Well, I had a big reply yesterday and I guess I didn't hit the submit button, or didn't wait long enough before I closed the browser. Let's try this again, with a bit more info anyway:
Originally Posted by Bear on a bicycle
Aw man!! You guys are gonna make me buy a new tire. Well... it HAS been awhile since I've been out ridin...
Get that new tire.
I need to change my oil. Maybe I'll get that done this weekend.
I've ridden the three sisters with Bear twice, and will definitely recommend him as a ride leader. He knows the roads pretty well and his skills can be trusted. I was definitely faster following him than I could have been leading. If you're looking for racetrack speeds, look elsewhere. The roads simply won't take it. Oncoming traffic crosses the yellow, the chip and seal pavement gives up loose gravel, and wildlife abounds. (Including sheep the size of horses capable of leaping tall fences in a single bound! Bear has cool hand signals to warn of such things...) November weekends will probably have a good bit of traffic visiting Lost Maples for fall foliage viewing.
Nevertheless, if you are capable of keeping up with him, Bear will set a pace more than quick enough to keep you happy and erase your chicken strips. He was faster the first time we rode together, but still set a fun pace the second without leaving the slow pokes in our group too far behind.
I'd like to ride with you all, but I don't think I can get away this year - especially since the ride is now a LOT longer.
Sounds like a good ride leader. Yeah, the three sisters can be very technical. Last time I went through there, about a month ago, I came across a herd of those bear-goats crossing right in the middle of a decreasing radius turn.
Luckily I wasn't going fast because I was trying out a VROD that my brother had rented. Did I say I really love my Versys?
I don't know if I can keep up with Bear or not (probably not), but I'm not exactly slow. I just usually choose to be slow.
Well, I'm Mr. New Guy here - I've got 9 months or so with my 'M' endorsement, so I'll happily bring up the rear...
Ride your own ride. As I said, the three sisters (especially 336) get very technical. If you're not comfortable with long trips (away from home) or tight turns, I"m fine with staying with local roads closer to Austin -- there are some good ones. Honestly, if you take the trip at your own pace you should be fine, plus it's a great experience.
Having said all that, here's what I'm thinking. (The meet-up point might change depending upon where we decide to go.) We could check out the Leakey/Three Sisters area (eat at Mac & Ernie's, ?), we could head out to the Llano/Marble Falls area (eat at Coopers, Bluebonnet, ?), or we could stay closer to Austin/San Antonio and hang out in the Wimberley/Canyon Lake/Driftwood area (eat at Salt Lick, ?) I'm up for other suggestions, too.
Let the voting commence! -- write-ins welcome. (I'm a democratic ride organizer. Well, actually I'm just compensating for my lack of experience with ride organizing, but...