Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DeFeet Arm Warmers, Gloves & Shoe Covers are in

I will be at Sam's at 5:30 tonight prior to the 5:45 ride with shoe covers, arm warmers, and gloves that were ordered.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Much thanks

To the FOGBees...I retired in Jan 2015 and one of my retirement goals was to get back into biking. I picked White House because I felt it was a great small town that would provide a lot of biking opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the members of this group I am farther along than I could have imagined after riding for only 7 months. One particular member I owe a great deal is Jerry Dunaway. He let me use one of his bikes (for months) after moving into White House and as they say "I was hooked". He didn't know me at that time but that didn't stop him from being a great neighbor. Thanks to all the FOGBees for helping me get into a sport I hope to do for a long time. Merry Christmas to the FOGBees and their families.

Been There, but never done that!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Lights Charity Big Success

Thanks to all of you who rode in the Christmas Lights Ride and to all who donated toys for our Santa Cop Charity.  The HPD was thrilled with the donations. This will go a long way to give some kids in Hendersonville who are less fortunate a good Christmas.  There were over 60 toys for kids of all ages. Here is a picture of the delivery of toys from the FOGBEES.
Thanks for your generosity!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Light Ride tonight Bluegrass Bar & Grille Parking Lot - Wheels down at 5:15pm - Escorted Ride at 5:30pm

If you haven't signed up and are going to ride, Please review the following.  We are looking forward to a fun and Safe Ride that the group and community will enjoy!  If possible please remember to bring an unwrapped toy for age 12 and under for our Santa Cop Charity.

We have met with the Hendersonville Police Department who will escort us. We have agreed on a total time of 2 hours from leaving to returning so please keep the time limits indicated on the stops. HPD and the coordinators have the following guidelines and organization that we request you follow:

Monday, December 7, 2015

FOGBEE Annual Charity

            C H R I S T M A S  L I G H T S  R I D E
                               C R T Y
The contributions for our Charity, Hendersonville Santa Cop are coming in, but very slowly.  I would like to remind you that we need Toys for kids, infant to 12 years old, boy or girl.  If you would like to donate, please purchase an unwrapped toy and deliver it on or before Dec 14 to:                              
Gary Williams Office
145 Maple Row Blvd
Hendersonville, TN 

I will also be available at the Christmas Lights ride Saturday night to receive any contributions.  You know the underprivileged kids will appreciate your help.

Christmas Lights Ride Map

Downloadable PDF File https://goo.gl/wrBGMw

FOGBEES/Gran Fondo Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Below is the list of the costs for the FOGBEE arm warmers, gloves and shoe covers that can be bought at Gran Fondo.  

If you placed an order at Sam's Saturday, please pay either with Cash or Checks made payable  to Kim Peel by Saturday, December 12th to the ride Saturday or to the party at Casa following the Christmas Lights Ride. 

The below pricing is after the discount.  If you order through Kim by Saturday, we also don't have to worry about paying taxes. 

Kim  will bring the samples to the ride on Saturday if there is one posted and we will bring them to the party on Saturday evening.

Anyone can call Kim at 615 594 3968 or email at khpeel@gmail.com with any questions.

Would like to turn the PRE PAID order in to Gran Fondo on Monday, December 14th if possible so we can get in time for Christmas!

After that date, you can still order individually with the 20% discount - we'll just have to pay tax unless we want to do another group order.

Gran Fondo open Monday's 11-5 for the Holiday shopping season.

Orange or yellow DeFeet shoe covers - $16 even
Orange or yellow DeFeet gloves - $12 even
Orange or yellow Arm warmers - $20 even

Thanks Kim and John

Mike Knake 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Lights Ride Dec 12th 2015

