It was a curious start to the ride. We headed out Waterloo towards Slough and on that long uphill stretch the pace was very high and I moved slightly out of the line to identify the mad man pushing this pace, it was Tall Dude! Apparently though, his goal was to burn the entire wick because after he finally rotated off the front, he dropped out of the pack with Kenda Paul. Just as odd, Steve took up the bit and promptly spit it out, maintaining a nice and more reasonable B pace on his hybrid bike. We headed out Sitterly, jogged over to Cedar Hill and always, the sky was dark and cloudy and looked as if it would begin raining at any moment....except it did not--YES, YOU SHOULD HAVE COME OUT!!!! Also, for the first ride of the season, THERE WAS NO FREAKIN WIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We arrived at the intersection of Westfall and Amanda Northern where Roy used his persuasive power to convince the others we should stay straight and not try to pick up the A route that was 44 miles. The conditions of the sky ensured an early arrival of twilight. I may have added a word of encouragement to Roy's position and Steve looked at me like I was a real loser, by opting for a shorter route. We eventually got over to Crumley, Mt Zion, Lamb, Coonpath and through this stretch things became rather hilly. We arrived back in the parking lot with 8 of us and pretty gassed with Kent and Steve pushing the pace. I turned my computer off during a map check so not sure what the mileage was, probably 38 and an average of 19.8-20mph with 1700' of climbing.