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clear skies, 70 F, just riding around (illustrated report)(60 posts)

clear skies, 70 F, just riding around (illustrated report)JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:18 AM
in light of youz virginia and colorado people showin' off your monuments and high-altitude scenery and such, i figured a few pics from elvisville were in order. enjoy.


Proprietor, J's Haiku Shop
start at the beginning: leaving The ShopJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:19 AM
Dude ..., where's the Buckhead glasses? (nm)12x23
Oct 21, 2002 3:22 PM
LOL. in china cabinet next to arrogant bastard ale. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2002 4:29 AM
your most humble guide :)JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:23 AM
constant companionJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:24 AM
HUDJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:24 AM
localsJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:25 AM
southern monument?JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:26 AM
wildlifeJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:26 AM
signs of the apocalypseJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:28 AM
pastoral view (first of a few)JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:28 AM
'notherJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:29 AM
life in the fast lane...big city sightsJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:30 AM
...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:31 AM
interstate 40JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:32 AM
wouldn't be a proper report without a goat farmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:33 AM
first town line sprint (i won)JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:33 AM
It looks like you bike beat you to it! ;-) -nmTig
Oct 21, 2002 7:52 AM
oops, "YOU"="YOUR" -nmTig
Oct 21, 2002 8:18 AM
teaser for MB1JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:34 AM
payoff for MB1JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:35 AM
Thanks, we did a bit of off road Saturday. Nice shots.MB1
Oct 21, 2002 8:07 AM
We were in the middle of a 200K when we passed an area set aside for mountain bikes. We went for it even though we were running our itty bitty road tires.

It was good fun and a nice break from the usual.

Love dirt.
wahoo kudzuJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:35 AM
oft used routesJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:36 AM
you are hereJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:36 AM
Col de OverpassJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:37 AM
second town line sprint: now J is the points leader!JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:38 AM
l'Alpe du Really Steep Freakin' HillJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:39 AM
Where's the hill? nmrwbadley
Oct 21, 2002 7:50 AM
we make due with what we have. (LOL) nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:56 AM
Right by the Speed limit sign. . .js5280
Oct 21, 2002 8:37 AM
That is a speed bump there right? ;-) Great shots JS and brillant commentary as usual! Love the Top Tube shot, very artistic.
Speed bump at 45MPH? Ouch!!Kristin
Oct 21, 2002 9:41 AM
Great shots Haiku. But where's the Haiku ride report?
secretly replaced these nature-brewed trees with instantJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:39 AM
Dr. Seuss Trees! nm.Mike P
Oct 21, 2002 8:40 AM
tubularJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:40 AM
FSAJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:41 AM
parting shot (don't do it!)...that's all, folks.JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:42 AM
Fun Stuff J, I enjoyed itScot_Gore
Oct 21, 2002 7:50 AM
Looking for Ride Report Suggestions?

I'd love to see Shiloh by bike. Too far to go there and back I would think. But a fun ride with a little history would be Corinth Miss, to Shiloh, the confederates march route. Tour the battlefield and ride back to Corinth (also the retreat route).

Thanks for the report
...Shiloh...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:55 AM
haven't been since i wasn't tall enough to enjoy state fair rides. it's a that i've been thinking recently, too. perhaps a good winter sojourn.
We rode thru there a couple of years ago.MB1
Oct 21, 2002 8:17 AM
Nashville to Tupelo and back. Lots of miles on the Natchez trace. Thanksgiving week 2 years ago. Coldest weather all winter but pretty good riding although Miss M got bored with riding on the Trace after the first 100 miles or so.

Around Shilo there was not much shoulder but not much traffic. Shilo has even better monuments than Gettysburg. I'll have to see about having my photos scanned and I will post a ride report.
Oct 21, 2002 8:31 AM
Were you on a organizied tour? (I think I can answer this, but thought I'd ask)

I've been poking around the net looking for a Civil War related bike tour vacation for 2003, but, so far have struck out. A Petersburgh to Gettysburgh route, or Shiloh, Corinth, Brices Cross Roads, Tupelo, Grieson's Raid, Vicksburgh route would be fun as well. I've never done a multi-day tour and would perfer to learn from pros vesus on the job.

Organization? Don't need no stinkin organization.MB1
Oct 21, 2002 8:51 AM
We were on our own. Just the 2 of us on the tandem and a friend who drove all our stuff and met us each night.

FYI, I am putting together a 1 week battlefield tour next July (it's gonna be hot!) Always have room for one more. Same sort of setup as our Montreal tour-the family and a few other friendly folks. if you are interested.
Thanks, nice ride , pics, and commentary! nmrwbadley
Oct 21, 2002 7:53 AM
Bringing back memories.Len J
Oct 21, 2002 4:03 PM
I lived in Memphis for 4 years in the late 80's and it always amazed me how it went from urban to "Hick Rural" once you got about 2 miles out of town. Your shots mirror my memories exactly.

Thanks for the memories. Great shots.

