I was buried on a waitlist for a group hike when an email popped in from the group leader, "Mark, don't worry about the waitlist. Come out and hike with us." How nice. But, the start was 6:00am and a 90 minute drive so I thanked him and told him I'd probably start around 6:30 and maybe catch them at the top. Above, the sun rises and casts its light over the valley as I prepare to shove off from the Miner's Camp Restaurant parking lot...a back way into Lost Dutchman State Park and the west end of the Superstitions.
Yes, if you've followed this blog for awhile you've seen this before but today's destination is not the Flat Iron there in the middle but a peak above it, off screen to the left. The marvelous Siphon Draw where I caught the back end of the group of 15 and the group leader, David, who was sweeping. I kept going.
Steep and then really steep higher up. I reached a group of 5 and they asked if I was Mark. When I said yes they told me David said there might be a guy who would catch us, walk through us and see us at the top. It's nice to have a rep and I kept going until....
...at the top of a 12' wall, I sat and waited for the group to catch up.
To my left was the Flat Iron but again, not where I was going today. The others arrived and we took the group pics while a woman wanted to know if this was the lunch spot...no.
We began the next segment through towering hoodoos. At one point, a woman....
....kind of collapsed on the slope of a flat boulder. Clinging but unable to go up. A guy put his hand on her butt and shoved. It worked, she thanked him and he said, "It was nice to meet ya." funny moment. At last....
...we reached the peak 5420 do designated because of its height with Superstition Peak in the distance. Not every peak has a name.
I ate an energy bar, drank walked to the east end of the peak and looked...
...to the east. Gawd, how fabulous. Weaver's Needle above the standing woman.
I talked to a guy who was carrying a very neat hand gun. It shoots different rounds, one for maximum impact, one for snakes, it can shoot a flare, kind of a hiker's special. We took more group pics and then the same woman asked if this was the lunch spot. Ugh. I told David I had NCAA football games to watch and....
....made my way through the hoodoos and then on down where towards the bottom....
....looking across the west faceing slope I could see people hiking the Crosscut trail. Good day but my legs were beat. I did an easy ride on Sunday, took Monday off and now to Tuesday and the hike to Romero's Pass, a 14 mile hike.
I don't cycle much in the fall but there was a group ride on Thursday that was labeled as a C+/B so I thought that would be perfect. Of course it was a rocket start with a B+ pace that included going over Gates Pass. Later we stopped at Saguaro East National Park for water and then headed up Picture Rocks Road. As we approached one of many rises prior to the actual top, we saw a white suv parked off the opposite side of the road pointing toward us. Without warning, it pulled in front of us doing a U-turn. No lights mounted on the top but as it turned we could read the Park Ranger symbol on the side. We slowed to avoid running into the back while a member of the group through up a hand. The ranger pulled off the road and told us to stop. She claimed we were exceeding the 40mph speed limit (I wish going up a freakin hill) and that we failed to pull over when she was in an emergency situation (no siren, no lights, nothing). What complete BS but we for the most part swallowed our tongues and moved on, finishing with 45 miles. Then Friday....
...I drove to Sabino Canyon to do the Blackett's Ridge fitness hike. It starts flat but with about 2 miles to go, gets exceeding steep while finishing with 2.80 miles to the ridge. I do this each visit to see how my time compared to previous visits. The day was partly cloudy but clouds built as they often do in the mountains while the valley stays sunny...well on some cloudy days which are rare. As the climb began, it was spitting rain and soon it began raining harder.
By that time, I had too much effort invested in the hike so was determined to persevere as the cloud burst moved up canyon to my left. I ran into a hiking buddy so that gave me a rest as I stopped my Garmin to talk. So while I had a very good time to the ridge, that rest period no doubt gave me an advantage. The good news is we scheduled a great hike for 10/5.
In the above image, you can see the rain moving farther away and it remained dry for the balance of the day with brilliant sunshine later. Looking into Sabino Canyon far below...
