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Stem-O-Rama Bicycle Ride- July 17, 2010 Stem, NC

Updated on July 23, 2010

The first annual Stem-O-Rama was ridden June 17, 2010.

The acronym S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Our hosts and organizers were Eric Wiebe and Cynthia.Shimer.

Stem, NC

We parked behind the Stem Post Office and beside the Stem Community Fire Department.

Cynthia and Eric made up the route with cue sheets.

Stem is a very small community close to the Virginia border.

Stem is a town in Granville County, North Carolina. This is just North of Durham, NC. The population is just a few hundred. In 2006, Stem became home to a high school when Granville Central High School opened it's doors to freshman and sophomores. The school added a grade each year and now has grades 9-12.

The route was to be 64.5 miles, but I'm sure most of the riders felt like it was 65 miles.

Here, above, is one of the partners in crime- Cynthia!

As you will see- Cynthia and Eric really did a fine job with the scenery!

Isn't she cute?

I knew I had been here before! Cycle North Carolina 2004!

The above picture is from the 2004 Cycle North Carolina "cross state bicycle ride".

This is one pretty church!


From where does this ride Stem?

The ride stems from Stem.

Ahem! Stem?

What do you mean Slim?

I hope you do not find me dim,

But what do you mean, pilgrim?

A bike ride begins in a town named Stem!

The ride was begun as others are- on a whim!

It began with Eric and Cynthia, a couple quite trim,

Bicycling keeps them slim, the both of them!

Well Virginia Slim,

Married Tiny Tim,

This ride from Stem,

Is really a gem!

Here is my buddy Dave. He has been my friend for 300 years.

What's that? Oops- 30 years!

A garden needs tending.

It's early yet, huh Dave?

There were many scenes like this one above.

July 17, 2010 Stem Bicycle Ride, video #1

The videos are in the order as taken with the pictures.

The videos are short but just as the pictures do, they also give me little "memories" of what the day was like.

Honestly- I'm sure I'm frying brain-cells out there on the bike.

I could not remember most of these memories without pictures.

The memories I would retain would be very blurred and inaccurate.

So- take as many pictures as you can.

It's cheap enough today going digital.

However- never take pictures while moving on a bicycle!!!

We only have about 35 to go! (maybe)

July 17, 2010 Stem Bicycle Ride, video #2

Remember- BE SAFE!

Never take pictures or videos while moving on a bicycle!!!

July 17, 2010 Stem Bicycle Ride, video #3

My kingdom for a helmet cam!

The route goes in the direction our fearless leader is taking.

But Michael T. wanted to see Virginia!

So Micheal T and I keep riding north.

The road narrowed.

The road was distinctly different from the roads we had been on.

I was enjoying our journey over pleasant hills.

But we turned around and headed back to North Carolina.

We never saw anybody named Virginia.

There seems to be a vanishing point up ahead!

Michael T really knows how to have fun!


We found our friends here.

They were trying to determine- exactly what the temperature would be "in the shade"!

This was mile marker 34 miles and we were hoping a quick mart would be right here.

Google had the wrong address for the "inconvenience store".

The store was in the opposite direction.

Hydrate or die!

We were running out of fluids!

A couple of emails ensued the ride from Dave and Eric:

Dave: What a hoot!! My first search was off the address which defaulted me to Yahoo. I opted for the Google Maps site which shows the location to be about 1/2 way between Amis Chapel & Blue Wing on the west side of 96. Google gave me a street view of the location. Guess what? It is a field!

Dave: Ah-Ha!! I checked out "Bowen's Mini Mart" on Hwy 96 on Yahoo maps. We came down Amis Chapel Rd & made a Rt onto 96. Looks like the store is just a little ways down the rd turning left on 96.

Eric: Yup, Google Street View shows a mini mart just a half mile south on Hwy 96 (we went north). It also shows a different street number than Google listed for the store, which is probably why Google put the store 2 mi north from where it really is. Good research Dave. Now we know...

I'm sorry Dave, but I think your seat is still a little low.

We enter Person County.

We exit Granville County.

The Vernon Hills Baptist Church had delicious water!

Here's my buddy, Dave. He seems to perspiring.

I think Larry's still having fun.

Fun looking place ahead.

This was a very nice spot here.

Is that a Merita Bread door frame?

It started raining somewhere out here.

I gave this a "glowing accent" as it was a little fuzzy from the rain.

Look at this! After 60 miles - she smiles!

We were making good "rooster tails" for each other.

Rain came up from the rear of each bike- right into the face of the rider behind.

