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Picnic Ride Next Sunday!

Picnic Ride – Sunday April 27 Jeff Davis Lake, Prentiss, MS

This is everyone’s chance to join us for the first ever RideSouth Picnic Ride, to be launched at Jeff Davis Lake! Just take Hwy 42 east from Prentiss, Mississippi for only a couple of miles and turn left. The lake is surrounded by beautiful new trails with some great roller-coaster hills. You can ride two or three miles in the lake area, or take the trail to the fabulous LongLeaf Trace which is only two miles from the lake. Of course the Trace offers up to 41 miles each way, so all of your options are open! You can even bring your kayak down to enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake on the water!

So, the proposed agenda is to bring a picnic for you and your family to enjoy, either before you ride, or after . . . or both! We will have water, Powerade and paper products. We have reserved the large pavilion from 2:00 – 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 27. We realize this is late notice, but the weather is great and this is picnic season, so why not! Bring your trike, bike or kayak to enjoy along with some picnic fare and everyone is sure to have a great time! We will cover the pavilion rental for the day and even the boat launch fee for our kayak customers. We may even have a Hobie kayak for you to try!

The RideSouth Bus will leave the shop by 12:30 PM Sunday if you would like to ride with us. Tickets are $10 and we will have room for 12 people in the bus, and your bikes and trikes. Please have your machines at the shop Saturday afternoon for bus loading if you can. What better way to demonstrate all the cool toys we provide than a Picnic Ride! Please give us some feedback concerning your interest so we can plan better.

RideSouth . . . The Way to Picnic!

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It’s gonna be a Hobie weekend!

It’s gonna be a Hobie weekend!

RideSouth will receive a truckload of brand new Hobie Kayaks this Saturday afternoon! If you have put off that desire to be moving on the water, HANDS FREE, here is your chance to get the fresh Hobie Mirage Kayak of your dreams! If you have a special request, we have another shipment leaving California next Monday and we need your order NOW! Please call us to check on availability of your boat on these two shipments.

As we have a few used Hobies left, we will offer a ONE TIME DEMO sometime this Sunday, if weather permits. Please come in to the shop today, or Saturday, to discuss options on your participation in the demo and the times available. We offer this to our good customers that need just a bit of prodding to make one of the best buying decisions ever! We hope you will then understand why we also say . . . RideSouth . . . The Way to Paddle!

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Safety Concerns on the Trails

Safety Concerns

Yesterday, there was an incident on the Tanglefoot Trail concerning us. No one was hurt, but it could have been worse. A small child stepped in front of some of our riders causing rapid braking and avoidance maneuvers at high speed. First of all, and most importantly, let me state that I take full responsibility. Even though the incident happened way behind me, the little girl must have turned to look at my trike as I rushed past.

Please help us avoid this situation in the future by following these guidelines:

Let’s avoid racing, high speed drafting and close proximity riding, when there are people on the trails. It is tempting to open up when the trail appears open, but kids or animals can dart out anytime. Sunday afternoon is not the time to see how fast you can ride on the trails!

If you find yourself leading a group of riders, alert the rider behind when walkers are approaching. That is the leader’s responsibility. Indicate you are slowing and stay far to the right. If you find yourself in the middle of a group, also stay far to the right. It is not safe to ride offset and to the left so you can see ahead, if you are in a group. That blocks the vision of riders behind. If you do not know the rider in front, you should keep more distance between.

If you find yourself in the back of a group it is your responsibility to focus on the rider ahead, maintain a large gap, and be ready to brake. You have the added responsibility of alerting riders in front of you of passing cyclists (or cars, on the road).

Some trails across the country have a speed limit of 20 MPH. Let’s impose that limit on ourselves, and go slower when there are people or other riders. Many of us know our bikes and engines are capable of more, but let’s save that for the road, not the trails. As recumbent riders, we must be ambassadors of safe, responsible riding because we are faster and more visible.

