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    2009 PVNEMBA Toys For Tots Fun Ride – Robinson SP, Agawam, MA - November 22nd

    The first year (2007) we had about 40 riders. In 2008 we were over 70! We are hoping for well over 100 this year!!! The cause is great! The riding is great! And it is just a very fun atmosphere!
    Come on out and join us! and please help SPREAD THE WORD!!!
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    Toys For Tots Mountain Bike Fun Ride
    Pioneer Valley NEMBA
    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Think Kingdom Trails of Southern New England! (on a smaller scale) Fun loops that are not overly technical or hilly. Tight flowing MTB specific single track. Many trails will be swept of leaves (winds and time constraints could change that).

    Come on out for some great Fall riding and a great cause! The primped trails make this an event not to be missed! The trails of Robinson are perfect for ALL abilities!

    NEMBA Toy Ride and Toy Collection – Robinson SP, Agawam, MA

    What: Toys for Tots Fun Ride (Self guided, arrowed loops)
    When: November 22, 2009 Registration 9-10am All riders off by 10:15
    Where: Armory Drive, Agawam, Ma (Location is outside of the park.)
    Donation: New unwrapped toys to donate to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

    Three arrowed loops:
    Beginner - approx 4-5 miles
    Intermediate - approx 12 miles
    Advanced - approx 17 miles
    Groups/led rides leave at 9:30 (hopefully at each level)

    There are no facilities this time of year, so please plan accordingly.

    Parking and Registration will be at Shea’s Field. Armory Drive, off Maynard Street, Agawam.

    Directions: I-91 North or South, to 57 West for 1.2 miles - First exit for Main St (RT-159) - go 1.3 miles and the road turns into (RT-147/Springfield St.) (Landmark: Dunkin Donuts) go 0.7 miles (Landmark: CVS) and bear right up the hill onto North St – Second right onto Maynard – First right onto Armory – Armory is only a tenth of a mile long and runs directly into the parking lot for Shea’s field.
    If you didn't build the trail, don't mess with it.

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    Here is the flyer for the event. Please feel free to post or distribute it where ever it may be beneficial. Thanks! Steve
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    It is looking like we are going to have a huge crowd!!!
    This ride is quite awesome!!! The cause is great! The trails will be in great shape! The camaraderie is great!!! Should be an awesome event!!!!

    Important points to note:

    * You do NOT have to be a NEMBA member to attend.
    * Loops are arrowed, so you can go at your own pace.
    * Trails will be blown-off and leaf free!!!
    * A new unwrapped toy is your entry donation. (multiples are welcome)

    Wait! There's more....

    * Hammer/Heed has provided swag bags and support for the ride.
    * Kenda has provided tires to raffle.
    * Hammer has provided large items to raffle.
    * Family Bike will be providing Hot Cocoa to warm the day.

    Any other support or donations are welcomed and will be publicized accordingly.

    Hope to see everyone next Sunday!
    THANKS!
    Steve
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    Here is what the critics are saying...

    "I had a chance to ride these trails last Monday, and they are special. They are the definition of flowey. Do yourself a favor and help yourself and less fortunate kids!"

    "Flowey doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of that place, and from what I hear there is more since I last went several months ago!"

    "I'm in..Took a vacation day from work for it"

    "Wife and I are in.. can't wait. Last year was a ton of fun.. something great about seeing a pile o' toys building up before the ride."

    Come on out for a flow-E fun ride. You will not be disappointed!
    Leaf blowing starts in earnest tomorrow morning.
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    Good job! New Name and Group Riding Info

    "Blue Groove Charity Ride"
    This ride is getting a new name. When you come out, you will see why. With the moisture in the dirt this time of year, the leaves being gone, and the flow to the trails... your tires will stick like glue! It is quite awesome!!!

    Groups will go off at 9:30 (You are welcome to start at anytime.)
    Since everyone will be starting on the same piece of single-track, the Advanced group will go out first, immediately followed by the Intermediate gang, and then the Beginners. You are welcome to start at anytime, but most folks seem to like to start/ride in a group, so this is the way it will go.
    Registration is from 9-10, but we will be there and ready to go by 8:30ish.

    Come Ride the BLUE GROOVE!!!

    Hope to see everyone Sunday!
    Steve
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    Mini-Sidewinder

    Just got in from the woods with a crew (Thanks Chris, Kris and Mike). You can't believe the two old-trails we found and cleaned-up! One is now appropriately named "Mini-Sidewinder". You will like!!!
    Leaves are all blown. Had a crew of three backpack blowers after work yesterday (Thanks Miles and Phil). And then the wife and I went out late last night to get some more. Got in at 10:50pm!

    Trails are Primped!!! ...as promised.

    Arrows tomorrow and then comes the FUN!!!
    See you all Sunday!
    Steve
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    Blue Groov'n Ride!

    We had a total of 220 riders, and collected 330 toys!!! What a great day!!!

    A very successful event indeed! ...due to all of you who came out! Thanks!!!

    The post ride reviews were very positive, and I am glad everyone had a great time!

    The Marines were present to greet riders, and then carted the pile of toys away! (That was a pleasant surprise. In past years, we had to cart them to their location ourselves.)

    We had some arrow-vandalism and I hope it didn't get anyone off track by much. This is to be expected in such a heavily used park.

    Thanks to all who came out!!!

    And special thanks to all those that helped make it happen...

    See you all next November (and more I hope) for the "Blue Groove Charity Ride"!!!

    Thanks!!!!!! Steve
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    Steve - You and your family are the best

    Thanks to you guys for the hours of love and labor spent at the park getting ready for, and hosting, this event each year.

    Sorry I missed the shindig today, but reports are that everyone had a great time.

    Thanks again,

    HG.
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    Thanks Steve, and to all who helped put together this great ride. My first time in Robinson and I had a blast, rode the Advanced Loop and the Intermediate, so I reckon close to 29 miles of fun, and the weather could not have been better. The traction was perfect, and the views of the river along the Powerline were just gorgeous. I can't wait to do it again. I hope those toys make a lot of kids happy, as happy as I was on this ride!

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    I missed it.
    does any one have pics they could post up? thanks.
    next time

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    Pics

    Pics at the PV NEMBA facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=...d=315925245443
    Thanks Steve and Everybody else who put this great event together .Had a Great Time!

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    I had a great ride too. It was my first exposure to Robinson State Park. I can't wait until next year.

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