Over the years we have had a gathering of Spinners in January just to keep everyone in the "cycling mood" and this year it is no different.
Mark your calendars for Sunday Jan 12th @ 3pm (Packer Game starts about 5:30pm) at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL when there will be a conversation and a presentation reg how to prepare and what to expect on a cross country bike ride. Some Spinners recently heard a presentation about such a bike ride and there are some "myths" that need to be dispelled. The author of these periodic epistles, LiteSpeed Rick took such a cross country trip way back in 2006 and is most willing to share his experience with whomever is interested.
If there are at least " 5" Spinners who would like to attend then the event will happen so please send an email to confirm your attendance.
If you do attend, please bring your own food/beverage and pencil & paper because serious trekkers may want to take notes.
An invitation to this event has been extended to Lon Haldeman who recently returned from an exploratory trip to Ghana, Africa in anticipation of a group trip to Ghana in November of 2020 which may be of interest to some Spinners.
Therese Oldenburg who is the Director at the NATC has a request for Volunteers per below:
Our major project in the next few months is finishing our Rock River Birding Trail along the Rock River in the bottomland. You can view the area on this map - it's a really beautiful location that has never been accessible to the public before. Volunteers and staff have already started work on this and a 32' boardwalk was just installed.
If helping with this project is of interest to you, please let me know, so I can place you on the contact list for this.
We will be working during the winter months, as it is much easier to do the clearing then. We will continue any of the other work after the ground dries out in late Spring/Early Summer.
There is a combination of garbage pickup, light clearing and heavy clearing that is needed.
Light clearing is cutting tree branches using hand nippers and piling up brush.
Heavy clearing involves cutting logs with chainsaws and moving logs out of the trail path.
Volunteers should have appropriate footwear for wet conditions. This is a river bottom land that is still mucky in spots.
You will be required to wear safety glasses and gloves. We have a supply of both, but feel free to bring your own.
A restroom is not nearby, but the nature center would be open during work days.
You can come when you are able, don't feel obligated for all work days
Thank you for your interest! Please let me know if this interests you!
Finally, every year the Janesville Velo Club has the "Winter Challenge" and over the years the participants have raised substantial dollars for trails & paths that we, as a Spinner cycling group have ridden. Here is an email from Bob Schlegel reg the particulars of the 2020 challenge in the event anyone wants to participate:
This year the club’s Winter Challenge is only 2-months long! With that in mind we’re hoping the shorter 60-day timeframe will make it easier for you to accept this year’s Challenge to ride. Come on! You can ride your bike outdoors one day in January (a minimum of 5 miles) and one day in February, right?
Need something to talk about on Christmas that won’t start an argument? Consider this:
Since 2002, only 143 different people have ridden during the JVC’s Challenge. That’s way less than 1 percent of Janesville’s population and actually a pretty small list of names contributing to the over 20,200 ‘days’ and over 388,600 miles that have been ridden in the 18 years of the Challenge. You can join that very elite group of riders who are committed to making a difference in our cycling community and add your name to the 1-Precenters list by simply being bold enough to accept the Challenge!
And this year’s Challenge is looking like one for the history books! With enough riders and sponsors, we have some very significant goals that are within reach.
New Year's Cheers to one & all,
Don't forget to periodically check the Facebook page “Stateline Spinners Bicycle Group” which is being maintained by Spinner Jon Nelson.