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Cycling-May 12, 2010 Union Groovin' and Mebane Espressin'

Updated on June 15, 2010

On the Road To Mebane Espress For Espressos and Gellattos.

Mebane Express

It's no secret for many of my cycling friends that I love the Mebane Espress!

There are many places that are friendly on our bike rides.

None of our hosts roll out the "red carpet" like our friends at Mebane Espress!

When our hosts catch the first glimpse of us they bring the tables and chairs out.

We are greeted like we're real people!

Our hosts are real. It's obvious that they intend to practice that "Golden Rule".

They treat us as royalty. They are so cordial!


You need water? They fill you up!

But- they are genuinely glad that we are here.

This Mebane Espress is my favorite destination!

Ry Cooder - Crazy 'Bout An Automobile

We're Union Groovin' and Mebane Espressin'!

Great weather makes a great group, I'm guessin'.

It's nice starting at the church under the trees.

It's warmer, you can tell by the bare arms and knees.

Nothing is more colorful or beautiful for me,

Than a string of cyclists as far as you can see.

The cyclists' jerseys are so colorful and bright.

All colors of the rainbow, what a tremendous sight!

The climber's jersey is white with red spots.

See, there are so many colors and - polka-dots!

We ride by silos on a quaint little farm.

A plowed field on the left adds more charm.

The group spreads out as we make this turn.

Some will wait for Dairyland to make their legs burn.

I wonder what crops will be growing here.

What does the farmer plan for the rest of the year?

There are many things a farmer grows.

I hope he reaps just what he sows!

The farmer's canvas is very large.

For a picture like this, what would he charge?

We're passing through this living art.

We are slow enough to "be a part"!

Cyclists are purists! They're often kind and noble.

They're beautiful They're art! And- they're mobile!

Even the young kids like these have got the guts.

They are manly men drafting manly men's butts!

They use each other to block the wind.

Not taking a turn might be considered a sin!

It's just that if you can pull, you do pull.

It's just being helpful, now be careful!

We can't go far without a farm in the distance.

Something will give them away, like a silo for instance.

Up ahead we spot a "Bruce" on the loose.

If I'm riding with Bruce, I should pack stronger juice!

I could write an ode, just for Dairyland Road!

Here at he Dairy Bar you can have ice-cream a la-mode.

I've taken lot's of photos riding through here.

It changes so ever slowly throughout the year.

I'd better quit taking pictures and gawkin'!

I'm way at the back. No time for casual talkin'.

The faster guys are way down the road.

Chasing, then suffering, might write the Dairyland Ode.

It's a great bicycle group riding a great bicycle loop.

We are all out for fun, a bike ride, some sun. 

Sure there are cute girls with that glowing radiance.

But I am only interested in their pedaling cadence!

Now on Dodsons Tod comes along. He's way too strong.

I was hoping for a fun day since he kicked my butt Sunday!

Alan "waited" for Tod and now he's pale as a ghost.

You "help" a strong man like Tod- he'll turn you to toast!

Now there are two assassins in our midst.

There are two assassins to give our screws a twist!

These are strong guys and might thrill you.

But the two assassins will try to kill you.

It's a great pace for now. It's the calm before the storm.

The assassins will be miles down the road while the bodies are still warm!

Here's "peaceful" Bruce shooting the peace sign.

Where will he pick up the effort and drop my behind?

Maybe not here. There's a downhill ahead.

Bruce will attack on the flats and make sure that I'm dead!

Some horses in the field are animated as well.

Up to now I'm feeling okay, as far as I can tell.

Maybe if I can make it, just over this rise,

Perhaps there's relief for my burning thighs.

Our group's thinning out. Is the pace too hard?

I wonder if anyone cares if I pass out in this yard?

Are they taking a breather as they take the corners slow?

When is the attack? How the heck will I know?

No sounds but the gasping for air will we hear,

As we watch down the road as they disappear!

I couldn't stand the suspense so I attacked alone.

I went too early. I died. Then they were gone!


Mario Makes my gellatto! This is a real TREAT!

I'll have two shots of espresso as well!

Mebane Espress

Maria and Mario Recupero
Maria and Mario Recupero

Maria and Mario Recupero! Our delightful hosts!

Mebane Espress

109 N. Fourth St.

Downtown Mebane, NC


Get your wheels out and travel downtown Mebane for some real gellattos and espresso!

The line starts here!

Ahh! This is the life that we all should live!

Outside the Mebane Espress a vicious animal was restrained.

How did this monster get so mean? How was it trained?

The dog handler had a grip that was tighter than tight.

The animal seemed rabid and ready to bite!

So not to become a little doggy treat,

I moved my butt across the street.

Now the guys were getting anxious to roll.

They were eager to point out another roadkill or pot-hole..

Now Cy would take a pull at the front.

It was just to make us hurt- to be blunt!

It wasn't long before Bruce took a turn.

Bruce would make my legs, neck, and head burn.

We're back to Dairyland and almost to Union Grove.

I'm shot. There are a dozen miles home. I wished I drove.

For Bruce, Bruce's bike is as comfortable as can be.

At times I call it a torture rack. That's what it is to me!