Form the post office in Stem:

00.1 Right on Main ST.

00.2 Right on Old Route 75/State Road 1004

01.2 Straight -Culbreth Road (left as 1004 goes right)

04.7 Right on Enon Road.

11.9 Quick Mart

11.9 Cross US 158 and onto Cornwall Road

12.5 Right to stay on Cornwall

14.2 Quick Mart

24.8 Quick Mart

26.6 Left on Grassy Creek Virgilina Road

29.8 Left Amis Chapel Road

32.7 Right NC 96 North

34.1 There's a big empty field here! But no Quick Mart!

34.6 Left Blue Wing Road

36.2 Left NC 49 North

36.3 Left Charlie Stovall Road

36.4 Left to stay on Charlie Stovall Road

40.1 Left to stay on Charlie Stovall Road

41.0 Right Noel Tuck Road

41.4 Right Webb Chapel Road ((Noel turns to gravel)

44.8 Left Polk Huff Road

45.9 Cross Walnut Grove Road

48.6 Right on Goshen Road

49.4 Left Ben Thorp Road

52.6 Left Old Roxboro Road

55.7 Left US-158 West

56.2 Quick Mart

56.3 Right Culbreth Road

63.3 Right Old Route 75/State Route 1004

64.3 Left on Main St.

64.4 Tally Ho Road

64.5 We're done!

The cue-sheet says 64.5 but it felt like 65 miles!

My GPS says we accumulated 5900 Ft. of climbing and descending.

Seems like a lot for a course with easy riding for most of it.

Michael T and I added about 3 miles into Virginia.

The Stem-O-Rama Metric Map!

I was out riding around with the top down a week and some change ago now, when I ran into the ride and riders below:

Duke Multiple Myeloma Bike Ride * 7-10-10

Duke Multiple Myeloma Bike Ride

The Duke Multiple Myeloma is a 50 K or 100 Kilometer road bike ride from the Duke campus through rural Durham and Orange Counties.

The registration fee, from the cyclists, helps support the families and patients undergoing treatment at the Multiple Myeloma Center at Duke and support research about the disease.

So I'm riding around and I run into friends on their bikes! Go figure.

So I wheeled around and played with these folks for a while.

July 12, 2010 Saturday- MM Bicycle Ride

Cynthia gets stronger every week!

Heeeeere's Eric!

Heeere's Cynthia!

We won the race with the John Deere.

I think it was the gearing!

Well my fellow cyclists pull into a rest stop and I mosey on down the road!

These folks were from out of town.

Some place called Australia.

So, I ran up on this fellow. He asked which way I was going when we came to a stop.

I said, "which way you going?"

He said, "I was going to turn to the right on Orange Grove".

I said, "well maybe I'll ride along with you".

"He said, "I like the way you think!"

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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your wishes and hugs my Dear Loves To Read! God bless you Dear!

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your bike ride with us Micky. I am amazed at the beautiful scenery and landmarks along the way. It seems like you and your cycling buddies have a great time together. Hats off to you my friend for it cannot be easy doing these long rides, especially in the heat. Most enjoyable hub.

      Love and Hugs

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo pmccray! I've missed you. I'm heading to your place now! Thank you Dear! God bless!

    • pmccray profile image


      8 years ago from Utah

      Man the pictures look so serene. How blessed you are to be surrounded by beautiful landscape and great friends. Peace to you my friend.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      YO CYBERSUPE! Thanks for stopping. I have some Major Taylor Club friends in Philadelphia. Happy trails Bro!

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      8 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      This ride looks like fun Micky. I love to do those metric centuries. I do several here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, each year.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey Akirchner. Most organized bike rides go to some charity. I don't know much about MM. I'll google.

      Prasetio!!! You are such a dear man! You are tops! Brother Pasetio, you take whatever picture you want and use it as you wish. I love you Brother Man!

      Sa'ge my Dear! You know- it must be Vietnam that was 15-17 hours difference. We crossed the International Date Line, was it? Six hours- difference? I'll drive right over!

      I wish a blessed day for you too Sa'ge. God bless you Dear! ~Aloha nui loa~

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      no, no, I am a mere six hours behind you! you are most likely in bed dreaming right now, ha ha! ehen I am getting ready for dream land, you are waking from yours. although there are many times i am going to bed when you are having lunch, I tend to be a night hawk! I write best in the wee hours of the morning, and I mean wee hours! love ya! have a great day :>D love ya! ~Aloha nui loa~

      BTW: Have a great day today, I pray you have less aches and pains with lots of cool breezes.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Why I never get bored to visit your hub? because you are totally brother. You always present wonderful pictures and most of them 100% beautiful. That's why I can't stop to see the pictures one by one. I have to permit to copy one of your pictures. It would be great if I put this on my desktop as a wall paper. So I can remember you all the time. I always Vote your hub UP...always and always. My pray for you...amen

      Warm regard and Blessing,


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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Awesome scenery - and love that they had a multiple myeloma bike ride. My legs are there in spirit!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Good morning Sa'ge? Gosh- I think you're 15 hours behind us? Howdy Sa'ge Dear!

