Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon 5-18-2013

Marsha, my daughter Heidi and I have registered for the Cedars of Lebanon Triatholon for team FOGBEES May 18. Make this your New Year resolution goal.  Registration is $55 before Jan.1 and $65 after, so register TODAY!!.  So we can start together use 1hour 15 minutes for total time and 7 minutes for the swim, for club affilition use FOGBEES Triathlon Team.   We will arrange a post tri social event!  Please post so we can record participation. Here is the link for registration :

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It Was a Great Party

. . Hendersonville got to see 24 FOGBEES and their friends at their finest.  A spectacular ride and generous gift collection.  Thanks go to Chairman Bob who made this year's Christmas Lights Ride  better that the previous, to Doug who got us the perfect place to celebrate post-ride, and to Gary who led us to make Christmas memorable for at least nine children.
. . Last year, I selected our "Best in Show," but so many riders exceeded the previous great displays that I'll have to nominate everyone.
. . Lastly, remember that little elf that followed the group around.  She took pictures and videos everywhere and plans to put it all together in one big commemorative.  Can't wait to see what Chief Santa Elf Sarah creates.  Merry Christmas to all and thanks for a great ride.
Some images from the Day contingent are on Shutterfly. Click Here

Thursday, December 13, 2012

What a great tribute to the Fogbees spirit!

What a SUPER GREAT job the Fogbees did for the Toys for Tots, Tweens and Teens Christmas gift program. Just really unbelievable how many of you took the time to make a child's Christmas Happy and Magical just like the one's we had when we were children. Because of our generosity we made a real impact on the lives of  NINE children and their families. I want to thank everyone who gave a gift and appreciate Mike Kaiser for helping deliver to the Juvenile Court two great Mountain bikes that Phil Vickery got donated for us. We gave a total of FIVE bicycles to the program. Ms. Eula Vaughn, the Program Director, was so grateful for our contribution. This was so much fun to participate in and I enjoyed taking part of the day off to deliver the toys to Gallatin. We filled up a whole room full of gifts! This is just another reason I love being a Fogbee.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Help Us Share the Joy of Christmas

The article in this Sunday's newspaper the Tennessean, CLICK HERE to read it, explains why we ride.

A group of bike riders wrapped in Christmas tree lights with Santa pulling up the rear will be collecting toys for kids. Called the Fogbees, the group will ride in Hendersonville on Saturday, Dec. 15.
This is the third year for this festive bicycle ride and the second year the group will ride in conjunction with Toys for Tots, Tweens and Teens, sponsored by employees of the Sumner County Juvenile Court. by Sherry Mitchell
Yes, we are still collecting toys.  We want to have many toys for every child.

Gender Age of the Children

         1. Female 4 1/2 years old
   2. Female 18 Months
 3. Female 8 Months
   4. Female 6 years old
5. Male 5 years old
      6. Female 15 years old
  7. Male 13 years old
      8. Female 13 years old
      9. Female 12 years old

Friday, December 7, 2012


Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the town
Not a bicyclist was riding, snow had come down
The toys were piled by the tree with much care,
In hopes of Gary that more would be there.

The FOGBEES were planning with thoughts of a ride,
With lights on their bikes, they weren’t going to hide.
And Phil dressed as Frostie, and Bruce as an elf,
They formed a long line with Santa himself.

When out on the road there arose such a clatter,
Motorists stopped to see what was the matter.
Along each car window little faces did appear,
Some even thought they were seeing reindeer.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave lustre of mid-day to bicycles below.
When, what to a wandering eye should appear,
But a long line of FOGBEEs riding without fear.

With many old pedalers, so lively, but some sickly,
All knew in a moment, it must be a FOGBEE.
More slower than turtles intensely they came,
Their leader whistled, and shouted, and called them by name.

Now Ronnie, now David, now Phil, now Bruce and Gary,
On Bobbie, on Eddie, on Annie and Sherry.
To the road by the Walmart, to every store in the mall,
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dec 15th Christmas Light Ride 5:30 PM

This is the 4th year for this event and it is a lot of fun.   We are going to do this as a simple charity ride for the Sumner County Juvenile Court Toys for Tots and Tweens program.    The FOGBEES are sponsoring 9 families this year for Christmas.  We ask that if you are going to ride that you bring a unwrapped toy to the ride or to Gary's office before Dec 12th.  These toys will then be given to the The Juvenile Court to be distributed to the families in need. You can donate even if you don't plan on doing the ride.

If you have any questions about what this event is or how to decorate please click the Christmas Light Link on the Blog Home page.

Ride Information
We will start at 5:00pm from the old Kmart parking lot in Hendersonville.  This is located behind La Loma Mexican Restaurant at 245 E. Main St in Hendersonville.  After the ride we will have refreshments at Rio Bravo
Toy Drop Off Information
Toys can be brought to any of the Fogbeee events leading up to the Christmas light ride or be dropped off at Gary's Office Between December 1 and December 12.

Gary Williams Office Address
131 Maple Row Blvd., Suite A-101
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Here is a list of the Kids we are taking donations for PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU PLAN ON BUYING SOMETHING FOR ONE OF THE KIDS SO WE DON'T DUPLICATE EFFORTS. I hope we as a group can make a brighter Christmas for each of these kids.

Gender Age
1. Female 4 1/2 years old
2. Female 18 Months
3. Female 8 Months
4. Female 6 years old
5. Male 5 years old
6. Female 15 years old
7. Male 13 years old
8. Female 13 years old
9. Female 12 years old

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Natchez Trace Ride this weekend

This was posted on Bike Walk Tennessee's Facebook account by Spencer Connell. Posting here in case there is some Fogbee interest.  I don't have Spencer's contact information handy but can chase him down through Facebook if anyone is interested.

One of my closest friends, Robert T. Fischman, will be finishing up his bike tour from Seattle to south California, over to New Orleans, and up the Natchez Trace this weekend. I am trying to get as many bikers as possible to meet him Friday evening to camp and finish the two day ride.

We will meet at the Colbert Ferry campground (mile marker 327:

I won't be biking down, so I'm trying to get some car-pooling together with financially incentivised drivers. If you know anyone with a car ( i have a bike rack we can use ) that would be willing to drive, let me know!

The ride will be just over 100 miles split into two hilly 50 mile days. We will go slow and drink a lot of wine.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A new face at the Fogbee spin

A Franchise Waiting for Investors?

Where's the brakes in this break through? It also missed an obvious consideration that all stable designs employ. Clue - physics and ask Tom Benim.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Antler man

a strange person has been sighted on the roads ..Bee on the lookout!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Fogbee spin group gets bigger...

5 spinners tonight( Mike K not pictured) Debbie is a regular on Tues. and future Turtle rider.

Robertson County online survey

Attention! All Robertson County Fogbees. You know who you are. You are among the most ardent Fogbees. Now is your chance to have your voice heard in planning your future.  As improbable as it sounds, your opinion does matter.  Attending a meeting is best but online is better than nothing, which is what most folks do.

Speak up!! Tell them you want shoulders on all new roads. Or whatever are your needs for improved cycling. You live there and know what would work. Tell them because  they don't know what you need.    Put a face on that crazy person they see on their streets.

Robertson County Comprehensive Growth & Development

For Release: November 20, 2012           
 Margot L. Fosnes
President, Chief Economic Officer
 Robertson Co. Chamber of Commerce

Online Survey Available for Input on Growth and Development Plan for Robertson County and the cities of Adams, Coopertown and Cross Plains
Survey is in Addition to Four Community Workshops Scheduled December 3-6

Springfield, TN – Residents now have the opportunity to provide needed input on the Robertson County Growth and Development Plan from the comfort of their home or office. Project officials have established an online survey to make the process as convenient as possible. The survey can be found under “Give Us Your Feedback” at  There is also a series of workshops scheduled December 3-6, providing additional opportunities for feedback.
“We can’t stress enough how important the input of residents and business owners is for the success of this project,” said Jonathan Garner, chair of the project’s steering committee. “This plan will affect everyone in some way, so providing ample opportunity to have issues addressed is very important to us.”
               The survey provides a series of 13 questions that allows the participant to answer in his or her own words. Questions range from where new housing should be located to which new industries may be good additions to the local economy. There is also a feedback section to openly address any issue not presented in previous questions. 
Residents are also encouraged to attend one of four Community Workshops to learn more about the plan. The workshops are scheduled for Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6.  Consultants with Littlejohn Engineering Associates, Inc. will lead the discussions. See a complete listing of the dates, times, and locations for each workshop on the following page.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bike/Ped Focus on New TDOT Website

Pedestrian and Cyclists Praise State and TDOT
Gov. Bill Haslam, Commissioner John Schroer and TDOT have received accolades from several bicycle and pedestrian groups across Tennessee for program efforts and a focus on non-traditional transportation projects. (pdf)
Fogbees involved with state advocacy: Bruce Day (BWT), Tom Evans (MPO), and Dave Shumaker (USBRS). Leadership help is requested from other Fogbees. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good ride

Welcome Jeff C. to the Fogbee Nightriders. It was a great 26 miles tonight with a late night stop for refreshments and pizza at Sams.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Get Spinning!

Worked up a sweat after one hour......

Bikers Shed Spandex to Inspire New Riders

  • Bike advocates leverage "cycle chic" style movement to make it more appealing to casual riders
  • Tweed rides and other style-focused events encourage tentative riders to get in saddle
  • Bicycle boutiques and coffee shops aim to become lifestyle brands
  • "It goes back to childhood, to riding for fun. ... No spandex or cleats," a recreational rider says
 Click here to read more

It's time to Spin

It's the 5th season for the Fogbee spin at the YMCA! Starting tonight at 6:30pm we will Spin Tuesdays and Thursday nights and Saturday morning if the weather is bad. See you there.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Should Have Shot the Guns!

