Sunday, October 31, 2010

Great Times!

Thanks to the nearly 40 people who dined, drank and danced the night away at the 3rd Annual Fogbee Halloween party. Even the long lost Andrew showed up! Some great costumes and good food. Mark, your bottle of wine for best costume was given to Mike K. for "safe keeping" but you better get it before it disappears. Thanks to Postman, Marsha, Doug n Mark for helping set up---Phil, Lisa, Phil V. and Postman for staying late and helping clean up---and everyone who attended, brought food, etc. Hope to see some of you at spinning and the whole group riding again early next year.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Your Fogbee party invite for Halloween

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I have had numerous inquiries as to whether the Halloween party is a reality. The answer is absolutely. The party is Saturday, October 30th at 7 pm at Glen Oaks Clubhouse. I tried very hard to work out catering the food but its just too expensive so we will go with Pot Luck -bring a dish or dessert. Non-alcoholic beverages are already purchased but BYOB on the other. DJ DraftMaster will provide the tunes. Costumes are requested but not required. You can invite any friends that you would like to bring. THIS IS REALLY OUR LAST TIME TOGETHER FOR THE YEAR SO PLEASE TRY TO MAKE IT . You should also receive an invitation by email to the party this week. I could use help with the party so just contact me in this regard. (ALSO, Please do not post if you can't come to the party.) Thanks...Gary

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bell Witch Post Ride

Phil n Lisa. 20 Fogbees! Great ride and a really scenic tour. I had a really good time and thanks for this annual ride to Adams Tennessee. Click here for the Slide Show.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fogbeee Jerseys

I have Fogbee Jerseys for the following people. lease post if you are planning to ride so I can get them to you, or we can make other arrangements.

Mike Keller, Bobbie Manis, Mark & Monica
Jeff & Kerrie, Lenny, Danny Denning

Bandanna's: Jeff, Gary
I have 4 Bandannas for sale $10 each first come

Sunday, October 17, 2010


FOGBEES do Tunnel Hill State Trail in Southern Illinois.  Visit our PhotoAlbum on Shutterfly, where many have already posted their pictures or watch a couple of slide shows by Phil or by Tom (select FULL screen mode).  For those who wondered how road bikes w/25-mm tires do on the trail hard-pack, the easiest answer is -- we were able to pedal along at 22mph whenever we chose.  We rode from Vienna to Stonefort on one of the most ideal days for cycling, with great colors, great weather, and great company. Thanks Bob for this great find.

Friday, October 15, 2010

H'ville Planners Receive Award

. . Hendersonville Planners receive award for Outstanding Land Use and Transportation Plans (See article in Tennessean). A highlight of this work is Hendersonville’s COMPLETE STREETS planning (read the plan).
. . Hendersonville did a great job incorporating citizens in charrets and the Bike/Ped Plan of the Hendersonville Greenway Committee, which was a sub-committee of Hendersonville Tomorrow. Many of us participated in this work and we are pleased to see the support Hendersonville is giving to these interests and setting role models for neighboring communities.
. . These awards come on the heels of the many awards that Nashville MPO has received for its outstanding  Bike and Pedestrian work.  Bike Walk TN Region 2 is on the move.

Biker's Choice News

Click here for latest information from Bikers Choice on following topics:

1) TREK DEMO DAY (assume this weekend)
2) Joey Holland says Goodbye
3) Josh Lewis becomes Team Organizer for Team BC

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Colors Extraordinaire Tour

The Tunnel Hill State Trail will mesmerize and captivate its visitors by surrounding them with nature's best show.  A hard-pack trail surface provides easy peddling on the bed of a turn of the century railroad lane. You may feel the presence of spirits from the far past or of those pioneers who carved out a place in this southern Illinois forest as you ride effortlessly along the trail.  Don't miss out on this experience. from Nostalgiaville

This Fall Colors Tour has been timed perfectly with perfect weather.  Even the car ride out&back should be scenic.  We need to plan transportation.  Please check the DETAILED PLAN on the website by clicking here and comment as to whether you plan to join us, if you can drive, and how many passengers/bikes you can carry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oct 1 update from Metro Development Services