C H R I S T M A S  L I G H T S  R I D E
DEC 12, 2015
Tentative Start Time 5:30pm

This ride is now part of the Hendersonville Holiday Fest, so it is an honor for our cycling club.
    If you are not familiar with this ride, it is an opportunity to decorate and light up your bicycle with Holiday lights and ride some of the streets of Hendersonville spreading some holiday cheer.  Everyone who sees us seems amazed at the spectacle!!  This ride is really a bicycle parade.  We have arranged a police escort and the tentative route is less than 10 miles which opens it up for a family activity.  
    Now is a good time to plan your bike d├ęcor and if needed purchase any battery powered lighting that you may need.  In the past we have found lighting at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and some at Lowes and Home Depot.  
    I am meeting with the Hendersonville police department after Thanksgiving to finalize the route.  They would like to have a participant count, so I am requesting that you post here, or email me at Bikenwalk@gmail.com  with your commitment, and headcount.  I will be in contact with all participants via the blog and email with final route and ride arrangements.
   Our Charity this year is Hendersonville Police Department SANTA COP.  Please consider purchasing an unwrapped Toy or Toys for a child 0 to 12 years old.  Deliver your toy to Gary Williams office at 145 Maple Row Blvd. on or Before December 14. 
   For website information go to: FOGBEES CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RIDE

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at the email above.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FOGBEE Christmas Stocking Stuffers from Gran Fondo

Gran Fondo will do a special order for the FOGBEES for DeFeet arm warmers and shoe covers and Coolmax DuraGloves with grippers in the FOGBEE Colors.

The arm warmers come in FOGBEE orange and yellow and cost  $25 with a 20% off.

The shoe covers are in FOGBEE yellow and cost $15 with a  20% discount.

The gloves are in FOGBEE yellow cost $15 with a 20% discount.

Gran Fondo will do individual orders for anyone interested.  We will not be doing a group order. Contact Gran Fondo to place your order.

John and Kim Peel have picked up some samples for everyone to take a look at. They will bring them to the ride on Saturday, if one is posted.   They will have them at CASA following the Christmas Lights ride on Dec. 12th.

Thanks to John and Kim for working on this for the FOGBEES.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Virginia Creeper Petition

FYI, it seems a developer with deep pockets is seeking a zoning change so he can build a huge commercial development next to the Virginia Creeper railtrail.  A group of trail fans is trying to get the Abingdon zoning board to deny the request.  Their information website is:

Smack on the "Petition" button near the upper left.  This will bring up a description of the proposed project, and a place to enter your comments (if you want to comment) and a button to "sign" the petition.

I have already signed the petition (once at Super8 Motel) and again online, and added my comment as a member of the Fogbee Cycle Club of Hendersonville/Nashville, TN.

Happy T'day!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to ALL who joined us for perfect bonfire weather and great food yesterday. Thank you Todd for being a pyromaniac and keeping the fire HOT. Thanks all for reminding me how blessed we are to have this unique group of friends to share life and cycling with year after year.

We missed those who weren't able to make it and encourage you to join us next time for Fogbee fellowship.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fogbee Bonfire November 14th

UPDATE - Please bring tailgate chairs, lawn chairs, or a blanket as I only have a few of these. 

As a follow-up to the post in the Fall Newsletter...

Please comment below if you are planning to attend with the number of attendees. Thank you-Kristi

Welcome Fogbees and family for some bonfire fun,
It’s from 6-10 or whenever we’re done!    
Mark your calendars.. for November 14th is the date,
First come, first served, so don't be late!

Please bring your favorite dish or chili to share,
Try out my spicy dish--- if you dare!
Bottled water will be onsite,  
BYOB if you need something with more bite!  

Location is 107 Imperial Point, Hendersonville.
Contact Kristi Draper with questions 615-473-5025.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Pancake Ride

Oct 31 Spooktacular Cycling Relay for Life
 - - - - ride your bike or fly your broom !

 This is their first event with cycling and will leave from Richland Park in Portland
 on Oct 31 2015 at 0800.  There will be two routes a family friendly 15 miler and
 a longer 45 miler that will take you through Northern Sumner County and Southern
 Kentucky . Following the ride will be a Better than Spaghetti Pasta Lunch !!  This
 event will soon be on Active or you can sign up on the day of the ride.

 There will be a Best Costume on the Bike award.

 The entry will be 25  pre register and  30  day of event.

 This will be a supported ride with themed rest stops. and yes, Bob I did ask
 that one of them be a pillow fight rest stop ..

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Christmas Lights Ride

I have loaded a preliminary date of December 12'th for the Christmas Lights Ride because it corresponds to the St Nicholas Ball at Blue Grass Country Club.  We will need someone to chair the event.  Bob Glutting who has done the job in the past is not doing it this year. Gary is still on for being Santa. I did not participate in the ride last year, but have heard several people suggest a serious "relook" at scope, routes, and organization.  Time to get some fresh ideas and leadership.  Comments? Suggestions? Volunteers?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Another Jack n Back Completed

It was another beautiful weekend for the Jack n Back! Can't you tell! 

