Tour De Coop 2014 Memphis

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Tour De Coop 2014. Here we go.

I had heard about this bicycle tour last year. For whatever reason, I did not participate in the bike ride. The subject was interesting though. Tour Cooper Young and see how my neighbors are planting vegetable gardens, raising chickens and cultivating bee hives. After finding a poster at a local coffee shop, I decided to join the ride this year. Grow Memphis sponsored the event.

Tour De Coop Memphis

Let me first state, I am not the guy who grows ANY vegetables, chickens or bee’s or anything else. I am lucky if my flowers don’t die in the flower bed. That’s as much as I can grow. Flowers. But I was curious as to what others in Memphis were growing in their yards or lots.

(Note; any errors are mine alone. Shooting the video was difficult due to low flying planes. Just as EVERY host began to speak, a plane flew by.)

Saturday morning I biked my way to Wiseacre Brewery. The ride started at 8:00 a.m., so I made an effort to arrive early for the event. Reaching the parking lot of Wiseacre, I was the third person waiting for the tour to start. I later picked up my “Tour De Coop” shirt and a bottle of water. At 8:00 a.m., the temperature outside was cool, but that would later change.

Blog reader Frank approached me, and we talked about Memphis, bicycles, ect. Good talk. He was signed up for the long ride as well. (The “long ride” was 15 miles) I wondered how many people signed up were going out for the long ride. My best estimate was only 10% of the tour would participate in the long ride. From what I saw online, 135 people were signed up total. By my guess, 13 people would bike the 15 miles. I was wrong. When we were asked to line up for the long ride, my group alone totaled 14 people. And the other group had nearly the same amount of people for the long ride.

There was a question asked early in the event, “Does everyone have extra tubes, tools, ect. for a flat tire?” Maybe half of the riders had extra tubes. (P.S.A. PLEASE carry an extra tube, mobile air pump and the tools to change a flat tire. Thank you.)

After our group was formed we followed our fearless leader Patrick to our first stop. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but we headed down the street. The first few gardens were located in the Binghampton neighborhood. Big empty lots were turned into vegetable gardens. Excellent. Hear from the host about this urban garden here.

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The second stop was just down the street.

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The vegetables looked amazing. The host talked about how neighborhood children would weed and help with the garden, and would be paid for their work. Now that is a plan. The children benefit from working, the neighborhood benefits from the vegetables grown. I love it. Listen to the host talk about this urban garden here.

3 Tour de coop 2014 McAdoo 2

Our group moved further down the street to meet a man who raised chickens.

4 Tour de coop 2014 McAdoo 2nd stop

This was the first chicken coop I have viewed up close. The talk was very informative about raising chickens. “You won’t get rich by doing it, but you know what is in the eggs you are eating.” Some group members had questions, including myself. Most of the tour that day consisted of the host speaking about the garden / coop / bee hive for 10 minutes, then the group asked questions for about 10 minutes.

Moving on, we biked a short distance to find a large garden, including a bee hive.

5 Tour de coop 2014 4th stop bee hive

This garden included many fig trees as well. I was amazed how all of this was happening in Memphis and I knew nothing of it. Watch the video of the host explaining this large urban garden here.

Heading south, we biked down Hollywood past Southern. The next stop was a charter school. A garden was set up outside next to the school.

6 Tour de coop 2014 Elementary school

The school children helped with the garden. Teachers and neighbors received vegetables. As we were told, there was more than enough vegetables to go around for everyone. Although the vegetable garden was a success for the first year, the host said some mistakes were made. (This was the first time she had ever attempted to grow a vegetable garden.) “Use cages to grow your tomatoes. Without cages, it is difficult to gather the vegetables.” Lesson learned. If you look closely to the photo, you will notice stone benches created from leftover bricks in the background. Clever. Another fact I found troubling; the school cafeteria cannot use the vegetables grown in the garden due to government regulations. Something is clearly wrong. Vegetables grown by students should be first on the menu list in the school cafeteria. Maybe things will change in the future. Hear a teacher discuss the school garden here.

Our next stop was close. A large lot was used as a vegetable garden. Since the host wasn’t there to speak, the group talked about some of the newer local restaurants.

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I still couldn’t believe how I missed out on these public gardens in the past.

After a short stop, we headed west towards Stax.

8 Tour de coop 2014 stax

This would be the first time I have ventured into this neighborhood. I was surprised by how many homes looked like some houses in my neighborhood 38104. We pulled up to the next garden lot. Two men worked this lot in the spring, summer and fall. That is work. And the lot was large.

