First Meeting of 2017 this Thursday

First club meeting of 2017 is THIS THURSDAY at Waynesville Pizza Company–near the Haywood County Schools office.

More info here:

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 6:00 PM

http://www.waynesvillepizza.com/
32 Felmet St Waynesville, NC 28786, NC

4 Cyclists Attending

Monthly club meeting–open to all, you need not be a BHNC member. Gather in the bar area for social half-hour at 6 pm, meeting begins at 6:30. We try to stick to one hour. Most people order supper to be eaten during the meeting. Questions: email President Bob Clark or [masked]

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Hope to see you there! 🙂

BHNC Christmas Party

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Our December 8th meeting will include a Christmas party.

5:30pm – begin gathering. Bob and Janet will serve chili, garlic bread and cookies.  If anyone wishes to bring something that would complement those items, please feel free to do so. Please bring your own drink(s) although we will be happy to serve Waynesville’s finest, right from the reservoir. 

6:30pm – meeting begins. Agenda is fairly open as it would be good to have some discussion about what went well this year, what we can improve on and thoughts on next year. One item will be to see if we can propose a community service project or two with the goal that each be completed by March or April before riding season hits higher gear.

Please RSVP, either with Meetup or via email:  so we can plan accordingly. Hope to see many of you next week on the 8th.

Thanks, Bob and Janet

Waynesville, 28786, NC – USA

Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 PM

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BHNC Christmas Party

Thursday, Dec 8, 2016, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

1 Cyclists Attending

Janet and I would like to host the next meeting, to include Christmas Party, at our house in Waynesville on Thursday,  December 8.More details shortly.

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In The Warm, Wet Embrace of Julia

Well, I can check off my bucket list “ride a bicycle in the early stages of a Tropical Storm” as my friend and fellow cyclist Woody and I had the distinct pleasure of being about 4 miles away from our abode on Hilton Head Island last week when Tropical Storm Julia first began making an appearance on shore. While I was hunkered down in the driving rain and spinning as fast I could maintain, I thought of the recent participants in the Blue Ridge Breakaway caught in the heavy rains at near 6000’ elevation. I was very thankful that it wasn’t 51 degrees as they had endured.

The week was our annual sojourn to the island when I find it hard to make excuses not to get out and ride. Excepting TS Julia, the weather was great and our daily routine of breakfast, ride, nap, eat, sleep, and repeat was great.
The number of people riding bicycles on HHI is truly amazing. You see all types of riders: local folk commuting to work, experienced cyclists riding for fitness and training, but mostly you see tourists on rental bikes, many of whom probably haven’t been on a bike in a while. Separated bike paths allow for riding pretty much anywhere on the island, except of course gated locales such as Sea Pines.

For about three hours on Wednesday, the brunt of TS Julia swept across the island with sustained winds in the 40 to 45 mph range with accompanying heavy rains. I enjoyed just watching the storm and the horizontal rains. I was particularly impressed by an egret type bird that stayed glued to a pine limb just outside my window. The bird clung to the tree as it swayed back and forth and as rain pelted it from all directions for the entire event.
(Sunset at the Old Oyster Factory on Marshburn)
 
Changes in North Carolina’s Vulnerable Users law… As a reminder to motorists and cyclists alike, effective October 1st, motorists may legally pass slower moving cyclists and moped riders on a double yellow line when it is safe to do so. HB 959 passed by the legislature now allows legal passing in “no passing zones” if all safety requirements are met. The bill clarifies that cyclists have use of the full lane of travel and increases the minimum passing distance from 2’ to 4’. Most notably, it officially sanctions crossing the yellow line when safe to do so to avoid traffic stacking up behind cyclists. Of course, courtesy by both cyclists and motorists remains a necessary ingredient to safely Share the Road. For more information on the new law, visit BikeWalkNC’s website.

The fall riding season is upon us and some great opportunities exist for both motorists and cyclists to enjoy the changing colors of the landscape. To paraphrase what they used to say on Hill Street Blues, “Let’s ALL be careful out there!”