Bosco’s Brunch, Memphis Greenline Extension, Newest Tap Route Water Station, Bicycle Raffle, Nikkis Hot As* Chips

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Sunday. Time to eat. And drink.

Since our summer work load has diminished dramatically, I may be able to post more posts weekly. Fingers crossed. Work is like 60 to zero in 8 point 2 seconds. It really does change that fast.

As I was riding through Shelby Farms and the Agricenter property last week, I noticed the gate was closed. Doh!

agricenter closed gate shelby farms

But wait. The gate has a trick to it. There is a slight path left open to get a bicycle through. If you see the gate closed on the Agricenter property, you can go through the gated entrance. Sneaky!

agricenter gate shelby farms

Speaking of Shelby Farms, some jack wagon parked a car on the bike /ped trail. You have miles of road to park a car along, but you go for the trail.

car blocks bike ped trail

The new sign has gone up at the Shelby Farms new park entrance along Farm Road.

shelby farms memphis tn new sign

And since everyone else is adding the same photo…. The NEW Greenline extension is already under construction.

memphis greenline entension construction shelby farms

Now I really do have to ask that question. Does the neighborhood association in Cordova REALLY want a gate to keep those “Greenliners” out of the neighborhood? Because we may “steal their cars or something”? Yes. The neighborhood association in Cordova that borders the newest extension of the Greenline asked for a gate last year at a meeting regarding the new trail. The president of the neighborhood association really thinks we carry “car stealing tools” with us as we jog, bike and walk the Greenline. I wish this was a joke. See YOU on the new Greenline extension soon Cordova… with my car stealing tools.

There is a new Tap Route water source along the Greenline. Oddly enough, the newest water station is one block over (on Graham) from the other water station (on Waring). These stations do come in handy when I am out using the Greenline and have forgotten my water. The newest station does not have a trash can though. No worries, I can carry the used paper cup with me.

tap route memphis new station

Last weekend and this weekend we stopped in at Boscos in Overton Square for Sunday brunch. How about something to drink?

boscos sunday brunch beer

The hefe is delicious. Try some.

The eggs and waffle are also good.

boscos sunday brunch eggs

boscos sunday brunch waffle

Today I purchased a raffle ticket to win a bicycle from Boscos. Do I need another bicycle? Yes I do!

boscos bicycle raffle

Made me a “Nikki’s Hot Ass Chips” sandwich the other day. Turkey sandwich with those hot chips on top. Excellent!

nikki's hot ass chips

sandwich nikkis hot ass chips memphis

Sunday…. you are done. Gonna try out this newest beer in the fridge.

angry orchard green apple beer

See YOU back here for more Greenline, car stealing tools, and beer. Cheers.

Nashville Vacation, Provence Cafe, Fido’s, Noshville, Roberts, Rock Bottom, Blackstone Brewery, Frothy Monkey, Book Man, Just Love Coffee, Halcyon Bike Shop, 12 South Nashville, The Row Restaurant, Chueys, Uber

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And…. I’m back from Nashville.

How was the trip? Excellent. Great, city Nashville. So what did we do? Eat, drink, and listen to live music.

After the afternoon three-hour drive, we arrived in Nashville. Our hotel was across the street from Blackstone Brewery along West End and 19th Street. (More about Blackstone later) Before hitting the streets, I decided on a pregame drink.

ANGRY BALLS NASHVILLE

Angry Balls. Which would probably explain why I was yelling “Outlaw Country!” downtown later on in the evening.

Next stop? Pregame dinner at Chueys. Love me the Chueys Mexican food AND drinks.

CHUEYS NASHVILLE ENCHILADAS

CHUEYS NASHVILLE MARGARITA

Finishing up dinner I opened my Uber app and called for a car to take us downtown. In only 2 minutes we were in a car headed downtown. Easy to use, cheap and reliable; Uber works well. We used Uber many times while in Nashville. Most rides came out to $5, and we tipped the driver each time with a couple of dollars. I suggest using Uber in Nashville.

Of course we stopped in at Roberts downtown. A favorite place of ours to listen to live music. The streets were very crowded Saturday evening. It also appears to be a new state law that requires every bachelorette party take place in downtown Nashville. I lost count after the first dozen walking parties we went by. “Outlaw Country!”