....I could see one of the trams that departs the visitor center every 20 minutes (lower left) making its way up the road where it eventually turns around at a dead end.
A Gus Cook production from Gus Cook LLC, 8:30am from in front of Starbucks. I think some of the survivors of the tour of France will be there to entertain you with stories. 50-60 miles.
We stopped in Grand Junction, CO after driving 25 hours of which my wife grudgingly participated in about 30 minutes of that prior to nodding off so I fired her on the spot. I survived being in the passenger seat when previously she fell asleep while driving but doing it twice....the odds are not good. We, well I, drove south to Arches National Park just about an hour north of Moab, UT. There is a 14 mile drive inside the park and very cool. We first stopped to do a 2 mile hike to see the above and....
...above again. Retraced our path drove a bit more to the....
...Balanced Rock. You should see it in person!
Later we parked and did kind of a strenuous hike of 1.5 miles to this natural antitheater where lots of people were standing to wait in line to have their pic taken while standing in.....
....the Delicate Arch. Dang, that is awesome. We hiked back and drove, well I, south and how bout that....
....passed the Wilson Arch!!!!! Not a relative as far as I know. We, well again I, kept going south. The sky was overcast as we approached the turn to Canyonlands. I looked to my right and my wife's head was down, dozing.....I kept going!!!! The way to do this is not drive from OH to tour parks in UT but to fly to Salt Lake City, rent a car and then drive around the state touring parks. My butt ached from sitting, I was tired of driving and then it began to rain as we....
...cruised by Monument Valley. I've been here before and of all the parks I have visited, next to the Grand Canyon, the visual impact is 2nd best. Unfortunately it was not only cloudy but raining kind of hard. We stopped at every town to check in to a hotel but all were booked. Finding nothing in Tuba City, AZ, I made the snap decision to keep going south and arrived in Oro Valley, AZ at 1:00am, Monday. Good to be here and while groggy, I got going with activity and will report on that soon.
Rick has made it official, this evenings route is the same as last week's route. Sorry for the late posting but I just found out.
I was informed by the higher power that I was driving, rather than flying to Oro Valley, AZ and oh, we'd be taking the long route and checking out some national parks. The drive from Ohio through Kansas is rather boring. Kansas has to be the least interesting state through which to drive but on the other hand, I've never driven through Iowa so I could be wrong. Even eastern CO is boring but then the Rockies loom into view, through Denver and then....
...the western side of the Rockies, way cool. Emerging from the mountains, we soon arrive at.....
.....Arches National Park about which I will have much more tomorrow. From there we stopped in Moab and ate at.....
...."The Spoke" restaurant and visited the.....
...Rim Cyclery. They had 15-20 proprietary designed cycling T-shirts and jerseys. I like that!!! Great shop. I looked for Garth Prosser but did not find him but in his place are thousands just like him. Seems like every other business that lines the street is something like "Adventure Bike Tours". Must be dozens of them. Bunch more to come including the Thursday route and weekend rides and a lot more about the drive and arrival.
The Knox County Bicycle Challenge (KCBC) is Saturday and begins in Gambier with people rolling out between 7:30-9:00am. . Ride the beautiful hills of Knox County with marked routes of 30, 60, 75, and 100 miles. Snack stops and sag support provided with a nominal sign-up fee at day of ride registration. Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane across from new Kenyon College athletic facility.
Then there is this interesting option to the south, called the Pawpaw Double Nickel ride. OK, only 55 miles but a great route. Ride start is in Albany, southwest of Athens and begins at the 2016 Pawpaw festival. Bikes begin rolling at 8:30 and there is no cost to riding. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/6473857
I suspect Gus will have a ride from New Albany Startbucks at 8:00am but I have not seen anything to confirm.
All things considered, not a bad turnout for a 25 mile route. I'd say about 35.
The always color coordinated Scott Billman sold his red bike, a 6 pound heavier one for this Trek, Project One version so the 6 pound loss compelled him to ride with the Riveters.