This incident aside, our Tanglefoot Tour yesterday was a success. Everyone toured both the north and the south portions of the trails getting in from 50-87 miles for the day. Everyone seemed to enjoy the south end of the trail a bit more, perhaps because of more trees and people. The facilities that have been completed are first class. The trail was relatively clean and the surface was smooth, except for the bridges. There are many crossings that need to be heeded as cars are reluctant to stop for cyclists. The RideSouth bus and Rack-n-roll trailer transported riders and everyone’s bikes and trikes easily, without incident.

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We will consider this tour again sometime later this year. We made many new friends on the trail yesterday. Unfortunately, we almost had a terrible accident. My lesson learned is to be a better leader. We hope everyone will help with that challenge so even the fine folks on the Tanglefoot will know that RideSouth is The Way to Ride!

Bless this food . . .

Many of you prepare elaborate meals for your family and friends, especially around the holidays. You work hard to select the best dishes with the best ingredients, dishes that will nourish and provide long-lasting benefits to people you care about.

At RideSouth, we also work hard to provide customers with our offering of nourishment for the body, and the soul. We seek the finest equipment from the most reputable suppliers to offer to you at our table. We welcome you into our home, not just on holidays, but every day. Your long term enjoyment and goal achievement is paramount in our preparation.

So, we welcome you to our table. If there is something you want, but do not see, ask us. We will try to get it for you. It may take some time. Good things often do, but if you trust us to serve you . . . well, that is the best blessing of all.

What’s Cooking

Saturday: Fresh oat bran Bread Ride at 8:00 AM. Leave your bike or trike to load on the RideSouth Bus or trailer for an early departure on Sunday morning for the Tanglefoot Trail Tour!

Sunday March 30: RideSouth Bus leaves for Pontotoc, MS at 7:00 AM for a 10:00 AM launch on the Tanglefoot Trail. Join us!

Next week: Fresh, new Hobie Kayaks arrive! We will have most flavors of all models! Reserve yours now!

We also have lot’s of leftovers (used bikes, trikes and kayaks) for you to consider! Sweet! They won’t last long!

RideSouth – The Way to Ride!

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RideSouth Tanglefoot Tour

RideSouth Tanglefoot Tour – Sunday March 30, 2014

The RideSouth tour bus is scheduled to depart for North Mississippi on Sunday, March 30 at 7:00 AM! We will drive to Pontotoc and launch on the great, new Tanglefoot Trail! We suggest you ride north to New Albany (about 19 miles), south to Houston (about 25 miles), or both (about 44 miles). Of course, you will need to ride back to Pontotoc to catch the bus home! We will provide drinks and snacks in the bus that will remain in Pontotoc until all riders have finished. Please time your tour so you can be back around 4:00-4:30 PM so we can make it back to the shop before dark.

The RideSouth bus can easily accommodate eleven trikes (with trailer), and 11 passengers. We will charge $20 per ticket, which is a lot less than you will pay for gas in your car! We have 10 seats available at this point. Make your reservations early if you are interested. We suggest you bring a sack lunch as there is a very limited number of eating places and time will be important if we want to ride a good portion of the trail. If you wish to join us and drive your own vehicle, let us know as someone may want to ride with you. We plan to depart Pontotoc around 10:00 AM, if you want to meet us there.

We hope our good customers up North will join us for this first Tanglefoot Tour since the trail opened late last year. We expect to see many trikes on the tour, but any bike is welcome. Make your reservation today, put on your RideSouth shirt and lets show the good folks up North that RideSouth is . . . The Way to Ride!

Signature Ride 2014: What it’s Like

Signature Ride 2014: What it’s Like

It starts weeks, or months before. Can I do it? Have I trained enough? What if I have to bail? All legitimate questions. This year, weather hampered training. One or two decent rides, maybe. No hills on the Trace. Sign up anyway.

The Friday night meeting brings anticipation. New faces and familiar supporters begin to relax (or rethink their decision) about the ride, as they have a beer and some great food from the Corner Bakery. All kinds of pasta and sweets to fuel their adventure are assembled in the shop warehouse area. There is always talk of weather, and alternate pick-up plans for the riders are made. With seventeen riders from the shop, seat space is at a premium if a storm hits.