Checking out Rock Bottom downtown, I sampled a brew. Good varieties of beer to be had here.

ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY NASHVILLE

The night ended at Blackstone Brewery across the street from the hotel. The time was 12:00 a.m. and the bartender didn’t seem interested in working much longer. I drank my beer and then we closed the evening out.

Sunday morning it was coffee time. Rise and shine and get some coffee and food at Fidos. We have been here in the past. We like the coffee and breakfast. Be prepared to wait in line though.

Nashville has some great coffee.

DANCING GOATS BONGO COFFEE

HAIR OF THE DOG BONGO COFFEE

Good, good coffee. Try it.

After breakfast, we stopped in at Book Man (and Book Woman) across the street. If you like books, you will enjoy Book Man.

BOOK MAN BOOK WOMAN BOOK STORE NASHVILLE

Hey, how about some coffee? We heard that the 12 South neighborhood had some shops so we called Uber again. Frothy Monkey? Yes please.

FROTHY MONKEY COFFEE 12 SOUTH NASHVILLE

And there is a bike shop on the same street.

HALCYON BIKE SHOP 12 SOUTH NASHVILLE

I checked the shop out, looking at accessories. We talked shop about bikes with the staff for some time.

Dinner? Chueys and fajitas.

CHUEYS NASHVILLE FAJITAS

Good stuff. Next stop? Downtown. Uber again. Roberts has some good priced burgers. And Wood Balls. “Outlaw Country!”

WOOD BALLS ROBERTS NASHVILLE

Monday morning. Instead of Fido’s, we checked out Provence across the street. GREAT Panini’s to be had here. Tasty and light. Try one.

PROVENCE CAFE NASHVILLE PANINI

My wife ordered herself an omlette. And the coffee was very good as well. Go here.

PROVENCE CAFE NASHVILLE OMLETTE

Did I mention the shop also has pastry’s?

PROVENCE CAFE NASHVILLE PASTRY LIME TART

PROVENCE CAFE NASHVILLE PASTRY

Wait. More coffee.

JUST LOVE COFFEE NASHVILLE

Just Love Coffee. This shop is on the coffee high-end of the coffee scale. A bit to scientific for the likes of me, but I thought I would give the shop a try.

JUST LOVE COFFEE NASHVILLE 3

Maybe I am not hip enough for this shop, but the coffee was good.

JUST LOVE COFFEE NASHVILLE 2

And we did stop by Frugal Mac Doogal. I picked up some Curious Traveler Grapefruit Shandy bottles. Good stuff.

FRUGAL MAC DOOGAL NASHVILLE

And while shopping, my wife picked me up a cast iron bottle opener.

NAKED WOMAN BEER BOTTLE OPENER

Tuesday morning in Nashville. Time to give Noshville a go at breakfast.

NOSHVILLE NASHVILLE

I rated the food was good, especially the potato medallions. My wife thought the food was okay at best. A bit pricey for a basic breakfast.

NOSHVILLE NASHVILLE 2

How about some lunch Nashville. The Row restaurant was near our hotel, so we tried the joint out.

This is a SMALL cobb salad; as big as a dinner plate. The waiter told us that most people can’t finish the LARGE cobb salad.

COBB SALAD THE ROW REWSTAURANT NASHVILLE

I went for the bbq sandwich and the dish was very good. The side of potato’s also tasted great.

BBQ SANDWICH THE ROW RESTAURANT NASHVILLE

Hey look, I took a selfie.

SELFIE

Yes Nashville is a great city. Thank you Nashville for the wonderful vacation and “Outlaw Country”!

Living Loud in the Age of Technology

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I like tech stuff. I also like to order from Amazon.com. Combine the two and you get this in the mail:

AMAZON SHIPS

Yes, three different boxes  arrived a few days ago. Recently I discovered two different Amazon gift cards in my possession with $75 credit on each card. Time to go shopping. So what did I get? A whole bunch of stuff I had been wanting.

AMAZON ELECTRONICS

First up a Bluetooth set of headphones.

BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

I go to sleep at night listening to a VERY BORING radio show. The show is so boring the hosts put me to sleep in less than five minutes. Great! What is worse, I listen to the show every night. Never make it past the first five minutes. Best sleep aid ever. But using normal headphones is a pain, since they usually end up under my back by morning. The Bluetooth headphones work nicely. The only thing I don’t like about them is the light that shines in the dark. I had to tape over the light since the blue light annoyed me. And when the battery gets low, the headphones announce that the battery is low. Again bothersome so I charge the headphones every night before I use the item.

After discovering the Satechi Button online, I knew I needed one for my bicycle commute.

MEDIA BUTTON

Usually I have to take my iPhone out of my bandolier to hit the “next” button while riding. You know, when a Pink Floyd songs plays at the time you really want to pedal fast. Love Pink Floyd, but not while riding. The whole thing of taking out my iPhone, looking at the screen, hitting “next”, putting the phone away while on my commute; bothersome. The Satechi MEDIA Button takes care of that problem. By pairing the Button via Bluetooth to your phone, you can just press the “next” button on the Button. Nextttttt…. (Unfortunately I ordered the “HOME” Button instead of the “MEDIA” Button, and had to send the “Home” Button back to Amazon) The Media Button comes with a ring like attachment to hold the Button on your steering wheel OR your bicycle handle bars. Can you guess which of the two I use the Media Button on?

MEDIA BUTTON RING

I did try out the device today. I really like the Media Button. As I was out riding my bicycle and a song came on I didn’t want to listen to, I just pressed the “next” button and the next song was played. The Media Button also has an Up or Down volume button. Even better.

I also purchased a new odometer for my bicycle.

BICYCLE ODOMETER

I had an odometer three years ago. When I was taking my bicycle into the local bike shop for a repair, I took the odometer off the bicycle because… I thought the repairman might steal my $20 odometer. I am a genius. To make matters worse, I hid the odometer from myself… somewhere. I have yet to find that odometer. So I finally ordered a new odometer. Do I really need the odometer? Not really. I gauge my speed by time during my commute, so I’m pretty good with time and miles now. But I do like to be exact, and when trying out the new odometer, I noticed I kept a better pace when I knew my exact speed. I am still working the kinks out of the new odometer. Okay more like “how does this thing work?” kind of kinks. Me? Throw away the directions, who needs those things anyway. Hmmmm… Better go find those directions.

Biking home Friday, I forgot my water bottle again. I stopped at the Tap Route station on Waring to get some free water.

Tap Route Memphis

The station was out of paper cups. Doh! Looking around, I had only one choice. I went commando. No one was looking so I bent down and let the water flow, sans cup. After drinking a few mouthfuls of water, I was good to go. At least my mouth didn’t touch the spigot.

Oh look, even the poles along the Greenline use helmets.

BICYCLE HELMET

Done. Heading to Nashville in a matter of hours for a few days of rest.

Nashville River

See YOU back here for Living Loud in Nashville. Cheers.

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Weekend Memphis. Get out.

As I was reading the blog of Paul Ryburn today (which I do daily) who covers downtown Memphis news, beer and events, I discovered this warning:

“Alert for Midtowners: Jumper Cable Guy has been seen in the vicinity of Slider Inn the past week. Jumper Cable Guy is a scammer who claims that his truck won’t start, and he needs to borrow your jumper cables. When you show them to him, he will say that your jumper cables are not industrial-strength enough to start his truck, and he will ask you for money so he can go buy the jumper cables he needs. He scammed people in the Downtown core and South Main by the Civil Rights Museum for years.”

Why did this warning stick out? The same guy attempted to scam me two years ago at Republic Coffee. His story was he needed jumper cables for his daughter. When I pulled out my jumper cables, he said the cables were not good enough to start the car. WHAT??? And I turned down his request for money to purchase “heavy duty” jumper cables. Thank you for the warning.

Last Friday I left work and discovered I didn’t have my water bottle. Nor did I have water in my Camelbak. What to do? Oh yeah, the Shelby Farms Bicycle Rental shed sells water.

SHELBY FARMS BICYCLE RENTAL MEMPHIS TN

The last attempt at buying water there was a failure; I only had a credit card. So he gave us water for free. I make my way to the bicycle rental shed and make another attempt at buying water. I am carrying cash this time. The guy working said he didn’t have any water to sell, but did have some cold water in a jug. He was waiting to get off work, and said I could take as much water as I needed. Excellent. Because I needed some water. Very cool Shelby Farms Bicycle Rental dude. Much appreciated.