While Cookie Lady missed the last week's group photo, she made it to this week with Peggy and Milt. I have been unaware of the important role Milt plays in the confounding calculus of route decision making. Rick talks to Milt, Milt calculates the daylight minutes and maximum miles available and then Rick chooses the route. I officially nominate Milt to be next year's ride leader, assuming Rick's absences indicate he has abdicated the throne.
Prior to tonight's ride, the women in front coasted to me and asked if I was the C ride leader!?!?! I told her I completely understand why she might think so but no, it was not I. The usual C ride leader is touring wineries in CA so right now I wish I were him. I rounded up the group leaders and bade the Riveters farewell. A small group that included rarely seen Rich Lewis. Not sure what were Rich's expectations but like so many, the Riveters chewed for awhile before spitting him out the back.
Our large A group rolled out with some former Riveters including French Climbing Machine in our midst. Around 22 of us plowed a furrow east.....
...via 161 into Alexandria. With a head wind from the east, we arrived with just a bit over a 22mph avg. Then we hit Jersey Mill where Paul Djupe took over and set a torrid pace. I slotted in behind a tall dude to maximize drafting, of course. Unfortunately, he dropped out but I was able to cover the gap and kept churning. Then Mick and another guy dropped out creating a 2 person gap which I filled with great difficulty, pulling in behind Logan. I was of course, gassed and after a few pedal strokes, had to drop out too. Fortunately, I was close enough to the 310 crossover that I could reengage with the group who had eased up a bit. With the tailwind, even dropping out of the draft, I still hit a Strava PR for the climb so that says something about the influence of the wind. We approached the left turn on Beaver and I could see Paul sprinting up the ramp as I was braking to make the turn. I had a sinking feeling and sunk back too far to cling with the group. I soloed for awhile before caught by Ian and Eric and we finished together with a 22.3 avg. Meantime, the Riveters finished with an average over 23.
The route for this evening. Come out and help set a new land speed record .
Route A/B 25 mile ride file https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16594995
Route C 18 mile ride file https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16595035
I needed a change in scenery so I drove deep into the south to check out the Southern Rebels and their kin around Canal Winchester. They breed like rabbits so next year a new crop of cycling talent could emerge. Bears some watching.
The Grand Poobah was describing his exploits at the Tour de Doughnut ride last Saturday.
Pretty good turnout, around 25 but when the A group was called out, no one moved. Large group of B's though.
Keith on the right. Strong for his age of around 72 or just plain strong.
The wonderful ride leader Ric Noland of Cyclist Connection. Tirelessly works his craft during the day and then almost always makes it to the ride or sends one of his shop lieutenants. The opening of his second location is soon. Big thank you for providing maps and routes every Tuesday.
We listen to Ric's announcements and then head out on a very flat, 30 mile route that at one point put us on a road so newly paved that they finished just two hours prior to our arrival. A fine sand like material was kicked up, swallowed and presumably digested over time by the wheels in front of us. Good idea to keep the mouth shut during this mile portion of the route. Since there were no A riders, the Super B group, comprised of all B's, was 19-20 strong.
We went north toward Pataskala, a little east and then south, finishing with 30 miles and a 20.5 avg. The pace was surprisingly moderate and the group watches at all intersections to make sure everyone makes it through prior to ramping the speed. Kinda enjoyed it.
As many of you know, Marty, Jon, Luke, Lori and Patrick W are in France, riding around the countryside where day time highs in the lower elevation are in the 70's but higher, for example at the top of Le Col D'Izoard, it is much colder. Our group of Yankees were involved in an epic ride today......
At mile 30 the group stopped for drinks but there was some recalculating as there may not be enough daylight to do all 90 miles and 13,000' of climbing. Oh and the weather at the top of the climbs was rainy and windy.. Soon the group split with those going the longer distances and climbs eventually having problems with hypothermia and having to hire a car for the return. Along the way, Lori achieved the 8th best climb among Strava users on the D'Isoard. If you follow Jon M on Strava, his complete story can be read.