Where's Gary?  We are still looking for him. 

6 riders did the 75 mile routes both days.  Despite the weather it was a great weekend and all have signed up for next year.  It is for a great cause and no one does it better than the National MS Society and Jack Daniels. 

Day one atop Pulltight Hill.

Day two at the start line at Motlow Community College.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Note From the Armour House

A big THANKS to all of you guys for joining us this past weekend here in Red Boiling Springs for your annual Fall Ride.

We certainly hope everybody had a good time ... was comfortable ... and enjoyed the meals and ambiance of our historic grand old hotel.

We always truly enjoy having you guys visit. The Fogbees are a class act  ... and yes, we and our almost 100 year old building survived the onslaught just fine !!

Warm regards to everybody ... and we hope to see y'all again sometime soon ... either as a group or individually as the opportunity may arise.

Thanks again ...

Dennis & Debra Emery
Armour's Red Boiling Springs Hotel

Ride To The Sky - Oct 24th Registration

If you are planning on doing the Ride To The Sky this year, early registration ends on 10/1/15 at 12:00AM MDT (whatever that is).   It is $40 till than and $50 after that.

Below is the link


Sounds like a great ride with one of the sponsors being Calfkiller Brewery. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Magazine Article

One of the "Day Tours" of the ROTten FOGBEE sub-group was to Gainesboro TN to visit a family heading to Israel.  It became the topic of our October article in the Indian Lake Peninsula Living magazine.  Click here to view a copy

You'll have to click the little + tool in the upper right to enlarge it for reading. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Successful, Fun FOGBEE Weekend...Thank You!

Just want to give a shout out to all those that made this past weekend to Red Boiling Springs a huge success. Thanks Bruce Day for organizing the weekend and putting everything together from communicating with the hotel and the Fogbees along with planning the routes; also anyone behind the scenes that may have helped out.

Thank you to the ladies that carried luggage up on Saturday, I know Doug M. wife and Tracie S, and if I missed someone thank you also.

To all the wives and or significant others, Tracie S, Sherri K, Misty G, Dee P, Dawn A, Laura, Sharon E and Rosemary V, that brought food for when we arrived. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

To everyone that had a part and helped out...THANK YOU! we had a great time, good weather and a safe ride with no vehicle issues that I know of and only a few mechanical problems.

If you have never been on a Fogbee overnight weekend ride you don't know what your missing. Good times, good routes, good hotels, good food, cold beer and Great Company!

Again THANK YOU ALL that helped make this another successful weekend to Red Boiling Springs, I appreciate it. I can't wait until next year, maybe we should plan a "spring ride" also....

Stay Upright!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Probably final Red Boiling Springs 2015 Update

A few last minute notes. 9/16/2015
1. Note first day route change. We will take Greenlea/Harris to Long Hollow  where we will meet Mike K and crew riding directly from White House. Rendezvous time about 9 am at the market on corner of Long Hollow and Buckingham.
2. Doug Martin's wife has kindly volunteered to transport luggage to Armours. She will be at the Sears Outlet parking lot at 8 am Saturday morning. 
3.Misty Glutting will be bringing a few snacks to tide us over till 6 pm dinner but if you desire any specific favorites bring them. Hint, We will truly miss Doug Depew's Frozen treat.
4. It's planned for all of us to have dinner at Armour's. As of now Wendy at the Donoho is expecting her guests to breakfast there.It's included in the price.  
5. Bob Glutting will be leading a group starting from Hartsville but will not be cycling back. Tom Evans has posted the route back to Hartsville on Ride with Ride With GPS

Only ten days till we head out. This looks to have the most riders ever. Here is the proposed itinerary and routes.  Please let me know if you have any corrections, questions or comments.   We usually have some non riding significant others who will take our gear to the B&B and also take a few refreshing beverages and snacks. No one has committed to that yet so please let me know if you have someone who can help with that.
Schedule as pdf 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sunrise Pictures in the Leaf-Chronicle

Hey all, Here is a link to a bunch of action photos of the Sept 5th Sunrise Century.  Several Fogbees are included and even two of me wearing my erstwhile TDEC/DWPC field office club venerable green "Stinking Fish" jersey (I need a facelift bad).