So I rode with the Super Hares (Miley included). You remember my famous quote "Not much on Guns or 100 milers). Did great the first 10 miles and then BONKED the rest of the ride. I thought "I must be getting old with my 57th B-day a few weeks away". Turns out I rode with a broken spoke, bent wheel and the tire rubbing the brake pad for 20+ miles. Took my bike to the shop and I had cracked something or other also. Guess next year I'll shoot guns.

Bright sun, strong wind, hard-earned 100!

Congratulations to Tom who has now completed all of his necessary rides for this year's UMCA century-a-month challenge!  We took advantage of the nice temperature yesterday, though the wind made it quite grueling (that or the same route magically got hillier longer, ha ha).  We had to use my pepper spray for the first time...on a very friendly dog!  After 5 miles he was still running strong so to give him a chance of getting home (and after much debate) we gave him a little spray in the nose.  We also passed our red neck riders and it was great for all the 'bees to share the road.

Congrats again Tom!  And if anyone sees an adorable black dog outside Franklin KY he is a great runner, hopefully still has a sense of smell, and would make a great pet.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Brett's 50th Birthday Bash - 6pm Saturday Nov 10 Bretts House

Please keep Brett's 50th on your calendar.  Drop in and make him feel his age!!  Brett is one of our original FOGBEES and he holds the club name well.  He is always around to help sweep, find a shortcut, or to just plain modify a ride.   - NO GIFTS PLEASE

Please RSVP if you have not already to Renee.  You can find contact information on the Fogbee Membership list.  If you don't have access to that you can call me at 615-431-9821 and I will provide her contact information.   Posted by Doug on Renee's behalf

Thursday, November 8, 2012

If ya don't wanna shoot, spend more time on the bike!

This is by no means a Canadian's attempt to avoid guns (ha ha) but rather a cyclist's attempt to make great use of a peach-of-a-day.  We will be doing the fantastic century through KY again this weekend.  This will allow Tom to complete his 12th century of the year...the last one that has to go on record for the year :)  This really is a beautiful route and for those who missed it last time, come along!  While there won't be any shots fired, I can try my best to speak "red-neck" to keep the Fogbee weekend theme consistent for both rides.  We will be starting at 8am at the parking lot by the Greenway in White House/

Nov 10th Redneck Ride 9:00 AM

Don't let the name fool you this ride is a BLAST
We will start the ride in Portland TN  at the BBQ PIT  restaurant and do a 30ish mile fairly flat ride.  There are options to lengthen the ride.  Stay tuned for more information on the route. After the ride we will eat lunch at the BBQ pit  608 North Broadway, Portland, TN 37148.
After lunch we will go and shoot guns at a local gun range in Portland in a safe environment.  We did this last year and it was a Blast.  So bring out your gun and have some fun.  If you do not own a gun and want to shoot there will be some you can borrow. 

Several of the FOGBEES have asked about taking the TN handgun conceal carry course.  Curtis M. is certified to teach this course and we can talk about scheduling a date or dates for these classes.

For more information on the Conceal Carry Class Check out the link below.

This is a turtle friendly event.

Ride information

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Women's Jersey for Sale

Laurie Gibbs gave me a short sleeved Women's Jersey at the CF ride to sell,  because it did not fit. The label says Women's large but it seems to be mislabeled. It is closer to a small. Lindsay tried it on and it fits her. It is one of the Garneau jersey batch.

Brand new, tags still attached.  Too late for a refund, probably. I think these sold for 60 bucks or so. I would like to get at least $50 for it so Laurie can get another that is sized right.  She supports the Fogbees in Jack and Back and CF rides. 

Let me know and I will bring it to the next ride.

The Fogbee Night Riders

We will do a Night Vision ride tonight from Sams at 6pm. Down Upper Station to the Post Office and back. We will try and do this weekly. Miley is in for this. Must have LIGHTS!

Monday, October 29, 2012

$40K for Cystic Fibrosis

You helped raise more than $40K for cystic fibrosis!
Words cannot describe how thankful we are at the CF Foundation for the incredible efforts of our 87 cyclists. Your support of the 2nd annual CF Cycle for Life helped raise more than $40K for cystic fibrosis!  Your generosity and commitment to CF is allowing the CF Foundation to continue their research efforts in finding a cure! 

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves at the event and were able to get warm once home on Saturday!   We are very much looking forward to next year and hope you will join us again for another great ride!

Thank you again!
 Warmest Regards,
Tiffany Kerns  
Thank you volunteers!

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless"
These incredible volunteers helped make this year a huge success!!!

The Fogbees, Tom Evans, Gary Williams, Ed Thomas, Sumner Co. Amateur Radio Operators, Nashville Amateur Radio, Kroger, Talbot Family, Hartsville Rotary, Vickery Family, RB's Cyclery, Bikers Choice, Bob Huss, Colleen Quinn, Melissa Laneve, Kay Lyles, Tina Mila, Rodney & Jill, Station Camp High School DECA Club, Kathy Taylor from Abbott, last but certainly not least my incredible route marking team - Bruce Day, Dave Miley, Bob Glutting and Dave Buckman.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reminder...The Halloween Party is this Saturday!

