RTP (Ride, then potluck)

  • August 31, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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It's been a while since we've had a ride/potluck, so the one and only Katherine Owens is graciously throwing open her home to a small horde of ravenous riders. 

This will be a laid-back social ride of about 36 relatively flat miles. We'll be mostly on greenways after the first couple of miles. We'll be on the Walnut Creek Trail for about 10 miles in each direction and the Neuse River Trial for about 6 miles in each direction.

We will aim to get on the bikes within a couple of minutes of noon, so please take this into account if you need to refrigerate your food and/or beverages or otherwise get it situated at Kat's place.

Please use comment section below to tell us what you plan to bring. Check the other dishes first so we end up with a good mix of food, and not just beer and brownies. Kat has a grill. She'll provide burgers and hot dogs, but you are welcome to bring other meat and veggies to throw on.

As always, you'll also need to bring water, a helmet, and a spare tube.

Here is the cue sheet. I'll aim to print out a few extras, but it wouldn't hurt to do so yourself. That said, there aren't a lot of turns anyway.

1. Start out going southwest on Provincial St toward Consortium Dr.  (go 0.1 miles)
2. Turn left onto Ileagnes Rd.  (go 0.1 miles)
3. Take the 1st left onto Chapanoke Rd.  (go 0.8 miles)
4. Take the 2nd left onto Hammond Rd.  (go 0.5 miles) (If you reach the end of Chapanoke Rd you've gone a little too far)
5. Take the 1st left onto Rush St.  (go 0.3 miles)
6. Take the 1st right onto S Wilmington St. (go 0.9 miles) 
7. Where Fayetteville Street forks off to the left, you will see the Walnut Creek Trail to your right (...I think, based on the map I'm looking at). Get onto the greenway and ride 10 miles at a leisurely pace, as if out for a Sunday drive.
8. Turn right onto the Neuse River Trail, toward Clayton, when the Walnut Creek Trail runs into it.
9. You'll get to the Johnston County line after about 6 miles. Look out over the vast frontier and briefly ponder what lies beyond. Once we're all caught up, we'll turn around and head back to Kat's for the potluck, the same way we came.


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  • Walt

    Set the pan on a metal rack to cool until the crust is completely firm, at least 1 hour. (For faster cooling, put the bars in the fridge once the pan is no longer piping hot.) When the bottom of the pan is cool, carefully lift the bars from the pan using the foil sides and transfer them to a cutting board. Separate the foil from the bars by sliding a spatula between them. Cut the bars into 1 ¾-inch squares. They will keep at room temperature for one week.

    August 31

  • Walt

    Make the streusel: With your fingers, combine the remaining ¼ c. sugar with the reserved dough until crumbly. The mixture should hold together when pressed, but readily break into smaller pieces.

    Make the cranberry topping: In a medium saucepan, bring the cranberries, sugar, and ¼ c. water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium high and continue to boil until the liquid is reduced to a thick syrup, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 5 to 10 minutes – the syrup will continue to thicken as the mixture cools. Spread the cranberry mixture evenly over the hot crust. Scatter the streusel over the cranberries (don’t crumble the mixture too much or the streusel will be sandy). Increase the oven temperature to 350° and bake the bars near the top of the oven until the streusel is golden and set, about 25 minutes. (Baking at the top of the oven helps the streusel brown faster without overbrowning the crust.)

    1 · August 31

  • Walt

    Make the crust: Line a straight-sided 13x9 metal baking pan with foil, letting the overhang for easy removal. In a medium bowl, stir the butter, ¾ cup of sugar, and the salt. Whisk in the egg yolks. Stir in the flour to make a stiff dough. Transfer about 2 cups of the dough to the prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the bottom. Prick the dough all over with a fork. Refrigerate the pan for 30 minutes (or freeze for 5 to 7 minutes) until the dough is firm. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and another near the top. Heat the oven to 325°. Bake the dough on the center rack until the crust begins to set but does not brown at all on the edges (the center will not be firm yet), about 20 minutes. While the crust breaks, prepare the streusel and cranberry topping.

    August 31

  • Walt

    Cranberry Streusel Shortbread Bars

    Note: You can substitute an equivalent amount of any fresh or frozen berries for the cranberries. However, if you have very sweet fresh fruit, you may want to reduce sugar in topping slightly. For the crust & streusel:
    • 10 ½ oz. (1 c. plus 5 T.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to just warm
    • 1 c. granulated sugar
    • ¾ tsp. salt
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 14 ¼ oz. (3 c. plus 3 T.) unbleached all-purpose flour

    For the cranberry topping:
    • One 12-oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1 c. granulated sugar

    1 · August 31

  • Walt

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

    2 ½ c. graham cracker crumbs (1 box regular)
    1 c. peanut butter (1 jar smooth)
    1 c. butter, melted (1 box unsalted)
    2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
    2 ¾ c. confectioners’ sugar (1 box)

    In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar,
    peanut butter and melted butter. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Melt
    chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally.
    Spread melted chocolate over the crumb crust. Chill for about 5 minutes, then
    cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set, then chill until ready to serve

    August 31

  • Daniel

    Thanks for hosting Kat. It's nice to see people in regular clothes besides the tight stuff and a more leisure atmosphere. Walt's desserts were past awesome.

    August 31

  • Walt

    Thx for hosting Kat!

    August 31

  • Walt

    Riding was hot. Very friendly group!

    August 31

  • Kat

    Landon. Whered you go

    August 31

  • Chris B.