Some of us optimistically lather on sunscreen in the dark at 6:30 AM. The quiet excitement is broken by the MHP motorcycles arriving to escort us. It is amazing that we were able to line up for pics, on schedule at 6:55 AM! Riders are ready, bikes are ready, support staff are ready. In an awesome spectacle of yellow jerseys, blinking red, white and blue lights, the sirens let the neighbors know we are off to ride . . . RideSouth!

Doc and Randy, our MHP Officers from the shop were awesome! No one had to unclip as the motorcycles zoomed back and forth to block all intersections, all the way to Florence! Perfect, guys! Thank you Captain Johnny and Captain Shows for organizing all of the excellent MHP support! Slower riders left early at the breaks and faster riders took a little longer. Recumbent riders moved to the right to let lighter, or stronger riders climb the hills, and upright riders obligingly moved to the right at the top of the hills (sometimes) to leave the faster recumbents a lane to do what we do . . . scream down the hills!

Lane was the perfect SAG and moral supporter, as usual! Thank you Lane! She had the RideSouth bus loaded with water, Powerade (no syrupy, blue Romulan Ale this time), and all types of snacks including tasty muffin bites from The Corner Bakery. Pastor Sartin had the Harrisville Baptist Church ready for us with doors open and coffee brewing. Thank you Pastor Sartin! We flew down the hill from the church thinking what could be more fun?

You begin to relax a bit and enjoy the scenery, at that point. Tall-eared mules look at you back. Goat farms, river bridges and tree-canopied roads have you thinking of summertime in the rural South. Short sleeves and shorts help with that image. The weather is overcast and nice for riding! We stop at the Pinola Baptist Church where the good folks there have left the doors open, snacks on the counter and water in the fridge! Thank you Pinola Baptist Church and Captain Johnny & Beth for arranging!

So much for relaxing, as the hills get your attention again. Up and down, through New Hebron and into Prentiss, with only a quick stop in the parking lot of the busy, New Hebron grocery store. Prentiss is a welcome site with Louis Reno offering a man-sized sandwich and fixings, to refuel on and get us on the way to Hattiesburg, ahead of schedule! Thank you to Louis for your great support! The ride could not happen without it! Louis even pulled Leroy’s kayak trailer he had purchased from us on Friday. Leroy and Bruce had ridden the return route up to the shop on Friday! We think Leroy could have pulled the trailer behind his CA-2 :-) ! Thanks guys for scouting the return roads for us! Also, thanks to all you Louisiana and Alabama folks for supporting the ride and helping to SAG along the way. Jim Lee helped Louis and Lane as well, and even got to ride to Hattiesburg only weeks after some major surgery. Thank you, Jim!

After a slow start from the huge meal, and cooling off, the trip to Hattiesburg was entertaining and fun. Some good talks and spirited chases made the trip seem fast. Lane and Louis had the excellent reception waiting in the hotel gazebo area, and a cold beer was a nice addition to the wine, sausages, cheese, muffins and left-over sandwiches. Folks took turns showering and we loaded the bus and shuttle vehicles for the trip home, on schedule! Riders making the return trip had no trouble sleeping after a great dinner at Cracker Barrel. Thanks to Laura and Doug for transporting us to dinner and transporting our bags back to the shop on Sunday!

The storm of the weekend, catered to our ride on both days by moving through in the night. The rumble of thunder and sound of rain was a welcome sleeping aid, that cleaned the roads and cleared the pollen. A big breakfast at the hotel, and the fast four, and this rider, were headed back to the shop at 8:30 AM, again in shorts and short sleeves. More great scenery on the return route with lots of local color. “What kind of bike is that, sir?” and other comments were common as we toured many Mississippi towns. This rider managed to miss a turn near Magee and had to ride a few miles on Hwy 49. Not recommended. Lunch at the Subway is recommended, however.

Rejoining the group at the Shell in Magee, we fought the crosswind again this year, and finally got to St. John’s Road where we were met by Lane and the RideSouth Bus. A welcome sight for everyone! We refueled and rode the scenic roads back to the Texaco, where Chad and Mike peeled off and went to Chad’s house. Lane followed us back to the shop through the heavy, Sunday afternoon traffic, where a cool beer waited! Everyone regrouped for cars and luggage and found that waiting beverage, still on schedule at 5:00 PM! A great Signature Ride weekend!

