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RFTCC-Wingbiter Friday June 5

I can't be there this Friday. (I'm going to a Rock Cats baseball game, as a fundraiser to benefit my son's US Navy Sea Cadet Corps.) That means that (1) I'm going to go easy on you; and (2) we won't ride out of Norfolk until NEXT week. Here's a proposed route for THIS Friday night: Route.

In reply to CrossBikeRedPants

Maybe start out by going up 219 and across the dam to go to East River road?

In reply to CrossBikeRedPants

Greg I expected a route of like 30 miles and a million feet of climbing. like the route lets add Bruce's suggestion of 219.

see everyone at 5:45 for a 6:00 o'clock start.

In reply to Brett

Hold on - No Greg - No Hills! I see rails, trails, ice cream and beer

In reply to MikeGluz

> Hold on - No Greg - No Hills! > I see rails, trails, ice cream and beer


In reply to Dr.Bruce

Yeah I guess I didn't put that quite right - Rail to Trails

It is National Donut Day! Let's ride to as many donut shops as possible before dark

Doughnut vs. donut The dictionary-approved spelling for the ring-shaped cake made of dough and fried in fat is doughnut. The shortened donut has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t popularized until the late 20th century, when the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts made it ubiquitous. Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin. Donut appears about a third of the time in published American writing.

More than 10 billion donuts are made each year in the U.S.

How do all those donuts translate into money? Ponder this: The top 10 doughnut brands in the U.S. alone produced $1.008 billion in sales revenue last year.

Donut Day started in 1938 to honor those in the Salvation Army who served the tasty treats to soldiers in World War I. On this, the 70th anniversary of D-Day in World War II, it is a fitting tribute to honor all of those who have served, and those who serve those who serve.

The Dutch are credited with bringing donuts to the U.S. in the 1800s. They were first called "olykoeks", or oily cakes. Apparently, the world of marketing hadn't become important. Not exactly a drool-inducing name. It's OK... they taste good. That's all that counts!

If you think the Dutch name was less than appetizing, the French version is simply silly. In France, small deep fried fritters or donuts are called "pets de nonne" or "nun's farts." Really? Wish we had been there when that little nickname was formed. Wonder what the real story is there?!

It seems like variety is not a problem when it comes to the delicious dough. There are some traditional as well as crazy flavors (think seaweed!). However, when people are asked to name their all-time favorite, the winner on list after list is the tried-and-true: Glazed. What's your fave?

We know there are some food-based names out there. Think Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple or the baseball player Coco Crisp. But, did you know that 13 people in the U.S. are actually named Donut (as a first name)? We're guessing their moms were super hungry after a long night of labor!

Of course, there are donut shops in basically every city and most towns. However, if you really want your fix, head to Massachusetts. Yep, Boston has the most donut shops per person -- one for every 2,480 people. And here we thought Beantown was known for its Boston cream pie. Guess Bay Staters like their treats!

While the traditional spelling of the tasty treat is 'doughnut', the Dunkin Donuts chain popularized the 'donut' version for obvious reasons!

Who doesn't remember that line?! Actor Michael Vale made the line famous playing Dunkin Donuts' beloved Fred the Baker for 15 years. He beat out hundreds of actors for the gig and became perhaps the most famous 'baker' for an entire generation.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are kosher. Who knew?!

Clark Gable is said to have made donuts fashionable while teaching Claudette Colbert how to "dunk" in Frank Capra's It Happened One Night.