Alrighty folks, we're gonna sneak one last campout in before it gets too cold! And before the leaves drop. The wonderful folks at Hitchcock Nature Center have agreed to host us at the group campsite once again (thanks, Chad!). As a reminder there are no bikes on the trail. Please be respectful of that.
Folks, this is the Nebraska edition of Swift.Industries' annual summer solstice get-out-n-ride-n-camp initiative--and we're planning a doozy! We're collaborating with Little Mountain Farm again (located in Ponca Hills, now!), and this time the folks at Culprit Cafe and Bakery are gonna be in on the dinner scheme. It will be a delicious [TBA] with the fruits of Ali and Scott's labor.
The route (linked below) will be a moderate level of difficulty. A fair amount of bike path along the river front, but we'll switch it up halfway there and take some gravel North of Neale Woods. Some steep-ish grades, but nothing too crazy. Once in the valley north of there, we'll take P51 and meander up to Ft. Atkinson for a quick stop. Re-up on snacks/water at the gas station in Ft. Calhoun, then head back into Ponca Hills. Maybe a stop at the Alpine Inn, as it's not far from the farm. 25-30ish miles total for the route on Saturday. Come Sunday, you can opt to pickup the riverfront trail not too far down the road from the farm for a quick 11-12 mile trip back to the city. Saturday info can be found here (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21628739). Sunday, you'll just take Ponca rd east to the riverfront trail.
We're gonna cap attendance at 25 for this one (food, space, etc), and ask for $16 per person (seems reasonable given dinner is included, and normal campsites are in the $10 range), which we'll pass along to the Culprit and Little Mountain folks. The attendance cap is because Ali and Scott are nice enough to let us use their land and eat their produce, and we'll need a headcount for dinner! (If you want to come and are worried about special dietary restrictions, please email us.) That being said, registration is ~*required*~. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you an invoice that you can pay online. Registration will be only partially refunded if we are rained out, to cover food prep costs for our collaborators--and in that case, we can have a food and beverage party here at the shop! First 15 folks to register get an official "Swift Campout" patch. You can browse other campout goodies here (https://builtbyswift.com/product-category/collections/campout-2017/). We have a fair amount of that stuff in the shop; patches, booklets, luggage, etc. We can order stuff for you, too! Just holler at us!
Phew! So many words! Sorry about that. It's gonna be fun, that's the main take-away.
Our May Ride n' Camp (formerly known as April Ride n' Camp)! Heading into Iowa (again) for some time in the Loess Hills. Hitchcock Nature Center is our destination.
A scenic fall ride and campout into the Loess Hills (Iowa, folks. We're going to Iowa).
Movie night at the Monkey Wrench!
We're planning an overnighter down to Indian Cave State Park via the Steamboat Trace. We'll meet at the trailhead in Peru, about an hour's drive from Omaha or Lincoln. (NOT the northern most trailhead next to the power plant.) Meet there at 11am Sunday Morning. How you get there is up to you. Drive to, ride to, carpool, etc. We will leave by 12p via the Steamboat and head to Brownville for lunch and such. Probably kick around a bit, because it's a neat little town. After that, head on to Indian Cave via country roads. Gravel and mmrs, which means dirt, so a 35mm(ish) or greater is recommended. Rollers and tough climbs, too. All in all, the route should be about 30 meandering miles (60 round trip). Still working on campsite details, but we hope to get one or two of the adirondack shelters located on the bluffs overlooking the river, those are first come/first served, though. We'll pitch tents/hammocks near the shelters. These are backcountry/hike-in, so it will require some tough hike-a-bike sections, fyi. 1/2 a mile or so. Fallback is the group campsite in Hackberry Hollow. This is a self-supported ride, so you are responsible for food, water, transportation, etc. That doesn't mean there won't be food and beverages shared (potluck style), but just be prepared. We'll have a fire pit to grill. Camp Sunday night, nature hike down to the Cave Monday AM for those interested, the get on the road to meander back to Peru for a late afternoon arrival, so folks can get back home sometime in the evening. Bring enough cash for campsite fee and the establishments in Brownville/Nemaha as they're likely cash only. The Nemaha grocery store for sure is cash only. I'll post more details as they're figured out, and feel free to post up for carpool and caravanning. If y'all have ANY questions regarding gear, routes, sandwich making, etc, feel free to stop in, call (the duck phone, 402.614.1392), or email me, email@example.com. Hope to see ya out there!
Join us for a night at Ponderosa Cyclery involving a hang-out and talk about the thing known as "bike camping." Pretty casual, but we'll have a loaded fatbike and "traditional" touring bike on display. Loads of gear and luggage, too. More details to follow. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hummel Havoc 2016 is this Saturday/Sunday. We'll be riding up there to check it out and watch some racin'. Meet at Archetype Coffee (across from the shop) around 8:40a and we'll roll by 9a. 10-11ish one way and we might take the scenic route on the way back. Plan on 25-30ish round trip. Call the shop for details. 402.614.1392
SURLY Bikes, SURLY Beer, and what some might call an Open House. Others might call it a Grand Opening. Either way ya paint it, it'll be one month of having the doors open here at Ponderosa, and I'd like to celebrate it with you folks. And for y'all to nose around the shop. Saturday, May 14th. I mean, yer already gonna be partyin' for National Buttermilk Biscuit Day and National Miniature Golf Day, let's just go for the hat trick of celebrations, ya know. Like the Three Amigos, almost. I'm Steve Martin!
There'll be SURLY BIKES and... SURLY BEER. Two of Minneapolis' greatest exports (let's not bring up Prince, okay? Too soon). In Omaha. At Ponderosa. So, grab a friend and c'mon down (or up? I don't know where you live). Ride a Surly if you have it. We will provide beverages (sodas and waters, too) for y'all to consume, but will not discourage attendees from bringing a 4-pack (or 6, or 11) to add to the pile. It doesn't have to be Surly beer, fyi. And while we're on the topic, you don't have to ride a Surly, either. Just come as you are, folks. All are welcome. Oh, we will have snacks, but forewarning, it'll probably just be peanut butter sandwiches. If you want something else, you're welcome to bring a casserole er somethin'. The shop is open 9-4p on Saturdays, so we'll be here during the day if you can't make it for the evening festivites. Either way, stop in and say, hey.