Oh the dilemma! The original ride planned for today, Sunday February 23rd, was – Mullet Point to Pelican Point, 3:00. But then the annual Mystic Mutts of Revelry parade (the walking pet parade) was changed from its traditional Saturday time to Sunday… this Sunday! With many dog lovers among us, the Slow Bicyclists are torn.
If you’d still like to do the longer, original ride (from Mullet Point), please feel free to enjoy that lovely, flat ride in the Y Weeks community. If you want to watch, or participate in, the Mystic Mutts parade, some slow cyclists are planning a shorter, in town ride, beginning in front of the Fairhope Library, after the parade, perhaps around 3:30. (Pets make us wishy-washy, don’t they!)
So pick your pleasure and let’s hope the rain clears by mid-afternoon. So much fun to be enjoyed this late-February day.
Info on the Pet Parade: Fairhope’s only walking parade, the Mystic Mutts of Revelry, invites pets and their people to parade through downtown on Sunday, Feb. 23 beginning at 2:30 pm.
Information about the parade and the Royal Court is available under the MMOR tab on the Haven website (www.havenforanimals.org), The Haven’s Facebook page , and the Mystic Mutts of Revelry Facebook page. The parade is a benefit for The Haven, Fairhope’s no-kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes more than 900 animals a year.
March 2nd, Sunday – Daphne Ride. Begins at 3:00 p.m. in the side parking lot of the Daphne Public Library. Riding along the Eastern Shore Trail. Hilly but scenic.
March 8th, Saturday – Tammany Trace Ride in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana. For more info on this Rail-Trail see http://www.tammanytrace.org/ . EARLY START at 8:00 a.m. from Caboose Trailhead ( just off I-12 Exit 65, this is the Koop Road location where the Kids Konnection Playground is located). We will be riding into Covington (7.86 miles away) to the Farmers Market, then back to the Caboose Trailhead. LATE START at 11:00 a.m. from the Caboose Trailhead, riding south then east to the Lacombe Trailhead. We’ll stop for lunch in the Mandeville area (there are several options). Since this ride offers 2 out-and-back options, you can go the full day (just under 45 miles) or shorten your ride by enjoying any of the many stops along the way and waiting for us to swing back by to pick you up! For those wanting to overnight in a hotel, there is a Comfort Suites at the Caboose Trailhead exit (some of us have already booked there) and many other options at the Covington exit, just 2 miles west. This is a very fun ride, great sights, nice flat trail, and cute little towns along the way. You won’t believe how easily the 45 miles roll by!
March 14, 15 and 16 – Free Bike Valet at Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope. VOLUNTEERS needed to work the check-in/out and assist with overseeing the adjacent handicapped parking area. See times below to pick a time-slot, then email Molly to confirm: SlowBicycleSocietyES@gmail.com . This is a great chance to promote safe bicycling in our community. Come out and enjoy the fun!
Friday, March 14th
9:30-noon Need 2-3
noon-2:30 Need 2-3
2:30- 5:15 Need 2-3
Saturday, March 15th
6:30 – 9:30 Molly
9:30 – Noon Need 3-4
noon-2:30 Need 3-4
2:30-5:15 Need 2-3
Sunday, March 16th
6:30-9:30 Need 1
9:30- noon Need 2-3
noon -2:30 Need 2-3
2:30-5:00 & Breakdown Need 1-2
March 16th, Sunday - End of Arts & Crafts Festival Ride. Begins at 5:10 p.m. at the Bike Valet tent off Bancroft Street.
March 23rd, Sunday – Orange Beach BackCountry Trails. Ride starts at 3:00 p.m. from the Orange Beach Sportsplex trailhead. Trail info: http://backcountrytrail.com/
March 30th, Sunday – New Orleans Ride CANCELLED (previously scheduled trip). Instead, we’ll ride from the Fairhope Pier to the Grand Hotel and back. Ride starts at 3:00 p.m. Riders can meet either at the bottom of the hill, near the south-end park, or on top of the hill near the Marietta Johnson statue.
Meeting Place once you’ve climbed the Hill or if you don’t want to climb the hill!
Sunday, Feb 2nd – Groundhog Day Ride- 1:30 p.m. (so you can get home in time to prep for your Super Bowl parties). Begins at the Fairhope Pier. Ride will include repeated, but fun loops (ever see the movie?)