A decent but not great turnout for the COP Covered Bridge ride. Probably the strong winds and chance of thunderstorms kept a few away. Wow, this season is limping to an end for me. Frankly, the only reason I came was to.....
....catch a look at another great bike introduction. Kenda Janet poses behind the "Red Bike". First Marty's White bike and now we have this unique machine. Check out the wheel set and it is a climbing machine.
People had been rolling out since 7:00ish but at 8:00am, our group, got in with some others and headed out of Canal Winchester. Our group had Steve O, the Kendas, Flyin Tuna, Mark R, Larry & Lisa, Brent Jenkins...hmmm hope that caught everyone. The wind was one of those events where it seemed it was always buffeting you from in front or either side but never from behind. That there are those who completed the 100 mile route, wow. I began thinking of turning around while still within the city limits. After slogging up Slough and the Pickering Road humps, we turned east on Lithopolis Road. I spotted Plummer Road to the left. The left is a way back. I took the way back. 22 miles total. A week from today I will be headed west and am really looking forward to a change in scenery and activity. Will definitely hike the Grandview Trail into the Grand Canyon, a first for me and lots of hikes and a few rides with reports for each. The ride postings, especially for Saturday's, will go on. Looking back on this season, I should have taken a week or two off in July when burnout really struck. I had to push myself to attend most rides since that point and that was no fun.
The big one on the calendar is the COP Covered Bridge tour at 8:00am from Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester. Members of COP pay $5, non-members pay $10 with multiple route options of 35, 50, 75 and 100 miles. I have it on good authority that tomorrow is Kenda Janet's maiden voyage on her new Masi. The bike represents a technological advantage that will propel her into the top ranks of the peloton so be there to witness the unveiling.
Now, there is also a Gus Cook Enterprises organized event departing from in front of Starbucks in New Albany at 8:30am, headed to Utica on a 60 mile odyssey through the flats and hills of northwest central Ohio. Described as "conversational pace" which means only B to B+ or higher fitness levels need apply. This is where the cool people will be while the great unwashed, probably like me, will be in Canal Winchester, unless I get a late start to the day.
Larry P and Flyin Tuna. Larry had a birthday a couple of weeks ago so Cindy and I invested in a special gift for someone who has distributed more banana peels than a herd of monkeys. Of course, monkeys distribute their peels indiscriminately while Larry prefers the exterior or even interior of fellow cyclists cars. Note the understandable wary look by the gift recipient.
A plastic banana protector. What a great idea and I have to grudgingly give credit to Cindy for the idea but without my financial assistance, it would have remained in China (freight & duty was a killer). Larry placed it in his jersey pocket, with banana inside and we'll check in later to see if the protector worked.
On to the next big event but first checking in on a bike fix...looks to be doing ok.
Some of the ladies had purchased, at the urging of Kristie Boltz (cookie lady), CAF kits and had planned to wear them this evening and surprise Kristie. Alas, Kristie was out of town but the show must go on and now we are patiently waiting for Katherine who is stuck in traffic. I move on, planning to come back for the official pic taking.
Kristian and Katherine just came back from an 8 day back country canoe trip in Canada. Opps, Katherine just rolled in so....
...all together for the official group image. Too bad Kristie missed it. Note Peggy was wearing the CAF shorts.
The group was small, maybe 35 in total with only 6 in the Rivet group, Shannon, Travis, Ken B, Dirty Dan, Pete B, Kyle Z and with relatively small A & B groups, we combined those and rolled out....
....with around 28. The route was posted late, around 4:00pm and some of us had already planned to do last week's route so there was some confusion but we got things squared away and got onto Rick's 30 mile route. Note Steve Hewitt will not be at any of the remaining Thursday rides so there will be no COP sign-in sheets, just fyi but I expect Rick will continue to post routes. Maybe even do so on Wednesdays?
The pace was pretty moderate out 161 to the right turn on York and it seemed that everyone kept up, which was not the case with the Riveters who got down to a core group of four, red clad, Audi teammates, eventually finishing with a 24mph avg. Our group had a bit over 22 avg at the York turn and then things got spread way out through the York rollers and ensuing miles on Hollow Road where the cross wind did its thing. I got in with a good group of.....
