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Friday, January 4, 2013

HATTARICK 2013 is tomorrow (1/5/2013)

Hello Everyone!
It's that time of year again. Time to ensure your future plans include: 
1. organizing all your medical bills for 2012
2. making the commitment to attend HATTARICK 2013 
HATTARICK is always the first Saturday of the new year, except for those years when we change it, and this year its January 5. Some out there still aren't convinced this is an actual ride, and for them I suggest visiting...http://www.flickr.com/photos/raymondmgeorge/sets/72157628871541639/
or...
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjy4cUTi
The ride starts in Nelsonville, OH, at a Hocking College parking lot (drive clear through town, it's on the south end) next to the railroad track-bed. It's across the tracks, just west of their frontier village.

The actual tracks end here, and the Hockhocking-Adena Trail To Athens (hint, hint) starts here. (Or it used to, they extended it further into Nelsonville, but we still start here cause... tradition or lack of imagination, who knows)

We leave the parking lot, on bikes, at 10:00 AM.
Bring clothes and gear for every conceivable weather and trail condition, and an appropriate bike, or bikes. Typical HATTARICKs experience temps ranging from 6 dF to 60 dF, depending on when and where you stop to check the thermometer. AND don't get the idea you can determine conditions by looking out the window in Columbus that morning. Doesn't work that way.

Some will do the ride in sandals, no socks, (yes there are photos to prove it) but that's a bit extreme, unless you're 90. And yes, since there is no age limit, people 90+ will be there. The HATTARICK is known for being a -no rules, no limits- type ride... and therefore, NO EXCUSES.

There's really only ONE excuse for not doing the HATTARICK... Dengue Fever. And nobody is going to have that, hell, who even knows what it is?

We ride to Athens, get food and some sort of drink that warms you up, and ride back. It's a social ride, not a race, but it's not for the faint of heart. I think you get the picture if you go look at those pictures.

For some of us, it's the traditional first ride of the year, cuz we're too hung over to ride on January 1, and for others, it's their only ride of the year, cause they don't really care for cycling... but this is different. That's one thing you can say about the HATTARICK... it's different.

Incidently the drive down there keeps getting easier since the bypass around Lancaster is complete, and the bypass around Nelsonville is half complete. Follow the signs.

HATTARICK. If you haven't done one, don't let common sense stop you. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. HATTARICK. Once you've done one, you can honestly say, "I've done one." HATTARICK. Once you've done two, you can honestly say, "Why do I keep doing this?"
Once you've done 3, you're hooked.
See you there.
RICK



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