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If you look closely to the above photo, dirt was dumped on the ground. Someone asked, “Why is there dirt dumped over there?” The answer? “We are doubling the size of our vegetable garden.” Wow. A group member also asked about the “food desert” in the neighborhood. Krogers was miles away. Many in the neighborhood went to the corner stores to purchase food items. Unfortunately, the small stores do not provide fresh vegetables. “We sell 60% of the food we grow. We give away 30% of the food, and 10% is stolen.” Interesting facts. The older gentleman said he has been growing his own food for his entire life. I kept hearing the same fact over and over on the tour, “These vegetables just taste better than store-bought food.” Watch the guys talk about growing vegetables on the plot of land here.

Moving on, we found another lot with vegetables.

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The garden was small. The owners told us they were new to the “grow your own vegetables thing”. If you look closely to the photo above, the bricks are NOT staggered on top of one another as they should be. The woman went on to say they would change that in the near future.

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There are so many different kinds of vegetables you can plant in such a small space. I found it fascinating. Listen to the host discussing her vegetables here.

By this time the temperature had climbed to the “uncomfortable level”. We headed back east and north to Cooper Young. We found a chicken coop and vegetable garden in this back yard.

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As the host was talking about her chickens, I noticed the foreign accent. “You’re not from around here right?” She laughed. She was from the Netherlands. I asked if those in the Netherlands grew their own vegetables there. She said they did grow their own vegetables, but the growing season was so much shorter. She went on to say that here in Memphis, you could almost grow items year round. I also asked if the neighbors complained about the chickens. She said no, they didn’t complain. Someone asked where they received their chickens from. “Craigslist.” YOU CAN GET CHICKENS FROM CRAIGSLIST? Holy hell! Hear the owner talking about her chickens here.

Just around the corner we stopped in at Peabody Elementary School near Cooper and Young.

13 Tour de coop 2014 Cooper Young Peabody Elementary

The school kids help to plant vegetables, and incorporate the vegetables into their school studies. By the looks of it, there is plenty of space to grow various veggies. Watch a parent talk about the school garden here at youtube.com.

Just a short distance away, we moved on to First Congo Church. The funny thing is, I watched volunteers build the raised bed a while back. I was in the church parking lot for some festival (Which festival? I can’t remember.) We were told the volunteers had used an old wooden fence that had been discarded to build the raised garden.

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(By the way, that is my bicycle parked in front of the garden.) Here is a secret. Behind that wooden fence in the background are bee hives. I never knew.

14.1 Tour de coop 2014 First Congo bee hives

You can see the hives from the basement. Fun fact. The host told us that bee hives are the second most vandalized property. Why would you want to vandalize a bee hive? Hear a host discuss the bee hives here.

After the tour, we travelled near Overton Park. Another chicken coop and garden.

15 Tour de coop 2014 Chicken coop

This coop was “mobile”, meaning it could be moved to fertilize different parts of the soil. Pretty smart.

15.1 Tour de coop 2014 Garden

Although the owner of the property was not present, we heard about the coop and garden from another individual.

And just down the street was another coop and garden.

16 Tour de coop 2014 Chicken coop

These chickens even have a fan. I found it interesting while on the tour that people had small coops and large coops and simple coops and fancy coops. All of the coops varied. Another thing I learned was that there were various kinds of chickens. I always thought “chickens were chickens”. Not so. And the chickens have their own personalities. Watch some of the chickens we saw at this “fancy coop” stop here. Some chickens had amusing names as you are about to see at the next and last stop.

Last stop on Tour De Coop. We pulled up to the house. It appeared that no one was home. Patrick, our tour leader, found the owner and we headed to the back of the house.

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Here we discovered that the owner had named the chickens. Audrey Hepburn. Katherine Hepburn. Raquel Welch. This is crazy. But good crazy.

I do like the sign on the coop.

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See the video from the coop owner here discussing his chickens.

After the last stop we headed into Overton Park towards the new bicycle arch.

Bicycle Arch Memphis

As we neared the arch, one mother on the tour yelled to her daughter riding next to her, “This is AWESOME!”. Bicycles bring that kind of behavior out in people. (The mother had been rather quiet for much of the tour.)

We finished the tour at the Wiseacre Brewery.

