My guess is that the ride leaders will split the group into several smaller groups based on experience/skill level, with an experienced leader for each group. Each group will also have a sweep rider to make sure no one gets separated. Read Scotts posts regarding ride rules and protocols and it should make feel a little more comfortable.Jon The Buddha said:Wow... I am really starting to wonder if I am ready for this!
My riding experience is strictly commuting. I bet I have never gone more than 30 miles without reaching my destination. This will also be my first group-type ride.
I bought my current bike so I could start doing some touring, but I have yet to do one. I have no qualms about my ride up to Eureka Springs, but now that I see the distances that will be covered each day we are there, I wonder if this is a little much for my level. I also envisioned this to be a much smaller gathering, giving me a better chance to get good advice and mentoring from those I would be riding with.
Someone tell me it will be OK! I was/am REALLY looking forward to this trip to gain some valuable experience, but the number of people and distances involved are making me question if this is a good idea at the moment. Some advice from experienced riders would be appreciated! PM if you would rather.
Don't worry Pacman...I'm not trying to abandon you just yet!
Tourmeister said:As for the distance thing, you will be sore. If you are not used to riding 300-400 miles a day, by the end of the day your concentration will begin to drop off. Your muscles will be tired. It really helps to do some stretching. Whenever the group stops, spend just a minute or two stretching and walking around. Be sure to stay hydrated as well, not just with water, but something like Gatorade. This makes a BIG difference towards the end of the day. It does not matter if it is not hot out either. A camel-bak is good because it lets you drink small amounts frequently as opposed to large amounts all at once. Chugging large amounts at a stop does not good because your body cannot absorb it all. I think the average person can take in about 8 oz every 15-20 minutes. Drink more than that and it just passes through the system and makes you have to whiz a lot. Lastly, I would take 800mg of Ibuprofen with dinner the night BEFORE the first day of riding, and again at breakfast the day of the ride. Then at lunch and dinner, and the remaining days of riding, I would take a normal dose (400mg). This really helps with the sore joints and stiffness.
No problem, dude. Sorry if it sounded like I was talking down to you. I think I misunderstood main gist of you post. Looking forward to the journey!Jon The Buddha said:Thanks TM...that's the stuff I was talking about.
I wasn't really worried about my riding ablity, just my endurance and my inexperience with group riding. This ain't my first bike, but it is a new bike and my first "dual-sport". I don't want to get in over my head and do something stupid due to being saddle-worn.
Thanks for all the encourgement...I'll be there! Besides, I got about $800 worth of Givi goodies due off the UPS truck tomorrow (FARKLE!!). Doesn't that stuff automatically make you a better rider??
Thanks also to Pac and Squeaky!
pacman1 said:No problem, dude. Sorry if it sounded like I was talking down to you. I think I misunderstood main gist of you post. Looking forward to the journey!
Now who can tell me how to safetly strap a case of Shiner Bock to the back of ZRX? I have a promise to Jon to keep.
If not, I can attest that it makes for a good frame sliderJon The Buddha said:Thanks for all the encourgement...I'll be there! Besides, I got about $800 worth of Givi goodies due off the UPS truck tomorrow (FARKLE!!). Doesn't that stuff automatically make you a better rider?? !
Matt, I'll volunteer to lead the "Reasonable" group for you. That should force me to pay attention, ride sanely and avoid a repeat of last year's little mishap.STrider said:The ride leaders (who have yet to positively identify themselves - which I'm thinking is gonna make me one) WILL keep their group together.
If it's just kocook (hey kent - did you notice thermalser volunteered you?) and myself as leaders (we both have sweepers), Kent will take the High Tolerance group, I will take the Reasonable - Medium Tolerance group.
I think Therm volunteered hisself, too. How did it just become me?STrider said:If it's just kocook (hey kent - did you notice thermalser volunteered you?) and myself as leaders (we both have sweepers), Kent will take the High Tolerance group, I will take the Reasonable - Medium Tolerance group.
I'd considered both, but I'm thinking I like the same roads, same day plan better. We could pick a spot, or a time, say wherever the first group finds at close to noon, park somewhere the following groups will see you from the road, and that's the spot. -DFW_Warrior said:Matt, are you planning on having the groups ride different rides each day? For example Group A will ride the AR route on Saturday and Group B will ride the MO route, then switch the following day? Or will we all be riding the same route on the same day (my favorite choice )? Knowing that info, we might be able to pick a better meeting spot.
We had terrible service last time we were up there as a group. Maybe we'll have better luck this time.STrider said: