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4th of July rides.Sort of Poll(28 posts)

4th of July rides.Sort of PollPEDDLEFOOT
Jul 3, 2003 5:15 AM
Anybody do anything special for the 4th of July.Any special ride or traditional ride you do on the 4th.My group is planning an early morning breakfast ride.
July 4th club ridemadstork
Jul 3, 2003 5:34 AM
My club rides from one college town to another on the 4th. Elon, NC to Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC. It's only a 3 or 4 year "tradition" so far, but i look forward to the ride. We pick up lunch and eat under shade trees in Carrboro while watching people mill about town. Usually hot, forecast tomorrow is high near 90, humidity may match that number.
Jul 3, 2003 5:42 AM
I use to ride from NCSU and loop around UNC/carrboro area a lot. Great rides...I use to think that was flat now I wish for even those hills. Have a good time!!!!!
I ride early to get back in time for the paradeterry b
Jul 3, 2003 6:09 AM
My village has a parade every 4th - really a quaint little affair but a blast to watch.

Horses, Shriners, pets, Lowriders, farm equipment, Kazoo Band, classic cars, a couple of Politicos. It passes by the end of my street. I usually do an early 50 miler and get back to watch it pass by.
Does it have to be a bike ride?Kristin
Jul 3, 2003 6:19 AM
I'll be riding on a river. My poor bike is suffering from neglect and will not get any attention until Monday. I'll be canoeing and hiking in Indiana this weekend.
Early morning race in NJ...biknben
Jul 3, 2003 6:26 AM
My weekend:
Fri - early race, fixed gear to friends house for BBQ, fireworks.
Sat. - Yankee/Red Sox game, maybe a quick ride afterwards.
Sun. - NJ/Bear Mtn. NY ride with friends
Early morning race in NJ...CritLover
Jul 3, 2003 9:08 PM
What time are you racing... will look out for you. I think I go off about 10.
To and up Mt. Wilson, early. Ribs Later. nmOwenMeany
Jul 3, 2003 6:28 AM
No riding...mrrun2fast
Jul 3, 2003 6:42 AM
I wish I could ride on the 4th, but my boss invited me to Lake Powell (AZ) on a houseboat. Sadly, I won't be able to ride over the weekend.
Quick early rideDropped
Jul 3, 2003 6:45 AM
I'll just be doing a quick, hilly 35 miles or so. Probably leave around 6:30am, so I can get back and spend time with my daughter. I need to ride just enough so that I don't feel guilty drinking beer and eating all day.

The rest of the weekend recreation time will probably go towards sailing.
I was planning to do a ride down in PlainfieldMR_GRUMPY
Jul 3, 2003 6:50 AM
except for a minor problem. I'm on vacation this week, so I thought that beside getting in a lot of miles, I'd paint the living room. I was moving a very heavy entertainment center, when something gave. It was the 'ol electric shocks right to the back. Right now, they've got me on Valiums and 7.5 mg Vicodins. The rest of my vacation, I'll be spending walking around like an 80 year old guy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to go watch the Elgin U-23 race this Sunday.
Day off on the 4th. Berkshire Brevets 200k on the 5th. nmdzrider
Jul 3, 2003 6:51 AM
What a dope, I just looked at my calendar no such ride. nmdzrider
Jul 3, 2003 7:14 AM
nothing special - probably a century towards central NJclimbo
Jul 3, 2003 7:19 AM
feel free to join us. We leave at 6am from Hamilton area, details available on request.
watch local parade, then 10 miles in the park with...loki_1
Jul 3, 2003 7:19 AM
my daughter. It is her birthday. My other daughter wonders why they don't shoot fireworks on HER birthday. :)
re: 4th of July rides.Sort of Pollkoala
Jul 3, 2003 7:48 AM
Just an easy 40 miler with a guy from work who I just conned into a new road bike. Rolling hills of the fingerlakes 9a.m. start. Then on to a beach for some swimming and frisbee with my 7 year old. Smell the framesaver...
Early short-ish ride before parade nmvindicator
Jul 3, 2003 7:49 AM
re: 4th of July rides.Sort of Pollbburgoyne26
Jul 3, 2003 7:56 AM
The Firecracker 100k is on Saturday, July 5th in Stephenville, Texas. Always a nice organized race with good rest stops and goodies.

However, Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic outside of Austin is VERY tempting: Greatful Dead headlining....Willie, Merle Haggard, Joan Osborne, Leon Russell, Neil Young....