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Total time for the tour? 6 HOURS. Total miles? (From another tour participant) 19.2 miles. A few thoughts about the tour. I found the whole thing fascinating. As I told Patrick, “This is a whole ‘nother world.” I found the tour very inspiring. I had no clue this was happening right here in Memphis. Another thing. All of the hosts and home owners were very nice to us all. They answered our questions, and gave great talks about what they were doing in the community. Would I do the Tour De Coop again? Heck yeah! This is the best event I have been to in Memphis this year. I had no idea what to expect during the day, but I learned so much from the tour. If you have an interest in growing vegetables, cultivating bee hives or raising chickens, GO ON THIS TOUR NEXT YEAR. You don’t have to go on the long tour. There are shorter tours to ride in. But really, you should attend this tour next year. Fantastic!

Apartment For Rent, Near Cooper Young, Near Christian Brothers University

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I have received word that an apartment in the Cooper Young area is for rent. The apartment is near Christian Brothers University and the Cooper Young area. These apartments are leased VERY QUICKLY. I doubt the apartment will be on the market for more than 1 week. The apartment will be available October 1st. Rent is $750 per month. You can email me with any questions; kilmistr AT hot mail DOT com. (just run the email address all together and insert the various @’s and .’s.) Or you can comment on the post with a question and I will send a response to your email address.

Now for the details:

It is an upstairs apartment.

2 bedrooms / 2 baths

Good sized living room and dining room

Small kitchen

Small sun room

Covered parking

Shared laundry room

Hardwood floors

Many windows, plenty of light

You have to provide your own a.c. unit (‘s). No central air or heat. One large a.c. unit is good for the living room and dining room. Small a.c. units are good for the bedrooms.

Heat is radiated heat

NO PETS!

Neighbors are quiet.

Again, these apartments do not last long at all. They go very quickly because of the location (very near Christian Brothers and the Cooper Young area.)

bedroom apartment

One of two bedrooms pictured above. Living room leading into dining room (photo below).

cooper young apartment for rent

dining room cooper young for rent

Dining room photo above. Second bedroom photo below. Each have a full bath that leads off from the bedrooms.

apartment for rent cooper young

Living room leading to dining room (photo below).

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Again, comment on the post with your email address or send me an email for more information. This apartment will NOT last long on the market.

Tour De Coop Memphis 2014, Strano Memphis, Greenline Meeting, Lost Helmet, Tap Route Memphis, Babalu Memphis, Flat Bicycle Tire

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What. A. Week.

This work week has been CRAZY. I worked late Tuesday, Wednesday and will do so again Thursday. To top THAT off, I had to spend two hours on a conference call evaluating a new software application. “Can it do this? Can it do that? How does this work?” If new technology can make my job easier and the customers experience better, I am all for it.

So let me recap. Last Saturday I participated in Tour De Coop, sponsored by Grow Memphis.

CHICKEN CROSSED THE ROAD TOUR DE COOP 2014 MEMPHIS

The event was excellent. I had no idea how many people in Memphis were growing their own vegetables, raising chickens and building bee hives. The experience was awesome. As well was the SIX hour bicycle tour. The long ride was maybe 15 miles (easy for me), but lengthy in time. The ride began at 8:00 a.m. in the Wiseacre parking lot and ended at 2:00 p.m. at the Wiseacre brewery. I spoke to blog reader Frank for a short time before the ride. Patrick who lead the way was great at keeping us on track for the tour. The 14 tour participants in our group (there were two long ride groups) were clearly smart people who wanted to educate themselves about growing vegetables, raising chickens, ect. With the exception of one or two stops, I recorded video at each stop and took photos. Look for a full report of the tour in the coming days.

After that long ride, I spent the evening in Cooper Young having a bite to eat and a drink at Strano. The meat plate is AMAZING.

STRANO MEAT PLATE MEMPHIS COOPER YOUNG

I can’t say enough about this joint. They are always impressing me here. I asked the owner how many pizza’s were served during the Cooper Young Festival. “We cooked 700 pizza’s that day.” Holy hell! 700 pizza’s??? That is incredible.

Monday evening featured a meeting at Shelby Farms to discuss new entrances to the Greenline at several different places.