Say cheese.

VARIOUS CHEESE

Lots of cheese. My wife picked up four different cheeses to taste. My new addiction. LOVE the cheese. And I must try different types of cheeses. It’s a whole new world.

cheese

I saw this car on Union Avenue Saturday.

DUCT TAPE BLUE TARP CAR MEMPHIS TN

Who says vehicle inspections in Memphis are unneeded? I mean this car is held together by duct tape and a tarp. Wow. Don’t bother with a body shop.

Jelly Belly. Beer. And then worlds collide and boom! You get this:

BEER FLAVORED JELLY BELLY

Can the world get any better? Beer flavored treats.

Also on Saturday more treats.

DONUT BROWNIE ICE CREAM DISH

Yes, that really is a donut, a brownie AND ice cream in the bowl. Who says I don’t live large.

After I picked up some beer at Hammer and Ale,

Joe's Growlers Memphis

I stopped by Easy Way for some fruit. Yes, my bicycle basket contains half a watermelon, cantaloupe and bananas.

BICYCLE BASKET WITH FRUIT

Good thing my basket is big.

Busy weekend, but my laundry is done, my commuter bag is packed and I am ready for Monday.

Done. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and donuts.

Agave Maria Memphis Dining Review

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Food. Gotta have it. Good food by the way. Looking for a quick dinner Saturday night, I thought about giving Agave Maria a try. First, my wife and I are from South Texas. We were raised on really good Mexican food. We KNOW Mexican food. Don’t call that taco a burrito. You can’t fool us. Here is our review of Agave Maria.

agave maria memphis dining room

Talk about a statement piece. This certainly is an eye catcher.

agave maria no bull

Don’t look into the eyes of the bull, they seem to follow you. Just kidding; maybe. Or possibly you are in the mood for the King.

agave maria memphis the king

Music from the 60’s and 70’s was piped in overhead. Cool. Our server was also very attentive. Need a flight of tequila shots? Agave Maria has it. (Wish I had taken Uber downtown. Doh!)

The first order of business was drinks. What else but a margarita. The drink tasted hand made and was very refreshing.

agave maria margarita memphis

Chips and cheese? I’m in.

agave maria memphis chips

The bowl of chips was smaller than what we were accustomed to, but you get refills.

agave maria memphis cheese dip

The cheese was good as well, and I believe that is chili powder on top of the cheese. If I could sum up the flavor of the chips and cheese, it would be like a bag of Chili Frito’s. And to tell you the truth, that is a good thing.

On to the main attraction; Mexican food. Looking over the menu

agave maria menu memphis

it was hard to decide what to choose. But, since I am a fan of chorizo, I ordered the chorizo tacos. My wife picked out the enchiladas with a side of rice. So how was the meal? Good. The enchiladas came to the table in small cast iron skillet.

agave maria memphis enchiladas

Cooked to perfection, the enchiladas were spicy. Good cheese flavor too. The rice?

agave maria memphis rice

If you like lime you got it. Big time. The rice had a lime flavor that was way over the top. I personally thought the lime flavor was over done, but the dish was still good.

Okay on to the chorizo tacos. Three small tacos were topped with cilantro, radish slices, and pineapple. Hey how about adding hot sauce to that?

agave maria memphis roja sauce

Wow. Use this sauce sparingly. This is some hot stuff. I then added some of the verde sauce to the second taco.

agave maria memphis verde sauce

Better, not so much heat. (I love hot sauce, but the Roja is REALLY hot sauce)

Overall the experience at Agave Maria was very good. I would bring friends along for the next visit. Our total bill came to $40 for two people; two plates, with one mixed drink and chips and cheese and a side dish. On a side note, the three ladies sitting next to us ordered a big plate of the pork shank. When we asked about their dinner, they commented that the dish was very good.

Adios amigos!

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What Would You Do Texas, Greenline Snake, Hammer and Ale, Memphis Heat, Tap Route, Jalapeno Gummis, Torn Commuter Bag, Broken GPS

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Weekend Memphis. Get out.

I got out in a big way today; 3 hour bike ride ’round Memphis. But let’s first start at the beginning.

