Thursday, January 23, 2020

Full Moon Fiasco 99 in Review

99 bottles of beer on the wall,
99 bottles of beer.
Take one down and pass it around,
98 bottles of beer on the wall...

Full Moon Fiasco 99 is in the books. Our ride happened to fall on Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Who doesn't like chocolate?! So, it seemed like a good theme.

20+ riders braved the winter storm and were rewarded with some dark chocolate. We did a short cruise through downtown and a loop through City Beach. We plowed through the rather deep snow and arrived and the nice and toasty warm Connie's Lounge for our destination.

I don't think anyone was anxious about heading back out into the storm, so most stayed rather long. Thanks to Linda and the rest of the Connie's staff for having us, and keeping us hydrated.

For visuals, click HERE.

Next ride is #100!!! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Full Moon Fiasco 99

Here we roll into a new decade...

When: Fri, Jan 10th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Oh Chocolate, How I Love Thee

Wow, so much going on here. FBC Sandpoint starts a new decade of full moon rides. This will be ride #99. Yup, 99 of these crazy rides. Also, it is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. I know, which of those is more amazing?

Did you know that milk chocolate is the most common and popular chocolate in the US? Bittersweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate is kinda like the odd stepchild of the chocolate world. Without the addition of milk to even out the bitterness, it tends to be harder, richer, and a common ingredient in baking. Bring your dollar for a spoke card this month, and we will be handing our samples. Chocolate and beer, it's a thing. See ya then.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Full Moon Fiasco 98 in Review

35+ riders came out in the holiday garb for our last ride. We couldn't have asked for a better night! Temps were cool, and big flakes were falling from the sky. Roads were in good condition.

We did kinda a long route because conditions were so grand. Most liked that, a couple didn't. We ended at the Longshot.

There we piled all our finely wrapped gift around the Festivus Pole, had some holiday cheer and then did our annual gift exchange. It was a ton of fun. If anyone made a fool of themselves, I certainty don't remember.

Big thanks to Brandon and the crew at the Longshot for hosting us and staying open late. The venue there is great for the full moon rides, so we definitely will be going back!

For visuals, click HERE.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Full Moon Fasco 98

Last Full Moon ride of 2019...

When: Wed, Dec 11th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus for the Rest of Us

Hard to believe this is the last ride of the year. But it always proves to be a pretty fun one as we celebrate Festivus. Did you know Festivus has been celebrated for 50+ years? True. You could say FBC Sandpoint is trendy.

I know you all don't like change, so nothing will. If you are new to this ride, here are a few things you should know (if you are a veteran, nothing has changed, so go get a jump on your costume and gift for exchange). First, decorate your bike and yourself. It is fun. It gets you in the holiday spirit as well.

Next, go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange ($5 limit) and bring it wrapped and unmarked.

We will leave Eich's and do a shorter route through town while sticking to main arteries if there is foul weather. It is winter, and you may have noticed weather can change quickly around here. We will end our ride somewhere warm and full of glee. We will gather around our durable and strong aluminum pole, flanked by all our presents. In FBC Sandpoint style, there will be NO airing of grievances or feats of strength...well, there may be those things depending on the hour and amount of spiked eggnog.  Anyways, at our destination we will commence with our annual FBC Gift Exchange (if you don't bring a gift, you can sit in the corner like a old miserable scrooge) as we sip holiday cheer... and hopefully someone will have too much, get rowdy and embarrass themselves...hopefully it is not me.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 97 in Review


WOW, nice work FBC! Our annual food drive ride was a huge success. We threw out the challenge of topping our previous high mark for donations, and once again you all came through. Here are some numbers to look at while sipping your coffee...

Last year, we took in 668lbs of food and $72 dollars  cash for the food bank. This year we hauled over 665lbs of food and $350 cash. In case you are wondering what all this boils down to for the food bank and the people they provide for...

The Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lb of food.  So, this year's FBC Sandpoint donations will feed approx 216 people for a 1 day. That is amazing stuff.

We gave out some prizes to those that brought in the most for the ride. FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie brought the most food for the evening at a whopping 96lbs! Amazing job! They were also the top givers the previous 3 years! Is anyone ever gonna be able to take their title? They got a prize. 2nd most weight was FBC Lifetime Members for Life Frank and Jean with 72lbs. They got a prize as well. A special note, we got our largest cash donation ever from Lifetime Member for Life Christine.

This is one of my favorite rides of the year. Obviously, so many people come into making this night a success every year, and it just feels real good to see people pitch in to help others. Thanks again to John at the food bank for leaving his nice warm house to ride over and check in our donations. Thanks to Laughing Dog Brewing for hosting our ride destination. Thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Doug for taking on the mighty Surly utility trailer this year and biking over a very heavy load of food to the food bank. Finally, thanks to all the FBC riders thrat gave so generously and continue to make these monthly rides such a huge success. I am truly thankful for each and every one of you.

For visuals click, HERE.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 97

Bundle up buttercup...

When: Wed, Nov 13th at 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving 8

This is our annual ride to collect food for the Bonner County Food Bank. Last year we raised 668 lbs of food. Our goal every year is to BEAT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS! I would think we should be able to take it one step further this year, and top our high mark of 6668 lbs. So, here is how the evening will go down.

Regarding your money for the evening:

  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke card...you will get 1 spoke card for FREE this month when you bring at least 3 food items for donation.
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride destination...you will get a coupon for 1 FREE drink at our secret ride destination with your food donations (3 or more).
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume this month, this evening is about giving.
  • SPEND all this saved up money on food items for the Food Bank.

Regarding the agenda for the evening:

  • You will bring your donated food items with you to Eichardt's at 7pm (you will NOT have to take them on the ride with you unless you want to) so bring as much as you can possibly handle.
  • You will try and bring food items that are on the following "need" list (although I'm sure they will take others): peanut butter, juice, coffee, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, mayo/mustard, jam, canned meat, canned beans, canned veggies, tuna, pasta, canned soup,and spaghetti sauce.  Do not bring homemade items/canned products, expired items, unmarked cans or anything opened...duh.
  • Everyone's food items will be weighed at Eichardt's and an individual weight list will be compiled
  • The FBCers who bring the most food (as weighed on our precision weighing device) will receive sweet prizes.

Once we have weighed all the food and determined our weight winners, we will load all this food into bike trailers, baskets, panniers, backpacks or whatever else...so plan accordingly. Then we will all caravan over to the Food Bank. Once we have handed over all the food to the Food Bank rep (John), who is graciously coming in after hours to check all our food in, then we will head to our final destination. There we will find more good times, warm accommodations and oh, that FREE beer.

Don't wanna go shopping or haul food around? Then just bring a cash donation. However, you have to bring food in and get it weighed at 7pm if you wanna compete for prizes and get that free beer.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 96 in Review

Nice work! We raised $100 on our Ride for Boobies. All monies are going the the Sandpoint Community Cancer Services. Thanks to everyone that contributed.

It was a chilly evening, but some 70+ riders showed up wearing pink for our last ride. It was beautiful and clear, so we did a rather long route for this time of year. After cruising around West Sand, we arrived at the Fat Pig to warm up. Thanks to Brett, Kelly and the rest of the staff for being so gracious. And big thanks for the outdoor firepit, that was rad!

For visuals, click HERE.