MEMPHIS GREENLINE ENTRANCES ACCESS MEETING

MEMPHIS GREENLINE NEW ENTRANCES

MEMPHIS GREENLINE NEW ENTRANCES APPLING

Shelby Farms Greenline wanted public input. The room was filled nicely at the beginning of the meeting. Several people I recognized from other meetings or those I have seen on the trail. Look, when you ask the public for their opinion on a subject, you get OPINIONS. My wife whispered to me, “Is it always like this?” Ummm…. yes. When you invite the public to meetings, you end up with a mixed bag. Sane and CRAZY. Some wanted lighted routes for exercising at night. (reasonable) Others wanted restrooms, water fountains and heated stops. (not any time soon) I will say the short meeting was informative. Good stuff coming to the Shelby Farms Greenline in the near future.

I did find this helmet at the corner of Avery and E. Parkway S.

LOST HELMET

How do you lose a helmet? The thing is supposed to be attached to your head. And the thing is STILL there to this day, hanging on a fence.

The other day, while biking to work, I noticed this small object near the sidewalk at Waring and the Greenline.

MEMPHIS TAP ROUTE

At first I thought it was a new Little Free Library. No. It is a public drinking fountain. Free to use for the public.

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I attempted to look up the website listed, but the website is still under construction. No information about this new concept. But I like the idea. Someone adds water near a ped / bike route and you grab water when you need it. Fantastic! I love it.

Oh yes. We had a bite to eat at Babalu the other day. The wait is no longer 30 minutes. The place was empty at 3:00 p.m. on a Sunday.

BABALU MEMPHIS

I ordered the Cuban sandwich

BABALU MEMPHIS CUBAN SANDWICH

and my wife ordered the burger

BABALU MEMPHIS BURGER MEMPHIS

with a side of sweet potato fries.

BABALU MEMPHIS FRIES

The fries were okay. My sandwich tasted good. The burger is not what you are expecting. Not in a bad way, but this burger is NOT an american burger you are thinking of. The flavor was different. The meal was fine. The service was good. Best food in the world? Not really. Okay? Yes.

The problem with riding a bicycle? You are going to get flat tires. As I was riding home last night (in the dark), I hit a bump pretty hard on Gardener Road, west of Shelby Farms. Nice. I pulled over and thought for a minute. I can call my wife to pick me up, or change the tube. I take out my tools and start to work. The mosquitos were larger than bats, I swear. I am sweating, shaking the mosquitos from my legs and arms and putting a new tube in. The process took me 30 minutes, but I did it. Instead of taking 1 hour, 15 minutes to get home, the ride took 1 hour 45 minutes. Fun. What did I learn? I need a headlamp to change tubes in the dark. Holding a flashlight in your mouth for 30 minutes is no fun. I also discovered I need a better, brighter headlight. I am biting the bullet and getting one of the brightest lights I can afford. The reviews are excellent and the order is in. I will see EVERYTHING at night with this light.

I also tried out my new ankle light for the first time. I LOVE this device. The strap works well around my foot, and the light is bright. I feel much more comfortable riding at night with this thing. I also added some spoke lights that appear very bright on my wheels. The more lights, the better. I want cars to see me at night.

Done. See YOU back here for more beer, bikes and chickens. Cheers.

Memphis Greenline, Gardener Road Shelby Farms, Photo Enforced Traffic Camera Shelby Farms, New Art, Memphis Events, Oktoberfest Memphis, Best Memphis Burger Festival

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Thirsty Thursday Memphis. Here we go…

Bike ride to work yesterday was great. Here is a view of my commute.

Memphis Greenline

Beautiful day for a ride.

For a long while, I have wanted to check out Gardener Rd. The small road runs south and east of the Shelby County Detention Center.

Greenline Gardner Rd Shelby Farms 2

Better yet, Gardener Road empties out into the NEW entrance to Shelby Farms. Perfect! I timed myself this morning using Gardener Road. My trip down the road clocked in at 8 minutes without riding hard. There are a couple of places the road is spotty. The street has been paved over in spots numerous times, but this new route works for me.

The intersection at Walnut Grove Road and Farm Road has a new traffic camera installed.

Photo enforced

Do you believe this will slow traffic down and stop red light runners? Not a chance. Motorists were flying through the intersection today; running red lights. The only thing that will slow motorists down are additional lights on Walnut Grove Road.

You can see my total route using the Greenline to take me to work.

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Every day. Once I get to the Greenline, the ride is smooth sailing.

Oh yes. We purchased some art at the Cooper Young Festival. Cornman is the artist.

Cornman art Cooper Young

The art makes our dining room brighter.

Get ready for Memphis events.

