Saturday, June 27, 2009

BBQ Ride

Thanks to all the Fogbees that came out in the heat to ride today (17 of you I believe). It was a pleasure to share some of my favorite roads with my favorite riders. Hope to see you all again soon.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MPO - Bik/Ped Counts (Sumner/Davidson)

Good Afternoon -

As part of the MPO Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study, we will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts on September 8th (rain date Sept. 10th). These dates correspond with a national bicycle and pedestrian count effort being coordinated by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Council of ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers). This effort has been ongoing since 2004 and data has been collected by over 90 communities across the U.S.

In order to prepare for the event, we would like to get input from you on 3 locations in each county (10 for Davidson) to conduct counts. We would like to focus mainly on easy wins - areas where we know we will see bicyclists and pedestrians. However, we would also like to make sure that we include at least one area in each County where the infrastructure and/or bicyclists/pedestrians aren't there yet, but may be in the future. For example, the Madison area may see an increase of bikes/peds in the future in response to redevelopment tied to the new Madison SP plan. Also, there are areas like Nolensville Road where the infrastructure is absent, but there are many bicyclists and pedestrians regardless.

We are in the process of identifying locations for each county, but we wanted to give you a chance to provide your input on where the counts should take place.

Finally, we may need your help recruiting volunteers for this effort. Each count will take 2 volunteers per location (1 for the 7am-9am shift and 1 for the 4pm-6pm shift). So for 3 locations, you will need 6 people.

Our hope is that we will be able to conduct these counts at the same locations on an annual basis so that we can collect trend data. Please respond by Friday, June 26th with your ideas for possible locations and any volunteers you would like us to contact.

Thank you,
Leslie A. Meehan, MPA; Nashville Area MPO, 615-862-7211,


Phil's Surgery

Today is Phil's surgery on his knee. To wish him well, Gary has prepared a JibJag Best Wishes, which he has asked us to post. You can view it by clicking on the following link.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I wanted to congratulate all the Fogbee riders (my count was 17 riders) who participated in Bruce's Castalian Springs ride yesterday. It was the hottest day I can ever remember riding on and it was pure torture/pleasure. There were mostly lite/medium riders and I was very impressed on how well the group rode. You all did great. Having everyone at Big Looy"s water hole at the end of the ride showed the camaraderie that the Fogbees are well known for. Good job everyone and Happy Fathers day.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Do You See the "Butt-erfly" ?

Thank you for the many heartfelt inquiries about my health and well being. Being the Cannonball, a fall here and there is of little consequence. Unfortunately, the knee I've been nursing and complaining about for the past 6-8 weeks has proven my undoing. I'm scheduled for arthroscopic surgery next Wed. at 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Burton Elrod ( Titans team doc...jealous Doug ? ) at Baptist Hospital.

Three to four weeks post op I should be able to spin once again if all goes well. Wish me luck and keep the beer cold !

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thanks to GARY For Party

Gary threw another great party providing great entertainment and BBQ from Shane's. Most of the 24 cyclists that rode with us to Thomas Drug store made an appearance along with Phil and KJ who crashed earlier that day. The lumps on Phil's head, neck, and hip didn't hinder his dancing, whereas the other FOGBEES, except for Gary & his limitless energy, seemed dazed and not much in the dancing mood. My excuse? As Bryan asked me earlier in the day "What was it like talking with Mozart and Bach?" Gary's choice of music wasn't from my century.

All that dancing did in ole Phil (aka Busted Spoke) - his knee has swollen so bad he is now having an MRI on it at Baptist Sports Medicine.

UPDATE (6/17/09): Phil has torn his knee up bad enough to require surgery in the next week (appox). He won't be peddaling for the rest of the summer.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009


One of the strengths that make the FOGBEES different from any Cycling Club is the comradery built in the social gatherings after the ride. As you plan your rides please don't forget to include that major part. FOGBEES also have a club house. Doug & Gary and talked with Valery at BL to open early for our "Club Meetings." Who knows. This part has led to weddings.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wedding Photos

On last week’s ride we were reminded we never posted any wedding pictures. Here are a few of the better ones. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and for your well wishes.

FOGBEE Tandems

Monday, June 1, 2009

Anyone for the Silver Comet and the Chief Ladiga July 17, 18, 19

All, This is a ride we have discussed for several years. I have personally ridden the Silver Comet and it is a great trail ride complete with a through the mountain tunnel at mile 31 (right in the middle.) We would drive to Anniston AL on Friday and ride on Saturday. What I want to propose is a touring ride of various distance. The full ride would consist of the Chief Ladiga trail of 33 miles that meets the Silver Comet for another 63 miles, or a ride of 96 miles. The Comet has some off rail trail near the Alabama border with some hills, which would be early in the ride, After that the Comet is fairly flat with minor grades. With this mileage and the potential heat of July, we would start early, take our time and enjoy the trail. For riders not wanting the full Monte, we could have drop off rides like the full Comet (there is a drop off a mile up from the border for 62 miles. For an even lighter ride there are several towns the trail passes through or near for additional drop offs. The ride would terminate in Smyrna GA at mile 0. We would have to have drivers from Anniston to Smryna. We would try to arrange some fun for the drivers while we are riding, and I would arrange a Saturday night outing in the Atlanta area and try to get a group rate at a decent area hotel. Marsha and I would probably bow out after dinner and go to Canton GA to visit our daughter and new grandbaby. Here are the web links, and I would like some feedback on interest. The Comet is a great trail experience!