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The 3rd Annual MLK Ride

If you missed the 3rd annual Martin Luther King ride back on January 18th, I really feel sorry for you. You missed out on a great day. Below you will find a brief write up of what went down, but trust me when I tell you that it was 412% more awesome than this will show.

MLK 3 Ride at the Berryman Trail

Above is the group that stuck around for a photo at the start of the ride. There were a few people who rolled out earlier for TWO laps at Berryman and one guy who even ended up doing THREE laps! There were a few people who showed up later and did a lap as well. We probably had 20 – 25 people all together.

Since I’ve put on a serious “winter coat,” I only planned on doing 5 – 10 miles before heading back to the trail-head to fire up the grill. My friend Rhonda had only ridden single track once or twice before, so she wasn’t planning on doing a full lap either. So we decided to stick together at the back of the pack.

Rhonda on one of the climbs.

The trail was in great shape, and although it was chilly to start, the weather was pretty damn nice considering it was mid-January.

The riding was fun, but my lungs and legs hated my fat ass. So I talked Rhonda into bailing around the 5 or 6 mile mark. We cut out on a jeep road that would lead us to a gravel road leading back to the trail-head. There was one frozen puddle across the jeep road that was a bit tricky.

Icy crash on the Berryman Trail

This photo may or may not have been staged. It may or may not have actually been me who crashed.

We hopped out on the gravel road and made it back to the trailhead with no more issues. We changed into dry clothes, and I fired the grill up.

But first I tapped the keg (courtesy of Dave Baettie via Team TOG – HUGE thanks to him/them). I only tapped the keg so early to make sure it would be ready for the rest of the riders when they rolled in – of course I might have had a sample or two. Besides, the keg had my name written all over it.

Blue Moon Keg at the MLK ride at the Berryman Trail

It’s mine. All mine!

After the grill was good and hot I kicked off what has become an MLK tradition: Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookies! Kate brought a bunch of cookies, and when grilled over charcoal, they taste just like they’re fresh out of the oven with just a hint of smokiness.




If you’ve never done this, do it the next time you grill and thank me later.

There was a plethora of tubed meat, beef patties, cheeses, side dishes, desserts, and ice-cold Blue Moon. Everyone brought a little something to share, and for that, I thank you all.

BBQ after the MLK bike ride at Berryman Trail

Food always tastes better after a good ride.

As the riders started to roll in, everyone gathered around the grill, eating, drinking, and making merry while trying to stay warm. Here are a few photos of the festivities:

Berryman Trail Group Ride

L to R: Becca, Steve, Dave (or Jim) Chuck, Josh, and Rhonda.

Helmet hair at Berryman

Blue Moon Dave rockin’ some serious helmet hair.

Group at Berryman Trail

L to R: Kate, Me, Becca, Phil, Chuck, Caleb, Rhonda, Dave, and Dave (Jim).

Mo and some of the other Team Red Wheel guys were there, but this is the only photo I got of any of them. I think the rest were always at the keg.

Mickey Mouth was there too! This ride was good training for the Super Century… Oh wait… Mickey never did the Super Century.

Everyone was having a grand time after the ride, but then I turned around to see a truly horrific sight. As my eyes fell upon the ghastly scene, it felt like someone kicked me in the nards and punched me in the face simultaneously.

How could anyone, especially someone I considered a close friend, do something so terrible?

Please be warned that the photo below is difficult to look at. If you are sensitive, you may want to scroll right past it. You’ve been warned.

Virtus Jersey on the ground

This poor, poor Virtus Jersey was abandoned by Kate.  She left it to die alone on the cold concrete. This is blasphemous!

Kate tried to hide the fact that she had disgraced our team, but I’m a photo-ninja. I was too quick for her, and I got the above photo. Then I snapped one of her trying to hide the evidence:

Kate with her disgraced jersey.

What’s that behind your back, Kate?

Many miles of single track were shredded, lots of stories were told, much bread (and wind) was broken, gallons of beer were consumed. It was another fantastic ride and barbeque.

Our brethren from the Hoosier Daddies  were dearly missed. They were the ones who truly made the 1st MLK and 2nd MLK rides/parties a smashing success. Hopefully, they’ll once again join us at MLK 4 next year, and hopefully so will you. And maybe someday, our very own Bob Jenkins will make it to the MLK ride… maybe.

The Berryman for Every Man (and Woman)

In case you missed our previous post, there is a group ride going down this Saturday, Jan 14th at the infamous Berryman Trail.  When I wrote that post, all I wanted to do was get a few people together to ride, but it looks like this will be more than that.  It looks like there will be a very good turnout with lots of our friends as well as some soon-to-be-friends that we have yet to meet.  Are you going to be there?

I’ll be staying at my sweet, saintly Grandma’s house in Cuba on Friday night with a couple of my friends, but I know some people would probably like to carpool on Saturday morning.  Leave a comment if you want to hitch a ride from Jeff City, and I’ll hook you up with a friend that’s heading down to Berryman on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, I’ll be getting up really early to register for some guaranteed pain and suffering as well as a chance at redemption at the Dirty Kanza 200 (where things did not go very smoothly for me last year).  After some breakfast, we’ll voyage through the booming metropolis of Steelville to meet up at the Berryman Campground around 7:30.

I’d like to be clipped in and rolling on some sweet single track by 8:00 AM (8:30 at the very latest).  If you need more info on the trail, you can go right here, and if you need a map (courtesy of GORC), take a look below:

The Berryman Trail Map

Click the pic for a printable map

All riders of all skill levels are welcome.  I’ll be really slow since I’ve put on my “winter coat” over the last month or two, so don’t worry about slowing anyone down.  It’s all about the fun and experience for me.  There will also be some pretty fast riders having some fun on Saturday, so if you want to rip it, you can do that too.  Mother Nature looks like she’ll even cooperate with us: Sunny with a high of 45 degrees.  So basically, you have no excuse for missing this ride… Except for kidney stones, your nephews’ birthday party, or a Quantum Leap Marathon on TV.  Any other excuse will not be accepted.

So just come on out and enjoy a great day of riding together.  Drop us a line in the comments section below or on our facebook page if you want us to wait for you at the trailhead.  Or just show up and ride with us.  Seriously, we really hope to see you there!

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