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Pedaler's Jamboree 2014

Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 1
Teri asked for tips in anticipation of her first PJ. There is plenty to think about, from transportation, food & lodging, baggage and what to carry with you. How to maneuver through the congestion of bikes, particularly at the start and...? Let's have the discussion here.
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 2
Let's start with lodging. Booneville hotels are likely booked by now, I know of one hotel reservation that will not be used. Let me know if someone needs it.

I will be camping at either Kemper or New Franklin. I am leaning towards New Franklin and riding the 3 miles back from Kemper after the music ends Saturday evening. Reason? New Franklin has showers and facilities. You can get a shower Saturday evening at Kemper but not Sunday morning. The lines are long and the facilities get pretty nasty by Sunday morning. Tip: Bring your own TP because there won't be any left by late Saturday. Tip: If camping at Kemper, set your tent up as far from the stage as you can. The stage is folded up and hauled away as soon as music ends. It takes a couple of hours and is very loud. There are quieter tents sites on the lawns east of the buildings.

Who plans to camp? I believe it is a good idea to choose adjoining camp sites for safety and security.
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 3
Luggage: Your luggage is tagged and laid at the curb in Columbia, loaded on trucks then off loaded on the ground at Kemper Park. The reverse happens Sunday morning for the return trip. There is so much baggage that two trucks make two trips. Expect rough handling so don't take anything that you wouldn't want abused twice as bad as airlines baggage handlers would do. It is all laid out for you to claim and the piles are massive. Try to take something easy to identify among a thousand pieces of gear. If you have two or three pieces, they will be close, but still hard to find.

My frustration with finding my bags is what led me to going "self-contained" so I don't have to spend time with it or worry about damage to my travel gear.
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 4
Essential things to carry on your bike:
1. Spare tube & tire patch kit.
2. 1, preferably 2 bottles of water.
3. Air pump recommended.
4. Power bar or a few snacks.
5. Roll of Tums. (Relieves leg cramps and of course nausea)
6. Pain reliever, allergy relief if needed, etc.
7. Small First Aid Kit like this one- http://www.academy.co...­
8. Camera.
9. Cash.
10. Light rain jacket.

There will be SAG support at many of the stops. They will take care of mechanical needs and flats but there is little support on the trail between stops. There are trail volunteers that are supposed to help people along the way but that doesn't happen. They are riding to the next destination and not very attentive.

Water, beverages, and snacks/meals at every stop but always have plenty of water. Cash is needed for purchases along the way. Most vendors have not had POS devices for card transactions on past rides.

Donna Johnson got me through the ride last year when my leg cramped. She handed over a few Tums and they had an immediate effect and got me back to Columbia Sunday. Don't let your trip be ruined with headaches, pain or allergy attacks. Take what you may need with you.

I carry a very small & light Back Packing First Aid Kit in my bike bag. I've used it for others several times. As for me, I seem to use the ER instead. :)

Camera/phone & charger. You can usually talk a vendor into using their power to charge your device. This is a fantastic time and you will want to record the experience.

It poured rain early in the ride last year. Be prepared with a light rain jacket.
Dottie P.
user 49889912
Orlando, FL
Post #: 1
Since it poured rain early in the morning last year screwdrivers made a perfect start to the day. At least Wayne had a cramp in his leg from the ride and not a cramp in his head from the vino. ;-) FYI - aspirin pouches or baby aspirin is a good thing to stock in your bag as well. Not just for headaches but for body cramps in general. Powdered magnesium is good too. Mix it with water and drink. Pack electrolytes as well as water.
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 5
Saturday night at Kemper Park: There is a bike corral to store your bike overnight, for a fee. I recommend locking multiple bikes together next to your tent if you don't use the corral. There are plenty of vendors with a decent selection of food, baubles, trinkets, PJ souvenirs and massages. There is also a buffet at the Casino and good restaurants in Booneville. There will be beer sales and soft drinks or you can bring your beverage of choice. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on for the music. Shuttles to hotels typically stop running at 11 pm while the headliner plays until midnight. Plan for a cab or leave in time to catch a shuttle if staying in hotel. Sit as close to left of stage as possible. You won't want to miss Burn Circus when the sun goes down and fires get lit. Burn Circus performs in a ring just left of stage.
Dottie P.
user 49889912
Orlando, FL
Post #: 2
And the massage therapist with the hippie tie dyes. Don't forget her. :-)
Teri W.
user 14010758
Brookline, MO
Post #: 1
I am planning on camping also, going to bring all my gear.. How do you plan on getting it from the spot they drop it at over to the other campsite three miles away??

Also, Thank you very much for all the input and suggestions. I know your time is valuable and you have put a lot of time into thinking of things!!! Ya'll are awesome!!
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 6
Teri,

I made a reservation at KATY Roundhouse for Friday and Saturday nights. I have a message into them inquiring about additional tents per site, etc. The only thing I will miss at Kemper Sunday morning will be the pancake breakfast but Chriscakes aren't that great. My plans are always fluid and I haven't seen long term weather forecast yet. I will post Plans A through C this evening. Do you know of anyone else that is camping?
Wayne G.
user 13933588
Springfield, MO
Post #: 7
I didn't know when I made the reservation if anyone else was camping. I chose KATY Roundhouse because it has clean facilities, flush toilets and hot showers. I can have more than one tent on my site for $6 per person per night. It is self-register with payment dropped in a lock box.

Pre plan to get your gear to KRH if camping there. No way to get it from Kemper back to KRH if you use the baggage transport from Columbia except by bike. You are welcome to drop it off at my site Saturday morning if not camping Friday night.

I will camp Friday night at KATY Roundhouse and then determine what to do dependent on weather and receiving my registration packet this week or next. As I stated, my plans are always fluid because you never know what may happen.

Plan A: Saturday morning - Ride from Franklin to Catfish Katy's and join the jamboree riders there. Work my way back, stop at campsite for my evening libations and a chair then on to Kemper Park for the music. Return the 3 miles for a midnight ride back to campsite. I'll have coffee and maybe something to eat at campsite Sunday morning or ride to Rocheport for breakfast. Then return and break camp. I will also have car to sleep in if need be.

Plan B: Camp Friday evening at KRH then drive to Columbia Saturday morning. Back to KRH after the show then back to Columbia Sunday. Return to KRH to break camp.

Plan C: If anyone else camps at KRH, you can drive over to Columbia Saturday morning, throw your gear in my vehicle Sunday morning and I can meet you in Columbia with it.

Plan D: There is always a Plan D. Improvise. I've spent an entire career in the unpredictable world of Telecommunications infrastructure. From a tornado and ice storm on the same Thanksgiving day to...you name it, I'm ready to change direction at anytime. That is the fun of the journey.

Please let me know who wants to camp at KRH so I will be aware, and so we can exchange ph numbers and work out details ahead of time.

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