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Harpeth River Ride report(11 posts)

Harpeth River Ride reportJS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 5:54 AM
beautiful weather
17.2 mph avg on bike
101.23 miles
5:52:53 ride time
8 am start, around 4 pm finish, i think (8 hr?)

I think it was RBR's "allezrider" who introduced himself at the start. noticed him again at several SAGs.

well we were out there for maybe a bit less than 8 hours. sure, that's an event avg speed of 12.5 mph, but we had to eat lots and loiter at the SAGs. here's the report:

SAG 1: a couple small tables of snacks and a porta-potty at the top of a little hill. homemade tiramisu (i think), cookies, banana bread, and some oranges, plus water and gatorade.

SAG 2: we'd hit this one going out as #2 and coming back as #4. last year it was themed tropical, so they had a kiddie swimming pool. it was sorely missed this year. i'd guess four or five folding banquet-sized tables with all the stuff from SAG 1, plus many different homemade cookies, brownies, breads, and goodies. also, watermelon, oranges, animal crackers, potato chips, pretzels, cherry tomatoes, bananas, pb&j sammiches, OMG i can't remember what else, plus water & gatorade. J2's comment: "There is *absolutely no reason* for us to leave this SAG."

SAG 3: a quick snack (like SAG 1) before returning to SAG 2 for another 2000 calories.

SAG 4: was 15 miles from the end. we repeated SAG 2 as SAG 4. they were scared to see the 10 of us (from memphis) coming back to SAG 2.

we ate lots. we took so much time at stops that they were closing up shop as we left. :) there were only a few riders on course behind us. i asked for a doggie bag, but was sneered-at.

one for the record books. these folks really know how to put on a bike ride. sweep and on-route support constantly on the roads, beautiful scenery, a couple challenging rollers (two 50 mph descents), and showers & food at the end. all this for $20! what a deal! i can't wait 'til next year.

DCs, brevets, climbing centuries, cyclocross, all that aside, this is *THE* bike ride i was happily anticipating for the last 11.5 months. it was well worth 7 hours in the car.

pics tomorrow.

Should be renamed..."Race to the buffet"...biknben
Jun 23, 2003 6:45 AM
Should we expect to get 20 pictures of food and a couple random shots of people riding bikes???

Didn't you say last week you are trying to loose some weight. :-O
yep, but this was "custard's [sic] last stand" (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 7:25 AM
Speaking of which, just visited Little Bighorn Battlefield......TNSquared
Jun 23, 2003 10:23 AM
Over the last ten days I put in a little more than 3,600 miles in the car and exactly 0 miles on the bike while traversing 8 states. I hated to miss the Harpeth ride with the rest of the Mempho gang, but visting Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore and other great sites was well worth it.

And I am now the most well rested rider in all of Shelby County and eager for some Saturday death marches.
10 days went by pretty fast, no?JS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 10:35 AM
didn't realize you were already done with vacation. probably went by a bit slower to you (hopefully). it's good that nobody on your expedition was (presumably) eaten by bear or moose or other wildlife.

we were joined yesterday on our paltry sunday noon ride by a furnace creek 508 finisher. slumming? nay, i say! ah well, it was nice company 'til i got dropped. :)

saturday is on this week. i'll go as far as you guys would like to ride, provided we're not gone all day.

I'm up for ridingSpecialTater
Jun 23, 2003 11:17 AM
a three or four miles Saturday morn. 7:30?
yessirJS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 11:27 AM
7:30 am rollout, 58.42 miles minimum. i'm laying off the miles a bit this week, so i'll prolly opt for the short route.
Thats what cycling is all about.........abicirider
Jun 23, 2003 8:17 AM
Thats a great ride report J, Too me thats what cycling is all about those times were you are accompanied by good friends, great weather, great food and just having the desire and ability to be out on the open road, nothing but good can come out of that at least in my opinion.

Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Harpeth River Ride: JS Haiku Is Missing, Presumed Fed (nm)Gregory Taylor
Jun 23, 2003 10:14 AM
yep, my descending 'skills' have greatly improved. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 10:37 AM
re: Harpeth River Ride reportJ2
Jun 23, 2003 10:46 AM
i have never eaten that much on a ride in my life! i actually ate at least one of everything they had at sag 2. if they had had a kiddie pool at J stated they had last year i truely believe i would still be there today! what a grub spread! but i also gotta admit, those next 10 miles were not very comfortable. nothing like riding bloated and waaay past suger overload. needless to say sag 3 i barely ate anything. i didn't ride that sag 2 food assalt off til about mile 70 or so, whenever we made the turn to start our upward ascent to natchez trace pkwy. i time trialed that climb as i knew we would hit sag 2 again as sag 4 this time and i had to make room for the grub onslaught again. another very successful J & J2 adventure.