Bike Hike, November 9 -10, 2013, Hardlabor Creek State Park
We had two fantastic Fall days to have our 2013 Troop 537 bike-hike weekend! On Saturday, 11/9 we met at Briarwood Baptist Church, packed up the gear and bikes along with 18 Scouts and 6 Adults (complete roster at the end of report), and headed to beautiful Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia. The weather was sunny and cold in the morning, but it quickly warmed up to pleasant temperatures for biking (mid 60’s or so). We then unloaded the gear and bikes, set up our tents, changed into our bike clothes, and ate our sack lunches. After lunch, the adults went through a preliminary bike check with each scout in preparation for our Saturday ride. This included checking the wheels, brakes, tire pressure, seat height, gear shifters, and making sure the chain and drive train were ready. Secondly we talked about our route, important bike safety rules (helmets required!), and rules of the road (and trail for the mountain bike crew). We then split into our separate groups consisting of those who would be doing to 10-mile road bike loop with Dr. Byrne, Mr., Evelyn, and Mr. Phillips and those who would be doing the trail ride with Mr. Mulkey and Mr. Bowden.