We appreciate everyone supporting the Signature Ride, especially those folks just riding on the Longleaf Trace. It was great seeing so many of our customers out enjoying their RideSouth purchases! We know you enjoy pushing your own envelope to ride longer and faster . . . without the pain, as we do! Maybe we can organize a Trike event from Hattiesburg next year? Whatever you enjoy riding, come join us again next year (the weekend after the time change) and help us to spread the word . . . RideSouth is The Way to Ride!

Signature Ride: March 15-16 2014

Signature Ride: March 15-16 2014

Well, it is Signature Ride time again! The RideSouth Signature ride was conceived years ago to “Ride South” to Hattiesburg from the RideSouth shop. We have developed an excellent route on back roads and lightly traveled highways to and from Hattiesburg. The distance on day one is 117 miles and day two is 109 miles. Folks wanting to limit their mileage to 82 miles can ride out and back from Hattiesburg to Prentiss on Saturday.

The Signature Ride is a tour, not a race! Limited SAG support is timed for an overall average of 15 mph with limited stop time. You will need to start out a bit faster though as the hills are near the last third of the ride to Prentiss. The Signature Ride finishes on the Longleaf Trace, then at the Holiday Inn in Hattiesburg with a reception from 4:30-6 PM. If you are being transported back, the RideSouth bus will be leaving shortly after the reception. If you are staying the night, the ride back will begin about 7:00 AM from the Holiday Inn.

Friday, March 14, we will have a brief meeting for riders, SAG volunteers and guests from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM at the shop. We will have excellent riding fare following the meeting including Chicken Pasta, salad, bread and refreshments. Come and help us finalize transport plans, meet your fellow riders and fuel up for a great adventure! Please register and sign the waiver while you are here. We will give out maps and cue cards for folks that are launching with us at RideSouth that should be turned in at the reception in Hattiesburg for tee shirts (everyone), and medals (RideSouth launchers, only)! Remember to bring your clothes bag if you plan to stay overnight and ride back with us on Sunday.

Arrive early on Saturday and be ready to launch on time. Here is a Ride Fact Sheet that Lane has prepared for you. We know you will enjoy the roads to Prentiss and of course, the Longleaf Trace. If you want to preview the ride, just click on the Pre-Ride video on our website. Thanks for participating and have fun!

SIGNATURE RIDE FACT SHEET 2014
RideSouth Launch Time: Saturday, March 15 7:00 A.M. Sharp! Arrive Early!
Wear bright jersey (not red or blue, please). Lights are suggested. Safety is paramount!!
Bring small overnight bag to put in the SAG vehicle. Bring towel and soap to shower after the ride. Sign Waiver, pay fee.
NOT A RACE! Stay within 3-4 minutes of the next rider until Pinola Baptist Church.
Rest Stops: Texaco, Shell, Harrisville Baptist Church (10-10:30 A.M.), Pinola Baptist, and New Hebron (Sullivan’s Grocery)
LUNCH: 1-2:00 P.M. Prentiss–Provided by Corner Bakery. Sign up here if you plan to launch from Hattiesburg.
Hattiesburg Reception (Rear Parking Lot) 4:30-6:00 P.M. Turn in cue cards for tee shirts.
DINNER at Cracker Barrel around 6:30 P.M. (No reservations accepted. On your own.)
Arrange Return Shuttle Friday night at meeting. Louis has room for 3; Lane has room for 5 in the bus.
Launch Sunday by 7:00 A.M at Hattiesburg Holiday Inn.
There will be no SAG on the way back. Ride self-supported. Place overnight bags in Laura Morgan’s truck to be transported to the shop on Sunday morning.

SAG Vehicles: Lane (RideSouth Bus)

Louis Reno will help transport riders back on Saturday night.

Phone Numbers:
! Lane: 601 291-4110
! Hurlon Pierce: 601 315-2453
! ! (LLT Trail Manager IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE ON TRACE)
! Holiday Inn & Suites/Hattiesburg: 601 296-0302 STAY SAFE and HAVE FUN!!!