Saturday is Tour De Coop. I signed up, for the long ride.

Tour De Coop Memphis

Now I just have to roll out of bed at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Best Memphis Burger Festival is this Sunday. I hope the rain stays away. Here are a few photo’s from last years event.

Best Memphis Burger BIG Burger

best memphis burger festival

Wiseacre Oktoberfest September 27th 11-6.

wiseacre taproom

wiseacre ty and maggie

Wiseacre knows how to throw a party, THAT’S FOR SURE. And I expect the joint to be packed.

High Cotton Oktoberfest Oct 4th 12-7.

Yes, I have been to the brewery. I may or may not attend this event. I am sure the occasion will be great. And yes, High Cotton produces some GREAT beer.

High Cotton Brewery Patio

High Cotton Brewery Memphis 2

Cooper Young Regional Beer Festival Saturday October 11th.

Been there, done that, over and over. Easily the BEST beer fest in town, for a very different reason than you think. This festival is about the people who attend. Everyone ends up talking with everyone else. Not so much of a drunkfest, more of a “hanging in the neighborhood, talking with some cool people” kinda event. Love it!

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COOPER YOUNG REGIONAL BEERFEST

Lastly, there is a website YOU should see. MemphisCyclist.com. I haven’t had time to look the site over properly, but I did add the site to my favorites.

Done. So many events in Memphis, so little time. See YOU back here for more beers, bikes and the Greenline.

Journey Memphis 2014, Cooper Young Festival 2014, Short Bus Car, Save The Coliseum

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And that was the weekend Memphis… What a weekend.

Although I wasn’t going to take the bicycle to work Friday, in the end I did. You want high water in Memphis? You got it.

Wolf River Memphis Flood

For you red light runners out there, I also noticed that traffic cameras are going up at the intersection of Walnut Grove Rd. and Farm Rd. Will the cameras help decrease traffic accidents? Some. The better option would have been to place traffic lights east and west of the intersection on Walnut Grove Rd. to slow traffic. Yes, SLOW traffic on Walnut Grove Rd. If you cannot go the speed limits and cannot obey traffic laws, then slow the traffic down with red lights. That will take care of the car accident problem at the bottom of Shelby Farms.

Busy day Saturday. I worked from 8-1. Then it was off to Cooper Young Festival 2014.

Cooper Young Festival 2014 photos

Cooper Young Festival 2014 Cupcake

Cupcake? Yes. Along with pizza and egg rolls.

Along the way, I saw “the short bus”.

Short Bus Car Memphis

You see it all, especially in Cooper Young.

Save the coliseum Memphis

People still want to save the coliseum? DO you realize how OLD the thing is? Saving old building is good. But how up to date is the building? And you have to think about what the building would be used for. The internal technology for sound and light is ancient now for the building. Who would use it?

After seeing many people we knew, it was time to head home to change for the Journey concert downtown at Mud Island. The weather was perfect for a show. We had drinks and dinner at Tugs and then walked over to the show. Thousands of 40 somethings were packed into the venue.

Journey Memphis 2014

Journey Memphis 2014 (2)

A couple of 40 something year olds enjoying the show. Don’t stop believin’.

Journey Setlist 2014

As you can see from setlist.com, Journey played the classics. Neil Schon clearly showed who the leader of the band was. Even though the band is considered “classic rock”, they didn’t show their age. Journey rocked Memphis and a bunch of “older” fans.

My only issue for Saturday? Work plus Cooper Young Festival, plus a concert makes for one busy day. Tired. Me. Out.

Done. See YOU back here for more festivals, concerts and red light runners.

Cheers.

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Tour De Coop, Ray Ban Glasses, Janis Joplin Stamps, Journey Memphis, Greenline Extension

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Waffle Wednesday Memphis. Get some.

More events for Memphis? Okay. How about Tour de Coop?

Tour De Coop Memphis

“The Memphis Tour De Coop is a guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefiting GrowMemphis. We will also include a Tour De Coop map with the stop locations for any person who registers and would like to walk or otherwise participate in the tour.


The 2014 event will showcase urban chickens, gardens, and beehives in new innovative ways to inspire the Yard to Table approach of creating healthy, fresh, and sustainable local food production back into our yards, homes, lives, and community.

Registration Fee: Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to benefit the work of GrowMemphis. Registration will be available August 3rd – September 17th.