...Hector, Kristian, Larry P, Deniece, Kim, Milt, Dan R, Rick and a couple others. We finished with a 21.1 avg. Now how did that banana do.....
...perfect. What a great gift.
It appears that Columbus Outdoor Pursuits will not organize the traditional CFC event this year. However, Rick Miller is interested in hosting a similar event either on October 15th or 22nd. It would be a one day event departing from Granville, following a route to Marietta with a return back to Granville via plush, chauffeured drive prior to the kick-off of the Buckeye game at 8:00pm. The vehicles depart from Marietta in staggered times so you won't have to wait around for the last cyclist to arrive. The field would be limited to around 30 cyclists. Price yet to be determined. If this sounds interesting, contact Rick and let him know at email@example.com
Wow, that was fast. Daylight seems to diminish by many minutes each day, distance we can ride is diminishing and the quantity of cyclists is dropping fast. Tonight only 8 but a quality group of Gus, Ron, Ian, Koji, Aaron C, Rick, Eric and me. One thing that has not diminished is the heat or humidity. Too few cyclists so few opportunities for taking pics. We decided on a route that would shave a few miles off the traditional route of 37 and so at 6:00pm.....
...we were headed out 161 at a modest pace. At 6:05 I began to lose interest. At the left turn to 310, I left the group and soloed back to the parking lot. Pretty boring report but this Thursday, you should be there as there will be something special going on, more than that I am sworn to silence and no, I am not joking.
Over time I have noticed that the Kendas prefer to put on some clothing while seated on asphalt rather than while in their car. I interpret it as a testimonial to their toughness. Many of us came to this grueling ride because we thought Janet would unveil the new Massi bike but alas, it will be one more week of test rides, tinkering, adjustments and fine tuning. Maybe this Saturday.
Decent turnout of around 25 including new guy in the center, Marty, who has recently moved from Dallas, TX. He has previously experienced winters up north so that which arrives all too soon will not be too much of a surprise. Now I have some bad news, at this point, my camera battery died so all the embarrassing pics I usually post of you will have to wait until the next ride. What transpired in the following 25 miles was plenty of ups and downs until....
...we rolled into Somerset where I got off one shot before the battery breathed its final breath. Steve O, on the right, set a new Strava KOM on the Fairmont Road climb while Brent J, on the left, was part of our gang that headed back to Heath from here. Along with Brent, Farmer Mike, the Kendas and Scott E joined me on the 50 mile route that did, as planned, permit me to catch all but the opening kick-off of the OSU game. I hear the rest of the crowd made it around ok too. On Sunday I went for a modest 4 mile hike and then surprisingly, got the urge to ride on Monday so rode around the neighborhood where I paused at the Lazy R RV place on Dry Creek Road....
...where the film crew is still camped, apparently still filming scenes for the Willis movie.
COP's Roving ride, hosted by Flyin Tuna, departs at 8:00am from Hoback Park in Heath, OH. Maps at the start with links to routes below. If you are a Buckeye fan and want to watch the game, join me on the 51 mile route.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15895870 51 mile
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15895297 72 mile
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15894621 84 mile
Dallas, on the right, waits for Steve H to ready the sign-in sheets. While ride leader Rick thought he would be at the ride, we thought we ought to be prepared just in case and in this case, it was a good idea to be prepared.
Not brand new but kind of new, Shannon's ride. I kind of like that white top tube contrast against a black frame.
Wow, what a great weather night and very, very refreshing. Despite that, the crowd was not what some thought it would be, only around 55-60 but Evan, on the right, was making his first visit since the days the Thursday ride started from the church. Evan rolled out with a large A group of 27.
