Sunday, October 30, 2011

Enjoy the Cystic Fibrosis Ride Again

Working for YOU

PATIENCE! It takes about 15 second to pull down the video from Channel 4. Click to view. Yes, there's a short commercial. That's why I get to share it with y'all. The young lady who was interviewed is Sarah. She is who rode with me at the Cystic Fibrosis Ride.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Another benefit of being a FOGBEE -- Gary's parties. Click on the picture above.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm Proud to say "I'm a Fogbee" (A humbling experience)

Yesterday's CF ride reminded me how important our Cycle Club is and the impact we have in the community. I was proud to be part of a great event sponsored, in part, by the Fogbees. The Fogbees were instrumental in the creation of this event, including the route, the place the event was located and having input on all levels. Over 20% of the riders were Fogbees! Our Club had a HUGE (that means GIGANTIC)Volunteer turnout including Fogbees, spouses, friends and relatives helping with parking, setting up the morning ride, marking the route, Sag support, rest stops, a truck ride up to the party, etc. We helped to raise over $17,000 to help fight CF. The entire day was magnificent and the ride itself was breathtaking but hearing a young girl living with CF address the riders before the ride and show her appreciation for the event and then meeting the little girl with CF (a relative of Phil's) at the "Clown" rest stop put it all in perspective. I can only say that I can't wait for next years ride..... :)

CF Cycle 4 Life

As you can see, the fall colors were "special" for our Cystic Fibrosis Cycle For Life event. Notice the two clowns on the right ! Series of photos are posted on Shutterfly for your viewing pleasure.


. . Y'all did SUPERB!  The Nashville Amateur Radio Club who supports almost every bike event in the area said the organization and execution was as good as or better than any and it wouldn't be long before we rivaled the Jack 'n Back.  He planned to write letters to top management at Cystic Fibrosis commending the event.
. . While y'all were stationed at your rest stops, Gary, Miley, and the young lady with CF did us proud with the opening ceremony.  To top it off Mikal Williams sang the National Anthem perfectly.  It was indicative of what the rest of the event was going to be.
. . Pat yourselves on the back.  Thank you so much! Only a few more bicyclist could have made it any better.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Don't Miss Party on the Hill

Here's a link to a map starting from Nashville to the Party on the Hill AFTER the Cystic Fibrosis Ride for Life. Photo courtesy of David Irvine.  No, that is not Phil.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

3 Days to the BIG Ride

WOW! What a great turn out for our volunteer meeting last night! We have a great group of volunteers that are pumped and ready to go! Thank you for recruiting such a great team! You guys are AMAZING!

I just want to thank each of you for all you have done. We have come a long way since my initial meeting with Gary and Tom! There is no way I could have planned such an organized ride without your support! It’s going to be a great ride and for such a great cause!

Andrea K. Cook, Market Development Manager
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Monday, October 17, 2011

Deer in Tennessee are bad enough

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Ride this Saturday - October 22'nd

. . Your committee has worked hard to kick off the Inaugural CYCLE for LIFE RIDE from Sycamore Springs (click here).  Bruce and Miley have pulled out their BEST route -- one that few bicyclists, including FOGBEES, have experienced.  We have a private beer Party on the Hill after the ride.  We have FOUR great rest stops.  We have a Short and Long Ride.  We have the most spectacular views in our area. We have SAG, EMT's, police support, repair stations, surprises, etc.  on the route.  We have GREAT weather and FALL COLORS are EXPECTED on Saturday.  AND a great cause for fund raising - Cystic Fibrosis.  Contribute a tax-deductible gift and enjoy a great party.
. . What we need is YOU, and then we'll have everything.

Times and dates to keep in mind:
- Oct 18, 5:30: Volunteer Meeting at Gallatin Library
- Oct 21: Setup @ Sycamore and supplies pickup at Gary's Office
- Oct 22: 7:30A @ Sycamore Registration
- Oct 22: 8:45A @ Sycamore Entrance Road is CLOSED and Festivities begin

Yes, we have maps & cues.  Get at the ride or send me a request. However, Miley & David Buckman are marking the roads VERY well.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FOBEES Do the First BBB Ride

The BikeBarbequeBallistics Ride came to town with panache ! Everyone found something fun and memorable about our ride out of Curtis McMahon's playground, Portland, TN.

Bike ride in Portland. (optional target shooting after the ride) OCT 15

. .We will start the ride @8:30 from the BBQ Pit In Portland in the morning.

