start to sign people up or explain why we don't condone riding in the rain
    Please make an effort to attend the General Membership Meeting at 4:00 PM at the Wellness Center.

    thanks
    Steven Sarson

  • 20 Nov 2011 6:58 AM | Scott Howes
    With light rain already and forecast 100% of more today I am canceling this ride today.  I will be at the ride start to inform anyone that shows up and did not see this.
  • 11 Nov 2011 4:25 PM | Melissa Hall
    Sunday's century goes to Orleans, Indiana, and one of the best eating places this side of the Mississippi.  Barring an unexpected deluge between now and then, it is the original route and will climb the Devil's Backbone passing "The House of a Thousand Dogs."  Please note that the original route is not the route ridden as a TMD stage two years ago.  The starting place is different so if you go to the park, you will be there alone.  I will put the alternate route on next year sometime.

     The 55 mile option stays with the century route to Medora passing the covered bridge.  The shorter route will NOT be swept, however, even to the store stop as the century riders will want to get in before darkness falls UNLESS someone wants to volunteer to sweep the shorter route.  Heck, the century riders may need to drop me to get in before dark.  I have put on my winter weight, have not been riding much, have been riding slowly when I do ride, and have been exceedingly grouchy.

    The short route is flat, but is vulnerable to the wind:  there just is no place to hide.  While it is not the route we were riding that day, I always grin to myself thinking of the look on Mule's face one ride when he once asked if the wind was ever calm here.  The answer is.....a resounding NO, not in the fall, winter, or spring. 

    Feel free to e-mail or call with questions.  Puddle
  • 10 Nov 2011 7:05 PM | Deleted user

    To those who are interested in riding this month’s populaire:

     

    The Bourbon Populaire will start at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Visitor’s Parking Lot. We are starting promptly at 10:00 (9:45 Wheelman Time), this is the same time that the Gift Shop opens, and arriving early may mean the gate is shut. The parking lot is also accessible through Fair Oaks Lane past the gas station. I should already be there.

     

    A few words about the route:

     

    Due to the course concentrating on visiting the distilleries, there is no food directly on the route-unless bourbon chocolates and bourbon jerky meet your dining requirements. There are however two places on the route where I have marked deviations to gas stations/McDonalds. The first is at mile 18.9, the second at mile 32, approximately half way. Deviations from the route do not count as mileage. All the distilleries should have water, if not at a water fountain, then at a sink.

     

    Secondly, there is one mile of gravel. It is rather fine gravel, well beaten down into the dirt. It could be muddy. You may wish to ride a bike that is not too precious to get dirty.

     

    Finally, the route visits both sides of the Kentucky River Valley, for those familiar with the topography. For those not, you may want to note that I used the word “topography” to give you an idea of what the roads might be like.

     

    Looking forward to seeing many of you come out.

    Timothy

  • 04 Nov 2011 7:14 AM | Melissa Hall
    Since the ride schedule is published more frequently now but the  December schedule comes out later than previously, I wanted to get this out ahead of time.  Please don't be deceived by the dates on the scheduler.  Bethlehem will be on the 10th and the breakfast on the 3rd.  I will be adding a shorter version to the Bethlehem Century, but not to the breakfast century.  The shorter group will NOT be swept unless a volunteer steps up, but should stay with the century group at least into Bethlehem.
    • December 3rd
    • 8:00 am – 100 mi. #4. Puddle's Annual Christmas Breakfast ride. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. and ride at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast reservations accepted starting November 15th and limited to the first 10 persons. No limit to those who may ride, but please be capable of maintaining a 14 mph moving average due to daylight concerns. Ride start at Finley Firehouse, Scottsburg, Indiana. RC: Melissa "Puddle" Hall, lissah45@yahoo.com. (812) 752-3973.


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