Plenty of space this week to stretch out and enjoy the shade. The Rivet group was down in numbers but still plenty strong with Ken B, Travis, Philippe, Kyle, Jon H, Pete C, Ghisallo Nick, Mike C, Aaron C and a few others. They torched the relatively flat route of 33 miles and lots of casualties from the effort out 161. The lead group finished with a 25mph average.
When you see me with camera, don't stare with a silly look, just smile. Well done.
I call it the "Wilson Effect". You read about all my short cutting, whining about how badly I suck so you see me head out with the A group and you naturally think, "Well Hell, if he is going out with that group then I can hang with that fatty." and so you come, tonight 27 of us. Led by Scott B, Gus, Jay P, Evan, Jared, Andrew C, Ron B, Ryan S, Kristie, Dan R, Don, Ric, Hector, Scott, Koji, Deniece, etc... oh and a guy in all black or dark grey/black kit that when not taking a long pull and scattering us to the wind, would drop off but stay in the wind. Dang, wish I could do that. He said he rides with the Riveters but a combination of stomach flu and hay fever had him at about 60%.
We burst forth upon the idyllic area between New Albany and Granville, our numbers reduced from 27 to 14-15 by the time we rolled into Granville with a 24.4 avg. Along the way, with a fairly strong and not helping north wind I found myself guttered by Andrew Clayton. This from a guy on track to finish the season with 16,000 miles and there he is hunkered permanently at the gutter's edge. He should have been out on the left establishing a 2nd line with that level of fitness.
We soft pedaled a bit at the left turn onto Raccoon Valley but the damage was long done and so many had dropped anchors out in the vast ocean of asphalt between here and New Albany. We turned right on Louden and then left on Lobdell. The downhill to the base of the park is kind of iffy and I hung well back but the group did not hit the hill too hard and with Jared towing me, I was ok. We paused at Mounts to allow Ron B to catch on and then entered Alexandria at breakneck speed, eventually getting on to Jersey Mill Road. Here, the 60% Riveter pulled the entire ascent and I tapped out with a couple of ramps to go but what luck, the group slowed crossing #37 and back into the group was I and remained so to the end, finishing with a 22.2 average.
Some of the Riveters remained and were entertained by Luke, telling about his and Lori's experience in TN and then....
....with Kristie's arrival, the folks swarmed to the back of her car for a sampling of the usual high quality snacks. One can achieve a level of popularity unrivaled with a few hours in the kitchen each Thursday. OK, on to the Saturday ride options. Coming soon.
I visited Rick Tuesday, passing the Lazy R Campground on Drycreek where there were 25-30 vehicles all in support of the Bruce Willis movie filming in the Granville area...well, anyway, Rick told me he would be at tonight's ride. Now, back to the Willis movie, I had to stop at the Granville post office on Wednesday and the place was abuzz with the following information:
1. Lady working at gas station thought it was Bruce entering but turned out to be his stunt double with film crew. Thinking this would be as close as she would get to Bruce, she asked and received permission to kiss the double's shaven head.
2. The back of Moe's Barbecue was made to look like a bait shop for a scene.
3. Wanting to film a scene in the post office but not receiving permission from DC to use a post office box after closing, the crew rented a box for the minimum period and then used it after hours in a scene. They were filming as late as 11:30pm.
4. The CVS pharmacy where we frequently stop for refueling was made to look like the front of a police department.
Below are the routes for tonight's ride.
Route A/B 33 mile ride file https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7502711
Route C 22 mile ride file https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7502839
We had 4 new cyclists out for tonight's The Cycling Club ride out New Albany, Larry P, Lisa A, Angie and a visitor from the UK on the right, Andrew. Andrew was riding a rental from Veloscience that Larry was checking out.
Gus Cook rolls in, our ride leader. With new people we should have run through the ride "mission" and regroup point locations but I failed to alert Gus to their presence, a failing by his loyal lieutenant. Later, 2-3 of the new cyclists, unaware of regrouping, turned around after losing the group.
We almost had Meredith join us too but alas, she had the wrong cycling shoes and had to bail on our group of 18.
