Tammany Trace Saturday March 4, 2017

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Tammany Trace Ride Saturday, March 4, 2017

The  Tammany Trace is in Louisiana.  It is a very flat, multi-use Rail-Trail in the “Northshore” area, all north of New Orleans.  It runs from Slidell, through Mandeville and Abita Springs, and ends in Covington.

The 31-mile rail trail runs along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. We will meet up at 10:00 AM at the Covington Trailhead at the corner of New Hampshire and East Lockwood Streets in Covington. This is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Fairhope. We will meander 13 miles through Abita Springs to Mandeville where we’ll have lunch. We’ll return back to Covington making it 26 miles round trip.

More ambitious riders may opt to continue on through Lacombe to Slidell (another 19.5 miles) before returning to Covington (62 miles round trip).

Others may decide to spend the night in the area and ride the 2nd part of the trail on Sunday.

Volunteers needed for Bike Valet service at F’hope Arts and Crafts

Below is the volunteer schedule for the F’hope Arts & Crafts Festival’s FREE Bike Valet service.
 
Take a look at your calendars and let us know if you (or anyone you know) can commit to a time-slot.    THANKS!  – SlowBicycleSocietyES@gmail.com 

2017 Fairhope Arts and Crafts

Bike Valet & Handicapped Parking

Volunteer Schedule


Friday, March 17th  (This day typically is dominated by overseeing the Handicapped Parking area)

Morning:  6:30-9:30  Need 1   (very early shift is to keep unauthorized vehicles from parking in Handicapped area)

9:30-noon  FILLED

noon-2:30  Need 2-3  

2:30- 4:30  Need 1 More

4:30- 6:00  FILLED

Saturday, March 18th   

 6:30 – 9:30     FILLED

9:30 – Noon  Need 3-4

noon-2:30  Need 2 more  

2:30- 6:00  Need 2-3    

Sunday, March 19th

6:30-9:30      Need 1

9:30- noon   Need 2-3

noon -2:30     FILLED

2:30-5:00 & Breakdown   FILLED

Long Range Plans: 2017

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Updated 2-27-17

Below is a list of planned (and unplanned) rides.  TBD (to-be-determined) rides will be detailed closer to the ride date.  Details on out-of-town rides will follow as well.  All rides are “meet-up rides” with no ride leaders.  All rides dependent on weather.   Please join us when you can.  Ride with care and have fun!

 Send ideas and suggestions for any TBD rides or unplanned dates.

DATE RIDE TIME
March 4 Tammany Trace RideSaturday, March 4, 2017

The 31-mile rail trail runs along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. We will meet up at 10:00 AM at the Covington Trailhead at the corner of New Hampshire and East Lockwood Streets in Covington. This is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Fairhope. We will meander 13 miles through Abita Springs to Mandeville where we’ll have lunch. We’ll return back to Covington making it 26 miles round trip.

More ambitious riders may opt to continue on through Lacombe to Slidell (another 19.5 miles) before returning to Covington (62 miles round trip).

Others may decide to spend the night in the area and ride the 2nd part of the trail on Sunday.

10:00 a.m.
12-Mar Mullet Point to Grand Hotel: This meet-up ride begins at 4:00 pm.(Daylight Savings Time Begins Today). from the Mullet Point Park. This route rides north along the Eastern Shore Trail to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, loops by the Confederate Rest Cemetery, then back to Mullet Point Park, which is 5 miles south of Grand Hotel, just of scenic Hwy 98, on County Road 1. 11 miles roundtrip. Very flat and suitable for riders of all abilities.
17-19-Mar Bike Valet Volunteering at Arts & Crafts Festival:  No Ride
25-Mar Pensacola Ciclovia Event and Ride (Saturday)  Meetup time and carpool detail to be posted later.  More details on overall event:  http://pensacolaopenstreets.com/ 
26-Mar TBD
2-Apr Crepe Myrtle Ride – with Mobilians on Bikes
9-Apr TBD
16-Apr Easter-No Ride
23-Apr Long Leaf Trace Ride
30-Apr TBD
7-May TBD
14-May TBD
21-May Ocean Springs Ride
28-May TBD
3-Jun Silverhill Doublemint Twins Café Arcadiana Ride (Saturday)

Pensacola Ride – Sunday at 4:00

Sunday, July 10th     Downtown and Bayfront Pensacola Ride  

Ride begins at  4:00

Meet up Location:  Parking lot of Gulf Power,  at Colfax and 10th Ave.  (Right beside the Admiral Mason Park)  

If you want to ride along together from Baldwin County, we’ll meet at 2:30 pm at the Shell gas station in Malbis (Hwy 181 and US 90).

