Sunday, May 31, 2009

2nd Annual Hy-Vee Double Bagger

WHAT a FUN time.

You know we came across this link somewhere or the other and decided to give it a try. We had
a great time and met a handful of new friends.


The "Baggers" on the Bridge to Nowhere

We pulled into the 132nd St HyVee for the ride and found ourselves in a group of about 12 riders. Kick off time was to be 10am and when we left at 10:30 or so I knew this was my kind of group. The pace was perfect and the breaks were perfect and the beer breaks were perfect and the stop at SCHMEDLEYS Driving range for refreshments and relaxation was a highlight. By the time we had made 7 or 8 miles and our second Hy-Vee I think there were about 4 tire changes,

Changing tires again on the Bagger Ride

thankfully the rest of the ride was pretty uneventful as far as breakdowns or issues go. (with the exception of yours truly about becoming ROAD MEAT cruising down maple street) The ride went well, combining some street riding with some neighbor tours and the West Papio and Keystone Trail.

Dutch, the guys who put this on, is a good guy, keeping the spirit up during the ride and not getting too serious about it. You know, had we pulled up and found a bunch of guys all decked out in uniforms and on road bikes we probably would have turned around and made our own ride for the day.

The "Baggers" at a Hy-Vee (hummmm)

The ride ended up being about 50 miles and in the end we had pretty much canvased Omaha west of 72nd St. You can see our actual route and more details on Go Dutch GO by accessing the link on the right.

There are always a few lessons learned.
1. Always come prepared to ride in the dark, you never know how long a ride might actually take.
2. Always carry a spare or two or three.
3. Take a sharper angle when crossing the seam in the street.

We'll be out Monday at 6pm at Zorinsky for our regular Monday night ride. We'll go 16 with the option of 8 for any first timers or the option of 4 for anyone bringing there kids. See you there.

Safe Riding - BIG DOG

Here are a few more pictures of the ride and the rest of our pictures can be seen by clicking the link under "Ride Pictures" in the right hand column of this site.

Eric and Bob

The Big Dog

Another Hy-Vee

FORE... Action at Schmedley's

Taylor and Dutch

Jodi and Greg at the "Beer Under I-80 Stop"

Dutch and Greg

Johnny "Paradise"

Eric, Zach and April relaxing at Schmedley's

Alpha and Omega
A LONG Day but a Fun Day - Who's Ready for Bed

Another Hy-Vee - Leaving there at 10:30 PM :-)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Taco Ride is Impressive

Wow, Wow.... Until you've experienced it you wont quite understand. It's almost like a CULT following; Mom's, Dad's, Son's, Daughters, Skinny, Fat, Old, Not So Old - They are ALL there.

We made our maiden voyage on the Taco Run on Thursday night and it was VERY enjoyable and really lived up to the expectation. The Ride itself is a decent challenge, I am not saying its HARD by any stretch but its not quite the same as riding 10 miles down the Keystone trail on concrete. There is a steady slight up grade going toward the middle of the route where Margaritiville is from both directions. Obviously things that go up must go down and the downward push into Minneola can get pretty quick, same for the downward push back to Lewis Central. Fantastic Ride and although there were LOTS of folks there you were NEVER crowded on the trail.

We had to wait about 20 minutes or so at Minneola to actually get into the bar so we could get back out to the beer garden. It really wasn't that big of deal but it did get to the point after we had sat there for a while that the bar was at MAXIMUM capacity so they couldn't let more in until more filed out. I am guessing MAX Capacity was probably 400 or in that ballpark. Beers were cold, Taco's were good. We met MARK, a veteran and his buddies at the bar, friendly people.

A great ride and a great trip, the trail was smooth, and well maintained. - We'll be back again next week, looking at a 6pm departure at the trail head.

The ONLY negative I could see over the entire night is that some riders were not wearing helmets and a few didn't have tail lights. Please, if you decide to join us or go on your own, wear a helmet, have a headlight and have a taillight or ride with someone who does.

Some Pictures from the Ride.

Alpha and Omega :-)

Margaritaville on the way down.


Taco's on the TACO Ride

Outside the Minneola Steak House

Safe Riding, see you next Time - BIG

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Omaha Double Bagger - Saturday May 30th

We are looking at the Omaha Double Bagger on Saturday the 30th. There is a link posted on the right for more details. I am looking at the shorter "bail out" ride and I think OMEGA may have a little more interest in the longer ride. I dunno, sometimes he can be a little CRAZY, just like a 3 Legged Dog.

Sunday night we'll probably make our traditional ride around Zorinsky to top off the weekend. Here's hoping for good weather and fun riding.

As always let us know if you'd like to join us.


Taco Ride this Thursday

The Wild Dogs Bike Club will be making their inaugrial trip on the infamous Taco Ride on this coming Thursday night. We'll depart from the Iowa School for the Deaf at approximately 6:30pm. See the EVENTS links on the right hand column for the link for the Taco Ride. Let us know if you want to join us.

Friday, May 15, 2009


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