Saturday, June 19, 2010


As promised I have an important update on our trip in August. AS OF NOW... we have 32 people going and 7 who have said maybe! The dates are certain and are the 13th-15th. We are staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville. The hotel has agreed to reduce its rate from $109 per night ($98 on,etc) to a very reasonable $85 per night. To make your reservation please call 1-618-345-2800 and ask for Kara St. Cin or reservations. You can also call 1-800-551-5133. You must tell them you are with the "Fogbees Bicycling Group" and make sure you demand the $85 per night rate. For some reason I did not get a code for you all to make an online reservation. If there is any problem ask for Kara. If that does not work contact me. I strongly suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible as the weekend we are riding is the same weekend for Cards-Cubs baseball.
Also, good news. We will be having a cookout at my brother-in-laws home and will have burgers, braghts (don't know if this is the correct spelling!) etc. The food will be purchased and we will divide the cost per person. He also has a pool so bring your swimsuit if you would like. The cookout will start after 6 pm.
The Saturday ride we will leave around 7:30 am and will be 60 miles (if you want to ride all the way back-it will be 86 miles). We will ride to Grafton (43 miles) and have lunch at "The Loading Dock" on the Mississippi. We will ride back 17 miles and you can get picked up at the Lewis & Clark park if you want to. If you want to keep going its another 26 miles back to the hotel. The ride is generally very flat.
Those not riding will have many options to shop, sightsee in St. Louis, etc. which is being planned by my wife, Cindy. Saturday night is really going to be up to you. There will be a trip to a casino, dinner options or whatever you want to do.
Sunday we will do a trail only ride of about 30 miles leaving at 7:30 am again. After the ride you can leave, have lunch or some have indicated a desire to take in the Cards-Cubs game at 1:30pm that day.
I hope this information helps you all with regard to plans. PLEASE POST WHEN YOU HAVE RESERVED YOUR ROOM. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ROOM TO TAKE SOMEONE IN YOUR CAR POST IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This looks to be a great trip. More details to follow.


monsieur cannonball said...

Gary, thanks for the organizing effort.

I made my reservation just now, and the reservationist had no record of the $ 85 rate for us. He did offer the $98 rate with my AARP card , Ha !

After checking under FOGBEES and your name, he said that I may have preceded the designation notice.

Whatever the case, Rosemary and I are excited to join everyone for this trip.

Christy said...

I talked with Kara at the Doubletree. She said there was some paperwork Gary needs to submit before she can make reservations for our group. Gary?

mad1next said...

Nicole and I would like to attend the Rams pre season game agains the vikings on saturday at 7pm. I will coordinate if others would like to go. Ebay 35 yrd line, ten rows up about 40.00 each. If interested let me know in the next week so I can make a purchase. We would also like to attend the cardinals game sunday and want to know if anyone is coordinating that.