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scenes from Elvisville(33 posts)

scenes from ElvisvilleJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:41 AM
saturday january 18, nobody in elvisville was stupid enough to ride but J. this is my story and i'm stickin' to it.
forecast was 31*F and 0% chance of precipitationJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:42 AM
for the sake of being linear (sorry)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:16 AM
doh! screwed that one up, too. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:17 AM
leaving suburbia (note the ice)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:42 AM
what is this cold stuff?JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:44 AM
you can see the snow, but only just, on the carradice bag. i was positively shocked and amazed--at first couldn't figure out what the cold stuff was, hitting my glasses. took a pic 'cause i figured it was the only snow we'd see for the rest of the winter....memphis doesn't get much winter precip.
that's mississippi river runoff--but frozen overJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:45 AM
mississippi river trail road markingsJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:46 AM
a leg of the MRT starts in memphis and goes north to reelfoot lake, along 177 miles of roads designated "cycling friendly". either it does or is slated to go from the start of the mississippi river to the delta.
MUT along the Mississippi riverJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:48 AM
note the "big M" bridge in the distance on the right, and our pyramid (LOL) on the left. this MUT parallels the main road of a peninsula called "Mud Island", which runs between the Mississippi River and the Wolf River, a local tributary.
Mud IslandFTMD
Jan 21, 2003 11:49 AM
Stayed in a B & B on Mud Island once a few years back. I love the development there. The less restrictive zoning codes make for some interesting architecture. If I recall, a lot of the homes were modeled after a development in South Carolina.

Nice post!
far-out bike rack, and upclose shot of Hernando-Desoto bridgeJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:49 AM
looking across river at island and Arksansas in distanceJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:50 AM
pyramid sports arena and partial skylineJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:51 AM
pharoh statue at base of/entrance to pyramidJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:52 AM
it went from flurries to blizzard here pretty quickJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:54 AM
so i "hunkered down" between sets of stairs to enjoy a PB&J on whole wheat and some fig neutrons.
lime gatorade slushyJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:56 AM
st. jude children's research hospital in the backgroundJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:57 AM
suspended monorail to mud island river park...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:58 AM
the Tom Cruise movie "The Firm" was filmed in memphis, and a chase scene was made going across the walkway above the suspended trams.
elvis pretzel statue on beale streetJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 10:59 AM
and it's really starting to snow now.
close-up of elvis statueJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:00 AM
my dad's favorite line from an elvis movie:

"this is one grease monkey that don't slide too easy"
elvis presley's restaurant, and start of beale tourist trap :)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:02 AM
corner of Beale and Second (Beale is cobbled)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:03 AM
BB King's Blues ClubJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:04 AM
the view down Beale in the snowJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:04 AM
historic Sun StudiosJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:07 AM
in beautiful, sunny, crime-free downtown memphis (LOL).

on the way from Beale to Sun (very short trip), the snow picked up and i had a little whoopsie over some trolley tracks, restuling in a nasty gravity check, busted knee, and an icy green bike with quite a bit of new "character".
homeward boundJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:09 AM
I walked several interstate overpasses because it was so slick and my 700x23 slicks were questionable. could have probably ridden them fine, but also saw that the sparse traffic was driving in characteristic memphis style: if the streets are wet or slick in any way, they forget their manners. too dangerous all around.
ducks walking on waterJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:11 AM
ducks and geese at a familiar pond near home. i can't remember *ever* seeing this one iced over. it wasn't completely covered, but enough that it was an odd site. many group rides start from this community building and parking lot.
parting shot (that's all, folks!)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:15 AM
even the crankarms were coated in ice. it was a nice ride overall, though, aside from the walking and the gravity check. i hadn't been into town in awhile on the bike. of course, i was warm and well fed the whole time, courtesy of my neurosis...i carried enough for three or four rides. i liken it to swinging a weighted bat.
btw, across the street from here, on this day, they were filmingJS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:23 AM
the new movie "21 grams" with famous types including Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benicio Del Toro.
how cold was it?JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:13 AM
front derailleur was frozen, big and little chainrings iced over, all cables and housing covered in a nice layer of frozen water. :)
ok, *there's* the last pic.JS Haiku Shop
Jan 21, 2003 11:17 AM
It didn't show for us but it was 8 degrees F at the start Sat.MB1
Jan 21, 2003 4:46 PM
Unlike these folks, we finished well before dark.

I didn't want to take my glove off take any pictures so no weekend report from me (101 on Saturday & Monday, 53 on Sunday). Your post makes me greatful that I always have a riding partner so I can post pix of her seat instead of the bike seat.

How do you like the bag? (Details, details, details (I always use a waist pack)).

How far did you ride?

Think you could make it up to DC for Easter Weekend? I'm thinking of riding the length of the C&O canal towpath (probably 200-210 mostly dirt miles with a 680' elevation drop) while Miss M does an all ladies Fleche.
It didn't show for us but it was 8 degrees F at the start Sat.JS Haiku Shop
Jan 22, 2003 5:44 AM
the bag is great. i actually have a carradice junior *and* this one (the nelson longflap). you can see that this one is supported on a bagman sport rack. the rack is a simple tubular deal that affixes to the saddle rails just behind the seatpost. without the rack, the bags would also be strapped to the seatpost like small underseat bags, and i'd rub the back of my legs on every pedal stroke.

the junior is big enough to carry all my gear for a day-long ride that starts below freezing and ends 45*F+, including food.

the nelson longflap is big enough to carry all that, plus the "i have to carry it or i'll have this problem for sure" gear, like an extra foldable tire, a container of lube, emergency space blanket, extra wool pullover, rain cape, tubes, pump, cables, plus lights and spare batteries if i were doing a night gig. the side pockets are about the right size to hold a half dozen energy bars each, or two tubes, a mini pump, some co2, and a crank brothers speed lever.

it wasn't stuffed full in these pics, but was still pretty heavy. i'd guess that, plus the 2x32oz bottles brought the bike to 30+ pounds, easily. the camera (which is fairly large, an early generation digital) and my cellphone/etc. were in my camelbak, a blowfish with 100oz bladder. yep, i was loaded like a packmule, for a relative spin around the block.

both bags were pretty smelly when they arrived, so much so that mrs. haiku didn't want them inside the house (relegated to the shop). the fresh wint'ry air and a little melted snow did this one a favor, though, and it's not stinking up the shop so badly anymore.

distance traversed was around 60 miles, most of it on two wheels. took >4 hours to cover this distance, as i was not in any hurry once the snow started. the news said it snowed for two hours, which sounds about right. it was mostly melted off by the time i got back home.

I switched this one out for the MLK day ride (45 miles around the outskirts) with the guys on monday, and ended up carrying my stuff, spare clothes, a handlebar bag brought to me at the ride start, and Wonderdog's vest, and still had some room. granted, i don't need to be carrying all this stuff for rides 'round town, but i figure it's good to get accustomed, as i'll be lugging some few things around the brevets.

easter is the end of march, right? (yes, i'm a heathen.) i'll be doing the st. louis 200k brevet on 3/1 or 3/15, then the 300k shortly thereafter (3/29 or 4/12), so a trip to DC is out of the question for me at this time of year. with the brevet series here (near, actually), and a couple doubles this year, i'm going to have to do some real sweet talkin' to get another weekend out of town. with relatives in SE VA, though, it's worth a shot.