Any interest on a Viking Ride?

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bikeygirl
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UPDATE:

I have a call to the Milvalle Parks place -waiting to hear back fromt them.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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bikeygirl- I have heard that shelter is very popular, and often reserved months in advance. Perhaps we might give thought to a Plan B location.

I probably should have googled some options before I posted this… I’ll do that now.


ejwme
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we could always sack the shelter, if it’s already taken.

or we could sack the point, could be quite satisfyingly symbolic in a vague way I cannot seem to find the words to describe.

or we could use a shelter at Frick or Schenley, or some of the benches along the south side trail. The universities usually have lovely open green spaces that, while technically private property, I’ve never seen anybody object to a picknick (blankets instead of tables)


dbacklover
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Hey I got some friends that I was thinking of inviting (granted im pretty sure they will say no) but does anyone know what the route will be like? if its hilly I dont want to invite friends and them have them sack and pillage me.


Bikelove2010
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+1 for drinking horns. unfortunately mine is a dragons tooth and isn’t really horned shaped. Still makes for a great drinking vessel and will surely be on this ride.


ejwme
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I have a trombone I could fill with beer. Does that count as a drinking horn?


Erica
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absolutely.


dbacklover
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alas I only have a pirate mug and not a viking horn… Still ill bring mine.brewing mead on saturday. will have to be sure to bottle it in plastic to bring.


the beast
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I think I willbe down for this..as long as my schedule works out….

I just have 2 questions:

1. Any objections to kids going? (I typically cannot get out of the house with at least one of the kiddos in tow)

2. Is this dude invited? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1nzEFMjkI4


bikeygirl
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UPDATE:

I’m currently playing phone-tag w/Milvalle Parks-place. The Pavillion is not open for “rental” until the month of April, so I’m trying to confirm if we can just use the space as-is for our viking-purposes. That would mean not getting to use the kitchen and its ammenities -which I think is fine. All we need is the tables, benches, grill, and the bathrooms -right?

More to come as I know, but I think this will work out!! :)

Keeps finger crossed :)

@The Beast: Haha! A Technoviking? That is awesome-hillarious!


ejwme
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bikeygirl – you rock.


Marko82
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Release your Viking’s inner kindergartner…


StuInMcCandless
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Promise them up and down that some of us were Boy/Girl Scouts once and so know how to “leave the camp cleaner than how you found it”.

They’d actually be doing themselves a favor to let us use it.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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If the “facilities” are not available – that may include bathrooms, as a lot of times those type of public restroom are not heated, so they winterize them and lock them up for the season. However, they may have port-a-potties, I can’t remember.


myddrin
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@atleastmykidsloveme I _think_ that the restrooms are open that time of year. I used to be down in that area daily, and I seem to remember seeing people going in and out of them pretty much from Late Feb Through Oct.

Could be wrong though… never actually stopped to use them.


myddrin
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@atleastmykidsloveme I _think_ that the restrooms are open that time of year. I used to be down in that area daily, and I seem to remember seeing people going in and out of them pretty much from Late Feb Through Oct.

Could be wrong though… never actually stopped to use them.


Bikelove2010
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Vikings didn’t have indoor plumbing…


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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@bikelove – how do we cross-thread this to the thread on, um, the indelicacies of ladies passing water on the trail… I believe there ended up being some discussion of Viking-style outdoor pottymaking…


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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@myddrin: Not sure either, but a lot of this type of facilities are ganged together, closed together and then opened together (at the same time). Besides, you are almost certain to have a hard freeze in March, or certain enough to keep it winterized until April).


StuInMcCandless
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The average temp for Mar 26 is 44, but the concern is the overnight low. Much below freezing could freeze the pipes. (Translation: Big cost to boro, or us.)

Last 5 years, the coldest March nights on or after that date were 26, 28, 24, 33 and 23. Even a week earlier than that, temps routinely hit the high teens, which could be trouble for plumbing in an unheated small space.