Greenspeed was in the Showcase for the inaugural Showcase Event held at the RideSouth shop on February 28-March 1 2014! The auction was a great success and the ride was well attended, with many “Show it off!” tee shirts given away! There was even motivational book singing by a customer who completed a cross country tour, alone, on her Greenspeed trike!

Friday night, the fun began as we set up the ping pong table in the shop to lighten the mood. Beer and wine helped with that and folks began enjoying the excellent fruit, salad, pasta and brownies brought in by Fantasy Foods!DSCN1834 Mr. Robert Taylor was very entertaining as he provided a motivational auction for the Magnum recumbent trike that Ian Sims with Greenspeed had very generously offered. Some other items were also auctioned, including a unique Electra Cruiser bicycle and a Haro balance bike for kids. Everyone enjoyed the bidding and Mr. Ron Crowe took home the one-of-a-kind green Magnum! A check for $3100 was presented to Dr. Bob McGuire to give to the Batson Children’s Hospital at the University Medical Center!

Ron Crowe is successful bidder!

Ron Crowe is successful bidder!

Our customer, and Greenspeed brochure “centerfold girl”, Janet Buckwalter, signed her motivational books for customers all weekend. Her excellent book, One More Mountain, chronicles extraordinary accomplishments by ordinary people when they become motivated. Janet finished her solo cross-country ride on a Greenspeed X-5 recumbent trike!photoP1000415 (Small)

The Showcase Ride on Saturday had many folks showing off their tee-shirts and Greenspeeds! After taking one more pic, Jerome Hediger, with Greenspeed USA, joined us on a great ride in the Bay Area. Thanks to Jerome for bringing the Magnum to us and helping out all weekend! As the weather was a bit chilly, we took out the Greenspeed Glyde to try and keep up with Dr. Bob in his velomobile! It turned into a spirited ride and we were back in time to open the shop and enjoy some fresh, hot oat bran bread!DSCN1851DSCN1848

The RideSouth Showcase Ride inaugural event was a huge success thanks to our great customers and all of our Greenspeed representatives! RideSouth is proud to be part of this great team to help you enjoy life more! We hope you will come in soon and see for yourself why we say RideSouth is The Way to Ride . . . especially on a Greenspeed! Stay tuned for more on the exciting new Greenspeed Aero . . . an awesomely fast and comfortable machine!

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RideSouth Press Release

RideSouth Press Release

RideSouth Recumbents Bicycle Shop will host a Greenspeed recumbent tricycle auction Friday night, February 28 at 7:00 PM. The event is called the RideSouth Showcase Event and includes a 12-25 mile bicycle ride on Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 AM from the shop. RideSouth is located in Avalon Centre off of Old Fannin Road, near the Reservoir in Rankin County. All proceeds of the auction will go to Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by email to info@ridesouth.com or call RideSouth at 601 992-2490. Everyone is welcome.

Free at last!

Free at last!

Like a bird caged up for the winter feels free as the door springs open, we are all ready to don shorts and escape on a bicycle somewhere! The somewhere, for this rider, will be the Longleaf Trace – Prentiss to Hattiesburg and back . . .10 AM, Sunday. Join us if you dare for a Springtime trike ride in the middle of February.

Remember, miles are your friend if you plan to do the RideSouth Signature Ride on March 15 and March 16, only four weeks away. You will need some time in the seat before the 227 mile weekend! We already have folks signing up to go both ways this year! Or just one way may be enough! Either way, it will be a great weekend. We will have medals for those folks leaving from the shop and tee shirts for the rest of the riders who sign up.

More on the Signature Ride later. Remember the Greenspeed Showcase Event will be February 28 and March 1. Please RSVP if you plan to make the auction Friday night so we can plan the food and refreshments. Bid on a brand new Magnum, with all the proceeds to go to Batson Children’s Hospital right here in Jackson! The Magnum is one of the coolest trikes ever! Show up with a RideSouth Greenspeed trike on Saturday for the 8:00 AM ride, and get a cool “Show it off!” tee shirt . . . free!

So, if you are feeling a bit confined, there is no better time to hop on your bike and feel the freedom of going somewhere nice under your own power! There is no license required, no gasoline, no noise, no restraints . . . just freedom. What could be better!

RideSouth – The Way to Ride!

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