Friday was HOT. How hot? This is the weather page I pulled up on my phone moments before I left work.

memphis temperature hot

“It’s 13.5 miles to home. I’ve got a full camel back, it’s sunny out, I’m wearing sunglasses and riding a bicycle. Hit it!” Yes, I did take the ride slower than usual. If you are walking / jogging / riding in this heat, make sure you have plenty of water.

Speaking of water, I found this note on the Tap Route fountain today.

tap route memphis tn

Yes, we are very grateful for the free water along the Greenline.

As I was making my way back from Shelby Farms, another cyclist passed me by and said “Snake ahead”. Whatttt? Correct. There was a snake on the trail.

greenline snake memphis

I guess the snake could go with the turtle that was on the trail a few days ago near Shelby Farms.

turtle on bridge shelby farms memphis tn

Speaking of Shelby Farms, if you need to go…

shelby farms bathroom

I’m not sure if the “facilities” is unlocked or not. I may have to investigate.

After leaving the Greenline, I made my way to Overton Square and the Sweet Noshings candy store. I heard rumors of a spicy candy. It’s true, it’s true! Jalapeno Gummis!

jalapenos gummi sweet noshings memphis

And guess what… they are hot! This would go good with Two Boots beer by Abita (spicy as well).

Two Boots Abita

Or I could pair the jalapeno gummis with the lobster gummis.

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Finishing the ride at Hammer and Ale, I picked out a nice lemon beer. Curious Traveler. Get some.

hammer and ale memphis beer

torn commuter bag memphis

My commuter bag that I have been using for nearly two years now has a tear near the top of the bag. Hmmm…. must get the thing fixed.

Found my old GPS last night.

etrex gps broken

It has seen far better days. Probably the last time I used the thing was 10 years ago. I remember it well. I was in the parking lot at work, riding my bicycle. I attached the gps to my handle bars to calculate my speed. The last thing I remember was noting that I was going 15 miles per hour…. then I hit a curb and did the superman slide across the pavement. Slowwwwwly sitting up, I had to call work and ask someone to come by and help me sit up. I hit my head pretty good, as well as other parts of my body. After leaving half of my skin in the parking lot, I went by my girlfriends place. I had gravel still stuck “in my face”. Yeah, it was that bad. The gps kinda works still. If you count the screen working “sometimes”. The top arrow points to the scratches from the accident that day. The other arrows point to the missing buttons from the accident. I didn’t need those buttons. Who needs to zoom out anyway.

What would you do? The show. That’s what I’m talking about. I discovered my best buds mother was featured on the program last night. She was shopping for groceries in our old neighborhood store (in San Antonio, Texas) when the ex-military guy (an actor) in the line in front of her didn’t have enough money to pay for diapers and food. She offered to cover his expenses since both her son and grandson served in the army. She also works at a local food pantry in the neighborhood. After filming the scene, the entire crew gave her cash donations from their pockets to help the food pantry. If you watch the video, she is the first person that offers the veteran help. The woman is a saint. Even though we did a whole lotta stupid stuff when we were younger, she didn’t strangle her son or his dumb friends (me). I found it funny that many Facebook friends were commenting on the show last night. There are still good people in this world.

Done. Stay cool Memphis.

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Weekend Memphis. And what a week it was.

Since I commute to work by bicycle, water is essential to my ride during this time of the year. Unfortunately I forgot my water last Monday evening. Hot and thirsty, I stopped by Tap Route along the Greenline at Waring.

Tap Route Memphis

Punching the water button, the water only dribbled out. Doh! Noticing a large number of cups in the trash can; this watering hole had already been used up by thirsty Greenliners. Teach me a lesson.

Hey look, Gummi Lobsters.

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These are good. Better than the Gummi Crawfish. Rumor has it there are extra spicy Gummi Worms to be had from the Sweet Noshings shop at Overton Square. I must investigate.

Last Sunday we headed out for lunch at Café 1912 in Cooper Young. First, the food is good here. I cannot complain about that. The service? As a friend puts it, “Very Memphian.” This is the second time in a month that we have sat in for lunch. And this is the second time service was sub par. If you don’t want to be here to “work”, why show up for “work”? I don’t get it. Part of working as wait staff is to provide service throughout the “entire” meal. Disappearing after you have delivered the food is bad business. During our last visit the staff seemed more attentive to their cell phones than the tables. We would have purchased more items from the menu had we been able to get your attention. Good food, mediocre execution.

