Season Kick Off and Anniversary!!

“Slow Bike Society 8th Anniversary and Season Kick-off Event: 
Sunday Aug 25th at 3pm: Meet up at the Fairhope Public Library (501 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope).

il_fullxfull.1809882806_pfmkRosalie will provide a presentation at the Fairhope Library about “Race of the Century: The Heroic True Story of the 1908 New-York-to-Paris Auto Race”. Come hear how a bicycle saves the day in this unbelievably exciting tale. There will be free snacks and drinks provided at the presentation immediately followed by a 10-12 mile bike ride around downtown. But not just any SBS ride: it will be The Mental Pedal Challenge. Grab drinks/food at McSharry’s afterwards where scores will be tallied and the winner announced. In addition, we will gather to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore.”

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June 29, Saturday – Biking and Lunch

Backcountry trail logoSaturday Morning Ride 6/29/2019 at 8am: “And Now For Something Completely Different”.

Meet up at 8am at the Gulf Shores Regions Bank parking lot (1400 Gulf Shores Parkway or Southeast corner of Hwy 59 and Fort Morgan Blvd). This is the western trailhead for the Gulf Shores State Park/Backcountry Trail (DO NOT head to the Orange Beach Sports Complex parking lot). Ride will be approximately 25-30 miles with SIX MILES all to ourselves that you have never ridden before. Check out new eagle’s nest with telescope. Generally flat terrain with very gentle hills at a pace of 9-10mph. Bring water with you but there are also water fountains for refilling along our route. Finish with optional lunch at new Woodside Restaurant near our parked cars.

Summer Schedule 2019

“Summertime and the Biking is Easy”

Beginning June and continuing through August, Slow Bikers will have a relaxed schedule without the monthly scheduled rides.  However, we still wish to continue riding when we can.  At any time during the summer, week day or weekend, if you feel like riding and would like others to join follow the steps below:

  • Write a description of your ride including date, time and location.  Indicate the approximate mileage and difficulty of the ride.
  • If you have a Facebook account, post the description to the Slow Bicycle Facebook Page.
  • Email your description to vpstickney@yahoo.com and your ride details will be emailed to the Slow Bicycle members.Hot summer stroll ppt

Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 – ES Trail

5117ySjjv-L._SX425_Meet at the Marietta Johnson Statue at the top of the Fairhope Bluff at 3:00. Riders will proceed to Mullet Point and back. We will ride 17 miles at a slow social pace (8mph-10mph) along the mostly flat Eastern Shore Trail.  However, riders have an option to turn back at the Grand Hotel which would be approximately an 8-10 mile ride.
The total ride will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Bring water and sunscreen.

Tanglefoot Trip – Mark Your Calendar!

Tanglefoot Rails-to-Trails Trip – October 11-13, 2019
Tanglefoot is the longest Rails-to-Trails conversion in Mississippi through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains but it is flat and mostly shady making for a delightful ride. We shall pass through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands through the land of the Chickasaws. Small towns along the way include Ecru, Algoma, and New Houlka.
       Friday:  Meet at pm on Friday 10/11/2019 at the Houston, Mississippi trailhead parking at 583 West Church Street. Short ride to lunch at The Grind (fantastic burgers and milkshakes!!!) in downtown Houston. Total ride 25-26 miles. Pack your weekend clothes and supplies with you on your bike. 2-night room accommodations in Pontotoc are either:
  •  America’s Best Value Inn 662-489-5200 (Slow Biker rate $69.95+ tax per night for  either king or 2 queens)
  •  Bodock Bed & Breakfast 662-488-9908 (rates vary).
            Saturday:  Bike to walking tour of Ingomar Mounds archaeological site (2,200 years old) in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (10/14/2019). This Mound tour is a short spur off of the Rails-to-Trails route so this will be our one and only short hill on a lightly-traveled county road for the entire 3 days. Ride to New Albany having lunch at the Vintage Market and Old Time Soda Fountain. Bike back to Pontotoc staying at the same motel or B&B. Total ride 40-45 miles. Walk to dinner.
            Sunday:  Ride back to Houston, have lunch and drive home.  Total miles 25-26 miles.
Approximately 100 miles total over 3 days. 
You must bring front and rear lights for your bike and helmets are required.  Sunset is at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday night.
Questions? Send PM to Rosalie Stromme. More details to follow but book your room(s) now if you are planning to come.” Click the link in the first paragraph for the Tanglefoot website.

May 2019 Rides

Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 – Cinco de Mayo!

cycle-Medium_size_jpgBiking, food, drink and great friends….let’s celebrate together!!  Parker Gray has graciously offered his home for us to gather after a ride through Fairhope.  He will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and riders may bring a beverage of their choice and a dish to share.

Meet at 3:00 at Regions Bank at the corner of Greeno and Morphy.  Rosalie will lead us on a 12-13 mile ride with some gentle hills before we gather at Parker’s home.  Parker’s home is on Michigan St. around the corner from Regions Bank.

Saturday, May 11 – Good Life Ride

IMG_1887The Good Life Ride is a public event  beginning at the Lodge at Gulf State Park.  In order to register and get additional details, use this link.   The deadline for online registration is May 8th.  Several Slow Bike Society members are participating in this ride but it is not planned as a group ride.  Please register if you are interested and we hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 12 – Mothers’ Day

c9f669_fd7770d50bca4c1ca2edc644d063ca7f_mv2The SBS will not have a scheduled ride today.  Happy Mothers’ Day!

Saturday, May 18 – Cycling for Sickle Cell

Let’s Cycle for Sickle Cell in 2019! What do you say? You wanna do it? Let’s go for a short 12-mile fun ride. Cost is $20 which includes T-Shirt (if registered by May 3) refreshments, sweep vehicle and ride protection by the Mobile Police Dept.

The 2019 Cycling for Sickle Cell Ride is a fun ride to raise funds to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Mobile Chapter, Inc. (SCDAA-MC). This annual event  gives the organization a chance to share information about sickle cell disease and how it affects our community. We certainly hope that you will take a moment to learn about the services we provide and the people we serve. The last three year’s events were tons of fun, and we expect to have a fantastic time with you this year! Come ride with us, and help us “Break the sickle cycle!

Sunday, May 19 – ES Trail at 3:00

5117ySjjv-L._SX425_Meet at the Marietta Johnson Statue at the top of the Fairhope Bluff at 3:00.  Riders will proceed to Mullet Point and back. We will ride 17 miles at a slow social pace (8mph-10mph) along the mostly flat Eastern Shore Trail.  However, riders have an option to turn back at the Grand Hotel which would be approximately an 8-10 mile ride.
The total ride will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Bring water and sunscreen.

Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 – Daphne to Montrose

bike-ice-creamMeet at the Daphne Public Library at 3:00.  We will ride the ES Trail to Montrose and back.  On the return trip, there is an option to stop at Whit’s for an ice cream treat. This is a moderate ride with a few gradual inclines and will be about 8-10 miles.