Photos, Sunday 6 Sept 2015 Clarksville "Leaf-Chronicle" newspaper:

Report, Local News section of the above "Leaf-Chronicle" newspaper, kindly sent to me by their Customer Service after I explained I couldn't find it on their site:

Dave Irvine

Monday, August 31, 2015

Telephone List

Membership Telephone List has been updated with the most recent enrollment (as of August 31'st).  It can be found as a link on the WebSite page under Membership or by clicking here http://fogbees.blogspot.com/p/telephone.htmlWe have configured the list so you can access/read it from a cell phone.  It has the member's cell phone and emergency phone numbers.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Group Riding

. . Woody shared a note that he received from a Memphis biking friend.  He thought it would be a good newsletter topic.  
. . I asked several people their opinion as to what to do with the note.  Their response was unequivocal -- it needs to be promoted.  So I have given it its own page on our website.  You can find it at http://fogbees.blogspot.com/p/group-riding.html.  (also accessible from the Website page)
. . The discussion also got a little off target -- about how the club works (or doesn't work) with newbees, which was not addressed in Woody's note.  What do you think? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

UPDATE TO TEH UPDATE-Wine Ride AND BBQ - Chateau Ross - 8/22/15, 8:00AM

Sixteen people have signed up for the wine tasting and lunch at Chateau Ross. There are few places left for anyone that would like to join in the wine tasting and lunch.  If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy this.  We had a great lunch last year.

Chateau Ross Vineyard
5823 Fulton Rd.
Springfield, TN 37172



E mail me at cleaderdad@aol.com if you plan on taking part in the wine tasting and lunch.  Or, you can txt me at 615-714-3947.  The first 20 to respond are in.

The cost for the wine tasting and lunch is $25 per person.    The ride is free.  There is a limit of 20 people for the wine tasting and lunch.  You can still come and ride with us even if you do not intend on staying for the tasting and lunch.

The route will include elements of the Graffitti  Road Route and the Tasty Freeze Route that runs up into Franklin KY and back.  They will be posted later this week.


53 Mile Route

If you plan on just riding, post a comment.

See you on the raod.

Mike and Sherry

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Walk Bike University

Fall Walk Bike University Schedule 

. . Our fall Walk Bike University schedule is here! This fall we will be hosting 12 free community classes focusing on enjoying our city by bicycle and advocating for better sidewalks and bikeways. 
. . Classes are open to the public, but space is limited. Sign up today!
Fall Classes Include:
  • Adult Learn to Ride
  • City Cycling 101: How to Ride Your Bike Safely and Confidently
  • City Cycling 201: Exploring Your Neighborhood by Bicycle
Special Classes: Fix a Flat Workshop Social, Policy Walk, Walk Bike Ambassador Orientation, and Winter Bike Riding.

Biking the Peninsula

September's article for the Indian Lake Pensinsula Living magazine is about charity rides with a focus on this year's BRASS ride.  Click to view it.
Click the + in the upper right hand corner to blow the article up into something legible.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


     Yesterday, Bruce led us on a special ride on Roaring River Road just east of Gainesboro TN.  Our destination was to visit with a family with whom he and David Shumaker stayed last year on a ride back from eastern Tennessee.  Everyone said it was the best ride that they had been on, except for the mountain we had to climb that defeated even "the goat."
     This family spent three months biking in Israel.  The trip was so exceptional that Emily Varela wrote a 500 page book describing their adventure.  Our visit was to pickup signed copies of this book. When I was there I felt like I was witnessing a little of "Fiddler on the Roof."
    Phil Vickery has a remarkable eye for photography and he caught this moment which I thought I would share.
   We took lots of pictures which we have posted to Shutterfly.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hendersonville Police Want to Do Right for Bicyclists

. . The earlier problem that we noted on this blog (You be the Judge) has been thoroughly reviewed by Hendersonville Police Department.  They have rescinded the citation.  We are impressed that they have taken time to have full department reviews of Bicycle Law, such as that displayed on our website.  I would not be surprised if that doesn't lead to better and more frequent enforcement, which benefits all of us. 
. . The FOGBEES is the very rare bike club that believes enough in the safety value of these laws to post them in great detail on its website.  Here all members can take time to understand what is expected and set an expert example for non-club members.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pool Party Saturday Rides, 8 AM

It's Pool Party Saturday, meaning we'll ride from Bob's. Let's roll at 8 AM so we can get back and start the party.