In any case, it’s not ours to decide. Just letting you know why they might say no. I suppose if we want to rent a portapotty and bring our own water, that changes things, but I’d still get their OK on scheduling.


erok
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I have a trombone I could fill with beer. Does that count as a drinking horn?

as a former tromboner, this almost made me puke in my mouth seeing what’s come out of the spit valve


ejwme
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erok – i apologize. I promise not to abuse beer, instrument, or the “drinking horn” image in such a manner. It was just the first thing that came to mind ;)


edmonds59
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Hee, hee, tromboner.


Bikelove2010
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@ erok at least you had a spit valve. Us sax players had to suck that good stuff back out of our mouthpieces. Yum Yum….


Kordite
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Ram your way through the crowds.


stefb
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Heheh my brother was a tromboner.


ejwme
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kordite, that ram bike pic is awesome. what wonderful handlebars.


Kordite
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Bikelove2010
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to avoid highjacking another thread, the thought of viking tshirts has come up. If anyone has a design idea, throw it out here. it costs about $10 to print a shirt, so that’s what they’ll go for.


myddrin
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For the design: on the share the road thread there was a pretty cool “Give The Road” sign with a viking silhouette.


the beast
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I would definately be interested in a shirt!

Also, any more thought to times and possible route? I am trying to find a saturday to squeeze a kayak run down Buffalo creek before the spring thaw/ high water recedes and it looks like this may be one of the only days I can do it, but hopefully I can fit both in!


the beast
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I would definately be interested in a shirt!

Also, any more thought to times and possible route? I am trying to find a saturday to squeeze a kayak run down Buffalo creek before the spring thaw/ high water recedes and it looks like this may be one of the only days I can do it, but hopefully I can fit both in!


bikeygirl
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HEY EVERYONE….

Talked to the Milvalle Shelter people and here is the situation:

(1) The Shelter is not open for rental until late April.

(2) If we we want to use the area-shelter, we can use it as-is… but its services are not working right now, like power, water, the kitchen, etc. but we can grill & stuff, and bring our own water if needed.

(3) HOWEVER their bathrooms are closed too -they are not working right now (no water), and are being repaired. I asked Kim (the lady I talked to over the phone), if they might be ‘ready’ for March 26th, which she said she doubts it…. she will let me know if something changes, but doubt it.

(4) SO IN SUMMARY…. we can use & gather in there, we can grill and bring our own water & responsible potables, BUT with no bathroom, and I don’t know where would the closest one be.

(5)… any ideas???

ANYONE with connections to Milvalle Skate Park, or the Three Rivers Milvalle-Rowing club? BOTH of places are right-there at the pavillion, and I wonder if we could use their facilities….

(6) COME ON … anyone? Thoughts? Suggestions?


Lyle
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What would a Viking do?


erok
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????


Greasefoot
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There is a small strip mall behind the Grant Bar (about 3 blocks away from the pavilion). It has a Subway restaurant, dollar store, laundromat, and State Liquor Store. I would guess they have public bathrooms and it’s not that far away.


Kordite
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A viking would use an axe to chop open the doors to access the restrooms and kitchen. Remember, we are just PLAYING at being vikings. I will not have an axe to chop open any doors.

I may have Thor’s Hammer, though.

http://www.papercraftmuseum.com/thors-hammer/

But it will be paper and will be unable to bash down any doors or concave any skulls.


dbacklover
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Erok

I am not riding behind that!!! just saying


gimpPAC
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Can we do a new post with just the date and time and meeting point of this ride? I keep losing the information….. Has that been finalized?


the beast
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“LoL, Actually Camping Toilets combo would be nice!”

Funny enough, I do have one of these, but dont think it would support more than a few people.

The millvale bait and tackle shop is also down near there. Im not sure what kind of facilities they have, but they may be an option? I see on here (http://www.millvalepa.com/riverfront.aspx) that they do premade picnic food, maybe we could buy some from him in exchange for usage???

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