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Saturday Cycling Ride Report

Saturday Cycling Ride Report for 09/07/19
By Ken St. John
Posted on 9/13/2019 2:00 PM

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Many of the 37 cyclists on Saturday’s ride into Mesa probably noticed some nails scattered in the bike lane on Extension.  About 100 feet later I stopped to join Kathy in watching Ernie fix Melissa’s flat tire.  I kept myself occupied by walking back and picking up all the nails I could find.  I didn’t count or weigh them, but I did take a picture of the pile and my inner Rainman says it was at least 60 nails.  Other than that, and a chain-jump on Guadalupe, the ride went smoothly as usual.


Coming up...

Saturday, 09/14/19 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:11


Saturday, 09/21/19 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. Sign-in starts at 8:30 and the meeting begins around 9:15. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. The shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson.
Sunrise: 6:16


Saturday, 09/28/19 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 6:20


Tid Bits…

There will be a gathering this Saturday, Sep 14 from 4-7pm, in memory of our friend George Martinez at Goody’s Café on the NE corner of Baseline and Dobson in Mesa. It’s been organized (not financed; you pay for your own food) by George’s son Marc; he booked a private room and hopes to hear everyone share stories and memories.  He would like an RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend.


Phoenix Spokes People are hosting a public meeting September 21 at 10 am where you can hear the latest local bike news and meet Phoenix's new Active Transportation Manager.


Upcoming Events…


Have fun and ride safely,