The Ride to the Ride (and back)

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Any ride, local or dynamic, requires you to take a ride to the ride.  When I plan local rides, I usually try to find a good location to start a ride that has some convenience for everyone.  I always start it at or near a gas station so there is no excuse for not having a full tank when we leave.

Many of the rides I plan are classified as our “Big Rides.”  In May we start our 360Bikers Ultimate Big Ride that hits all 48 lower-states.  The starting point is at Sharon’s in Georgia and I ride 180 miles to get there.  So, I planned a nice ride to get to the start of the ride.  There’s no rule it has to be boring!  Plan your ride to the ride to enjoy it.

Looking ahead to 2020 when we will be doing the SCMA Four-Corners Tour, I had to plan my ride to the starting point in Key West, FL.  It’s a little over 1,000 miles and easily would qualify as a Saddle Sore 1000 IBA ride if I wanted.  But I’ve made a plan that includes visits with friends.  Make your plan to ride to the ride something useful and fun.  There’s nothing like visiting fellow riders that you haven’t seen in awhile…or that you never met before!

The Four-Corners ride rules require you to reach all four extreme corners of the Continental USA in 21 days or less, but it mentions nothing about getting home.  So, I planned my ride back from San Ysidro to include the Apache Trail outside of Phoenix and the Coronado Trail, which has been a bucket list item since Andre told me about it.  After that, I may plan more diversions.  The point is, you always have three rides:  The ride to the ride; the ride; and the ride home from the ride.  Make them all part of your therapy.

Ride safely!