Tour Location: South Memphis, Midtown, and Binghampton Neighborhood

Distance:
Mini Tour: Approximately 2 miles round trip

Short ride : Approximately 10 -11 miles round trip

Long ride: Approximately 15 miles round trip

For more information please see the link below.
http://growmemphis.org/tour-de-coop/ “

I heard about this event last year. The details sound very interesting. Tour the neighborhood and see how people are growing veggies, raising chickens, and keeping bee’s on their property. Plus the bike ride would give me a chance to take a picture or two.

Saturday September 20th 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Go!

Speaking of bicycles; The Greenline is getting longer.

“For the west end of the trail, Memphis officials have received a $375,000 grant to fund the design of a bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the CN railroad near the Poplar viaduct. The span would open the way for an approximately half-mile westward extension of the Greenline from Tillman to Flicker, just north of Tobey Park and the Fairgrounds.”

FANTASTIC news! Do you know how many times I am stopped by a train on a weekly basis?

Trains, you block my path!

Trains, you block my path!

I find this news particularly interesting because last Monday I took my bike out for a ride near the skate park. Because of a train, I had to wait with 6 other cyclists. SIX! There was a group of 3 cyclists, a single, 2 others and myself. And we were at least a mile from the Greenline. The new Greenline extension will give better access to the Greenline from Midtown. Can’t wait. Read the story here.

More bikes? I ordered some spoke lights, and an ankle light for my soon to be night rides next week. I also ordered up some new tires. Bigger, thicker tires. Instead of cutting through Shelby Farms at night, I plan to use the roads on the western side of the park. And I expect these roads (trails) will have lots of gravel. The tire reviews are good, so instead of using a different bike to get to work, I can use the same, just slightly wider, tougher tires.

Stamps. I find it amusing that you have to be DEAD in the United States in order to be on a stamp. Rush is on a stamp in Canada. Rush isn’t dead. Ummm….. we need to change that rule. And put some classics Americans on American Stamps. Just sayin’.

Janis Joplin Stamp

“Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.” Time to get THAT song on my music list.

Are we cool?

Ray Ban Classic

Ray Bans. Happy Birthday to me, and it is not my birthday yet. This would be set number three? I had some when I was 18. Lost. Those lasted a couple of months. The next set, I purchased in New Orleans in 2003? I forgot my glasses and purchased a pair on the street after a long night out and needed some shades. Those lasted a few months. I was working a show with the glasses hanging from my pants pocket. I was leaning over a concrete table when I noticed my glasses were completely scratched up from the concrete. Great. Those glasses were toast. So from then on, I have purchased the $5 cheap knock offs. Why? Because I ABUSE THE CRAP OUT OF MY GLASSES. Especially when riding my bicycle.

Done. Remember; “Don’t stop, believing.”

Journey Band

Saturday night. Go!

Done. See YOU back here for more bikes, chickens, and Memphis events. Cheers.

 

Memphis Beer Events, Journey Memphis, Bike Rides, Greenline Graffiti, Memphis Library, Cooper Young Festival, Eggs in a Basket, Oktoberfest Memphis, Memphis Ribs

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Weekend Memphis. Get out!

Me? Busy, busy, busy. A few bike rides during the day, and a ride at night. Bored in Memphis? Not for long. There are MANY events coming up soon.

I took the bicycle to work several days last week, using the Greenline to get to work and back. I forgot about the sun setting sooner lately, and then it turned into a “night ride”. I was prepared though. I have a bike light, lights for the frame of my bicycle and tail lights, so I am pretty well covered.

(The above photo was an older bike with the frame lights, so you get the picture. Pun intended). I also have a light on the back of my helmet. I have discovered lights that you attach to your ankles, making the rider more visible to motorists at night. I must look into these.

I also noticed new graffiti along the Greenline.

Memphis Greenline Graffiti

Nice. Good work idiot. You take a can of spray paint to promote your local business. Someone inform Microsoft, Google and Coke that they are doing it all wrong. Why invest millions into advertising a company website, when the only thing you need is a can of spray paint. Idiots.

The rides I did last week were hot. I came in Friday evening with a soaked shirt, shorts and helmet. But the temperature is about to turn cooler. Thankfully. Here come the 70’s! Long. Sleeve. Shirts.

I started this morning with “eggs in a basket” at Republic Coffee.

Republic Coffee Eggs in a Basket

So what’s up with eggs in a basket? An egg is baked into the toast. Awesome! The story behind the new-ish dish at the coffee shop (and this is what I was told) was that there was too much bread ordered and they needed a way to get rid of the slices, so the shop listed “eggs in a basket” as a special. Pretty smart. Now I am addicted to eggs in a basket. Love it!