We will be riding on sidewalks and streets.  Bring sunscreen and water.  Stopping at Joe Patti’s Seafood, so if you’d like to buy some fish or goodies, bring a small ice chest or insulated bag.  Also stopping at Ever’man Co-op Grocery and Jaco’s Restaurant.

 

 

June and July 2016 – Summer Rides

Look for other “spur-of-the-moment” postings this summer.  Perhaps a Saturday Brookley Field Route in Mobile or a Magnolia Springs Ride?  Many of us will be traveling during theses summer months, so look for different faces, have fun and ride safely!

 

marrietta johnson statue   Sunday, June 5th     LONG RIDE with options:  Fairhope Bluff to Grand Hotel and BEYOND!   5:00 p.m.

Beginning at the Marietta Johnson statue on the Fairhope Bluff, we will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel then BEYOND… all the way to Mullet Point Park, if you like. Feel free to join us at the Bluff (starting at 5:00) or at the Grand Hotel overflow parking, east of the main gate, across Hwy 98 (5:30).  It’s about 3 miles to the hotel from the bluff and another 5 miles to Mullet Point, so you can do the full 16 miles, or out-and-back from Bluff to Hotel (6 miles) or Hotel to Mullet Point (10 miles).

 Sunday, June 12th    Mullet Point to Pelican Point,    5:00 p.m.   (later start for summer)

Begins at Mullet Point Park on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. We ride on County Road #1, southeast to Pelican Point at Weeks Bay.  We’ll take a rest break, then return to Mullet Point Park. 10 miles roundtrip. Very flat.  Takes about an hour and a half to complete at our slow, social pace

 

bamahenge   Sunday, June 19th    New Route!   4:00 p.m.    –  Bamahenge? Dinosours? Italianate fountain? Lady of the Lake? Beach? Beautiful marina? Bushwackers?  All in one ride? Yep. Sunday, June 19th Fathers Day Ride begins at 4pm with meet-up in Elberta. Take County Route 98 eight miles east of downtown Foley and turn south on County Road 95 for five miles. Turn Right onto Fish Trap Road (aka County Road W42) and turn left in one half mile at the Barber Marina sign. Head south toward the end of the road and find the first parking lot on the left beyond the fountain.   Ride is approximately 9-10 miles along country roadways with many stops for all the sights and photo opportunities. Dinner/drinks will be a short 10-minute drive away (or 4-mile bike ride away) from our meet-up point; Dinner/drinks at Pirate’s Cove (6606 County Road 95) with affordable drinks and food. Dinner/drinks direction from marina- head out of Barber Marina and turn right at County Road 95 and head south for 3-4 miles and bear left onto first gravel road with a stop sign.

Backcountry trail logo   Sunday, June 26th    Orange Beach BackCountry Trails,  5:00 

This ride 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.   Dinner afterwards at a local restaurant.

4th of july bike  Sunday, July 3rd   No Ride – Enjoy the holiday weekend!

 

Sunday, July 10th     Downtown Pensacola Ride  Meetup time and location TBA

  

marrietta johnson statue      Sunday, July 17th    LONG RIDE with options:  Fairhope Bluff to Grand Hotel and BEYOND, Summer Repeat!  5:00 p.m. 

Beginning at the Marietta Johnson statue on the Fairhope Bluff, we will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel then BEYOND… all the way to Mullet Point Park, if you like. Feel free to join us at the Bluff (starting at 5:00) or at the Grand Hotel overflow parking, east of the main gate, across Hwy 98 (5:30).  It’s about 3 miles to the hotel from the bluff and another 5 miles to Mullet Point, so you can do the full 16 miles, or out-and-back from Bluff to Hotel (6 miles) or Hotel to Mullet Point (10 miles).