It's that time of year for the Fogbees Halloween Party! Saturday at 7:30 pm at Glen Oaks Clubhouse. It's pot luck for the Fogbees and we have 7 cases of beer donated. If you have your own favorite it's byob. Relax with friends, have a great time. See you there. Gary

Need Bail

Okay, I got caught, but does anyone know where?

Mike and Sherry's Wednesday Ride

Due to early setting sun, we are suspending our Wednesday rides.  We've enjoyed riding w all of you.      We will start up again next spring.
Mike and Sherry

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A perfect 10

What a trip the Red Boiling Springs two day ride was. It was probably one of the best (of the many overnighters) that I have ever been on. Congrats to Ed, Phil, Sarah, Demetrius, John, Doug, Janice, Kay, Bruce, Andrew and Mike on the ride. I logged 115 miles over two days. The scenic back roads were beautiful but tough. The Armours Bed and Breakfast was out of this world. They treated us like royalty and cooked a  huge dinner on Saturday night and a giant breakfast this morning. Last night we were treated to a big bon fire and we all sat around it and told stories and laughed for hours. Bruce even gave us an evolutionary history of the Fogbees! I'm already looking forward to next years RBS ride. It's one of the ways it makes being a Fogbee special.

Frolic Follow-Up

Three of us had an absolutely amazing ride today.  We all agreed it was a really fantastic century route (one of the best we have ever done), which was very fortunate since none of us had rode the majority of the roads.  I am re-posting it here so that other Fogbees can take advantage of the wonderful pavement we explored.  Since there was interest from some other rides who could not make it this time around, keep your eyes on the blog because we will be doing it again :)  If you have ever considered a self-supported century come along next time and you won't regret really was beautiful!

RBS riders, let us all relish in the post-ride-beer-and-endorphins high!

Note: we went by some wonderful horse farms in KY and were lucky enough to grab a ride on one special pony.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sunday Oct 21 - Fogbee Fall Frolic

With the fantastic weather and beautiful fall colors, there couldn't be a better weekend for a century.  For all of those not going on the RBS trip, come out for a great 100 mile ride leaving from White House and going up through Franklin, then back along a great strech of road from one of our past weekend rides.  "Red Boiling Springs Road" is part of the route...coicidence or not?  Start time is 9am (hopefully it has warmed up a bit by then so we don't have to start off budled then carry the warmer clothes the rest of the day).  Meeting spot is at the greenway across from De La Paz Mexican restaurant in White House, and yes that means post-ride margaritas.

Post if you would like to come, it should be fun!

Grand Opening of Station Camp Greenway

Grand opening of Phase 1 of the Station Camp Greenway is on Thursday Oct 25'th at 2PM.  The event will occur next to the Douglass-Clark House, adjacent to the creek side at Station Camp subdivision and is open to the public.

Also last Thursday, Hendersonville City leaders broke ground for the Hendersonville Bike/Ped Trail. It runs along the eastern side of Drakes Creek from Gallatin Rd to Mallard Point Park.  Fred Rogers has promises to sign roads from here to Sanders Ferry Rd based on our recommendations.

The Drakes Creek Greenway and the eventual linkage from Hendersonville Greenway Network to the Station Camp Greenway are part of the Bike/Ped Master Plan members of the 2005 Hendersonville Tomorrow Sub-committee for Bike and Pedestrian Plans submitted to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cycle For Life Sweep

We need one more volunteer for the Fogbee Sponsored Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life Ride on Saturday October 27, 2012.  We need someone to sweep the 62 mile route.  It mainly involves collecting tired or broken down cyclists and transporting them to the next rest stop.   This is a perfect opportunity to do a pleasant ride in the Fall colors while potentially rescuing a fellow Fogbee.  If you can do it. please post below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Red Boiling Springs Massage and Mineral Bath

Just talked with Dennis Emery to confirm details.  Like  supper will be at 5 pm. He reminded me that Armour's has a mineral bath, the only one remaining from the feature that made Red Boiling Springs a tourist spot and a masseuse.  His note below describes the service.

"Thought I'd mention that if anyone would like a massage on Saturday after the ride up here, we can have a masseuse available Saturday afternoon and evening to do massages in one of two manners:
She can either do a regular full 1-Hour massage (@ $79) in our SPA ... or we can have her bring her professional massage chair and she can do chair massages at the rate of $1 per minute (usually 15 to 20 minute massages) + any gratuity if so inclined.  No taxes on massages."
Anyone interested in the mineral bath or massage please call Armour's 615-699-2180 or email
He also still has rooms so those waiting to check on the weather, which should be great, can still go and stay at Armour's.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Halloween with the Annual Fogbee Party

Sat, October 27th at 7:30 pm at the GlenOaks ClubHouse. 101 Agee Circle East, Hendersonville, Tn.
In conjunction with the CF ride to Cure Cystic Fibrosis earlier that day. Come and party with the Fogbees and friends. Bring a dish or refreshments and get ready to have a great Halloween.
(Note: this video shot at Studio B...any resemblence to any Fogbees, or there spouse, is purely a coincidence..)

