Hello DATES Friends!
Most of you receiving this email have either attended the Ardmore DATES /Road Kill Rally Weekend in past years or have at least expressed an interest. We are again putting this together and would love to have you cross the Red River for some excellent cycling and socializing with fellow DATES and other local bike riders. This announcement will be sent to all DATES current members and in the next DATES-Line Newsletter but please share this with your friends that you think might want to join you for the weekend.
We attended the DATES Annual dinner and talked to several of you about coming to this event in early June when the Road Kill Rally pay ride sponsored by Ardmore Main Street was scheduled. They have since decided to take a sabbatical on the event. Last year they scheduled Road Kill Rally in September in conjunction with other community events and had a dismal turnout.
This is so much fun for us to have all of you come to Oklahoma we decided to do it much like we did last year without the pay ride on Saturday.
Starting with an announcement of a Friday ride – called the Rick To Rick - from McKinney (or somewhere north of Dallas) to Ardmore. Rick & Ann Dixon have long organized and lead this ride – they are not going to be do it this year. Kevin & Linda Vinson sent out an e-mail getting a feel for a Friday ride and due to a lack of interest there will not be a Friday ride. Hopefully the ride returns next year. The rest of the weekend is going to look like the agenda below.
Friday Dinner, 5/22, 6-10P
– Watson’s will again host a catered dinner at their home, 3891 McClain Road, Ardmore, Ok 73401. The food will mostly be catered by a local restaurant – Fajitas, refried beans, Spanish rice, salads, guacamole, chips, soft drinks/beer/wine and desserts. The restaurant charges about $10 per person. We will need RSVP’s to final the headcount for our order by May 19
Saturday Ride, 5/23 – 8a meet
RTR Phase II DATES Ride the Rockies of Oklahoma – starts at the Cedarvale Fried Pie Restaurant parking lot, just off I35 at exit 51 (about 20 miles north of Ardmore). The ride is 45 miles – maps/q-sheets will be provided. Lunch stop in Sulphur either in Chickasaw Recreation area park or at a local restaurant. There will be an alternative start at Springer High School (exit 40 on I35) that adds about 20 total miles over the Arbuckle Mtn. pass. We will have details and maps for any opting for this start location.
Saturday Group Dinner 5/23 – 6:30P
– Café Alley, 126 A. Street NE, Ardmore (see www.cafealleyardmore.com
for menu, directions etc. ) They have a full bar and a variety menu. Please RSVP for headcount.
Sunday Ride 5/24, 8:30a
– RTR Phase III – DATES Ride to Rejoice-will start back at the Watson’s house to do part of the “Roadkill Rally” route over Tater Hill and around Lake Murray. There are several route options – from 25 miles to 55 or 60 miles. Maps will be provided.
There is a good supply of chain hotels in Ardmore along I35 (on both sides) from exit 31A& B, 32 & 33. The following link should direct to almost all Ardmore lodging options, giving prices, locations etc. http://www.oklahoma-hotels.org/cities/Ardmore/
Please let us know if you have questions or are possibly interested in attending this year. We need to start getting some idea how many people MAY be attending. Does not have to be a firm commitment.
Rick & Kay Watson
3891 McClain Road
Ardmore, OK 73401