Sunday, July 5, 2015

Monday late afternoon, 4:30 @ Sam's

Too much rain in East Tn this weekend, Monday looks great though. 4:30 @ Sam's... Saundersville, Lower, Upper, Brinkley, Sandy, Hogans, Madison, Long Hollow, New Shackle, Drakes Creek. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

REVISED Sunday 12:30PM Recovery Townie Ride

REVISED start time 12:30PM and we may try to extend to 30
12:30PM easy pace, no drop Sunday recovery townie ride from Ricardo's Restaurant & Taqueria located on New Shackle Island Road across from Sonic and Dollar General Market, Hendersonville TN.
Refreshments and/or lunch at Ricardo's following the ride.

Ricardo's 24.6 Townie Ride

Friday, July 3, 2015

Alternate Townie Ride 9 am from Bluegrass Bar and Grill lot.

Tom B's Hillier Than it Had to Be ride today requires a recovery ride tomorrow.  For anyone wanting a flatter ride with multiple points of refuge in case of rain David Shumaker and I will be doing a shorter ride beginning at Bluegrass Bar and Grill lot at 9 am. We'll  be watching the weather and may change this to a bit later if it avoids rain. Check here or Weekday riders Facebook for late changes.

Saturday ride, Beech at 8, White House at 8:30

Apologies for the late posting. We lucked out this morning with the weather and got a good ride in. Let's hope the luck holds tomorrow. If you would like a longer ride join us at 8 a.m. at Beech High School. Or you can shave off some miles and avoid climbing the ridge by meeting us at White House High School at 8:30.
Recovery at Sam's. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Friday Morning Ride, SCHS @ 8 AM

With a chance of rain throughout this holiday weekend, we'll try to get a ride in when we can. Here are a couple options from Station Camp High School. We'll poll interest at the start in post ride recovery options .

38 miles, store at 23
48 miles, stores at 25, 33

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thursday Ride From Brixx, July 2nd



We will ride form Brixx at the usual times:

5:40 Turtles
5:50  Hounds and Jackalopes
6:00  Hares

Brinkly Sandy Valley Hogans Madison Long Hollow

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mike and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creekbed Ride. July 1st

We will ride from the Greenway Trailhead in White House on 31W next to the White House Animal Clinic at the following times.

5:40 Moderate pace 
5:50 Not so moderate pace

Social hour at De La Paz following the ride.

See you on the road

Mike and Sherry

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tuesday Ride From Sam'S, June 30th

Ae will ride from Sam's at the usual times.

5:40 Turtles
5:50 Hounds And Jackalopes 
6:00 Hares

We will head head Saundersville to Lower and Upper Station Camp. Than take Garrison over to New Hope.  Than up Shell and down McMurtry coming back Hogans to New Hope.  Looy's Law than applies.

Alternate route is over  Sandy Valley to Hogans and across the steep side of Happy Hollow. Looy's Law applies from there.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Weekday Rides

Tuesday from Shelby Bottoms nature center at 9:00 AM
Wednesday from White House Greenway Trailhead next to Animal Clinic on 31W ( same as We'd. nite Ride)

See Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Public Meeting for Harpeth River State Park

You're Invited!
                                          Harpeth River State Park Public Meeting
                                                            Tuesday, June 30th  
Leaders from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be conducting a public meeting for Harpeth River State Park on Tuesday, June 30th to gather input and discuss the current business and management plan for the park.
The event will begin at 5:30 pm with an open house and reception to meet park staff. The public hearing portion will begin at 6pm and will last approximately one hour.
Who: Park Manager, Gary Patterson, members from Tennessee State parks staff, local city and county business leaders.
What: Public Input Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Pegram Community Club
               453 Thompson Road
               Pegram, TN   37143 
No RSVP Needed, we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Morning Ride Group Does Greenway

Mike and Sherry's Excellent Crystal Creekbed Ride

We will leave from the 31W Greenway Trailhead in White House Next to the  White House Animal Clinic at the following times.

5:40 Moderate pace
5:50 Not so moderate pace

26 Mile Route

See you on the road

Mike and Sherry

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two FOGBEES maintained our traditional participation in the Harpeth River Ride version 2015.
In some ways the ride has lost a little luster, but once you get past the details, we had a great time. The incoming front drove out the rain by the time we were on the road and the peleton was thirty percent less than in years past. Atypical lower temps, thanks to the cloud coverage and westerly winds, made for a comfortable ride for fat old guys, Doug and Phil.

Pull Tight is still a rush, the pastoral scenery a nice variation of our own, and the post ride at
Drakes Pub was the piece de resistance.  FOGBEES forever !

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chattanoog Weekend Trip - Update -The Trip Is One Week Away.

June 26th is quickly coming up

A lot of people will be arriving during the afternoon on Friday.   We usually meet up somewhere for dinner and drinks on Friday night.  I suggest the World of Beer.  Besides a great beer selection, they have great food.  Sherry and I won't be able to get there before 8:00PM EST.   So don't feel like you have to wait for us to eat dinner. 

You can e mail for a list of participants and phone #s so that you can contact each other when you get in town Friday to make plans for Friday evening.  Just let Sherry and I know what your plans are.

DINNER SATURDAY NIGHT:  We have a reservation at the Big River Grille Downtown at 7:00PM. 

For non riders, there is a list below with links for things to do in the Chattanooga area.

Link for the hotel:
Phone #:  423-266-4121

We have 14 riders going so far and 9 spouses:

 I have been working on the routes and this is what I have come up with.  Bruce provide me a book of great routes, one of which partially followed the ironman trail.  I have combined the 2 to come up with a more scenic route. 

