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  1. #1
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    Little Red Riding Hood in Utah

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    Hey Sadiekate (and anyone else who has ridden this) how do you rate this century? Would it be a good one for a slow newbie?

    My aim is to do at least one if not two century rides this year and I originally thought Bike around the Buttes and the Moonlight Magic ride might be the ones. Unfortunately for riding (but good for company) I have family visiting thru out the year and my Mum's visit falls just before the Moonlight Magic so I think that one will have to be left until next year.

    I need to have a ride to aim for to keep motivation up and a goal on the horizon. I have thought of just riding one on my own around here but I like the idea of riding some place new and seeing some new sights. I love Utah so I thought this might be perfect.

    I am still going to try to do the Bike around the Buttes but we have a trip planned to DC around that time so I will just have to wait and see when the ride date comes out for that one.

    Talking/typing ride dates how long before the rides do they normally post the registration stuff? Neither ride has this years date up on their sites yet.

    Any info and advice you can offer about this ride would be great.
    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
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    Thumbs up

    Effort wise, very comparable to BOB. I'm planning to go this year otherwise yellow might wreck some disastrous deed on me. Of course, by then she'll be totally aclimated to the elevation and have learned to ride flatland, so she'll kick our posteriors anyway.

    Beautiful countryside, low traffic, friendly locals, good support, elevation not horrible (6,000? I can't remember). A very cute T-shirt was part of the very reasonable entry fee. Hat and shortsleeve or sleeve-impaired ( a spazzism) jersey available for purchase. Did you see the pics of the jersey or ride in other posts? I can repost a link if you want. The MS 150 ride also covers the same roads.

    Let's talk. Bubba is talking about driving the trailer out with the bikes and serving as our personal wrenchboy. I need to figure out who wants a spot reserved. We also have to figure out how many bikes can go on the trailer. This would allow the rest of us to fly or have an Amtrak party.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    This would allow the rest of us to fly or have an Amtrak party.
    OOOOOOOH! Amtrak Party....... When is RRH?

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    It was June 4th last year, the first Saturday in June and same day as the Sierra Century.

    Petunia and I drove home after the ride by way of Red Rock Brewing for fish and chips and freshed brewed Root Beer, Cream Soda and Orange Soda. Alcoholic beer can be found there also, I understand.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    Let's talk. Bubba is talking about driving the trailer out with the bikes and serving as our personal wrenchboy. I need to figure out who wants a spot reserved. We also have to figure out how many bikes can go on the trailer. This would allow the rest of us to fly or have an Amtrak party.
    Wow sounds like a great plan. Amtrak Im assuming is train? I love train trips.
    Anyway back to topic I will have to talk to my other half when he rings next (yes he is away again) and check that he will be around. If it looks a bit iffy I will meet you all there this way if he gets sent on a trip I wont be upsetting anyones plans by pulling out. Still havent managed to work out how to balance three little ones on my bike yet and still ride so I will definitely need him home to babysit.

    If he has no trips planned for that time I think he can mark it out early as required leave days and then unless all hell breaks loose he wont be picked out for a trip OS.

    Oooh Im starting to get excited this sounds like fun and knowing faster riders means they can save some food for me at the end.
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    Amelia Earhart

    2005 Trek 5000 road/Avocet 02 40W
    2006 Colnago C50 road/SSM Atola
    2005 SC Juliana SL mtb/WTB Laser V

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    oh i SO want to do this! maybe we can load brie in the truck (she likes to ride!) and camp overnight (is there tent camping with shower facilities?)

    the cats can stay home for 2 days alone... (although i'm sure bailey would eat all the food the first day! PIG!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by caligurl
    oh i SO want to do this! maybe we can load brie in the truck (she likes to ride!) and camp overnight (is there tent camping with shower facilities?)

    the cats can stay home for 2 days alone... (although i'm sure bailey would eat all the food the first day! PIG!)
    Dont tell your Hubby I said this but you could leave him at home on animal sitting duty and enjoy a trip away with the girls.