Yes, I am reading MORE library books. LOVE the Memphis Library.

My new library card

And I never have to stop in to check a book out or return a book. All of the books I read are the digital version of the books. Best thing ever. Ever.

Events in Memphis? Get ready.

Cooper Young Festival September 13th all day. I will work in the morning, then head over to the festival in the afternoon.

Cooper Young Festival

Food, drinks and lots of people. Go!

Journey, Mud Island September, 13th 8:00 p.m.

“Don’t stop, believin’.” Although the original singer is no longer with the band, Journey will play the hits you grew up with in the 80’s. I will be there, singing along with everyone else in my age group.

Journey Band

Wait do you need beer Memphis?

gordon biersch wheat beer

Here it comes.

Wiseacre Oktoberfest September 27th 11-6.

wiseacre taproom

wiseacre ty and maggie

Wiseacre knows how to throw a party, THAT’S FOR SURE. And I expect the joint to be packed.

High Cotton Oktoberfest Oct 4th 12-7.

Yes, I have been to the brewery. I may or may not attend this event. I am sure the occasion will be great. And yes, High Cotton produces some GREAT beer.

High Cotton Brewery Patio

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Cooper Young Regional Beer Festival Saturday October 11th.

Been there, done that, over and over. Easily the BEST beer fest in town, for a very different reason than you think. This festival is about the people who attend. Everyone ends up talking with everyone else. Not so much of a drunkfest, more of a “hanging in the neighborhood, talking with some cool people” kinda event. Love it!

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COOPER YOUNG REGIONAL BEERFEST

Hope you are thirsty Memphis, because it appears week after week, Memphis will become beer central shortly.

Ribs are waiting patiently in the fridge for the grill. They should turn out something like this:

memphis ribs

Why ribs? Just leave them on the grill for 3 hours and they are done. Nothing to it. I use Central BBQ rib rub and jalapeños for some extra kick.

Done. Got to get the fire started. See YOU back here for more books, ribs, and BEER. Cheers.

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Grocery List For Men, Strano Cooper Young Memphis, The Kraken Project, Coffee Memphis

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Holiday weekend Memphis. THREE days of things to do. Let us begin.

My wife is out-of-town for a couple of days, so of course I went to the store for supplies.

beer ribs and bacon

The grocery list I compiled is made up of beer, chips, doughnut holes, bacon and ribs. Oh and a couple of movies. That should do it.

Last night we stopped in at Strano! in Cooper Young. How was it? Very, very good. You like salad?

Strano Memphis Salad

The salad is as good as the photo looks. Delicious. Really. I LOVE a good salad and Strano delivers. We shared a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

Strano Memphis Spaghetti and meatballs

Again, the dish was very good as well. The sauce, pasta and meat were flavored perfectly. And if you are thirsty, have Trevor make a drink for you at the bar. He knows his drinks.

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The bar also serves local beers as well.

strano memphis beers

The service was also very good. If you have yet to try out Strano, you are missing some great food. The restaurant is located at the corner of Cooper and Young. Go!

The rain today kept me from my bicycle ride. But if the streets dry out tomorrow, I will jump on the bicycle and have a go.

Need a GOOD book to read? If you like mysteries, computers, & A.I., you will enjoy “The Kraken Project” by Douglas Preston. EXCELLENT book. And better yet, the book is on loan from the Memphis Public Library. I have a digital version of the book. Ironic since the book deals with computers and the digital world.

Oh look, hell has moved into my work place for a week.

Fair Memphis

This is what my work week will consist of Tuesday – Saturday. Security – “Stop. Where are you going?” Me – (sigh) “To work.” Every. Single. Day….

It’s good to know your barista. I walked into Coffee Town today, knowing that the best barista had already ended her shift. I was surprised that she was still working when I arrived. Although she was finishing up, she saw me and poured my coffee without even asking what I wanted. No waiting, no fuss. That is what I call great service.

Love in a cup.

On the menu this evening? Beer, movies and maybe Cooper Young. See YOU back here for more coffee, beers, and books. Cheers.

 

 

Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014 Photo’s, Angry Orchard Cider, Shelby Farms Construction, Shelby Farms Bike Lane, Patriot Lake, Coffee Town

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As promised, photo’s from the Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014.