29 miles
37 miles
41 miles
51 miles

If you are planning on staying for the pool party please try and bring a folding chair.  It looks like we are going to have a big group this year.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Be the Judge

    Here is a real case for you "arm chair" and real lawyers.  This incident occurred at one of the entrances to Demo's restaurant in Hendersonville.
    An adult (over the age of thirty) on the sidewalk running parallel to the road commences to walk his bike across an entrance to a parking lot. A car has stopped momentarily a few feet from the crossing planned to enter the road.  The bicyclist is moving opposite to the traffic flow on the road.  The motorist not seeing the bicyclist moves forward and clips the front wheel of the bicycle as the bicyclist attempts to cross.
    The police ticket the bicyclist for not having a helmet, for being on the sidewalk, and for moving opposite to the direction of traffic.   The ticket says the statute violated is Hendersonville 15-122.  You're the judge.  What do you decide?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fogbee Pool Party After The Bike Ride on Aug 15

It is that time of year again.  We will have a pool party following the ride on Aug 15th at Bob & Misty's house.  As in the past we will have Shane's BBQ and the cost is $8.00 per person.  All you need to bring is some folding chairs and the beverages of you choice. 

Please RSVP by Aug 12th on the blog or at the Fogbees Gmail address. 

If anyone is interested in having frozen margaritas please get with Doug Depew.

Ride details will be posted before the ride date.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Majorca, Spain Trip May 22-29, 2016 - IMPORTANT UPDATED INFO

     We all know how much we love cycling, and cycling with our friends is even better, what about combing them and cycling with our friends on one of the most beautiful islands of Spain?! Majorca (Mallorca) Spain is known for its white sandy beaches, it's cycle friendly atmosphere, and its overwhelming beauty.
     I am working with Diane Golden with fit4adventure.com on a cycling trip to Majorca, Spain. She has planned several of these trips before and it will be amazing. She has a trip listed on the website for May 1-15, 2016, but with kids moving back from college, high school graduations, and mother's Day, I asked her to do one on a later date for us. She has agreed to do a trip for the Fogbees (Fogbee families and friends) on May 22-29, 2016. We would fly in on May 22nd and start cycling on May 23rd.
** You can also chose to stay for 10 days. Checking out June 1, 2016. The last few days Diane would show us around personally. (She said that those who stay 7 days, always wish they had stayed 10)
     Please visit the website fit4adventure.com and read all the details of the trip. She is checking with the pro UK cycle leaders who would take us around the island to confirm how many people we need for the trip to be a reality. 20 people is what I have been told so far.
    Non cycling spouses or family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is plenty for them to do while we ride.
    I will post soon how to sign up for the trip since the only one listed on the site for now is the trip with the earlier dates. Please comment below if you are interested so I can start getting an idea on numbers. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 615-828-4632 Thank you! Tammy Gibson

** Sign up by going to fit4adventure.com, chose the Majorica Cycling trip May1-15, 2016 Spain trip, scroll down to the bottom and click the yellow tab "Book Your Trip", Fill out the contact information form and put the CHECK IN DATE as May 22, 2016 and the CHECK OUT date as May 29th (Unless you want to stay 10 days, then you would CHECK OUT June 1, 2016) Agree to the terms and conditions and hit submit. This will direct you to pay your $150 per person deposit.

IMPORTANT… Sign up with your deposit before September 1st and you get the "Early Bird Price" which are the prices currently listed for the trip. Lodging prices will change to the 2016 price on September 1, 2015.

You are also welcome to Email or call Diane directly with any questions. Diane@fit4adventure.com
Tel: 214-370-8300

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Show Your Appreciation

Have you ever thought about the many rides that are posted on the blog? They don't just happen, but we all expect them to be there and we show up for the ride. I think most would agree it's more fun and safe to ride with others.
Planning routes is a thankless task and takes a lot of time and thought in regards to everyones safety, temperatures, time of day, difficulty, traffic flow and road conditions, not to mention special requests. Let's not take the individuals for granted that donate their time and energy to planning all the great routes and rides for all of us to enjoy! (They don't get paid for it) I want to openly thank those individuals.
A BIG THANK YOU! To Mike Knake, Dave Miley, Bruce Day, Tom Benim and Tom Evans ( if I missed anyone I appologize). Let these men know you appreciate what they do, tell them, shake their hand, give them a pat on the back, buy them a meal or at lease a cold beverage every once in a while.

