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  1. #1
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    Arrow Aug 26 - The Official Scharffen Berger ride-lunch-tour thread

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    Here's the new official Scharffen Berger Ride-Lunch-Tour thread (aren't I obedient, SK?)

    Ride list (updated 8/22)
    SadieKate and Bubba
    BikerZ
    Dachshund
    Jobob and Leebob
    Snapdragen
    Candy
    Marty
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    Nicole and Mary (BZ's friends)
    Ride maybes:
    BikeMomma [+ kids?]

    Lunch list (updated 8/22)
    SadieKate and Bubba
    BikerZ
    Maillotpois and PetitePois
    Snapdragen
    Jobob and Leebob
    Dachshund
    CindySue
    Candy
    Marty
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    Nicole and Mary (BZ's friends)
    Lunch maybes:
    BikeMomma [+ kids?]

    Tour list as of 8/22
    SadieKate and Bubba
    Maillotpois and PetitePois
    Jobob and Leebob
    Dachsund
    Snapdragen
    BikerZ
    Nicole and Mary (BZ's friends)
    CindySue
    Candy
    Marty
    Tour maybes:
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    BikeMomma [+kids]


    Ride details:
    So far the working plan has been to ride the Bay Trail between Emeryville and Richmond, with a little loop out and around the Berkeley Marina - it is essentially totally flat (20-25 miles of paved multi-use bike trail with a grand total of 100 ft of climbing!). The main benefits of this route are that it is impossible to get lost, gorgeous views, and no car traffic. Drawbacks are the usual multi-use trail issues (dorkus oblivii with offspring in their natural habidat), and the wind.

    However, CindySue has provided me with an alternate route - basically straight up into the Berkeley hills to Inspiration Point and back - about 14 miles and 1340 feet of climbing. I've never ridden this route, and as we all know, BikerZ is never is in the lead when going UP hill! I know a few of the people on the ride are newbies who are more comfortable with a flat route, so one option would be two rides - hills and flats - but we'd need a volunteer from the studio audience to lead the proposed hill ride.


    Lunch details:
    The working lunch plan was to pick up sandwiches and eat picnic style out at the Richmond end of the trail - we can easily keep an eye on our bikes, and it will be easy for the lunch-only participants to meet us there. I was going to inquire of the cafe this week if they would like us to pre-order sandwhiches - in which case I'll post a menu and ask for sandwich orders ahead of time.

    An alternative would be lunch at the S-B factory cafe, but I know nothing about it - any thoughts on this alternative? And if we do two rides, lunch logistics get a little more complicated.

    Timing:
    Since the tour is at 3:30, we should probably start the ride at noon or thereabouts - lunch will be a little on the later side so there's less of a ride to do after eating. Sound OK?

    ETA (after reading MP's post below): Maybe the S-B cafe or a place closer to the factory would be better, so everyone on the tour can also eat lunch together? It would mean a later lunch
    Last edited by bikerz; 08-22-2006 at 09:33 AM.
    Keep calm and carry on...

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    I will probably skip the lunch and just meet you for the ride. Since I am not riding it seems it would be tough to coordinate. Also, my run group (can't BELIEVE I am saying this) has a run out of Sonoma Saturday morning that I'd like to make since they're already at the half marathon distance. Nothing like jumping in to marathon training a little late.
    Sarah

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    MP - I haven't removed you from the lunch list yet, pending final decision of where/when we eat...
    Keep calm and carry on...

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    MP, meet us at the ride or at the tour? Is PP still coming?

    This sounds likes a great plan, but KISS! Lunch someplace you don't have to take pre-orders and I am perfectly fine with one route only. I'll have plenty of climbing in the day before and the day after. I just need flat and slow on Saturday.

    Sue F will not be coming.
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    PP is absolutely coming and bringing her allowance for purchasing chocolate. I'll leave Sonoma, swing home and shower, change, get her and then see if I can track you guys down. I may just call when I get close to leaving Marin so I know where you are - don't answer the phone if it is not safe to do so. Just call me back when you get a chance.
    Sarah

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerz
    Ride details:
    So far the working plan has been to ride the Bay Trail between Emeryville and Richmond, with a little loop out and around the Berkeley Marina - it is essentially totally flat (20-25 miles of paved multi-use bike trail with a grand total of 100 ft of climbing!). The main benefits of this route are that it is impossible to get lost, gorgeous views, and no car traffic. Drawbacks are the usual multi-use trail issues (dorkus oblivii with offspring in their natural habidat), and the wind.
    Oooh, you guys could see where it all began for Jobob & Leebob!