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      have a great afternoon Micky Dee! :D

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Tony- you are right- this is hoiw my head is anymore. They told me they were from South Africa and I tried to tell them about TonyMac on hubpages. I told them they might see their pics eventually through your hubs (to mine). But I forgot all I'm telling you now. Of course they were from S. Africa. Great catch Tony!!! I initially gave them my, "y'all ain't from around here are ye?" The younger one says, "We're from the Durham!" Then they fessed up!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Micky - this was awesome! You guys certainly had a great outing. Those "out of towners" were, I think, South African, to judge from the flags on their shirts. Love to know how they got there!

      Thanks for the ride!

      Love and peace


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Dim! We push ourselves. I love a red barn mostly I suppose for the splash of color on a winter day but I love these old sheds and buildings!

      Yo Always! I should probably take hydracodone every ride. Thank you Dear!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Micky, looks like you had a great fun ride, i,m so sorry that u are in pain, heres hoping the pain will go away

      and not come back another day, who ever said ' LIFE BEGINS AT 50- 60 IS A LIAR!!!!!!!!!

      God Speed

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Fabulous hub, Micky. .A camera attached to your helmet sound good to me but you managed anyway!!! Beautiful pics and videos.

      I wish you didn´t suffer so much pain, but i feel you´ll push yourself till you drop, won´t you.?

      Some of those óld homesteads, shacks, AND gorgeous houses were a joy to look at. Loved this one. Thank you. Take care x

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey SilverGenes! Thanks for riding along! I have it better than most my age I'm sure. I mostly document the situation. Thank you Ma'am! Let's ride!

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      8 years ago

      That's beautiful country! The little house in the beginning looks like it would be been such a nice place to live way back when. I'm sorry the body isn't keeping up with you quite the way you'd like - pain is incredibly stressful. But wow! You are out there doing things that would have the average 20 year old lying on the side of the road gasping for breath! Gorgeous photos and really, I'm looking at my bike differently right now :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      50 Bro, I'm a mess. I love to ride and I can't deal with ordinary leg pain. It doesn't register but to compound everything else I suppose.

      Poetvix- this was a beautiful ride! It wasn't hard and it was "new" to us. It was an adventure!

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      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Looks like a gorgeous place to discover on a ride. Happy trails! Thanks for the glimpse into this world.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Mic, your a pusher dude, I heard that's illegal? eh? 50

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Creativeone. God bless!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a great hub and bike ride, it felt like I was there, with all the beautiful scenery. Thank you Micky for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Peggy! Not bad picture taking at 20 mph.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Some great pictures as always. I loved the old log cabin with foliage growing out of the top of it. Also the sign that mandates headlights when using windshield wipers. Ha! You certainly ride in some scenic country! Thanks!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo zzron! I enjoyed the ride. I think everyone did!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Sa'ge- I have a lot of pain. Yesterday I had a cortisone shot in my right shoulder. It felt really good today. A slight soreness. I had to stop on the way back in today. I pulled off onto the left side of the road under a tree and pushed my finger into a nerve on my neck.

      For the morning of this ride, I woke at 3:30 and wanted to miss this ride. Head hurt, shoulder, back, hip. I took a hydracodone and later I took another. I didn't hurt too much. My neck and head and shoulder will take me out before my lungs or legs will- but it "all" compounds and it's hard to give the credit adequately. Pain will stress me and bog me down until I pop out of the group I'm with. By x-rays I have some bad spots. I'll be having some physical therapy with that.

      Now- the day after the ride was when I really hurt. Sunday. It was pretty bad. It's like the pain will require more hydracodone. This was the first time in a year I've taken it. It's prescription but taking a lot of any drug of this type excessively will lead to problems. I might take it before a really hard ride in the future. It would be illegal for racers (was a licensed racer 2 years ago- not a good one) to take this. It's hard for me to imagine people my age not taking something for pain. But I've had some good licks. Thank you Sa'ge!

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I bet a good time was had by all. Cool hub.

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      sound like it was a beautiful and great ride with great friends and lots of great fun in the sun. I loved the pictures, as usual you took some wonderful shots. I hope you were not so achy after the ride but most of all not during the ride. ~aloha nui loa~


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