Stay upright and be safe

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Who is volunteering for the Kid's Triathalon this weekend?

Who is volunteering for the Kid's Triathalon this weekend?  Sherry and I are volunteering this weekend for the Kid's Tri.

Wanting to know who else is volunteering so we can plan a ride after the event is over.  We are usually able to start riding at 9:00.  Miley is going to try and work the Saturday ride out so that it will come by the Y to pick the volunteers up for the ride.

See you on the road,

Mike Knake

Jerseys Bibbs and Vests

They are in!  I will have them at the rides the rest of this week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Latest Magazine Article

Only biking for a little over a year and does a 1000-mile bike ride.   
Quite an accomplishment. 

You may have to click the + in the upper right corner to enlarge to be able to read it.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stones River Greeenway

The ROTten contingent of the FOGBEES (who post their morning rides under the FB Ride Group TAB) make frequent (almost weekly) trips to the Nashville Greenway.  On our trip last week we were seriously flooded out.  To avoid this problem in the future, we have added a tailwater level link in the sidebar on this blog.  We guess that 398 is the magic number for a dry trail.  Last week it was at 401.5 feet.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Red Boiling Springs Ride, Sept 19&20, 2015

There has been some interest in another Red Boiling Springs ride with an overnight stay at Armour's Hotel. After consulting with the interested parties and Armour's it appears that Sept 19 and 20 are preferred days. We'll probably not have peak leaf color but hopefully will be less likely to have cold rain.  More details later. Except for maybe some variation in the route it should be very similar to our past Red Boiling Springs rides.  Those details are at this link. https://sites.google.com/site/fogbees/events/rbs

Note. Armour's has blocked to entire place for us for the night of the 19th. Be sure to tell them you are a Fogbee when making reservations. Dennis prefers email contact at armourshotel@yahoo.com

July 14 update. Only two more rooms at Armor's as of today.  They usually use the Donoho Hotel for overflow but still go through Armour's so they can get a head count for meals. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mayoral Interview

      Jamie Clary is running for Mayor of Hendersonville.  I interviewed him relative to his thoughts about the Bike/Ped Master Planning for Hendersonville.
     That interview has been published in the July issue of Indian lake Peninsula Living magazine.
I have attached a copy for your reading (click here for copy)

Volunteers Needed for Kids' Triathlon

Volunteers are needed to stand at several locations on the bike course at the Heat Kid's Triathlon to help keep the kids safe and moving in the right direction.

Please send me an email if you can volunteer for the Heat Kid's Triathlon. I know in years past, ya'll have planned a group ride departing from the YMCA after the race. I hope that's still the plan this year!

11th Annual Heat Kid's Triathlon
Saturday morning, August 1st
Volunteer check-in: 6:00am-6:30am
Race starts at 7:00am

I will need Volunteer name and shirt size. I've attached a photos of this year's Kid's Tri shirt.
Thanks so much!
Charlene Alcorn

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekday Rides

Tuesday from Shelby Bottoms nature center at 9:00 AM
Wednesday from White House Greenway Trailhead next to Animal Clinic on 31W ( same as We'd. nite Ride)

See Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Public Meeting for Harpeth River State Park

You're Invited!
                                          Harpeth River State Park Public Meeting
                                                            Tuesday, June 30th  
Leaders from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be conducting a public meeting for Harpeth River State Park on Tuesday, June 30th to gather input and discuss the current business and management plan for the park.
The event will begin at 5:30 pm with an open house and reception to meet park staff. The public hearing portion will begin at 6pm and will last approximately one hour.
Who: Park Manager, Gary Patterson, members from Tennessee State parks staff, local city and county business leaders.
What: Public Input Meeting
When: Tuesday, June 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Pegram Community Club
               453 Thompson Road
               Pegram, TN   37143 
No RSVP Needed, we hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two FOGBEES maintained our traditional participation in the Harpeth River Ride version 2015.
In some ways the ride has lost a little luster, but once you get past the details, we had a great time. The incoming front drove out the rain by the time we were on the road and the peleton was thirty percent less than in years past. Atypical lower temps, thanks to the cloud coverage and westerly winds, made for a comfortable ride for fat old guys, Doug and Phil.