Sunday, July 24th    Mullet Point to Grand Hotel: Begins at 5:00 p.m. from the Mullet Point Park. This route rides north along the Eastern Shore Trail to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, loops by the Confederate Rest Cemetery, then back to Mullet Point Park, which is 5 miles south of Grand Hotel, just of scenic Hwy 98, on County Road 1.  Route is 11 miles roundtrip. Very flat and suitable for riders of all abilities.

Sunday, July 31st       Mullet Point to Weeks Bay Bridge –    5:00 p.m.    Meet at Mullet Point Park in Point Clear.  We will ride “out and back” along both the Eastern Shore Trail to reach the Weeks Bay Bridge.  Some hills.  About 11 miles total.

May 2016 – Slow Rides for the Month

Backcountry trail logo Sunday, May 1st     Orange Beach BackCountry Trails,  4:00 

This ride 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.   Dinner afterwards at a local restaurant.

 

marrietta johnson statue  Sunday, May 8th     Mothers Day Ride from F’hope Bluff,  4:00 

Beginning at the Marietta Johnson statue on the Fairhope Bluff, we will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel. This is an 8-10 mile route, depending on side-trips.

 

Sunday, May 15th     Mullet Point Park to Grand Hotel,  4:00 

Begins at Mullet Point Park on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. We ride along the paved Eastern Shore Trail north to the Grand Hotel, take a rest break, then return to Mullet Point Park. 10 miles roundtrip. Very flat. Appropriate for Beginners and Families.

Sunday, May 22nd    Mullet Point to Pelican Point,    4:00     

Begins at Mullet Point Park on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. We ride on County Road #1, southeast to Pelican Point at Weeks Bay.  We’ll take a rest break, then return to Mullet Point Park. 10 miles roundtrip. Very flat.  Takes about an hour and a half to complete at our slow, social pace.

fhope memorial fountain on bluff  Sunday, May 29th    Memorial Weekend Ride, begins at Veterans Memorial Fountain on the F’hope Buff,  PICNIC to follow    4:00  

Meet near the sidewalk along Magnolia Street and in front of the Veterans Memorial Fountain in the Buff Park (across from Knoll Park).   We will be riding on the sidewalks and side streets of Fairhope.    Some hills.  Picnic to follow on the bluff, so bring a dish to share, your own beverage, and a lawn chair.  Molly will provide a table, paper plates, utensils, and napkins.

 

Saturday and Sunday – Earth Day Weekend Events

April 23rd, Saturday     Earth Day Ride   

Starts At 5:15.  This ride will celebrate the Earth Day Mobile Bay event that will take place at the Fairhope Pier on Saturday.  We will gather for the bicycle ride at the top of the Fairhope Bluff, near the Marietta Johnson statue, riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward the Grand Hotel and back.  About 9 miles, some hills on the return ride.

ALSO…

  • bike valet logo from ipad    Volunteers are Needed for the FREE Bike Valet Service at Earth Day Mobile Bay 2016   

Shifts needing Helpers

9:45-11:45      

11:45-2:00    

2:00-4:00

4:00-6:00 & Breakdown


April 24th, Sunday   

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 1.20.07 PMOcean Springs Ride 10:00 AM

Meet at Ocean Springs Railroad Depot (1000 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS) at 10:00 am. Plenty of parking at the train depot. Travel time from Fairhope to Ocean Springs is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  We will ride around Ocean Springs approximately 10 miles-mostly flat areas on an organized bike trail (but not a separated bike path). Lunch afterwards. Directions to Ocean Springs:   I-10 West to Mississippi Exit #50 (Ocean Springs/St Martin)-take left at end of exit ramp onto Tucker Rd. Tucker Rd becomes Washington Ave. Go 3 miles from I-10-cross Highway 90 and the Railroad Tracks and take a left on Robinson St-Depot is on left.