Upcoming public meetings at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
October 25: 6-7:30PM Community Character Manual
-Topic: an update to the Community Character Manual (CCM) and related amendments to the West Nashville and Madison Community Plans. Details are on our Community Character Manual page.
October 26 and November 9: 6-7:30PM Major & Collector Street Plan update
-Topic:  local transportation infrastructure and potential improvements to major roads and related pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities.  Contact: Transportation Planner Michael Briggs at  or 862-7219.
Questions or comments:Craig Owensby – Public Information Officer, Metro Planning Dept.
(615) 862-7192,  

Monday, October 11, 2010

Scottsboro Ride Report

While many of you were on the Jack and Back David Irvine and I were reveling in Scottsboro, AL. We crisscrossed the J&B route as evidenced by road markings along the way.  The ride was terrific, especially the great climb out of Winchester. David did get dog bit and despite continued worrisome drainage for a few days, has recovered. The Marshall county Sheriff's department were on the case and very helpful. 

One of the pictures shows some new rumbles on SR 270 between Chapel Hill and Shelbyville. The road was not rumbled in Marshall county but was in Bedford.  Best I can tell the rumbles fit the new TDOT minimum rumble specifications but they were still bad enough to have us seeking and alternate route after two miles.  There's just no way around it, any rumble on a road with narrow shoulders makes it very difficult for cycling if there is any motorized traffic.

Scottsboro ride images


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Complete Streets Formalized for Nashville

. . In the spirit of Walk Nashville Week, Mayor Karl Dean today signed an Executive Order formalizing Nashville’s “Complete Streets” policy, which ensures that public streets are built to accommodate all modes of transportation, including walking, bicycling and mass transit.
. . In the 2010-2011 capital spending plan, which was unanimously approved by the Metro Council last month, the mayor set aside $12.5 million dollars for sidewalks, $3 million for bikeways, and more than $10 million for mass transit. Nashville overall is spending nearly 60 percent of its local transportation dollars on walking, biking and transit infrastructure.  This excludes funding for projects like the 28th Avenue connector that will include dedicated space for walking and bicycling.

"Share the Road" Stinks

Steve Magas, Bike Lawyer, says 'Share The Road', actually STINKS as a marketing legal concept in fact, it’s not legal at all."

Can you SEE the bicylist?

A motorist who drove into two bicyclists in Waukesha County last week was blinded by the sun and didn't see the victims until after he hit them, according to a report released by the sheriff's department on Monday. Read Story
The pictures in the following link are from the Cyclists Against Reckless Drivers Foundation.!/album.php?aid=245019&id=128247983291
Unfortunately, in late afternoon and early morning, drivers on our roads have the same problem.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Been to Jack 'n' Back

Thanks to the FOGBEES who raised funds ( $ 5,250.00) for and rode ( 60 to 175 miles each ) for our many family and friends stricken with Multiple Sclerosis.
Like past rides to Jack 'n' Back, the 2010 edition had times for coasting and times for pulling hard. Hm-m-m, not unlike living with MS. That's what I love about biking ... it keeps the road ahead in perspective. You never know when a PUC will jump out and get you or the previous day's tailwind becomes today's headwind.
That's why it's good to have friends to share the road with. Amen !

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 1 Jack n Back photos

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This weekends ride to and back from Jack Daniels was a fun experience. Saturday was beautiful and proud to say Miley, Jon, myself and Mike did almost 80 miles at around 19 MPH. The ride Sunday was a lesson in tolerance. With a 15-25 mph headwind all the way back everyone was exhausted. A shout out to the 14 Fogbees that rode (plus the Postman who rode 60+ miles from Gallatin Sunday am to meet us in Shelbyville at 8am for the 59 mile ride back!!!). Congrat's to Jimmy, Doug M., Roger, Doug D., Phil, Allen, James, Mark, Nicole and Bob for their efforts. (hope i didn't leave anyone out). Look forward to next years ride.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New FREE On-line Mapping Tool

RIDE WITH GPS -  This NEW Web Site is spectacular and easy to use. Quickly plot a route and it automatically adds a Cue Sheet (which you can print for FREE) and display a dynamic elevation profile. You can also view your route by satellite, combo, and terrain.  Save your route and share with friends.  View key stats like mileage and elevation. Embed it DYNAMICALLY to a blog (warning uses FLASH which does not work with iPhone.) And UNLIKE MapMyRide its completely free and FREE is GOOD..