We head out on another very hot and humid evening, enjoying a brisk pace to Alexandria where we arrived with around a 22mph avg. Earlier, Jeff Schleup had departed about 20 minutes prior to our parking lot exit, riding our route. Suddenly and without advanced notice, as we cruised toward the left turn onto Mounts Road, my unmotivated self, cyclist of no passion, decided he didn't really want to ride very hard so when the group turned right on Lobdell, I stayed straight. I know, big surprise. Reaching Hardscrabble Road, I made a left and headed to Northridge and then Stone Quarry to catch Jeff but he had already gone through so after waiting a few minutes, headed for the barn with 32 miles.
Another entertaining report from Lori, a summary of her experience at the River Gorge Omnium in TN. An event of time trial, crit and road race, the latter of which is a great read on Lori's blog, here:
From Ken Buddell, a summary of the action at The Frank: We started with 8 people in our group. Three of the guys I do not know there names but it Was Pete C, Travis, Dan Rhule and Steve Fields. The 8 of us were keeping a good pace up to the first rest step when we dropped one of the guys. Then by the second rest stop we were getting a little tired. in between the second and third we were down to just Pete C, Travis, Dan and myself. We had all run out of water before we got to the third stop, it was so hot. Between the third and the final stop we all had cramps at one point or another. It was pretty rough but we all made it through. And since this was the last "official" FRANK I was glad to have been a part.
Meantime and meanwhile, well south beginning in Logan, OH, there was the COP's Lake Hope ride. Options of 75 and 96 miles, coupled with a steamy forecast and a Trek US Postal bike I dusted off from the basement for use, had me intently studying the route for a shorter option. Above, Brad Blair and about 25 others wait for the start of the ride.
In the foreground, Jared contemplating what lies ahead as he is warned that water stops are few on the 96 mile route. Only Andrew C and Jared tackled the long route. Not only is the store in South Bloomingfield closed but so too is that dumpy, concrete structure on 278 prior to Lake Hope.
Brothers Simpatico. The Donald and Bruce.
Eric with Steve O to his right. Those two with Bob S and Brent J probably led the strongest of the 75 mile group. So, off we went and with the infrequent refuel stops, we decided to stop at the market....
....at the campground on Chapel Ridge Road at only mile 24. As we rose from the small wooden seats, our sweat had drained onto the surface leaving behind various shapes. Because the bench on which I had been seated had a convex surface, my sweat stain appeared to be shaped like a heart. Oh the tittering and laughter that created. The heat began to be felt and by the time we reached the climb by the Vinton County airport, I just wanted to finish and did not stop there with the others. Instead I stopped at....
....Lake Hope and was glad that the boat rental place had food and drinks. There I regrouped with Larry, Lisa and Mark V. We departed together but I had decided to limit the effort and rode very slowly from that point forward, stopping at the small market in Union Furnace and even in Logan at the Speedway where adding ice and Gatorade to the water bottle was a life saver. I had no problem with the old Trek although shifting is so sluggish compared to the Di2. And no, I did not cut the route short, finishing with 74 miles.
Lori N and Luke R were in TN this weekend for the "River Gorge Omnium" a TT, crit and road race. The road race, which included big climbs (if you have ever done "3 State 3 Mountain" you would recognize them) was a tough 70 mile event. Lori finished, in the women's Pro/1/2 division, 5th of 56 while Luke finished 48th of 87 in, of course, the men's division. Congrats!
Team Hastings was out in force tonight, with around 50 others by the time 6:00pm came around. As I made my way around the parking lot, spreading good cheer, I discovered.....
....a new, unorthodox way of applying lube to one's chain. There must be an easier way and then I stumbled upon something that other than stealing all of Kristie's cookies or door dinging Marty's White Bike would be 3rd on the list of parking lot etiquette violations.....
...parking one's car in the lone shady spot on an evening where the heat index was around 100. Farmer Mike & French Climbing Machine appear miffed but otherwise refrained from saying anything. Now the shade dwellers were scattered to the wind and sun.
Jared, Andrew and Franz, who is temporarily driving a minivan.
