We turned onto Hagerty and our average had been inching up into the low 22 area but now we approached some up and down sections, jumping briefly onto 188 before a left on Ringold Fairfield and topping out at what is the highest point in Pickaway county. It was on this climb where Da Boss just rode away from everyone and in so doing, as Phil Ligget would say, "Stamping his authority on the peloton", as if that was ever in doubt. More hills approached and where once I felt good, I began to feel bad. I have the power, I just don't have that pesky endurance part of it. I drifted back from the pack as we approached Cedar Hill and glancing back, saw Dennis a small distance back. This spurred me to put in one final dig and I caught back on to the group while pulling Dennis as we coasted down the beginning of Cedar Hill. I slotted in behind Billy Campbell, who must not be riding as much because he appeared to be struggling. On one of the rises along Cedar, I finally spit the bit, at mile 29 so things are improving a little. There were 11 still with the group when I popped and in the run into Canal, a few more fell out but for those who finished in the main pack, the average was 22.7. Riding the last 11 miles alone cut into my average but I ended up with 21.4. I'm on the comeback trail.
That was fun. Lots of folks heading to West Virginia for the Mountain Mama ride this weekend. Mitch is setting up an alternative out of Gloryland Church and will have more details later.