Pull Tight is still a rush, the pastoral scenery a nice variation of our own, and the post ride at
Drakes Pub was the piece de resistance.  FOGBEES forever !

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chattanoog Weekend Trip - Update -The Trip Is One Week Away.

June 26th is quickly coming up

A lot of people will be arriving during the afternoon on Friday.   We usually meet up somewhere for dinner and drinks on Friday night.  I suggest the World of Beer.  Besides a great beer selection, they have great food.  Sherry and I won't be able to get there before 8:00PM EST.   So don't feel like you have to wait for us to eat dinner. 

You can e mail bikenwalk@gmail.com for a list of participants and phone #s so that you can contact each other when you get in town Friday to make plans for Friday evening.  Just let Sherry and I know what your plans are.

DINNER SATURDAY NIGHT:  We have a reservation at the Big River Grille Downtown at 7:00PM. 

For non riders, there is a list below with links for things to do in the Chattanooga area.

Link for the hotel:  http://www.thereadhousehotel.com/
Phone #:  423-266-4121

We have 14 riders going so far and 9 spouses:

 I have been working on the routes and this is what I have come up with.  Bruce provide me a book of great routes, one of which partially followed the ironman trail.  I have combined the 2 to come up with a more scenic route. 

58 Mile Route

71 Mile Route

Link to where we will have lunch and a beer on the ride:  http://pigeonmtcountrystore.webs.com/

Link to Mountain Home Country Store at historic Mountain Home Farms (long route only)

Points of Interest in Chattanooga
Bluffview Art District
World of Beer
The Tennessee Aquarium
The Shoppes at Warehouse Row
DeBarge Vineyards and Winery

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


As info, the preeminent road race started today with the solo racers leaving Oceanside, CA. Relay and teams will leave in following days. This is not some frou-frou little stage race in France but  a nonstop Race Across the America continent. You can pick your favorite riders and follow them for the next 9 to 15 days at the following websites.

RAAM Website for Info

Ride Farther for Real Time Tracking

Enjoy ;-)


Several FOGBEES have registered for this ride. I will be traveling to Franklin for early packet pickup. If you want me to pick yours up let me know and give me your registration ticket by Thursday.  Tentative distribution Friday at Sams. You can post here or call 615-431-9821.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Website Rebuild

      Over the last couple of weeks we have rebuilt the FOGBEE website to be smart-phone centric.  We expect the primary way members will want to access the information on our website is from their phones.  The previous desktop format is just too difficult to read on a 5-inch screen.  We will not take-down the desktop version, we just won't be updating it.
     We have also added the Weekday Ride FACEBOOK group to the tabs across the top of the blog.You will need a FACEBOOK account and login to access it.
     Along with this update we have added a TELEPHONE LIST which shows member cellphone numbers and emergency numbers.  It is sorted by the member's first name since that is how most of us know each other.  It is legible on your cell phone.  Look for it by going to the FOGBEE blog on your cell phone.  Click the Home (in upper left), select the WEBSITE radio button, then scroll down to the About Us section.  Under it you will see Telephone Numbers.  Click on that and voila. Best to test this out before you're on the road and need this info in a hurry.  I did not add the Sumner County Sheriff's number to this list because everyone should already have that number programmed into their phones.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jersesy, Vests and Bibbs Order

We are ready to place the order for the Jerseys, Vests and Bibs.   We will need to collect the money over the course of the next week.  I will be available at each ride to collect your money.

Jersey cost = $51
Vest Cost = $79
Bibs Cost = $125

Once we place the order, LG will do the art work on the bibs for us to review.

Thanks, Mike

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy

     TDOT is currently in the process of developing a Multimodal Access Policy to ensure that the needs of  all roadway users (including but not limited to motorists, transit-riders, freight-carriers, bicyclists and pedestrians) are considered during  project planning and design.  Following adoption of the Multimodal Access Policy, TDOT will develop a Multimodal Access Implementation Plan, Design Guidelines, and training for internal and external partners.
    Below is a link to a draft copy of TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy.  This policy, when in effect, will replace TDOT’s 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Policy.  Please review the attached draft policy and provide any comments to me by COB June 22, 2015.