58 Mile Route

71 Mile Route

Link to where we will have lunch and a beer on the ride:

Link to Mountain Home Country Store at historic Mountain Home Farms (long route only)

Points of Interest in Chattanooga
Bluffview Art District
World of Beer
The Tennessee Aquarium
The Shoppes at Warehouse Row
DeBarge Vineyards and Winery

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


As info, the preeminent road race started today with the solo racers leaving Oceanside, CA. Relay and teams will leave in following days. This is not some frou-frou little stage race in France but  a nonstop Race Across the America continent. You can pick your favorite riders and follow them for the next 9 to 15 days at the following websites.

RAAM Website for Info

Ride Farther for Real Time Tracking

Enjoy ;-)


Several FOGBEES have registered for this ride. I will be traveling to Franklin for early packet pickup. If you want me to pick yours up let me know and give me your registration ticket by Thursday.  Tentative distribution Friday at Sams. You can post here or call 615-431-9821.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Website Rebuild

      Over the last couple of weeks we have rebuilt the FOGBEE website to be smart-phone centric.  We expect the primary way members will want to access the information on our website is from their phones.  The previous desktop format is just too difficult to read on a 5-inch screen.  We will not take-down the desktop version, we just won't be updating it.
     We have also added the Weekday Ride FACEBOOK group to the tabs across the top of the blog.You will need a FACEBOOK account and login to access it.
     Along with this update we have added a TELEPHONE LIST which shows member cellphone numbers and emergency numbers.  It is sorted by the member's first name since that is how most of us know each other.  It is legible on your cell phone.  Look for it by going to the FOGBEE blog on your cell phone.  Click the Home (in upper left), select the WEBSITE radio button, then scroll down to the About Us section.  Under it you will see Telephone Numbers.  Click on that and voila. Best to test this out before you're on the road and need this info in a hurry.  I did not add the Sumner County Sheriff's number to this list because everyone should already have that number programmed into their phones.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jersesy, Vests and Bibbs Order

We are ready to place the order for the Jerseys, Vests and Bibs.   We will need to collect the money over the course of the next week.  I will be available at each ride to collect your money.

Jersey cost = $51
Vest Cost = $79
Bibs Cost = $125

Once we place the order, LG will do the art work on the bibs for us to review.

Thanks, Mike

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy

     TDOT is currently in the process of developing a Multimodal Access Policy to ensure that the needs of  all roadway users (including but not limited to motorists, transit-riders, freight-carriers, bicyclists and pedestrians) are considered during  project planning and design.  Following adoption of the Multimodal Access Policy, TDOT will develop a Multimodal Access Implementation Plan, Design Guidelines, and training for internal and external partners.
    Below is a link to a draft copy of TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy.  This policy, when in effect, will replace TDOT’s 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Policy.  Please review the attached draft policy and provide any comments to me by COB June 22, 2015.

Jessica L. Wilson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources - TDOT, (615) 741-5025

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bike Walk TN Makes Major Leap Forward

     Bike Walk Tennessee announces the hiring of Matt Farr as the organization’s first Executive Director. Founded in 2009, Bike Walk Tennessee is a 501(c)3 organization that advocates for better bicycling and walking in Tennessee. Relying on volunteer capacity, Bike Walk Tennessee has facilitated a jump in Tennessee’s Bicycle-Friendly State ranking from 43rd to 20th over the past five years, and has ushered a widespread resurgence in biking and walking throughout Tennessee’s urban areas.  With dedicated staff capacity, Bike Walk Tennessee expects to be able to propel Tennessee into the national spotlight for innovative bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programming.
    In 2009 Pat Clemens, Bruce Day, and Tom Evans chartered Bike Walk Tennessee as the State's first non-profit corporation dedicated to improving bicycling and walking facilities across the state. Bike Walk Tennessee sponsors the Tennessee Bike Summit that has been held annually in Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville.  The Summit is widely attended by over 150 participants from private, public, and commercial organizations.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Arnold Palmer Extreme

Anyone who know David Shumaker knows the following picture needs no caption

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Follow Nashville to New York Tour

Follow the Nashville to Newark Tour on their website . (This link is also in the right sidebar of this blog). They are sending me pictures as they travel and I am re-posting on the tour website.  For example, you can find Day #1 pictures by going to their blog, clicking on the 2KNOX Menu Tab, and looking for PICTURES below Day #1 route image.  Click on the PICTURES link.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Really Unacceptable service tonight at Sams Sports Bar and Grill

All- We used to start all our rides at Sams Sports Bar and Grill.   In the last year, we have moved our Thursday night ride to Brixx and Saturday to other restaurants like Bluegrass.

Tonight should have been embarrassing for Sams Sports Bar and Grill as Marsh and I arrived at 6:45, and at 8:02 had still not been approached for our second drink and no food order.  Our waiter snapped at Mike Knake that he didn't seem to understand that they were busy (after waiting an hour and 15 minutes.)  I asked for the manager, and he was in my terms "Totally Useless" even defending the waiter as one of the best.  He also chastised Mike for raising his voice at the waiter.   He failed to apologize for the service level or do anything about it.  Marsha was so pissed she just left.  We had 23 patrons there tonight and got treated like crap!!

If you feel the same way about our service tonight, please go to the Sams website and send them a complaint telling about your lousy experience.  I also mentioned in my complaint that not only the club patronizing, but all the business customers I have brought there for lunch or dinner.  If I don't get a good answer, we may ride from their parking lot, but I may not spend my money there!!

Forward this blog post to all you think need to know!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Why Retired Old Turtles Always Stop for ICE CREAM

Some have wondered why the RETIRED OLD TURTLES always end their rides with a stop for ICE CREAM.  Below is the best explanation I have found thus far

One day I had lunch with some old friends. Jim, a short, balding turtle bicyclist type, about 85-years old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please."