    Maciej! You're more than ten minutes late!

    August 31

    • Chris B.

      We'll be back to Kat's around 3.

      August 31

    • Maciej

      Thanks Chris. I decided to go ride around Durham since I wasn't able to make the Raleigh ride. Next time!

      August 31

  • Kat

    The girls are back at house

    August 31

  • Maciej

    I got held up (very unusual situation) and was not able to make it this time. I apologize if I held you guys up. I hope you had a good ride.

    August 31

  • Pat R

    I am behind schedule so will see you for the food part. I'll aim to be there around 2:00

    August 31

    • Daniel

      Same here, running late with stuff, but will be there by 2:00 to hang out.

      August 31

    • Daniel

      Pat, I figure they are going @40 miles. I doubt they will be back even by 2:30.

      August 31

  • Kat

    All....if youre running late no worries and we arent here...key will be under planter to the right. Just dont let cats out. My number is[masked]

    August 31

  • Landon

    Kat, I'm running late. Well you all please wait for me? Gps says it's 40 minute drive from my place. I'm leaving right now.

    August 31

    • Kat

      Yep no prob

      1 · August 31

  • Nate

    Switching to pasta salad--I had forgotten about the burgers and hot dogs!

    August 31

  • Cheryl P.

    To - is Yo coming?

    August 30

    • George S.

      I'm not going to be able to make it

      August 31

    • Kat

      Ok thanks george have a great sunday

      August 31

  • Chris B.

    I'm bringing an asparagus/prosciutto salad. Enter the Who Has the Stinkiest Pee-Pee Contest and win a free 2014 On Draft jersey!

    August 31

  • Kat

    Dont forget your lawn chairs and drinkables. I have stuff for burgers and dogs. See you all soon.

    1 · August 31

  • Maciej

    Bringing deviled eggs

    1 · August 31

  • Nate

    Thinking I will bring chicken shish kebob.

    August 30

  • Pat R

    Shrimp & avocado salad is what I'll bring.

    1 · August 30

  • George S.

    I plan to bring a tomato/corn/avocado salad

    August 29

  • Daniel

    Hi, fyi. We need a plan B. Walnut Creek trail has a segment with very coarse gravel, very unfriendly toward skinny tires. In any case the segment is now under construction, they are paving it. See this link: http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/PRecDesignDevelop/Articles/GreenwayRepairs.html

    August 28

    • Chris B.

      I'd prefer not to change the route unless absolutely necessary. Course gravel is a pain in the ass, probably in the literal sense, but I think it's better than rerouting everyone. Where is the section with gravel? Is that the one between I-440 and New Hope Road? If part of it is unpassable, then we can get off the Walnut Creek Trail at Sunnybrook Road, head south to Rock Quarry Road, take a left there and again onto New Hope Road, and rejoin the trail after a mile or so.

      Thank you for the heads-up, and my apologies to everyone in advance.

      2 · August 28

    • Daniel

      The segment is after the 440 underpass and before New Hope Church RD. See the link from above. I don't know how passable is. On a road bike a REAL pain. But given that they are working on it right now, I think that we should avoid the segment.

      1 · August 28

  • Tony

    Does anyone want to do an ice bucket challenge after the ride?

    1 · August 25

    • Tony

      I bet you would be..lol

      August 25

    • Chris B.

      I'll probably want ice water poured over me after 25 miles or so. Would you mind bringing the bucket with you on the ride?

      1 · August 28

  • Daniel

    I suggest taking the greenway the other way, toward downtown. I am familiar with it, as use it sometimes to get work. We could easily reach the NC State campus which is all very familiar from our Tuesday rides.

    August 28

    • Daniel

      The pavement runs out for a little over a mile and then is back. Anyway the unpaved segment is very rough.
      As far which way to go west, there are different choices, depending on what distance we want to do. I know the original route is @40 miles. Going toward Lake Johnson would be @ half the original route.

      August 28

    • Daniel

      Going toward NC State campus is longer plus we could do a number of routes around there.

      August 28

  • Thomas S.

    I am consistently missing all the potlucks for the second year in row! At least I will get some "flat miles" in on Pilot Mountain before New Bern!

    August 28

  • Terry B.

    I hate to do this but I'm going to have to cancel on Sunday. Family will be in town :(

    August 28

  • Kat

    Ill have a large cooler for anyone who wants to put their drinkables in it, in addition if you want to clean up/refresh after the ride I have two full and one half bath available, feel free to make yourself at home. Looking forward to see everyone on Sunday!

    1 · August 28

  • Chris

    Planning to bring a salad.

    1 · August 27

  • Daniel

    Planning to bring pork loin and roasted brussel sprouts.

    1 · August 26

  • Lou

    I do love me some biking pot luck but will be out scouting routes for the October Tour de Asheville. Enjoy!!

    4 · August 25

  • Chris B.

    Tony's in!

    1 · August 24

    • Tony

      Hopefully I'll make it this time...looking forward to it!

      2 · August 24

  • Terry B.

    What do I bring?

    August 21

    • Chris B.

      Just make sure Turlene's there to help me cook.

      August 24

  • Walt

    Bringing peanut butter bar dessert

    1 · August 24

  • Daniel M.

    I will be on the left coast... :-/ Enjoy the Greenway, and for those who know just smile when you are on Rush Street

    August 22

  • Kat

    All : bring your favorite dish and drinkable. I have a grill, oven and microwave if you need to use them. Also bring a lawn chair as I have limited outdoor seating should you want to gather out back.

    2 · August 22

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