Roll from the old Falling Water Elementary at 8:30 tomorrow.    After a short warm up we’ll climb our old friend Mtn Rd to mix things up, then head across Mowbry via the 10 longest miles to the Hell of the North (yes, the hard way because we ate too much pie).    After HON we’ll work our way down Leggett, then Back Valley to the cars.   Stop whining – only 57 miles and 3800 feet, it will just feel like more.    Seein as how it’s Don’t Hammer December let’s keep the pace tapped back a little.   Strong men can get plenty on Mtn Rd and HON, and there will be an optional 2nd climb up Hotwater on the way back through (that should get strong men in the metric range).   Only planned stop is at the store on top which is early in the ride so make sure you fill up there.   We will regroup periodically and if you don’t like stopping just ride backwards!    Should be back around 12 when we’ll refuel at Merv’s.  


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Bubba Thanksgiving

Lots of options for the next 4 days so let’s get to it.

  • Thanksgiving Day –
    • Option 1 – 9am roll out from the Pumpkin Patch on Signal Mtn for a 2 hour ride. Lee Davis leads
    • Option 2 – 10am roll out from the John A Patten rec. center in Tiftonia (3202 Kellys Ferry Rd near the old Bi-Lo) for a 2 hour ride. Steve Strain leads
  • Friday – Traditional Holiday Ride. Rolls from Unum at 9am. Steve Blankenship leads
  • Saturday – BR71 (Big Ralph’s 71st bday ride). Yep 1 mile for every year. Rolls at 8:30 from Falling Water for the full ride. Swing by Soddy Ball Fields to pick up those that want a shorter option at approximately 9:15. See map for details
  • Sunday – Pumpkin Patch ride on Signal Mtn. Rolls at 2pm.
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SUNDAY 11/24

Since Saturday is a washout we’ll have a makeup ride Sunday.    Roll from Signal Kmart (now an Aldi) at 2:00 for the Tuesday night loop (Hotwater).    40 miles and back by 4:30.   Lots of ways to add on for those wanting more.    Joint ride so let’s keep it base pace at least on the way out.   


November 16

Gonna be cold again tomorrow so we hope Bullfrog remembers a base layer.   TB/Elites roll from Mike’s @ 9:00.   (Remember to park in the lot on Chilhowie — let’s park at the upper end so regular patrons will have the closest parks.)   We’ll head north for a climb up Montlake, down Hotwater, Armstrong, then wind our way back.   55 miles, 3700 feet.   Lots of ways to add on for those who must have a metric, or just tag along with BeelzeBub for an extra “fitty.”

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The annual BubOne Bluegrass Ride rolls this Sat @ 9:30 from the Cove. As in the past, parking is at the Big House just past the Cove Store. Sweetie has again graciously provided festival wristbands for Bubba and significant others and BubOne will hand those out at the start of the ride. Post-ride we’ll hit the bluegrass festival for good food and great music where we’ll try to keep 003 from clogging. BYOBeer


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Well, if you overlook the rain, fog, all the flats and the crash, great ride Saturday!

Since we got Saturday in, the Sequatchie loop is cancelled for Sunday.  Anyone interested in riding meet at old Signal Kmart (now the Aldi) @ 1:20.   Climb front of Signal and hook on to the normal 2:00 ride on top.   Back by 4:00.

Sat 10/26


Roll from Mike’s Hole in the Wall (park in the lots on Chilhowee like we did last week)

Check back for updates on start time if the rain is still around.   If it turns into a washout we’ll post a Sunday makeup ride (no Mr. The Goat, that doesn’t mean you need to wear lipstick).   Count on that being the Sequatchie loop (up Suck, East Valley, and up the back of Signal) rolling at 2:00 from the old Signal Rd Kmart (now an Aldi).

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Grinder Memorial Ride – 10/19

Bubba will celebrate the life of our friend with a ride this Saturday. Roll from Mike’s Hole in the Wall off Cherokee @ 8:00. Parking available in the lot off Chilhowee Street for the Johnson Medical Building – Chilhowie runs by Mike’s and all this has been cleared with the owners so we’re good.  We’ll climb Elder/Raccoon, do the loop up top, down Elder, out Cummings, back 299 with the nature center kicker. This is about remembering our friend so expect lots of regrouping –  we’ve built in a few climbs (Raccoon, nature center, and yes, expect Bub to lead some up Lookout to Sanders) so strong men can scratch their itch. Lots of ways to short it – skip Raccoon and go straight out Cummings or skip the loop up top to shave 7 miles.   Full route (without Sanders add-on) 56 miles, 4000 feet.

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Sat 10/12

TB goes long this week for an old Bubba favorite we haven’t done in a while.   Roll at 8:00 from Falling Water or jump on around 8:35 in Soddy at the corner of Hot Water and Back Valley  (we will not swing by the ballfields).     We’ll head north for a climb up Leggett, then all the way across the top to 30 and down for the Cranmore Cove loop.    Refill bottles at the church after Leggett and refuel at the store after Cranmore.    76 miles and 3800 feet from Falling, around 55 miles from Soddy.   


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