    Altho it's technically not where we first met, the bulk of our early courtship took place at the Berkeley Marina (Cesar Chavez park, to be exact, but waaay before it was called that). You might even get to see Tom, the proprietor of Highline Kites - the camper van where kites are sold out at the end of the marina - he was the one who introduced us, and he was Best Man at our wedding.

    all together now, awwwwww

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    aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


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    2010 Pegoretti Love #3 "Manovelo"
    2011 Mercian Vincitore Special
    2003 Eddy Merckx Team SC - stolen
    2001 Colnago Ovalmaster Stars and Stripes

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    awwwwww, that so sweet.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob
    ...the bulk of our early courtship took place at the Berkeley Marina (Cesar Chavez park, to be exact, but waaay before it was called that). You might even get to see Tom, the proprietor of Highline Kites - the camper van where kites are sold out at the end of the marina - he was the one who introduced us, and he was Best Man at our wedding.
    Awwwww!
    That's one of the great things about a ride out there on a windy day - all the cool kites! Our loop takes us right past the kite lawn. I think we will all need to dismount and "share a moment" with you guys!
    Keep calm and carry on...

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    Tour Info for Chocolate Lovers (copied from their confirmation letter)

    3:30 pm – arrive 10 mins before!
    914 Heinz Ave, Berkeley
     Parking lot adjacent to the gift shop entrance
     You must wear closed toed shoes.
     Children must be 10 years of age or in the 5th grade.

    “Be sure to bring a healthy appetite, as your group will sample many different types of chocolate. Your group will receive one Scharffen Berger dollar per person to be redeemed in our factory store. Our store offers a full line of our chocolate products, baking and chocolate books, and a variety of kitchen tools for the home chef.”

    Directions:
     Route 80 East or West
     Take Ashby Ave exit, Berkeley
     Turn left at Seventh Street (first signal)
     Go one block to Heinz, turn right
     We are the brick building on the corner.
     Parking is available on-site.
    Last edited by SadieKate; 08-22-2006 at 09:54 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    "Be sure to bring a health appetite..."
    heh, don't count on that

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    If I may make a suggestion ?

    Having gone on many rides with the TE gang in the past ...

    Our rides often takes longer than planned - some time is spent catching up with old friends, photo opps, bathroom breaks, there's the occasional flat, that sort of thing - plus, if we do have lunch elsewhere, it'll take us a while to pack up, head over, park, regroup, and get seated for lunch.

    Should we consider starting a little earlier, perhaps 11:30 ?
    That way we might even roll out by 12

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    Are you suggesting that we are a herd of cats on bikes? Hmmmph.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Z, SK - I won't be able to do the tour. I would like to meet for lunch, and I'm still trying to see if I have time for the ride. Family stuff is starting to move into the morning, so I may have to call to RSVP about the ride Saturday morning.

    My Other Hobby is playing in a band, and we have a gig Saturday night. Yay! But I have to devote some of my afternoon to "prep".

    This was hilarious, by the way - you nailed that one!

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerz
    Drawbacks are the usual multi-use trail issues (dorkus oblivii with offspring in their natural habidat), and the wind.

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    Ride list (updated 8/24)
    SadieKate and Bubba
    BikerZ
    Jobob and Leebob
    Snapdragen
    Candy
    Marty
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    Ride maybes:
    BikeMomma [+ kids?]
    Dachshund


    Lunch list (updated 8/24)
    SadieKate and Bubba
    BikerZ
    Maillotpois and PetitePois
    Snapdragen
    Jobob and Leebob
    CindySue
    Candy
    Marty
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    Lunch maybes:
    BikeMomma [+ kids?]
    Dachshund


    Tour list as of 8/24
    SadieKate and Bubba
    Maillotpois and PetitePois
    Jobob and Leebob
    Snapdragen
    BikerZ
    CindySue
    Candy
    Marty
    Tour maybes:
    Ada (Marty's son's SO)
    BikeMomma [+kids]

    Meet for the ride at 11:30 (good call, Jobob).
    Keep calm and carry on...

 

 

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