Jeff S had a tricked out bike with 3 front lights and a powerful strobe light in the rear. It appeared the bike had been reinforced with steel plates to withstand rear impacts from cars too so that was good. I was told there would be extra lights if my light failed to charge as expected and so, Jeff nicely stripped one of his lights and loaned it to me.
We stayed on Rock Mill and got onto Lamb. Traffic was picking up as we neared Canal and I noticed that frequently, oncoming cars tended to drift toward the centerline, probably because the drivers were fixated on us, trying to figure out what we were. I also began to wonder, given the time of the day, how many of these drivers had a couple of "pops" before getting in their cars or trucks.
We came around the sharp curve on Carroll Southern and approached the left turn up the steep ramp on Coonpath. A truck approached from behind. Steve and Jeff put their arms out signaling our intent to turn but that assumed the driver could see us. I stayed on the right berm while Rick and maybe Adam began to turn left. The truck went into the other lane to pass and some of us yelled "Car passing!" I thought those guys were going to get hit when the truck suddenly stopped. An idea began slowly forming in my mind....this is really dumb. Riding at night on roads shared by high speed cars/trucks is an added risk I don't need. We got onto Lithopolis Road, turning left on Benson and staying on that road to Amanda Northern, then Salem Church and into Canal via Waterloo. We ended with a 16.6 average, 1900' of climbing and 41 miles.