'## bubba' ride ratingsJS Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2002 4:37 AM
yep, i had a 25-mile ride with only two bubbas. but, last tuesday night, it was a 15-miler with one major serious bubba. hauling a muddy 4-wheeler in the back of his GMC truck with the big jacked-up frame and big knobby tires (and commercial license plate). i signaled right to turn into my subdivision (at 22 mph), he gunned it to take a right in front of me, cutting me off abruptly. of course, there's only one way in or out of my 4-street neighborhood. upon confronting him, he didn't "give ah dayum", and the relic in the passenger seat with the "john deere" hat said "what do it matter to you anyways, you're on a bi-cycle, they're illegal on the road anyways." when advised of his incorrect assumption, he asked repeatedly where i was from, because, "you shure ain't from 'round here, fella". i've lived here my entire life.

most rides are a gift...some are ruined by the local good ol' boys. combined with drunk kids on weekends and soccer moms, i'll still take this over many less-enjoyable locales...but i still wonder about those year-'round temperate roads and mountains on the left coast.
A Jerk by any other name..........Len J
Oct 22, 2002 5:45 AM
is still a jerk.

I've lived in Dallas, Memphis, Greensboro, Philadelphia & Now on the Eastern shore. I've also traveled extensivly both domestically & Internationally with work. I've noticed that everywhere I go there are both Jerks and really nice people. Depending on where you are the jerks are called Bubbas, Hicks, Yuppies, Rubes, etc etc. but they are still jerks. The good thing is that for every jerk there seems to be 10 really nice people. You may notice the jerk more but that doesn't mean the nice people aren't there, you just have to look for them. Next time you're riding, notice all the people that wait for you to pass before pulling out from a side street, or wait to pass you until its clear, or give you a light honk to let you know they are behind you, or just wave at you. Notice the people at the store you stop at to refill, most of them are probably pretty friendly. Notice the people that give you room at a light. I could go on but you get the idea.

I have to think about it but, I really try to notice and enjoy the nice people with as much energy as I notice the jerks, it sure improves the ride enjoyment as well as my blood pressure.

The only thing you really have any control over is how you react.

Now you recognize that this is all from memory, it seems like forever that I've been off the bike (4 weeks really)only 4 more to go (I hope). MD's talking about shoulder surgery now. GRRRRRRRRR
yeah, i'm pretty aware of the nice folks...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2002 5:56 AM
and the a-holes. mostly, though, constantly trying to "witness" for with locals at stops, wave or smile at friendly motorists, you know the drill. you're right, though--one out of ten or twenty five or forty motorists doens't mean that they're all jackasses. and, the only thing we can really control is our reaction, and change our perception, and the like...but, i'm still harboring thoughts of letting the air out of his tires on all hallow's eve. reee-heee-heee-heee-heee-haaaaaa!!!
With a jacked up pickup...........Len J
Oct 22, 2002 6:03 AM
you could be there all night letting his air out.

I lived on the West Coast for years.MB1
Oct 22, 2002 7:18 AM
Sure you can ride year 'round-sort of. It is a lot more fun here on the East Coast with a nice variety of weather and seasons.

It is really tough to ride on rainy days on the West Coast. There is so little rain on a yearly basis that when it does rain the roads turn into little rivers. I have yet to find weather around here that can't be ridden in (studded tires help and are fun too).

Love where you live-after all what choice do you have?
Bro's got it going on!Sintesi
Oct 21, 2002 8:00 AM
I liked the shop, the surly, the pastoral scenes and the Surly. You sir, are living the good life.
May have to cruise up sometime fromTrekFurthur
Oct 21, 2002 9:53 AM
Jackson to see some of these sights of yourn!
Nice posts.
saturday and sunday ridesJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 10:47 AM
I "shepherd" saturday rides of 50-100+ miles and sunday rides of 30-40 miles (in the name of the local club). each passes through this area. we'll have anywhere between 2 and 20 people on either ride. drop me a line if you're interested.

there's a 'cross series in town all through nov/dec that will take up all sundays that i'm in town. otherwise, saturday will go provided it's not lightning directly overhead--cold/rain is not an issue.
Thanks (nm)TrekFurthur
Oct 22, 2002 10:20 AM
re: clear skies, 70 F, just riding around (illustrated report)Akirasho
Oct 21, 2002 10:05 AM
... impressive...

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Great stuff!!!girchygirchy
Oct 21, 2002 10:08 AM
Nice pics and commentary! Looks quite a bit like what I see here around central Kentucky. I need to do this sometime :)
Note to self-buy digital camara ASAP! Nice pics, J. (nm)look271
Oct 21, 2002 3:23 PM
re: clear skies, 70 F, just riding around (illustrated report)aliensporebomb
Oct 22, 2002 2:29 AM
It's very nice, yes
To go on a little ride
On the web in pics
Where are the shots of your sweeties backside??? nmMB1
Oct 22, 2002 7:29 AM
you might find those on a different forum. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2002 10:26 AM