Wednesday, November 01, 2006

TOBASCO still on for Saturday!


Sorry about the long absence everybody. I haven't been around computers much and I've had other stuff on my mind so...there you have it.

TOBASCO is still on for this weekend. Start at 5am at Ledges. Cory, are you planning on camping? How are you getting out there? I'd like to ride out, but with my gear I don't know how I'd do it. Maybe one person can drive and carry gear and the rest can ride or maybe since the ride is so early we should all just drive out. I don't know. We'll make it work somehow.

Here's the final route. Print it out and bring it along. I plan on riding as a group, but you know how it can be. My use of "left" and "right" can be a little misleading in the best of times so check the map as well as the directions. I have ETAs listed at each pass through town, but keep in mind those are estimates and are perhaps a little optimistic.

Possible food stops will be in Madrid, Slater, Huxley, Cambridge, Maxwell, Gilbert, Stratford, and Boone. Other towns may be on the route, but they probably don't have anything. Be prepared to be self sufficient for at least 50 miles at a stretch (more is better). Running out of food is bad. Running out of water is worse.

Weather looks like a mystery so far. We'll see I guess.

So who all is coming? I've heard confirmation from Cory, Nick, and Eric. With no goes from Paul and Dave (who is planning his own epic in his neck of the woods). I heard rumors of participants from Cedar Falls, but fear that my long internet absence may have scared them off. Let me know (post a comment) so we don't leave without you.

8 comments:

the inebriationist said...

You and/or whoever else can ride out in the AM with me if you like, but as before I have limited bike space on the car. If other bike trays and/or trunk rack can be located I can fit 4-5 persons in the car...6 in a pinch. If you plan on camping, you're more than welcome to toss your gear in my car during the ride. I won't be camping...plans Friday night with the lady don't jive. Plan on leaving around 4:15-4:30 to be there with time to unload.

Where do we meet, top or bottom of Ledges?

Matt Maxwell said...

Top-o-ledges. At the parkinglot adjacent to the campground. We'll see about rides and camping. There will be a pasta feast after the ride at my place for all participants (and spectators).

the inebriationist said...

Mmmm pasta.

Simmons said...

Good luck guys! Wish I was there. I'll be thinking of ya :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Ames biking crowd. My name's Alex Renner. I've been talking with Matt about getting some more riding in. I ride a cross check, and I have a fixed gear and a SS mountain. I can't make it Saturday, but I look forward to catching some 50 mile Saturday rides. I'll keep watching your blogs for updates. Have a good one.

the inebriationist said...

Alex - you're more than welcome to join the Saturday morning fun. It should begin the weekend after the Tobasco. I think we plan to meet at McFarland or Petersons, but I'll let you know for sure. We may want to set up an in town meeting place and ride out together.

Budget Biker said...

hope all went well, made it home from the ND mini epic. maybe next time dave and i will make it down

Simmons said...

We want pictures and stories :)