So, I attempted to flatten the route to Bladensburg somewhat so after rolling out of the parking lot we bypassed the traditional climb up Thresher and got onto 661, a left turn on New Burg and later a right on Dry Creek. The sun made things seem warmer and I don't think any of us were too cold, at least I didn't hear any of the normal griping about under dressing. Upon reaching 661, rather than turn left and then a quick right onto Chattam, we stayed on Dry Creek, all the way to Marion/657. The group became split along Dry Creek when Grand Poobah took his turn at the front, proceeded to sprint, catching some off guard and so the back group of Kendaites, Flyin Tuna, Mitch and Jeff S was formed.
We turned right on St Joseph and had the pleasure of that climb but that is also where things began to go awry with a cable snapping on either Mitch's or Jeff's bike. Those two urged the others on while our group, oblivious to what was happening, kept going through St Louisville, up Dog Hollow and then left on Peatmoss. At the Blacksnake intersection we regrouped but I kept going, turning right and then left on Hull. I could see Dustin ahead of me but he kept going straight on Blacksnake and behind me, Steve O also went straight. I stayed on route and turned right on Bell Church and then left on Martinsburg road and waited in Martinsburg. Soon, Steve O and Dustin joined me and we began to speculate about what happened to everyone else. John M and Steve had left our bunch to head back to Granville, Pobah after waiting for 20 minutes for other to show up, led a group of Dennis, Amanda, Franz and Mark R to Bell Church but instead of turning left on Martinsburg Road, kept going straight.
Here, Todd and Steve busily stuff themselves. Thanks to Frans for providing the Todd/Ox and Amanda plate images.
Well, not sure what you all will be doing next weekend but I plan to head southwest to Tucson for a week. Still scheming on how I can spend the entire winter down there while also staying married. If anyone has any ideas let me know. Some have suggested we do a "Sunday Heat of the Day Ride" this winter while of course also doing a weekly Saturday roving ride type thing, weather permitting. Our "group" which is comprised of anyone who wants to ride, ride all winter as long as the start temp is 27-28 at the start (OK, winds can't be howling along with that temp) and the roads are reasonably clear. Start times will vary so we can accommodate needed temp increases to gain that start temp minimum.