Check out these mussels.

mussels cafe 1912 memphis

Good stuff. And eggs benedict?

cafe 1912 memphis tn

Good too.

I just wish the service was as good as the meal.

Riding to work Friday, I found this turtle on the bridge near Shelby Farms.

turtle on bridge shelby farms memphis tn

Why did the turtle cross the bridge? I have no idea, but there is probably a joke in there somewhere. At least it wasn’t my friend Mr. Snake.

Memphis Snake Bicycle

The trail near the newly expanded lake at Shelby Farms is looking rough.

shelby farms construction memphis tn

There is a good amount of dirt on the trail now and grass clippings. You might want to go a bit slower in the construction zone.

Brand new sign on E. Parkway S.

east parkway sign

I saw the base a while back and couldn’t figure out what the green metal would be used for. Now I know. I do wonder if the city or a group will plant flowers along the median like the upper portion near Poplar and East Parkway South.

But just down the street, I also found this on the sidewalk.

sidewalk computer memphis tn

If you need a computer monitor, slightly used, here ya go. Why dump the broken monitor off on the sidewalk? And how long will the city let the monitor sit there? Good question.

Oh look, pancakes from Coffee Town. Get some.

pancakes

The ride home Friday? HOT! When there are few people out riding, you know it’s hot outside. This time Tap Route at Waring had water thank goodness.

Tap Route Memphis Greenline

Not only did I drink a couple of small cups of water, I filled my water bottle up halfway with that cold water. Thanks Tap Route!

To end the work week, my wife picked up some Central BBQ.

central bbq pork memphis tn

Well if your work week is busy, might as well end it right. The only thing that would have been better would have been a nice beer to go with that bbq heaven.

Done. See YOU back here for more bicycles, bbq, and broken computer monitors.

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Weekend Memphis. Just do it. Or something.

Last week? I did some beer drinking. Beautiful sight.

hammer and ale beer memphis

Stopping in at Hammer and Ale in Cooper Young, I tried out a few beers.

hammer and ale memphis tn

A few notes. The Lemon Shandy by the Curious Traveler is fantastic. Got To Get Up To Get Down by Wiseacre is easily one of the best beers made in Memphis. And the Poet by New Holland? Very smooth, very good. Try one.

The mustard with the pretzels is amazing. Really. You gotta try it.

hammer and ale pretzels

I also picked up some Festina Peche from Busters. ‘Spensive but worth it.

festina peche

Lately I have been getting hot… hot chips, hot (spicy) beers and jalapenos. The unholy triad of hotness.

triad of hotness

YOU try all of these in one night. Good luck. I would eat a chip, “hot, hot, hot”, chase it with some Two Boots beer, “that’s hot too!” and chase it with a jalapeno, “hot, hot, hot”. Death by jalapeno. Bring on the heat!

Oh yeah… Central BBQ for lunch at work.

central bbq memphis

And that BIG BAG was FULL of BBQ heaven. I had BBQ for two days. Loved it. Wings too.

My wife picked up a new doormat.

bicycle door mat

Get on your bikes and ride.

She also purchased me this very cool shirt.

bicycle texas shirt

I LOVE it.

Need some Mangos covered with Chamoy?

mango chamoy

Gottcha covered.

Since our trip to Nashville was a rainout, we have to go to plan “B”. And plan “B” involves Sarah Connor. “I’ll be back.”

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Weekend Memphis. Get out of the house!

My bicycle rides this week have been interesting to say the least. Either the days are extremely hot, or there was the severe rain like yesterday. Luckily I was able to stop for water on Waring and the Greenline.

Tap Route Memphis

Again, the water here is not cool, it is COLD. I still do not know how the water is kept so cold, but the water is very refreshing after riding for nearly an hour in the heat.

Friday evening I was riding home from the east side of Memphis. And that is when I ran into this:

Riders on the Storm.

Riders on the Storm.