Red Boiling Springs Roundup

Only five more days until Red Boiling Springs Ride.  The last RBS was an awesome summer ride.  This time the trees should be in full color about the time we ride.  Our first ride was this time of year and our award winning Fogbee photographer, Ed Thomas, took a picture on this ride that was selected from hundreds, maybe thousands, of submissions by Adventure Cycling to represent the beauty of cycling in Tennessee.  Still time for you to make this your signature fall ride.  The weather is now predicted to be just gorgeous and perfect temperatures for cycling. This is a tour so no one will be dropped.

Amour's (615) 699-2180  still had a few rooms open on my last check so call now and get your reservation in. They have only a 24 hr cancellation policy so you can back out if one of those life changing events occurs between now and then. Dinner is family style, pass the plates, and very tasty!! Sign up for dinner!!

Start time for the long ride is 8:30am from Sams, Meeting at 8:00 to 8:15.  Short riders should be in Hartsville at 11:00am where we will have lunch then leave after lunch.  Here's a roster of participants by my count.  If this is not correct by either omission or commission, let me know. Also, review the overall plan by clicking on the Red Boiling Springs link under "Major Events" (please note the time changes in this post prevail over the website) and if you have questions or suggestions let me know.  Post here or email me at bruceeday at gmail dot com
Day 1 long route
Day 2 long route
Day 1 short route
Day 2 Short route
You can print cues directly from Ride With GPS from the left panel.
Riders cycling from White House and Gallatin are will meet the main group at Cambridge market at coner of Long Hollow and Buckingham at 9:00 am.

Last trip the Emery's had a cooler of refreshing beverages ready on our arrival. Dennis drove all over the Cumberland Plateau looking for Yazoo beer since he had heard we liked it. This trip Marsha will be taking a cooler stocked  with our favorites. How will she know your favorite?  You'll need to provide a generous sample, say enough to supply you for an afternoon. Marsha will pick up your beverages at Sam's at the start of the ride. (Marsha will bring a bucket of Margaritas and some Miller Lite to share).

Click the more link for lists.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oktoberfest/Gerst Haus Ride - Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

Slight change to the ride for Saturday.   Riding from and attending Oktoberfest in Germantown is not practical.  As such, in order to keep with the theme of Oktoberfest, we will ride from the Gerst Haus followed by German food and German beer.   We will leave the Gerst Haus at 9:00AM and ride the Nashville Greenways.

There is a parking lot across the street from the Gerst next to Shoney's where you can park.

See you there,

Mike and Sherry

Thursday, October 11, 2012


It's time for the Annual Fogbee Great Pumpkin Party! It's at our usual Haunted Glen Oaks Clubhouse across the street from Hendersonville Hospital (101 Agee Circle East). The Party is after the Fogbee endorsed CF ride on October 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm so you can cycle in the beauty of Northern Middle Tennessee in the morning and celebrate that evening. Bring a dish if you can, relax with friends and dance to the tunes of DJ Draftmaster! Any help is appreciated. You can call Gary at 943-2606 if you want to help plan, decorate or add a fun idea to the party. Invite any friends you would like whether they cycle or not. See you there!

Lost Pump

Did anyone happen to find a Topeak frame pump behind Sam's Tuesday night?


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pedaling for the Pack this Saturday in Hartsville

Missed the registration deadline for the 840 Gran Fondo? Here's another fine option closer to home. The Cub Scouts in Hartsville are holding a benefit ride Saturday with excellent 33 and 62 mile routes starting at 8 AM from the Hartsville City Park.  This will be my first year for this ride and I'm expecting it to be a low key affair. The 33 mile is scenic yet pretty flat, staying in the basin, while the 62 mile adds the Harmony Road climb to Drury Ridge to the Ford Branch descent, followed by the Pumpkin Branch climb - Sweet! Only $20. Details at, go to Upcoming Events.

Nice Video

Who says carbon bikes can't take abuse?

Wind Map

Yet another resource when planning your rides.  It is a bit simplistic. As we all know, In Sumner Country you always have a headwind.

Friday, October 5, 2012

It's time for the Jack

Oh boy it's my fifth time riding the Jack n Back and it looks to be cold and rainy and I can't wait. Hopefully, the storms will pass before the 7:30 am ride time. Looking forward to seeing my Fogbee friends that are cycling tomorrow.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Help the Alliance

This month for each bike trip you log on the 2 Mile Challenge, Clif Bar will donate $1 to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The clock is already ticking, and to reach our ambitious goal of 10,000 trips in October, we need your help!

Go to, create a profile, and start logging your trips by bike. You can even download the BikeBrain app to keep track of your trips.

It's an easy way to support the Alliance and state (think Bike Walk Tennessee) and local advocacy organizations.

We're not asking you for a dime, just some good old fashioned pedal power. Thanks for your support!

Jeffrey Miller - President / CEO

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jack 'n' Back - Oct. 6 & 7

MS Society's Bike to Jack and Back is an annual highlight for the Fogbees, thanks to Monsieur Cannonball's efforts as team leader for several years.  If you're not familiar with Jack 'n' Back, click on the link above to see what makes this 2-day ride a great event, the donation requirements and how to register. In addition they offer great fundraising tools and strategies. If you have questions, please post or contact me, and if you register for the ride be sure to sign up as a member of the Fogbee team.

