It’s Bike Month! What circumference of fun can you find from your door via bike? Below are some ideas along with other sundry topics of fun and community happiness.

  • Pedal up to Drivin’ and Cryin’ at Trailblazer Park–  Okay so which song popped into your head when you read this one? I am looking forward to Honeysuckle Blue and Straight To Hell. This Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – 10pm. Pack the bike lights for the ride home and an low profile chair for the lawn. Food and beverage on site as we step back to the 80’s and 90’s.
  • Anyone work at Hubbell? – I am brewing an idea and need some help figuring out if we can turn it into reality.
  • Free Bike Maintenance 101 Class – No this is not a bring your bike to REI and Mark will fix it class. This is where Mark shows you what you have to know so your bike works when you get to the trail and what trailside repairs you need to know so you can still be pedaling when your ride is over. Sign up here – May 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Adaptive Cycle available at Free Hub bike shop – Do you have a special needs family member or friend that would enjoy the thrill of pedaling a bike but may not be able to ride on their own? Give Benji a call at Free Hub (864) 520-5099 to reserve the adaptive cycle. Thank you Benji and Stephen for making it possible for everyone to feel the joy of riding a bike.
  • Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery discounts all month long – Bike to the store, Monday through Friday, and show them your helmet for 5% off your purchase. Or join the free Community Ride at 6pm on Thursdays for $5 off a pizza afterwards.
  • Bike to Artisphere and get free valet parking – May 13 and 14. Roll up the trail and park your bike with Bikeville volunteers under the Main St. bridge (so not only is it free and the best parking but your seat won’t even be hot when you come back!) And If you want some good karma,  volunteer for a few hours to  help park bikes. Sign up here.
  • TR Town and Art Crawl – Head to downtown Travelers Rest on May 19th for an evening to explore what makes this mountain town of Travelers Rest, SC so unique! Festivities begin at 5p and continue till 9p. Enjoy a stroll down Main Street while checking out local artists, live music, crawl card promotions at your favorite restaurants and local businesses, plus enjoy bicycle rickshaw service from Reedy River Rickshaws. Come participate in the bicycle race, ride the conference bike (built for 7!) or find your way to the Kid’s Crawl area. It is going to be a fine evening to be in Travelers Rest, SC.
  • Marcus W. Patterson – I just had a lovely conversation with Ms. Ruth Greer who wanted to pass on a bit of history. She called to let me know that her relative, Mr. Patterson was involved with grading the original rail-line between Greenville and Travelers Rest in the late 1800’s. He was responsible for overseeing 43 mule teams that pulled  “Dust Pans” to cut the railbed. Thank you Mr. Patterson and thank you Ms. Greer for passing on this tidbit of knowledge and your appreciation of what we have done with your ancestor’s hard work.
  • Willie Taco will be a Community Partner – For the next leg of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail network, we plan to continue our successful “Community Partner Program” where businesses welcome trail users to share their resources such as restrooms. Willie Taco is excited to be next door to the trail and  a partner for the new section of trail from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR. We are looking for more partners. We like to have a restroom community partner every mile on the trail, so you are never more than a ½ mile from a bathroom. We’ll take parking lot community partners wherever we can get them. So if you have a business or church along this course or within a 3 minute walk of the trail and are interested in inviting trail users to your place let me know.
  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR – Our next big project that will expand the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail network by over 4.6 miles will bring the trail not only to Willie Taco but to the front door of Goodwill, the future home of Camperdown Academy, Velo Verdae Apartments, and CH2M among other places. Thank you to the Spinks family and the Greenville Housing Authority in helping us connect the missing links and stay on track for construction to start in January of 2018.
  • Truck Inn Tuesdays are back at Swamp Rabbit Inn – Pedal over to the hip Swamp Rabbit Inn every second Tuesday of the month (May – October)  from 6:00 – 9:00, 1 Logan Street, Greenville, (West End downtown Greenville) to enjoy a food truck, live music, local makers.
  • White Duck Taco Opening Soon – Want to bike to work? Well White Duck Taco is hiring for their new location right next to Birds Fly South at Hampton Station. With the new courtyard completed this space is only becoming better as a family hangout.
  • Noble Dog Hotel opens today  – Also opening trailside at Hampton Station is  the Noble Dog Hotel treating our furrier members of our family in style. Click here for the recent Greenville Journal article on this one of a kind canine hangout.
  • Still a few spots available for beginner mtn bike camp – Advanced mtn bike camp is full but click here if you want to get your kids off the couch and into beginner camp. Cheaper than a babysitter and a heck of a lot of fun, plus it’s tax deductible. The beginner camp will be at Gateway Park in TR. Kids will ride bikes (of course), learn bike repair, learn about the sport of Cyclocross, and take a trip to Town Creek Park in Pickens.
  • Short Track Race at Gateway Park – Come race and then go out to dinner. Thursday, May 25th, 5pm-8pm. Click here for details and/or to volunteer. Thank you Upstate SORBA for organizing this event.
  • Upstate Composite Team – So your kid has done the Furman Bike Camp, they have done our Mtn Bike Camp, they have done the Swamp Rabbits Off-Roading Cycling Team, what’s next? A group for committed volunteers are working on developing a National Interscholastic Cycling Association chapter in the Upstate. This is middle and high school competitive mountain biking. NICA is in 18 states and looking to expand to 12,000 students in 2017. Click here to let Gary know you’d like to be involved or to at least stay in the know.
  • Virginia Creeper Trail ride – October 19th. Yes that is a ways away but avoid the regrets, sign up here before it fills up.

Alright, so buy a bike light, front and rear, and either a computer or download Map My Ride because the weather is great for some community connectivity cycling that sometimes will go past daylight hours. And with so many options it will be neat to keep track of how many miles you log on the GHS Swamp Rabbit during bike month.


If you’d like to sign up for the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Hoppenings email list, please contact Ty Houck at [email protected].