I knew there were rain showers predicted for the evening, but I imagined I could escape the showers. No such luck. By the time I was near Shelby Farms, the temperature dropped from the 90’s to the 70’s in a matter of seconds. I went from the oven to the cooler rather quickly. As soon as I crossed Walnut Grove into Shelby Farms, the wind and rain kicked in. I crossed Farm Road and went along Gardner Road as I usually do. Then the rain really hit hard. Fun. Very fun. I tried to think of a place to get shelter from the rain as I was riding. I knew there was a bus stop by the penal farm. There are two small sheds along Gardner Road as well. I parked my bicycle near the shed towards the western end of Gardner Road to get out of the rain. Thirsty and tired, I drank a bottle of water. Then I looked down. I wasn’t the only one taking shelter here.

Memphis Snake Bicycle

Snake! My foot was only two feet away from the thing. Next time I will take note of the place I stop at. The rain finally stopped and I was heading north to the Greenline again. I did see a double rainbow on the way.

memphis double rainbow

I also had to stop and wring my shirt out. My clothes were completely soaked. No matter. This would be my disgruntled look after the deluge of water.

Memphis Bicycle Rain Disgruntled

Saturday I stopped in at Coffee Town for some waffles and coffee. I found this slightly “beaded” bicycle. Got beads? From New Orleans?

bead bicycle

After reading the news, I had a few more stops to make. First I stopped in at a bank on Poplar. There is always a concern that the bank has a problem with me using the drive thru when I am riding my bicycle.

bicycle drive thru bank

Luckily no banks have had an issue with me riding up to the bank drive thru. Made a deposit and I was on my way.

Next stop? Busters on Highland. Went in, found my Two Boots

Two Boots Abita

some Nikki’s Hot Ass Chips, vodka and Dogfish Head Festina Peche. Gotta mix it up. Although I am wondering about combining Nikki’s Chips and the Two Boots. Both products burn. This should be interesting. As I was leaving Busters, the clerk asked how I would carry everything. “I gotta big basket.”

Memphis Bicycle Rack Beer and vodka

It only takes a little planning. Really, shopping for groceries on a bicycle is easier than you think. Just plan ahead.

Making my way home, I discovered crews were cutting tree limbs on E. Parkway S. Two of the three lanes were coned off. PERFECT for me to ride in the lane.

Memphis Bicycle East Parkway South

You will not find me riding on E. Parkway S. much. Motorists drive over the speed limit and the traffic is usually busy.

Plans for the evening may include some Hammer and Ale beers. And / or BBQ. Until next time, keep moving, get out and ride your beaded bicycles. Cheers.

Bicycle and Coffee, Motorhead Bicycle, Misfits Socks, Carry Your Bicycle Commuter Bag, Central BBQ, Tap Route Memphis

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And it is the weekend Memphis. Get out.

Although there was a ton of rain Friday, I managed to work my way around it during my commute to work yesterday. The rain was falling Friday morning until 7:00 a.m. As soon as the rain stopped I jumped on my bike and headed to work. Crossing my fingers that the rain had stopped, I made my way to Coffee Town. “I need a coffee to go; STAT!” “Uh… did you ride your bike?” the barista asked. “It’s okay, I have a cup holder.”

Bicycle Cup Holder Coffee

A minute later I was out the door and headed down the Greenline. Even though the rain had stopped, no others were out on the Greenline early Friday morning. Rain can’t hurt you people. The trails were a bit soggy, and the back of my shirt was a bit muddy, but I survived the ride.

Since it was Friday, I opted for some special work socks.

Misfits Socks

I find I do my best work while wearing Misfits socks.

Riding back home, I forgot to pack some water and it was hot outside. Good luck I ran into this at the Greenline / Waring intersection.

Tap Route Memphis

Tap Route Memphis Greenline

I never needed to use this watering station until now. THANK YOU! Talk about a lifesaver. I drank about 4 cups of COLD water. I’m not sure how the water is cooled, but on a hot day the cold water was refreshing.

Saturday I headed to Coffee Town for some coffee, waffles, and Motorhead. Gotta have some Motorhead while riding.

Motorhead Memphis

Born to lose, live to win.

Today I found an article on the www.bikehacks.com website. Funny, I have used this method for carrying my commuter bag now for a couple of years. I found it easier to just use carabiners to attach my large bag to the rack on back. No big secret here, just use what you have.

Attach Bicycle Commuter Bag to Rack

Done! I stopped in for some bbq nachos at Central BBQ

Central BBQ Nachos

so now it’s time to relax. See YOU back here for more bikes, coffee and Motorhead.

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