Let's Ride!!

Randy Oxford @randyoxford

Ingles Markets Inc - Arden, NC
301 Long Shoals Rd

Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 12:31 PM - 2:03 PM

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Credit Kevin George for the description, Let's ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail! Organizing a bike ride for a bunch of hikers is a challenge. There are potentially so many different skill levels. I'd like for us to be able to ride together so I'm going to try to provide some guidelines to support that notion. Please do not take offense unless you are a masochist, then by all means. This is neither a social/ice cream ride nor a hardcore fitness ride. Meaning, you should be able to ride about 10 miles with no more than 1 SHORT break and maintain a speed of at least 10 miles an hour. If not, build up some stamina and join us next time. (I think I ride about 12 mph but am in no hurry.) If you are zoomy-zoomy bike rider, please pick another ride. This is not the venue to demonstrate your prowess. We will meet at Ingle's at 8:31 and head out no later than 8:45. Sorry in advance if you're late. We may be able to carpool by putting more bikes on cars with extra room on their carriers. If you're renting, certainly you can ride carpool with someone. I don't know if the bike rental shops are open on Sunday, but please make arrangements in advance so you don't get skunked, disappointed or delay the start of the ride. From Ingle's we will drive to Travelers Rest - 7 Duncan Rd, Travelers Rest, SC. We'll park by the cemetery. For those meeting us in TR, please plan on 9:45. The trail is very flat with a few mild inclines. We will ride somewhere between 20 and 25 miles. The trail is easy to follow. If you want to ride less, you should be able to find your way back to the starting point without difficulty. There are restrooms along the way and places to get a drink. I'm sure many of you will have questions that I probably can't answer but please don't let that dissuade you from sending them to me. You probably have an abundance of suggestions as well. Please send those along. Most will be ignored. Helmets are requested but not required by me. I don't know what the state laws are. Repast afterward for those interested. Whiners are not welcome on this ride. Please be patient with everyone - me especially - since this is new territory for this meetup. Fun is MANDATORY!!! TTFN