Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Fall 2023

RBS 2023 IS IN THE BOOKS! If you missed it there is always next year. We started out on Friday Oct 20th with 13 riders but unfortunately a broken spoke sent "purple bike Mike G." home early; too bad "MacGyver Bruce" or "MacGyver" Ed wasn't along. Weather was perfect, food was good, fire pit was good, routes were good, but most of all the company and fellowship with great friends was amazing and always the weekend highlight! Without participation this 3 day ride is not possible, thanks to all that attended and helped with the planning. Special thanks to Traci and Mike Short for providing the vehicle and hauling bags and coolers to RBS and back! Everything else can be a mess and tolerable but without our bags and coolers its a "crap show." Thank you Traci and Mike!

Between all riders appox 2,000+ miles and 81,000+ feet of elevation was ridden (not sure how many miles Tony rode around the rest stop store on Sunday :). 
Dates are tentative for 2024,  October 18th, 19th and 20th.

We did have to use a bit of duck tape....

It is hard to believe that another October is almost here and you know what that means? Not just "Football Time In Tennessee", but FOGBEES annual fall ride to Red Boiling Springs and the historic Armour's Hotel

October 20, 21, 22 will be here in just a few weeks. 

I have been in touch with Mark and Kallay the new owners/inn keepers and they are excited to have us back for another fun weekend. We have the entire hotel booked (12 rooms) except for one that was reserved long ago. There is currently one room available at the hotel, and I am holding two more for folks that will decide soon, there could be 2--3 rooms open up. But not to fear as there are other hotels in the area and just down the street so we can all still gather and fellowship on the front porch at the Armour's and enjoy Kallay's wonderful cooking. 

Those that I am holding rooms for, please confirm as soon as possible. If you want to attend and enjoy three days of cycling with the FOGBEES, or two days or even one day please reach out to me as we have routes that can accommodate most everyone. For example if you want to ride from Gallatin to Hartsville and have lunch with us; there is a route. If you want to park in Hartsville and ride to RBS; there is a route, same on the returns. Saturday we will ride from the Hotel into Gainesboro and back, several routes available, 60+, 51, and a shorter route. Sunday we ride back to either Hartsville if you parked there or Gallatin.

This is a rain or shine ride, and many of us have rode it in all kinds of weather, makes for good conversation on the porch. This is always a fun weekend for the FOGBEES and their wives, if you are interested you can still join us, give me a call at 615-572-5045, email me, or catch me on a ride soon.

Routes are being finalized and the same needs to happen for the head count so I can give Kallay a hard number for food. 

Routes and finial details will be posted by Oct 15th. Questions reach out to me.

See Ya There!


UPDATE 10/16/23

Final plans are in place for this upcoming weekend ride to Red Boiling Springs October 20,21,22. Saturday and Sunday forecast looks good with mostly sunshine and cool temps, Friday we may have to start in the rain, but looks like it will move thru quickly, so dress accordingly. 

NOTE: There are two rooms available, if anyone would still like to join in. Call me.

PARKING: Gallatin, TN: W FRANKLIN STREET, public parking lot with cameras in front of the Gallatin Police Department and across from the Gallatin Fire Department  (public parking lot between the Farmers Market and Police Station). Same location as last year.

DEPART: arrive by 8:30AM and we plan to depart at 9:00AM once everyone has their bags and coolers loaded we will head out.

REMAINDER of the Day: Enjoy the ride to Hartsville, TN appox 29 miles (half way) have lunch at the famous  Dillehay's Cafe in downtown Hartsville 102 E Main Street. There are other options in the area; Taco and Co., Sonic, McDonalds, Gas Station/Store or get to RBS and have a late lunch there. Then on up to Red Boiling Springs and the Armour's Hotel B&B for an afternoon of socializing, lite snacks (furnished) and fun. You may bring additional snacks if you want, also this is a BYOB weekend.

MEALS: All meals are included, country style breakfast, order off the menu dinner and a light lunch on Saturday after the ride. Meal times and daily start times will be announced at RBS. 

ROUTES & OPTIONS: Three days of riding but you do not have to ride every day. Routes are posted below. Contact me for questions concerning riding options. For example you can ride to Hartsville on Friday and have car transportation to RBS. Drive to Hartsville on Friday, meet us for lunch and ride to RBS. My contact info is or phone me at 615-572-5045

Special thanks to those that help make this weekend possible, The Short's (bag and cooler transportation, EME SAG), The Knake's (bag and coolers, EME SAG, route review) and Dave M. (Saturday Routes). Could not do it without you !! Thanks so much.


See ya there!
Advise if you have questions.