Thanks for the vote Wheelin'... i would try it out if we needed one. and we might when we start having new members show up and it gets bigger locally.
If i do become ride captain or a Co-captain(i'll explain this idea below)... this is what i would do
-set up rides...
- send out PM's
- call members to notify, if needed.
- confirm meeting times with everyone riding that particular ride
- play follow the leader(with no planned route, just areas I would want to hit)
I know that not everyone has the riding style of Tellico and I(and maybe Nocerisdave, for that matter).... so, i would lead or setup slower rides if needed that are actually mapped out and planned(hopefully not too many of these). and i would actually go slow...
sometimes i like to just cruise, beleive it or not.
as for the Co-captain idea... if someone else wanted to lead (at the same ride) at a faster pace while i'm leading the slower group, that would give people on the ride the choice(if there were enough people, that is).
It's sometimes hard for me to think about it, but i have to remember that i was gun shy when it came to riding trails with my Rhino when i first bought it. I was worried of flipping. I'm sure there will be many others with this same feeling joining our rides as newbie's. that's why the split into two groups sounds good to me. I know that once these riders felt comfortable enough... they would be up for the 'follow the leader' kind of trail riding Telli and I do, which is 'hit it if you see it and want to'. this is what i would not do
-keep anyone from getting hurt(like Telli or Noceris said... we're all grownups, ride at your own risk)
-inhibit people from doing what they want to do
example: have a drink on the trail rides. if you want to drink... cool with me. i might even join.... but, if you drink to the point that you could hurt one of us. then i would have a bone to pick... and that individual would not be welcome to ride with me again. and they would know it... b/c i would tell them.
all that being said...