For those familiar with Jack 'n' Back, the ride this year will have some key changes...
  • One day ride option on Saturday - Didn't think you could ride due to a conflict on Sunday? No problem - you may arrange your own transportation back to Franklin or, for an additional $20 registration fee, a charter bus will take you back.
  • 2 time slots for the dinner and party "On the Hill": 5-6:30 or 7-8:30. The number of riders has exceeded the capacity of Jack Daniel's hilltop venue, so you will need to designate which time you will attend. After you have registered, email with your choice.  I believe everyone already signed up on the Fogbee team has selected the early slot.
Please consider joining us for this ride to help a great cause and check back here from time to time, as I'll update this post over the several weeks with updates on ride preparation, accommodations, logistics, etc.

840 Grand Fondo

Join Governor Haslam and Commissioner Shroer as they celebrate the opening of SR 840 on October 13'th with a BIKE FESTIVALCLICK HERE for all the details.  This ONE TIME event has
  • A fully timed course with a King of the Mountain timed section.
  • Fresh asphalt on a new major roadway legally closed for cyclist only!
  • Fully staffed and stocked rest stops by Whole Foods Market.
  • 840 Fondo Festival gift bag & commemorative t-shirt
  • Post-ride meal & social with music in Historic Leipers Fork.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Red Boiling Springs Reminder.

Only 4 rooms left at the most excellent Armour's hotel and those will soon be released to the general public. Call (615) 699-2180 now to assure you will be with the group.

Also, folks planning to ride the shorter route by parking in Hartsville please let Bruce Day or Doug Depew know. In the past we've been allowed to park in the police lot (can't get safer than that) but so far no one has stated a need  so no arrangements for that have yet been made.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Turtle Sked

. . Janice is on my case to post upcoming Turtle RidesBruce has some words of wisdom about early success being its own worst enemy, but I can't remember them.  (Yes, we did spot the obligatory turtle last Saturday, but you can see from Janice's photo, that she stepped on it).
. . I am not going to be able to lead anything until November so I encourage others to take charge and keep it going.
Saturday 9/29: 30-miler on the BRASS (Janice & Tom lead Turtle Version on 31-miler starting at 8:30 - See registration info) 
Saturday 10/6 (J 'n B weekend): Bob_G leads the Milkshake Ride see post.
Saturday 10/13: I suggest you do 840 Fondo
Saturday 10/20 (RBS Overnighter):  This thing is special, I highly recommend it.
Saturday 10/27: CF Ride For Life, (Bruce & Phil lead Turtle Version on 65-miler starting at 9:15 - See registration info) Fogbees are a co-sponsor. Plus GARY"s BIG PARTY

Friday, September 28, 2012

FOGBEES Jerseys Are In!!!

Hi Everyone! It's been a while but the jerseys are finally in! We had a few hiccups in the order proces but all is done. I'll be at BRASS tomorrow and the box of jerseys will be traveling with me to make sure you all get em. Notice I said you all and not ya'll. Lol.  Monday I'lll be at the Painturo's pizza ride, Wednesday at Mike & Sherry's then Jack and Back that weekend. Here's my cell (847) 502-0388.


Road Trip and Bike Event

Hello FOGBEES, We will be hosting the 2013/2014/2015 USA Cycling Men’s and Women’s Road and Time Trial Championships on Memorial Day weekend starting next year.

The TT is set for Saturday, and the Road Race and Hand-Cycling Championships are on Monday.  We are looking to connect with local clubs who might be interested in hosting a century style ride on the Sunday of that weekend beginning in neighboring cities and arriving in Chattanooga that day.  Enjoy downtown on Sunday night, watch the race on Sunday, and we will arrange transportation back to your start point on Monday evening.

Since this worked on a smaller scale for ProWalk/ProBike, I thought perhaps this might develop into an annual and event and even could be a fundraiser for the local organizations that coordinate on the way in. Thoughts?

Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator - Outdoor Chattanooga

City Receives Awards

Friday's (9/28) Hendersonville Star News, page 3A reports that Hendersonville received three awards from the Greater Nashville Regional Council on Sept 13'th.  One was for the implementation of the Bike/Ped Plan to include the greenway and another for the use of grants to improve its multi-modal transportation system (think Bike/Ped).  Several FOGBEE members participated in the writing of those plans.  The bottom-line for these awards are we CAN make a difference for getting involved in community work.  FOGBEES have also been central to the establishment of Bike Walk Tennessee, a 501c3 non-profit corporation to advocate statewide.  What is unfortunate is no FOGBEES are stepping up to replace these people as they retire from such work.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

You know your an Old Fogbee when..