On Saturday October 15th we are planing a 30 mile bike ride starting in at the BBQ PIT in Portland. The ride will be about 30 miles and there will be options to lengthen if you want to ride farther. After the ride we will eat lunch at the BBQ pit.
. . After the ride we can to go to a local private range and target shoot. If you do not have a gun but would like to shoot there will be some extra guns for you to use. The shooting will be supervised by a State of Tennessee Certified Instructor.
. . A side note: It has come to my attention that an individual belonging to another local bike clubs thought that the Fogbees are a bunch of Rednecks because we are going shooting after a ride. I want to let that individual know that we recycle all of the targets after the shoot and no opossums will be hurt or eaten on this ride.

Directions to the BBQ PIT The route will be posted as we get closer to the ride

Route Information

Shooting information.
  • All of the Fogbees are invited to attend Please post if you are planning to attend
  • We will be supervised by a State Certified Instructor
  • If you bring a gun it must be unloaded until you are ready to shoot
  • You must have eye and hearing protection
  • If you do not have a gun there will be some that you can use. You should plan on buying some bullets to use in a borrowed gun. ( .22 LR, 9mm, .223, 12gauge are some of the bullets that will fit the extra guns) If you have questions please contact Bob G. or Curtis M.
Email if you have any questions

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tybee Island Update

Hey, Tom B

A guys go to do something while waiting for his bride to get all dolled up.

To all, the good Lord cleared the clouds at 5:30 last night for a beautiful evening wedding on the beach, with pelicans present. 

Found the ideal place in Savannah today -   The Rubber Meets the Road Bike Shop, next door to the Expresso Gallery Coffee Shop and across the street from the Six Pence Pub where our 30 mile bike ride started and ended today.   Coffee, bike ride and beer with my new bride- life's great!

Mike and Sherry

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tybee Island Update

Saw the sunshine for the first time today.  Still calling for rain tonight at 6:00PM, wedding time.  Finding lots of things to do otherwise.   We even got a bike ride in today.

Mike and Sherry. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tybee Island Report

Made it to Tybee Island - rain, gusts of wind to 30 mph, no sunshine, beaches closed due to high winds and waves.   2.7 inches of rain on the way.   Sever Thunderstorms for the next 3 days. 

All is well. 

Mike and Sherry. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Photo Show to Scottsboro

Bruce, David, and I would like to share our trip to Scottsboro via a Photo Show.  Please click  and click to view in FULL screen mode. Great photos were provided by Bruce.  Above picture is courtesy of David Irvine.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bachelor Party - Thursday Oct 6'th

Meet at PUBLIX Parking Lot at 5:15PM for a short ride and then brews at the Tilted Kilt.  YES - ladies are invited! Y'ALL COME Video was creation of Gary.

Team Fogbees at Gran Fondo Gran Fondo

Update: So far only Jennifer and I have registered for Team Fogbees with Bob Huss and Demetrius expressing interest. Unless we get 5-7 committed and registered, I will just ride as an individual.

I have registered and indicated I will be riding in the team "Fogbees"I'm looking to recruit 3 to 5 more FOGBEES who might be interested in a team to do the Gran Fondo Gran Fondo 65 mile route on October 9. We need 5 to 7 people to make a team, and (I) really need 3 strong riders that Jennifer and I can draft behind. Actually fast or slow, let' s have some fun and just ride as a Fogbee team, with our Jerseys, and finish as a team.

Here are the team rules. I would be the "elder statesman' unless a senior Fogbee elite should wish to join :-)

For those wishing to compete as a team, we are offering a gentleman's race format. Our rules for teams are designed for fun - here goes:

  1. Teams must have five members finishing together. A team cannot be larger than seven members.

  2. Each team must have at least one woman. A team does not have to have any male participants.

  3. Each team must have at least one participant age 45 or older. A team does not have to have any participants under age 45.

  4. The winning team will have the shortest gran fondo completion time for the five teammates crossing the line together. Don't ask us to explain what together means. You will be required to have your woman and your elder statesman finish in your group of five.

  5. Each team must evidence their completion of the designated, marked route by verifications to explained on race day (crossing timing pads on distinct route points, number check off on top of climbs).

  6. Tandem riders may count as two persons of a team.

  7. There is only a Team Competition for the Gran Fondo (65 mile distance) category


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MS to Jack 'n' Back photos posted

Excellent weather, great friends, and scenic setting all combined to make a familiar ride fresh again.

Jeff Smythe and I enjoyed the Jack 'n' Back by stopping at every rest stop, making new acquaintances, sampling the smorgasbord of wares, and soaking up the essence of what makes this ride unique.

Watching the sun set over Lynchburg with a Jack on the rocks, a rocking good band, and the best biking club in Middle TN....... it doesn't get any better than this.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Bruce put together another one of his EXCEPTIONAL Tours this weekend to Scottsboro, Alabama.  He took over 200 pictures along the way (see FOGBEE Photo Site) and is considering offering it as a FOGBEE trip, if enough of you petition him.  This picture was a view across a soybean field as we entered Scottsboro. Bruce's Tours are why I ride.