Category Archive: Southern Spokes
You asked and now there is a kids bike ride at 2pm on Saturday. Hopefully the trails are dry and we can get our kiddy shred on!
Also, I have three strider push bikes with helmets on hand if you need!
There’s a good amount of information in this post, including needed maps, info and phone numbers!
First off, thank you. Everyone of you have made this already a successful weekend and I hope you have an amazing time with old and new friends surrounded by bicycles.
Please respond if you are coming to the Open House event so we can gauge how much food to order.
Please respond if you are vegetarian so I can get you alternative food other than BBQ on Saturday.
Directions to camping once in park:
From the entrance it is the 4th left off the main road through the park (first two are the main parking, third is the Park office and fourth will be to group camping & community building)
Directions to expo/demos and vendor area :
Please see map below for more specifics (click to make bigger).
Friday Night information!
I recommend if you are camping to set up camp before going to the open house MOMBAT. I will be on hand at the camp ground until about 6pm.
Open house is from 5-9pm.
Directions to the Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology located at First Flight Bikes
Directions from park to open house (I’ll ha ve printed versions at campground)
The gate to the group camping does close at 8:30pm. I, or someone, will be there to let you in. Please follow enter in by the back entrance (same as you left) to get in. I will have printed directions at the Open House for you to use to navigate back. Saturday information! Demo and vendor area will be ready at 9am. Please bring a helmet, credit card and license to demo bikes. Your own pedals will be handy too.
We will have water on hand, but no food for lunch. There is a lunch ride to a local restaurant if you do not bring lunch.
If you are interested in leading or being apart of a ride not listed on the schedule, please let us know and we will round up interested folks.
Dinner is BBQ with sides. Please let me know if you are a vegaterian ASAP!
4:30-6pm is dinner
5:30pm raffle begins (you must be present)
6pm movie starts to roll
You do not need to be registered to ride in the scavenger hunt. You will need to sign a waiver…
Questions? Let me know. I’m sure I have forgotten something.
Women’s Intro to Mountain Biking
Ever thought about ‘trying’ to mountain bike, but never had the confidence or drive to get out there with the husband, boyfriend or SO?
10am Saturday – Melissa & Shelley from the Dirt Divas
Lunchtime Troutman Loop Ride
Kids Mountain Bike Ride
2pm Saturday – meet at registration!
You asked and now there is a kids bike ride at 2pm on Saturday. Hopefully the trails are dry and we can get our kiddy shred on! Also, I have three strider push bikes with helmets on hand if you need!
Southern Spirit Costume Ride
Themed costume ride, with a prize for best “southern” costume. ( i.e. hillbilly / redneck / nascar / bill dance / myrtle beach, etc) Up for grabs is a sweet Bern helmet for best costume!
3pm Saturday – Folks from The Spoke Easy are leading
Learn about touring, bike camping and so many awesome things from this pair!
Who is Pathless Pedaled?
Taken from their website..
In March 2009, we made a bold decision. The scene had been set after a week-long ramble through Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert. Long, sunny days in the saddle; clear, starry skies at night. Expansive vistas, gravel roads, coyote calls. On the way back to our then-apartment, we looked at each other, knowingly, and wondered aloud… “what if we just kept riding?”
Four months later, we had sold everything we owned, said goodbye to our friends, relinquished our apartment… and pedaled off toward the horizon.
Our Surly Long Haul Truckers were loaded to the brim at the beginning. We didn’t know how much stuff we were going to need, because we didn’t know how long we would be gone. As we embraced simplicity and double-duty-ness, we whittled our loads down from 170 pounds each to 90. We also learned to embrace change and serendipity and the odd fact of running out of small talk between us.
We rode up and down the Pacific Coast, across the deserts of the Southwest, spent three months in Texas, survived the humidity of a Southern summer, and got all the way up to Boston before winter hit. 15 months, 10,000 miles, countless new friends. Pick an adjective and we probably experienced it… Inspiring, Challenging, Surprising… but the one experience we never expected was being at the forefront of the resurgence of bicycle travel.
From our blog to conversations with locals, from media interviews to presentations in cities along our route, we shared our story of simplicity and adventure. And we discovered how much we deeply want to inspire others to also explore the world on a bicycle.
In February 2011, we shocked everyone by swapping our Surlys for Brompton folding bikes. These are not bikes that instantly scream adventure, but we knew they’d be up to the task. If we were going to combine more transit connections with our cycling, and enable a different kind of bike travel, the Bromptons (and their amazingly small fold) were the only way to go. Plus, we had this crazy theory that, if we could travel for a long time on a loaded Brompton, it would show thatanyone can travel for any distance on any bike. We rode our Bromptons throughout the US West and around New Zealand, logging over 5,000 miles on the little wheels.
As our travels continue to evolve and change, our mission of democratizing bike travel has held fast. After three years, we know how enjoyable it is to travel by bike and we know that there’s no wrong way to do it – and we want the rest of the world to see what we see. Traveling by bike is fun, exciting, an opportunity to eat whatever you want – and a surprisingly easy way to bolster small economies. Join us as we show you all the many reasons why you want to hop on a bicycle!
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