You remember Andy Williams and that Christmas was always a joy when you were a kid partly bc his songs made you smile and feel happy.. Sorry to hear bout this great old time singers death today....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mid Atlantic 12/24 Time Trial

The Fogbee jerseys were seen once again at an Ultra Marathon event. With a super flat course I was hoping for a PR this time. Alas it was not to be. The winds picked up and since the rules allowed no drafting we pushed all day long. Then near the finish of our 5th lap, I was nearly clipped by a car on a four lane highway (2 foot shoulder) and Jennifer was closely passed while in the turning lane. It was getting dark and we decided discretion was much better than being road carnage and we packed it in. Just weren't feeling the love from the local motorists. We both completed 127 miles. The plus side is we were able to sit back and scarf some pizza that Marilynn brought in and watch the more intrepid prepare all their lights and reflecties for the night. Since we didn't stick it out, we decided to form a subsegment of the UMCA, the Ultra Marathon Cycling Dilletantes.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ultacyclists strike again

The Fogbees want to congratulate our very own Tom and alumni Jennifer for completing another ultracycling event.  While technically in the "battered and bruised" category, our riders fought the wind to finish a double-metric before darkness and less-than-ideal traffic made it time to call it a night.  Way to go!

"Hell Hath No Fury . . ."

. . Like a woman cheated out of her 2 for 1 margaritas.  Yes, Janice found her coupon that said Dos Margaritas IN GALLATIN had 2 for 1 margaritas on Saturday!
. . On a lighter side, what's in this picture?  For the answer CLICK HERE to see slide show from the great Turtle Ride yesterday (9/22) courtesy of Fogbee FACEBOOK editor-in-chief, Janice.
. . Next Saturday, we join the BRASS Ride for the 30-miler (approx).  CLICK HERE for online registration. Usually they have great T-shirts (for those that arrive early), but like the margaritas at Dos Margaritas, I have learned never promise anything not in your direct control.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

FOGBEES Accused of Being Federal Agents

. . As reported in the Delina Daily News, "They coasted into Delina around 10:30am and they looked beat. Four big old looking guys clad in skin-tight brightly adorned spandex jerseys. Naturally everyone was suspicious. They called themselves Fat Old Guys on Bikes (FOGBEES was on their shirts)."
. . "Duh, we weren’t born yesterday," Larry Payne, editor of the Delina Daily News, said. "Following extensive research we discovered the unlikely visitors were really from the Federal Office of Geriatric Backwoods Economic Exploitation (FOGBEE) and they were here to help us (ha ha!)."
. . For the complete story CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tennessee Crossroads Comments on Cullman Ride

Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:27 PM
Subject: Tennessee Crossroads

Barb, Thanks for sharing the pictures. I did take a look at just a few of them.  It is pretty amazing for those ‘young’ guys to make that trip. How many miles did they ride? From one of the picture I saw, I think they went on into Alabama. But where is the church located, at the very end of the pictures?
And under small world’s, we are re-running the Delina Mkt. next week on Sept 27 & 30th. Plus in their travels, if they come across a place that they think we should profile..tell them to send me some information about the place. Again, thanks for the pictures.

Ken Simington, Executive Producer
Tennessee Crossroads, Nashville Public Television

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Remembering a road

This summer with the Fogbees has truly been awesome!  As a transplant to the area, I am so grateful to have found such a wonderful group of people in the area :)  Reminiscent about rides this summer, I am trying to remember a road that Miley led a ride on a couple months ago.  It was stinkin' hot and Miley, Jay, Bob Huss and I did the long route while the other riders did short.  It ended with margaritas, so that means it left from White House.  I also remember Bob taking a wrong turn and encountering some dogs, then Miley went back to rescue him from the beasts.  Unfortunately, that is about all I remember, except for loving a long stretch of road with some rolling hills.  If anyone can help me out with identifying cede road, please do! I would like to keep it in my "back pocket" of routes.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fogbee Overnight Red Boiling Springs Oct 20, 21st

Reserve the date for this  2 day Fall Tour.  Trying get space in a B&B.  More News Coming Soon.

Details are firming up. A more complete description can be found here. 

The skinny is we leave Sam's Sports Bar Sat at 8:30 am, pick up short rider sin Hartsville and ride to Red Boiling Springs. Stay at Armour's Hotel. Lunch and breakfast there. Return Sunday.  First Day 58 miles for long riders, 29 for short riders.
Armor's has the night of October 20 blocked off till October 1 615-699-2180. Tell them you are a Fogbee.  They have 16 rooms so reserve early.  Overflow may be available at the Donoho and Thomas House but no arrangements have been made with them.  Post here if you plan to go and for any questions.  Fall colors should be near peak then.  This is a great opportunity for new members, non riding significant others and old friends to ride and relax together. 

Click here for webpage with LOTS of info

Sunday, September 9, 2012


This is another great name for a cycling club.

