April 26th – Mullet Point to Pelican Point

After our post-ride picnic, we found this great artwork and saying:  "A car runs on money and makes you fat.  A bike runs on fat and saves you money."

Sunday, April 26th:  5:00 p.m. start

Mullet Point to Pelican Point:  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.

NOTE:  The previously scheduled “Historic Homes Tour Ride” was revised due to the cancellation of the Historic Homes Tour.  Darn!

Also, send your ideas for May 2015 rides!

Sunset Ride for Sunday, April 19th

Sunday, April 19th – 5:30 p.m.   Fairhope Pier/Bluff to Grand Hotel

EST  Meeting on the bluff above the Fairhope Pier, near the Marietta Johnson statue.  We will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel. This is about an 8 mile route, depending on side-trips.  Sunset is at 7:20’ish, so bring some after-ride refreshments and a folding chair or blanket and we’ll enjoy the sunset together (if the rain doesn’t get us!)

April 12th Ride

Mullet Point to Grand Hotel: This meet-up ride begins at 4:00 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 off scenic Hwy 98, on County Road 1). 11 miles roundtrip. Very flat and suitable for riders of all abilities.

Details Emerge for Louisiana Trip

Below are details for our weekend trip to Louisiana, March 28th and 29th.  Feel free to join us for some or all of the rides.

Tammany Trace drawbridge

Tammany Trace Drawbridge Crossing

TC Casino

Treasure Chest Casino on Lake Front Trail

March 28th (Saturday)

  • Early ride option: (11 miles extra) Leaving from Tammany Trace – Caboose Trailhead at 8:00 a.m. The Caboose Trailhead is located just off I-12. Take Exit 65, then keep right onto LA-59 north 4/10th mi. then left on to Koop Rd, Mandeville)   There is ample parking at this trailhead. We’ll leave from near the bathrooms beside the caboose. The early ride will be north through Abita Springs then on to Covington to enjoy the Covington Farmers Market (details here).  We’ll return to Abita Springs for 11:30 a.m. lunch.
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch at Abita Springs Brew Pub (see their website for menu)
  • 1:00 p.m. Mid-day Ride: Leaving from Abita Springs (right beside the Brew Pub) heading south to Mandeville (8.7 miles). We’ll enjoy the lakefront and marina areas then head on east, rejoining the Trace toward LaCombe and the drawbridge (9 miles) before returning to Mandeville. Riders can choose to make the full roundtrip, or wait in lovely Mandeville for our return.
  • Riders are free to pick-and-choose optional legs throughout the day. Ride as much or as little as they choose.  From Mandeville we’ll ride back to our our cars at either the Caboose or Abita Springs trailheads.
  • Dinner plans to be determined by riders at the end of the day!
  • There are many hotel options in the Mandeville-Covington area. Many of us are staying at the Covington Courtyard Hotel or at the Comfort Suites near the Caboose Trailhead.

CLICK HERE to link to trail mileage chart or HERE to see the Tammany Trace Website.

March 29th (Sunday)

  • 8:00-9:00 Drive from Covington to New Orleans (Metairie) $3.00 toll on Causeway bridge.
  • 9:00 a.m.   Ride along Lake Front Trail (15 miles roundtrip to Treasure Chest Casino on a dedicated bike/walking trail). Meet at Lake Front Trail Parking, 201 Metairie-Hammond Highway, Metairie, LA
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch (Maureen is working on exact location)
  • 1:00-1:30 Drive from restaurant to City Park.   Park at New Orleans City Park Boating, 8 Friedrichs Ave., New Orleans, LA
  • 2:00 Ride at City Park (6 miles roundtrip). We’ll ride along a dedicated bike/walking path except for a ¼ mile section on a park road.

 

T-Shirt Order due by March 3rd!

Last chance to order shirts! $16 unisex or ladies short sleeve, – $20 unisex long sleeve – XXL add $2

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Marie is putting together a Slow Bicycle Society t-shirt order and hopes to have them available before our trip to New Orleans.  Pre-orders only.  Email your orders to: SlowBicycleSocietyES@gmail.com

Please place orders no later than Tuesday March 3.

The color will be Safety Green and will have our logo on the front.

Gildan Performance Unisex & Ladies Fit (42000 & 42000L)
OPTIONS:  Ladies & Unisex Short Sleeve  or Unisex Long Sleeve

Two-wheeled March Madness

We’ve got a very busy March planned.  Rides and events are listed below.  Join us when you can!

March 1st (Sunday) – 3:30 p.m. Olde Towne Daphne Ride  

Olde Towne Daphne Ride  Begins in the side parking lot of the Daphne Public Library.  Riding along the Eastern Shore Trail.  Hilly but scenic. Expect after-ride eating options!

 

March 8th (Sunday) – 2:00 p.m.  Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Bike & Hike

Meet in the parking lot behind the Burger King (out from Rouse’s Grocery Store) at the corner of Fort Morgan Rd (Hwy 180) and Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores. We will ride 8 miles to the Jeff Friend Trailhead of the Bon Secour Refuge, park our bikes (bring lock if you want to), hike to beach along a one-mile circular route, stop at the Little Lagoon to enjoy a bag lunch. This will be a longer than usual day, but it’s a new route for us and promises to be scenic and full of adventure. Bring plenty of water and wear your sunscreen. And don’t forget to “Spring Forward” for Daylight Savings Time!

March 15th (Sunday) – 4:00 p.m. Fairhope East: Sidewalks and Side Streets

If you love biking and walking on the beautiful Easter Shore, show your support for Bike-Ped Planning on Wednesday morning in Daphne.

Begins in the Meet in the parking area in front of FRED’s in Fairhope, way out near the trees and the sidewalk.  We will be riding on the sidewalks on the east side of town.  We will end with a Subway/Cold Snap social, so feel free to bring a little spending money or your own snack and beverage.  Sites we’ll visit include Idlewild subdivision, the Homestead Community Garden, and the Fairhope Dog Park at Volanta Park.  This is a very flat sidewalk route in the commercial area out near the 4-lane Hwy 98.

March 20, 21, 22nd (Fri, Sat, Sun) – Volunteers STILL Needed.

bike valet logo from ipad  See this link for more details on the FREE Bike Valet service at the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.   Email Molly for info or to volunteer:  SlowBicycleSocietyES@gmail.com .  This is a great chance to promote safe bicycling in our community.  Come out and enjoy the fun!

 

March 22nd (Sunday) – 5:15 p.m.   Arts & Crafts Ride   

fairhope clockBegins beside the Bike Valet tent on Bancroft Street, just behind the Fairhope Museum.  Riding around Fairhope, including the hilly, but charming, Fruit & Nut section.  Expect after-ride eating and drinking options!

 

 

 

March 25th (Wednesday) – EVENT  The Baldwin County Trailblazers are hosting a day full of bicycle related programs in Fairhope. More details coming soon.BCT color logo

  • 8:00 a.m.       Bicycle Travel & Tourism: Strategies for Businesses & Community Leaders
  • Lunchtime       Bicycle Advocates’ Lunch
  • 6:00 p.m.         Bicycle Friendly: What is it and why does it matter?

 

March 28th & 29th (Saturday & Sunday) –  Tammany Trace  –  New Orleans Lake Front & City Park

save the date  Ride one or both days! We’ll have a Saturday morning start along the Tammany Trace, enjoying this lovely flat, rail-trail route most of the afternoon. Overnight suggested in Covington, LA (Courtyard or Residence Inn have good rates), and then a Sunday morning drive to begin our ride along the Lake Front near Metairie. Full details coming soon, so save-the-date. For more info on the Rail-Trail, see http://www.tammanytrace.org/