Jessica L. Wilson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources - TDOT
Jessica.L.Wilson@tn.gov, (615) 741-5025


Friday, May 29, 2015

Bike Walk TN Makes Major Leap Forward

     Bike Walk Tennessee announces the hiring of Matt Farr as the organization’s first Executive Director. Founded in 2009, Bike Walk Tennessee is a 501(c)3 organization that advocates for better bicycling and walking in Tennessee. Relying on volunteer capacity, Bike Walk Tennessee has facilitated a jump in Tennessee’s Bicycle-Friendly State ranking from 43rd to 20th over the past five years, and has ushered a widespread resurgence in biking and walking throughout Tennessee’s urban areas.  With dedicated staff capacity, Bike Walk Tennessee expects to be able to propel Tennessee into the national spotlight for innovative bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programming.
    In 2009 Pat Clemens, Bruce Day, and Tom Evans chartered Bike Walk Tennessee as the State's first non-profit corporation dedicated to improving bicycling and walking facilities across the state. Bike Walk Tennessee sponsors the Tennessee Bike Summit that has been held annually in Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville.  The Summit is widely attended by over 150 participants from private, public, and commercial organizations.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Arnold Palmer Extreme

Anyone who know David Shumaker knows the following picture needs no caption

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Follow Nashville to New York Tour

Follow the Nashville to Newark Tour on their website http://n2n15.blogspot.com . (This link is also in the right sidebar of this blog). They are sending me pictures as they travel and I am re-posting on the tour website.  For example, you can find Day #1 pictures by going to their blog, clicking on the 2KNOX Menu Tab, and looking for PICTURES below Day #1 route image.  Click on the PICTURES link.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Really Unacceptable service tonight at Sams Sports Bar and Grill

All- We used to start all our rides at Sams Sports Bar and Grill.   In the last year, we have moved our Thursday night ride to Brixx and Saturday to other restaurants like Bluegrass.

Tonight should have been embarrassing for Sams Sports Bar and Grill as Marsh and I arrived at 6:45, and at 8:02 had still not been approached for our second drink and no food order.  Our waiter snapped at Mike Knake that he didn't seem to understand that they were busy (after waiting an hour and 15 minutes.)  I asked for the manager, and he was in my terms "Totally Useless" even defending the waiter as one of the best.  He also chastised Mike for raising his voice at the waiter.   He failed to apologize for the service level or do anything about it.  Marsha was so pissed she just left.  We had 23 patrons there tonight and got treated like crap!!

If you feel the same way about our service tonight, please go to the Sams website and send them a complaint telling about your lousy experience.  I also mentioned in my complaint that not only the club patronizing, but all the business customers I have brought there for lunch or dinner.  If I don't get a good answer, we may ride from their parking lot, but I may not spend my money there!!

Forward this blog post to all you think need to know!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Why Retired Old Turtles Always Stop for ICE CREAM

Some have wondered why the RETIRED OLD TURTLES always end their rides with a stop for ICE CREAM.  Below is the best explanation I have found thus far

One day I had lunch with some old friends. Jim, a short, balding turtle bicyclist type, about 85-years old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Help Request - W/B Nashville

Hi Local Club Leaders/Riders!
Happy Bike Month!

We're looking for a few more experienced riders to help lead and sweep the Tour de Nash this year, and I thought of you all! We're looking for 2 more leaders for our 30 mile route (the Gran Tour) and an additional sweep for the Metric Century route.

If you are interested, or if you know anyone in your clubs/teams that are interested, please send them my way! Sweeps and leads of course ride for free and will have our eternal thanks (in addition to a tshirt).

And I also wanted to invite you all to join Team Nashville in the National Bike Challenge (https://nationalbikechallenge.org/). We've challenged Memphis and Chattanooga to see how many riders and miles we can log per resident. It would be AWESOME to have some of our local club teams join us. We'll also have prizes and awards for the local riders and teams who log the most points. Yay for competition!

Nora Kern, Program Coordinator
Education & Advocacy
w: (615) 933-8261
c: (615) 260-1988


Thursday, April 30, 2015

I have converted the Vol State routes to .tcx from Ride With GPS if this works better for you than the Map My Ride GPX files.