Saturday, Feb 8th – Trail Maintenance Day: 9:00 a.m.: Join the Baldwin County Trailblazers in some annual maintenance of the Eastern Shore Trail. We will be fertilizing 82 recently pruned crepe myrtles along the trail and bedding down with 40 bales of pine straw. Bring gloves, and perhaps a rake. Meet near the Bailey’s Creek bridge, south of Hwy 32 (and the Grand Hotel) where the crepe myrtles plantings begin. There is no parking, except along the road shoulder (don’t park on the trail!). You might park and walk from the corner lot at Hwy 32. Bike ride afterwards along the south part of the trail.
Sunday, Feb 9th - McSherry’s Out-and-Back Ride, 3:00: Begins and ends near McSherry’s Pub in downtown Fairhope (north Bancroft St.). Riding along sidewalks and side streets in downtown. Stay for refreshments and fellowship afterwards at the pub.
Saturday, Feb 15th – Fort Pickens/Pensacola Beach Ride, 11:00: Begins from the parking area at Fort Pickens (park info HERE). There is an $8 per car entrance fee. Bike ride will head east toward the Margaritaville Hotel for lunch, then return for a tour of the Fort. Roundtrip, this ride will total about 20 miles. Carpool/caravan meet-up leaves at 9:15 a.m. from Lowe’s parking lot in Malbis or we’ll just see ya’ there!
No organized ride for Sunday, Feb 16th.
Sunday, Feb 23rd – Mullet Point to Pelican Point, 3:00: Begins at Mullet Point Park (5 miles south of the Grand Hotel) riding along County Road #1 to Pelican Point, at the mouth of Weeks Bay. Very flat, 10 miles roundtrip.
Jan 5th - 2:00 Start: Mullet Point to Grand Hotel
Jan 12th - 2:00 Start: Daphne Library (north parking area)
Jan 18th – SATURDAY: Mobilians on Bikes Tweed Ride
From Mobilians on Bikes Facebook event page: Don your tweed and mount your two-wheeled steed! It’s time for Mobile’s 4th annual Tweed Ride… For this year’s event we intend to follow up our ride with low tea and lawn games in Cathedral Square. So brush up on the rules for croquet and bocce and prepare to make merry. As is tradition we will also see a moving pictures show in Mobile’s only independent theatre, The Crescent…Meet at Cream and Sugar (in Mobile) at 11:45am. The Ride: A short 1/2 hour or so leisurely stroll through the downtown area. Movie: 2pm matinee “August: Osage County” at the Crescent.
FULL Details are available on their Facebook events page.
Jan 19th – 2:00 Start: Fairhope Pier to Grand Hotel
Jan 26th: 2:00 Start: Mullet Point to Weeks Bay Bridge
Sorry, slow bicyclists, but there is no organized ride for Sunday, Dec 22nd. We’ll be back together on Sunday, Dec 29th for a 3:00 Ride from the Fairhope Pier to the Grand Hotel. Detail to follow soon.
Christmas Party & Ride on Sunday, December 15th. 3:00 Ride with Party to follow.
Join the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore for a Holiday Ride and Party on Sunday, December 15th. Ride begins at 3:00 p.m. with a pizza party to follow. Location is Bill and Maureen’s home, 4 Quail Loop, Fairhope. We’ll have a ride around town, starting from their house, then return for our holiday party. Spouse or spice invited to party (4:15′ish), even if they don’t join in the ride.
Bring your own beverage of choice and sweets are welcome, too! Our hosts will provide glasses, ice, and pizza. Please RSVP, via email, to Meaux444@hotmail.com, if you plan on attending so we’ll know how many pizzas to order.
To Get There: From downtown Fairhope take North Section to Rosa (3 blocks North of Coffee Loft). Take right on Rosa go to 1st stop sign (Bon Socour). Continue through intersection-now Quail Loop. House is 2nd on right and is yellow. Lots of room in drive way and in front for parking.
Don’t forget to RSVP and we’ll see you there!
Orange Beach Back Country Trails, including the new “Coyote Crossing” extension!
in Orange Beach, Alabama
Start Time 2:00 p.m. This ride is in Orange Beach along the BackCountry Trails. The group will start from the trailhead at the Sportsplex in Orange Beach. This is located just off Canal Road, just east of the Toll Bridge. Continue through the parking lot, past the big soccer fields. You’ll see an arched entryway to the trails. For more info on the trails, see http://www.backcountrytrail.com/. or see Trail Map HERE.