John K, Michael, Rossi tandem, Rick and Alberto Contador await the start of the ride. Earlier in the day, two versions of tonight's route were distributed so after conducting a walkaround poll, the majority opted for the shorter route. I gathered eager group ride leaders and then sent off the Riveters, a fairly small group and then Scott Billman...
...led out the A group, of which there were around 20. Initially, I thought Scott had released us too early but ahead was not the Riveters, just another group exiting at about the same time. Included in our group were....
....Lori and Luke who did not want to have to dig too deep as they were racing in TN this weekend. We broke free of New Albany, racing eastward and reaching Alexandria with a 24.2 avg and then Granville at a 25mph avg. Then we turned back to the west via Raccoon Valley Road and into a head wind that seemed to tame the beast a bit. To that point our group had dropped only 1-2 people, another on the Moots Run climb but for the most part, everyone had hung in there as we turned left at York Road. I was hot, I was not looking forward to the York road rollers, I was convinced I would get hung out to dry there and I suspected the group was not going to make the 1-2 obligatory regroups so at 161, I hung a right and departed the route. Michael came along too. I finished with 30 miles and a 21.7 avg, the balance of the front A group finished with 21.8 for their 35 miles and the Riveters raced the route with a 23.8 avg.
During the drive home, the sun was creating some cool cloud fringe lighting.
The Frank: 75 and 102 mile routes. The hilliest bicycle ride in Ohio. The 102 mile route has over 10,000 ft of elevation gain. For experienced riders only. Ride is not about fast descents, its about climbing. If you cannot descend slowly/in a controled manner please do not come. Cost is $40 to $60. Go to bike-ohio.com for more info and to register.
75 mile route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2659595
102.5 mile route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5683384
I believe Ken B, Travis, etc... the ultra fit will be attending the above. As for the regular Jimmys and Joes, they will be...
The COP Option for this week:
10th Logan to Lake Hope with Clingan Century
August 27, Saturday Roving Ride
8:00 AM - 72 or 100 miles, Class A, B
Choose either the traditional 72 mile route or the century route designed by Mark Clingan. Both routes take you thru the scenic Hocking Hills and Zaleski State Forests with a stop at the Lake Hope Beach Snack Bar. Century route takes you beyond Vinton County into Wellston. Climbing gears recommended as hills will
Meet at the Logan Conference Center, 30682 Chieftain Drive, Logan, OH. Directions from Columbus: Route 33 southeast to Logan (bypass Lancaster) to the 33A/Route 180 exit (just past the roadside rest). Turn left on 33A off the ramp. The Conference Center is 3 miles on the left (just past the Logan-Hocking Industrial Park)
GPS for 72 and 96 miles routes:
I was asked to put this out in case some were missed who are friends of Bill Barrett's.
Come and help Bill Barrett celebrate his 60th birthday with a bike ride this Saturday, August 27th.
Click on this link for the bike route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16031015
There will be two start points for a 60 mile and 30 mile ride.
60 mile route. Leave from the Hawk’s Nest in Alexandria at 3:00. Plan on dropping off a car or getting a ride to the start point. The ride will be the reverse of the route link above.
30 mile route. Leave from the Rusty Bucket in New Albany at 5:00. Following the link listed above. Those participating in both the 60 and 30 mile ride will ride together from New Albany to Alexandria with the following stops:
Beer/Gatorade stops along the 30 mile route:
Stop #1 Rusty Bucket, New Albany
Stop #2 The Pub, 48 S. Main St. Johnstown
Stop #3 Broadway Pub, 126 E. Broadway Granville
Stop #4 Hawk’s Nest, 261 W. Main St. Alexandria
The final destination will be the Hawk’s Nest. Plan on sticking around for beers, burgers, cake and wishing Bill a happy birthday. Any friends, spouses, or non-riders are more than welcome to attend. Riders should be arriving around 7:00. Please pass this along to anyone that I may have missed. This event is open to all of Bill’s friends and family
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