Can I do both? They are 135 miles apart, concert would end late, race starts early, and I'm not as young as I used to be...
re: 4th of July rides.Sort of Pollaliensporebomb
Jul 3, 2003 8:32 AM
Believe it or not I'm getting dragged to a 2-day science
fiction convention. The weather is supposed to suck but
I'd rather be out riding. Grrrr!
Ride with my Union Jack British jersey on! (nm)Rich_Racer
Jul 3, 2003 8:40 AM
Ride with my Union Jack British jersey on! (nm)BIG RING
Jul 3, 2003 10:31 AM
While you at it, don't forget to march in neat little rows accross wide open fields getting..... plucked off one by one. Lame. Neat tactics. You lost.
Big day in Columbia, MODale Brigham
Jul 3, 2003 10:07 AM
The only sizable recreational ride of the year in Mid-MO is the 4th of July Century (100 km and 100 mile options) Ride. The racers, the wannabees, and the just-for-funners all start at 7 a.m. and ride the same route until a bifurcation at about the 45 mile mark, where the metric folks split from the milers.

Of course, soon after the ride starts, the riders spontaneously split up into packs and clumps according to pace. Near the end of the 100 mile route, the lead group usually degenerates into racing mode, which is typical for this sort of ride.

I'm riding with my lovely and talented wife, who will be making only her second century (100 mile) ride start. I'll have fun, as long as she does.

Oh, it's going to be hot -- nearly 100 degrees F. And windy. It's hilly, too, for the first 30 miles or so. Should be fun!

re: 4th of July rides.Sort of PollTNSquared
Jul 3, 2003 10:37 AM
Friday - Memphis Hightailers Club ride - 70 miles with lunch at Sonic ( food)

Saturday - Arkansas "high point" ride with J et al - 70 miles including the three highest mountian passes in the state

Sunday - mtb race, in the "Senior Beginner" category, how doubly humiliating!

Perfect weekend! :)
tootin' my own hornJS Haiku Shop
Jul 3, 2003 8:30 PM
(no dirty comments, please. actually, forward any lewd material to i need late-night reading.)

yes, i'm stepping up to lead tha july 4 ride wit' my homeys. we're collecting some shizzo for tha hizzo, makin' tha goods & collectin' booty for tha kids at a ladies shelter. it's tha right thang. word. TN2, don't bet on stopping at SONIC for lunch. we're rollin' on thru. ps: there are some hills in n.MS. be prepared.

sat we'll head out tha hizzy to tha land o'cli(n)t'on. sixty mile (that's like "50 cent") thru the land of few teeth. forgive me, arkansas readers. this is the firs' inaugural AR highpiont ride.

y'all fergive my grammer [sic]. i'm lis'nin ta morrison's "american prayer". it's only right, given independence day eve.

"I want roses in my garden bower; dig?"

"Death makes angels of us all
& gives us wings
where we had soulders
smooth as raven's claws"
No local 4th ridesTypeOne
Jul 3, 2003 11:50 AM
I'm surprised there are no organized club rides here (Seattle) but I know there will be a lot of people out on the Fourth on solo rides. I'll be out there, with my red,white & blue socks and rwb Allesio jersey.
In previous years, the trick was to avoid going past the parks where families, kids, drunks and all the trash they create litter the roads and paths.
re: 4th of July rides.Sort of Pollraboboy
Jul 3, 2003 11:52 AM
I am planning on a short ride to Minuteman national park. See the 'shot heard round the world' an all... :)
re: 4th of July rides.Sort of PollTypeOne
Jul 3, 2003 3:19 PM
I envy you guys on the east coast who post your ride stories here - you can ride with a historical destination in mind. No Revolutionary war sites, no Civil War battlefields, and nothing quite as significant here in Washington state worth riding to and visiting. The scenery is fantastic in the Northwest, but riding up to see Bruce Lee's gravesite last month wasn't the event that your ride will be. Enjoy!
No club ride on the 4th for me.KG 361
Jul 4, 2003 11:16 AM
Nice little 36 mile fixed gear trek. Saw LOTS of other riders out there. Wore my stars & stripes jersey. Sat early am, weekly balls to the walls shop ride. Hold on for dear life for 30-40 miles. Sunday I'll head out to the hills for some exploreing. There's a hill out there I've just got to find how long it is.....