Now look! Tod is happy and so is Cy!

Sure- I'll feel the same as time passes by.

Yes, we played really hard and had a lot of fun.

But now you can stick a fork in me! I'm done!

Ry Cooder - How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live

The training for the Assault on Mount Mitchell is over. All I can do is try to recover from what I've been doing lately and just take some "maintenance rides".

I know that I will not become stronger. I can only be what I am. The Assault will bring pain in the legs, the back, the hip, the neck, the arms, and most probably give me a scorching headache. I don't think of the "Assault" much. Whatever my ride will be is already written down. It's a dead issue- all but the actual dying part. That takes place in a week.

There are a lot more important things than the "Assault on Mount Mitchell". It is merely a yearly gut check.


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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yo yo yo Maria! God bless Mebane Espress! I love this stop! I repeat every time I visit that Mebane Espress is my favorite rest stop! BAR NONE! I love you folks!!!

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      Maria 6 years ago

      i just want to say thank you all. you can't imagine how grateful we are that you have made Mebane Espress your stop in Mebane.

      we truly appreciate it!!

      Mario, Maria & Stefano!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo Buck! I was told by my doc that sitting on the bike seat has little to do with the prostate and that the problem really lies with holding your pee too long. Come on and let's ride. God bless!

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      Buck 7 years ago

      Great hub, Mickey. Would love to do "gellatto and espresso" with you all sometime. Great pictures. Makes me want to ride again but prostate won't allow it :(

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Cool beans Drwibble. I need to get over to your "world" and check you out. It's a full time job trying to visit hub-friends. But- these "hub-friends" like you are so great! Thank you Sir!

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      Drwibble 7 years ago from UK

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Been bad at reading and commenting on your hubs lately as been caught up in getting a new university research job and all the associated hassle of moving house.

      Great to see that you are out enjoying the open road, especially like the where's waldo game of spotting your signature in the photos.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Peggy. The pictures and words come pretty easy because of the beauty and kindness. But with all the beautiful travel pictures you have -you know! Thank you Peggy!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Chris Eddy you know you can share my gellatto and espresso! That's an always Chris! It's that Golden Rule/One Love thing. Thanks Chris!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Love journeying with you on these bike rides in such beautiful countryside. Riding, taking photos and then writing prose to accompany each photo.....thumbs up!!!

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Share that gellatto will ya MD? That great wit and humour is showing, hahaha. Thanks for the ride.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Springboard -this is a great place to ride. But I would consider any place with low traffic and scenery a beautiful place to ride. Thank you Sir!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      You know I think everybody looks good on a bicycle Brother MFB! It's such a wonderful machine. Even on some really rough terrain if a cyclist is fresh, a cyclist can have a great time. Come join me in a bike ride Brother! That dodge-ball hub was fantastic! I know they've tried bicycle polo!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Ralwus Dude! It's always a pleasure Sir! Ralwus it does take a lot of time with pictures. If they're mine I often straighten and correct a picture somehow if they were crooked or something. But I do want to label my pictures so that folks will know they are mine. I have had pictures used falsely and negatively. But - yes Sir! Thanks Ralwus!

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Looks like a fabulous place to take a bike ride. Though it'd probably kill me. lol

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      Guess I'd better get me a bike so that I can petal opush and enjoy the surroundings as you do. Just me and the wind and the stops along the way to boost my energy for the long ride home. Great hub~~~MFB III

      Perhaps a game of dodgeball on bikes could be

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Well good luck with your assault. I don't envy you for that, but I envy your freedom on the road. Man, it must have taken all day to do this hub with all those great pix.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I love you Dim! Remember- don't tell your cat or husband!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      That was great and made me laugh as you so often do. Trust me, getting me to laugh these days is no mean feat. !!!Thank you, thank you. Pictures in between lines of poetry was a beautiful format. Take care. x

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo Billy! You know Ry Cooder can pick! Thank you for listening to that great musician! Happy trails Billy!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Another great ride Micky - you are enjoying life and great tunes by Ry Cooder - that dude can pick a guitar :)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Maita. Thank you for coming for a ride. I'm fine Maita. I hope you are. Thank you Dear!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Long and winding road for endless biking, Love to have espressos, How are you? Maita

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I do love an espresso Pmccray. Ooh- those gellattos too! Thank you Dear!

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      How you guys can drink double expresso and get back to cycling is beyond me. You've really got stamina . . happy trails MD!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Always Exploring! Thank you for coming by and taking the ride with me. Thank you for liking my poems! God bless you my Dear!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Another great bike tour. The pictures are really good and clear. I notice all have slim legs from hard pedaling. I like your gift of picture poems.

      God Speed

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Sir. It's always a pleasure to see your avatar. Amen peace Prasetio!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Cycling while seeing the beautiful scenery and passed the long road become a wonderful moment of your life. I hope this passion never end...amen. peace :)


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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo I am DB Cooper! Yes Sir! There's nothing quite like being on some nice roads with a great bike and some friends! Let's ride "I am DB Cooper"! Happy trails Bro!

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      I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

      Isn't it just great to find an open stretch of road that seems to be made for cycling?