    Trekhawk already dreaming of time on her own.
    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
    Amelia Earhart

    2005 Trek 5000 road/Avocet 02 40W
    2006 Colnago C50 road/SSM Atola
    2005 SC Juliana SL mtb/WTB Laser V

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekhawk
    Dont tell your Hubby I said this but you could leave him at home on animal sitting duty and enjoy a trip away with the girls.

    Trekhawk already dreaming of time on her own.
    nah... then i'd have to drive all the way to utah! this way HE drives me! and he sets up the tent!

    i'll have to do more research.... on tenting/camping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caligurl
    nah... then i'd have to drive all the way to utah! this way HE drives me! and he sets up the tent!

    i'll have to do more research.... on tenting/camping!
    Perhaps if enough people decide to go we could carpool or fly or Amtrack as SadieKate mentioned.
    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
    Amelia Earhart

    2005 Trek 5000 road/Avocet 02 40W
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    But Cali is down in Southern California. The Bubba/Wrenchboy plan really only works for northern Calif girls or those on the way. Petunia and I didn't drive last year because we are both better long distance sleepers than drivers.

    Last year, Petunia and I shipped our bikes, flew out and rented a car. The big expense was shipping the bikes and the car rental because we had to get a Ford Escape that would fit both bikes inside. Housing was free as we stayed at Hotel MIL, but remember that just about everything is closed in Utah (pardon me, Yewtah ) on Sunday. If you need to ship your bike back home, you have to physically be in Utah on Monday.

    The Bubba/WrenchBoy plan lessens shipping and car rental costs except for mileage to drive out and the bike mounts for the trailer ($20 but we already have a few). Then, a group car rental could be focused on maximizing passenger space rather than bike storage. Yellow might even be able to help with both.

    Housing is still an issue, but I'm wondering if we could recruit the bike club there to help out. Find a hotel deal or ???

    Cali-- for camping info, see what the MS ride info has. They may have camped at the fairgrounds. I can't remember. Look for Logan, UT info as that is the nearest big burb to Wellsville.

    I'll try to post some details about the route this weekend. As I recall, it started in Wellsville (or Hiram? what did my earlier thread say?) and snaked its was up the Cache Valley over the state line into Idaho and back.
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    Just checked Amtrak. The California Zephr runs from Emeryville to SLC round trip for $126 before any discounts like AAA. Checked baggage, dining and lounge cars. As I recall, Amtrak will work with groups. Just don't know how small. Perhaps we should put Snap, the Scooter-Ridin-Party-Snail, in charge.

    Link to previous thread way back when:
    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showt...ding+Hood+Utah
    Last edited by SadieKate; 01-06-2006 at 01:06 PM.
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    I've taken the CA Zephyr to Reno & back a couple of times. It's a nice trip, the seats on the train are comfy, like you said there's a dining car and a lounge / observation car on the train, and the scenery over the mountain pass is lovely.

    But you don't want to be in a hurry to reach your destination! The last time we went out there, the train was delayed for over an hour somewhere near Sacramento. Another time heading home, the train was about 4 hours late coming into Reno from SLC.

    But that said, I think it would be fun to take the train out to SLC.

    - Jo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    Petunia and I drove home after the ride by way of Red Rock Brewing for fish and chips and freshed brewed Root Beer, Cream Soda and Orange Soda. Alcoholic beer can be found there also, I understand.
    Gee dangle a carrot in front of me why don't you

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    OMG! I am such an innocent! I went googling for a carrot picture. The carrot couple??? I never realized there was such porn in the vegetable world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    But Cali is down in Southern California. The Bubba/Wrenchboy plan really only works for northern Calif girls or those on the way. Petunia and I didn't drive last year because we are both better long distance sleepers than drivers.
    Yep realize that but if she gets stuck with camp sites etc perhaps she could drive up here and grab a lift with one of us. Still a long drive but at least she would have company some of the way.

    If I decide to drive I would enjoy some company and could probably fit two bikes on the roof and one in the back of the Suburban.

    I guess it will all depend on how many seem interested.
    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
    Amelia Earhart

    2005 Trek 5000 road/Avocet 02 40W
    2006 Colnago C50 road/SSM Atola
    2005 SC Juliana SL mtb/WTB Laser V

 

 

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