Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bunyan's to Bob's - Just Livin' the Dream!

For a few years, since we discovered the national treasure that is Bob's Bar in Martinsburg, NE, we have discussed having a semi- organized ride to Bob's starting at Vermillion's own treasure, Bunyan’s. Well folks, talk is over. Reality takes its place.

Plans are underway and a date has been set. May 17th is the official date of the 1st Annual Bunyan’s to Bob’s - Burgers, Bikes, and Brews Extravaganza. There are still some details to be ironed out about this ride, but the plan at this point it to meet at Bunyan’s in Vermillion at about 8:30 in the morning, enjoy a beer or two and maybe a light breakfast of some sort, and head out to Martinsburg about 9:30.

While this is only a trip of 25 or so miles(one way), it’s not an easy 25 miles as there are some good climbs on the gravel roads. The plan is to eat at Bob’s Bar and then return home. For those of you who have eaten there before, this will be no easy task. Bob’s has portions more suitable for a 350lb NFL lineman than for cyclists, but that’s part of the beauty. At this point there is NO PLAN for a SAG back to Vermillion. Should you plan on only going one way, make sure that you make your own arrangements to get back to Vermillion. In a major pinch, Laura and the trusty Ford Deathstar can probably be thrust into taxi service for a small fee.

For those of you who missed the first post with the route, it’s HERE. I did a little calling to both bars, and both are VERY excited to have us which is an awesome start. I will call back to each with more information on number of riders as the ride draws nearer so I need to know those who are planning on attending. Make your interest known now so I can get an early estimate.

In other news, what else would you like to see with this ride?
SAG support – probably not happening – Newcastle is 15 miles into the ride. Plan on enough to make it that far and refuel.
T-Shirts – a good possibility-such an epic ride probably deserves a t-shirt. Let me know if you want one and we will get a cost for the shirts (this – and your food/drinks, will be your only cost).
Anything else?

LATE EDIT:There WILL be an option to stay on the paved road and go to Ponca and then south to Martinsburg. This makes it about 33 (I'm guessing here) miles, but all would be on the road. The gravel roads in Nebraska can be loose in spots, slick/semi-slicks are probably not the best option to travel on the gravel.


Anonymous said...

OK, I checked my calendar and I have that day free, I would love to participate, except I have no mountain bike. Does the gravel on the roads usually have the really hard semismooth 3 lanes/driving ruts so my hybrid could handle them?
Would love a T-shirt too!

CDV said...

I just got word, all the family will be out of town that weekend except for me. This could be one of the best rides of the summer!! Anyone for a century after Bob's??

bikingbrady said...

Well I guess that we know where the post ride party will be now don't we!

SD_pedalpower said...

Sound like fun. I've added it to my calendar so it's official. T-shirts would be great. If you don't have a connection Cafepress.com is an easy way to create your shirts but they are more expensive than someone local.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. B
I created an all paved road route on map my ride for this extravaganza. I called it;
Biking Bradys' Bunyans' to Bobs' Paved Road Route.
33.4 miles making a nice metric century ride.
Looking forward to it.

thE_kErnEl said...

i'm guessing i'll be riding the all-paved route, but you never know.

btw, my mom was born in newcastle. lots of emrys and lunds around that area.