MAMILS "Middle Aged Men in Lycra" Read the story in BBC News

Saturday, September 8, 2012

We've Come a LONG Way

. . The third question on the League of Women Voters questions to Hendersonville’s mayoral candidates is “What will you do to maintain and expand Hendersonville’s green space and greenways?
. . The answer to this question and other questions submitted to State and US legislative candidates and to Hendersonville’s aldermen and mayoral  candidates will be published on September 15’th on  It reminds me of another often repeated quote, “You’ve come a long way baby!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis Ride

Last year Phil Vickery put together his rest stop for Cystic Fibrosis for Gabrielle a member of his family.  He put together this video.  He is not sure if Gabrielle will be able to attend this year, but Tiffany sent us a links to an article that appeared in the Hendersonville Standard and Gallatin News which will give everyone an idea as to what this disease is all about.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another Great Bike Story

You won't believe this but it's true: - The News for South Mississippi

Congratulations to Goodlettsville

It was a spectacular game, like no other, but with a score of 24 to 15 the Little League team from Goodlettsville walked away as the USA Champions.  They set all kinds of records and kept everyone in Middle Tennessee at the edge of their seats.  Nothing matched watching these 12-year-olds perform at a game I once thought was boring.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


I just wanted to say "awesome" for today's White House ride. With almost THIRTY (30) riders it was inspiring to see how the Fogbees have influenced people of all walks of life to ride their bikes. Thanks Mike for putting it together and to everyone who showed up!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wednesday Lite Rides

Work schedule conflicts and shorter days have forced us to end the Wednesday Lite rides until next spring.  I just wanted to thank everybody for their participation and we hope to see everybody when we can resume the rides.  Watch for (and post) pickup rides, or join the other available rides.

Tommy & Rhonda

Friday, August 17, 2012

10 reasons why Hendersonville is AWESOME

Relevant to nearly everyone who resides in Sumner County.

Can be used as Fogbee recruiting material for newbies to area.

Enjoy & be safe out there this weekend !  ~ M.Kaiser

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Tom, this is a bicycle blog, not a credit card service demanding such hyper-security; can you get the access to the Comments box changed to just a simple User Name and Password, something like Shutterfly and MyFamilyDNA have?  I've never had trouble with those, and neither site has requested my cellphone number.
SUCCESS: I have managed to get CAPTCHA thingy turned off.  That should make it a LOT easier for you to leave COMMENTS to POSTS.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


FUN OLD GUYS AND GALS took advantage of yesterday's fair breezes and cotton candy skies to tour scenic Trousdale and historic Sumner Counties. The pace was conducive to immersing oneself into the often missed details and nuances of our wonderful biking terrain which we often take for granted. With historian, wiz of FOG, Tom Evans, and pathfinder extraordinaire, Bruce Day, our small band relished the by ways and highways as one. And yes, Bruce can pack more PUCs into 25 miles than anyone else in the biking kingdom !

On another note, we initiated a new FOGBEE, Ellen Getter ( a.k.a. Minnieball ), after she dropped the Cannonball on the descent into Hartsville. Reassuringly, Dillehays Cafe still serves macaroni as a vegetable and chocolate pie as an entree.


iPhone Pictures

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Saturday, August 11, 2012


I have been asked about meeting spots for Bryan's Tomato Festival.  When a ride has multiple pickup points, such as this one, it is important to add a COMMENT to the POST, especially if they are out-of-the-way such as the LITE route that shows a start in parking lot in front of Bailey's Grill. In the absence of such comments the group may ASSUME no one plans to leave from that point and skip the stop.  We would hate for anyone to miss an opportunity to join the group.  Just for clarification, no one has volunteered to lead the Short/LITE version of this Tomato Festival jaunt.  Please COMMENT with your intentions.

Also, Bryan's LITE map show a start at Bailey's, but his POST states they expect to meet at Moss Trail.  That is the intersection at the left-hand turn off Rivergate Pkwy at mile-marker 0.6 on the CUE Sheet to the LITE map just beyond (i.e. over yonder) the I-65 overpass.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


I am the engine (IATE) is a community initiative dedicated to connecting the joy of cycling with healthier eating and zero emission lifestyles. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market®, Nissan® North America and Harpeth Bicycles and Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM), IATE will be hosting multiple bike events across Middle Tennessee to inspire new riders and help spark fun, active lifestyles.Visit their website by clicking here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I wanted to send a short note to remind you that registration is open for the femme fondo women's ride to be held Saturday, September 8th in the tradition of Hope on Wheels. The club has been a long-standing supporter of the all women's cycling event historically held in Leiper's Fork. This year as the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation focuses on special events related to what would have been Minnie's 100th birthday, they decided to take a break from administering the ride.

840 FONDO Ride

John Schroer, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, announced that a portion of State Route 840 will open exclusively to bicyclists Oct. 13, for “Eight Forty Fondo Festival.” Fondo is Italian for “ride.” The ride will be part of the opening ceremonies for the final 12 miles of SR 840 that remain unopened. The unopened stretch traverses southern Williamson County. It is scheduled to open to motor vehicles Nov. 2, according to Schroer, who served as mayor of Franklin from 2007 to 2011.

“We're going to have an 'Eight Forty Fondo' on the new section of 840,” Schroer said. “The governor [Bill Halsam] is going to participate, and we want you to come and ride with the governor. [The surface] will be smooth and perfect.”

For more info CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 29, 2012