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Midnight classic bike ride 2014

 

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Waiting (for the ride to begin) is the hardest part. The starting gate is wayyyyy up there.

After the ride, I replenished fluids lost with alcohol. Not the smartest idea in the world.

angry balls

Angry Balls. I accidentally got the “balls” in front of the “angry” in the photo. Ooops.

And… Angry Orchard also has a cinnamon product out now.

angry orchard cinnamon

I tried the new beverage out. The flavor was okay. Not my favorite. There appeared to be an odd after taste each time I took a drink. My wife also commented on the after taste.

I’m not sure if I have posted this photo in the past, but this is the new Shelby Farms bicycle trail.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane

And here is what Patriot Lake looks like now. Not much water left.

Shelby Farms Patriot Lake construction

So I tried out my new bicycle tire with the “old” bike tire liner. How was it? The tire made me put more effort into my ride slightly. I was worried about my speed this morning, so I kept a close eye on the time. I actually made it to the top of Shelby Farms 4 minutes faster this morning. Although heading back in the opposite direction this afternoon seemed to feel more difficult.

As I was heading to work this morning, I decided on a cup of coffee at Coffee Town. I haven’t been to the coffee shop in weeks. Work, work, work. Well work be damned this morning. Work can wait. I stopped in, read the news and had my coffee. It’s the little things in life.

Love in a cup.

Love in a cup.

Done. See YOU back here for more coffee, bike rides, and alcohol. Cheers.

Midnight Classic Bike Ride

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Midnight Classic Bike Ride. It went down. Last Saturday night.

What about last Friday? Friday was good, until the last two miles from home. Flat tire. That sucks. I could have changed out the tube, but I only had 18 minutes to walk the bike. Bah!

To make matters worse, I found THREE NAILS along the Greenline at the 40 / 240 intersection last week.  THREE NAILS at the construction site. Bah!

Back to the Midnight Classic Bike Ride. I worked morning to afternoon Saturday. Went home, took a nap for an hour, and then I began the process of getting things ready for the ride. Lights. Lots of lights. Water. Batteries. Lots of batteries.

At 10:30 p.m. I headed to the Liberty Bowl. Bicycles everywhere. Everywhere. And I am supposed to find a few people I know who are participating in the ride. So I ride around, in the crowd. Round and round. I did find a few people I was looking for. We chatted about the night for some time. Then it was nearly midnight. Time to ride.

I lined up near the back of the pack. (Count? The word I heard was 1000 people pre-registered and approx. 600 registered that night.) I planned to take the night easy. I even used my camera to video the entire ride. Since I have been on the ride three years in the past, I knew the route by memory. Easy ride west, then back east, then north. We cruised down Madison and Overton Square where people cheered us on. Then we headed north to North Parkway. By the time we reached Poplar, I decided to ride a bit faster. The bridge at Poplar and the viaduct was easy. At the University of Memphis, I picked up the pace.

A few small hills heading east along Central and then the ride was over. I finished in a little over an hour. Good ride with good people. There were big people, small riders, newbies, and pro’s. It didn’t matter if you were young or old, black or white. We all had our bikes and we all fit in.

Sunday. I slept in. Big time. The idea of replacing fluids at the end of the ride with alcohol is not the best idea.

As I walked outside Sunday, I found my SAME back tire flat AGAIN. I did ride a bit hard Saturday night and took some hits to the bicycle tires. Checking the tire today, the tube was punctured in a different place than the tube on Friday.

I had an idea I wanted to attempt for some time. Can I take an old tire, cut out the center strip of the tire (where the tire meets the road), fill the tire with an old tire tube, then place the whole thing in the new tire. Basically you get double the protection from punctures. I have also read that the tire would feel rather solid with less air in the tube. After I inserted the old tire into the new tire, I checked the pressure. The tire almost felt as though it was only a little low in air. And I had yet to put any air into the tube yet.

I pumped a small amount of air into the tire and that thing was SOLID. I put the tire back on the bike and gave it a try. I did notice a slight difference in the weight of the rear tire. Very minor though. I am anxious to see how the tire works on daily commutes. From what I have read on the internet, cyclists go a year without a flat by using this “double liner” in the tire.

I do have photos from the Midnight Classic Ride. But not enough time to download, edit and name the photos. Either I will add photo’s to this post, or add the photo’s to a new post.

See YOU back here for more beers, bikes and bicycle tire experiments.

 

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