We flew down Granview to Silver, making a right and quick left to bring us back onto #16 where we rode the berm, crossing the on-ramp and over the bridge, into Granville. At the light, I suggested to Jeff that if he needed help at the front during the long ride in, I would be the 1/4 mile fill-in, Dave the 1/2 miler and Dennis the 3/4 mile man. Instead of making a right onto Raccoon Valley Road, we stayed straight onto the new bypass, Moots. Mostly flat with one longish hill and where we discovered Dave, having hit his peak last week and failed to get in a good ride this past weekend, has begun the off-season decline. We hit #37, briefly going south before making a right onto the other new bypass, an outreach of old 161 signed as Worthington Road. Not a good stretch of road with the wind coming still strong out of the west/northwest but as long as I stayed behind Jeff, I didn't notice too much.
161 is closed after 310 but earlier I had scouted the road closure and discovered bikes could get across, and we did without incident and continued on to the parking lot, arriving at exactly 7:02 with 40.5 miles and a 20.1 average. Discovered two other cars I recognized from past rides and the maps I left on the windshield were gone so others had ridden but started later than we did. OK, probably will try this next week on Tuesday if some of the Fairfield boys/girls can make it. Sounds like Dennis and Jeff are game.