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.
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