Sure enough, coasting down Jersey Mill they caught me and I heard, "Riding solo again?", "Hey everyone, make room for the C rider", etc... Through it all was Tuna's cackling laughter. Nothing in cycling is more humiliating then dropping from the "A" group and being enveloped by the Super "B" big mouths. In this group was Dennis, Glen Gardner, Gus, Flyin Tuna, Mark V, SuperDave, Axel, Sada, friend of Sada who swims for OSU, Kevin H (Pepe Lapew), Nathan, eventually Jason and quite a few others. We rolled into Alexandria then up Mounts, left on Hardscrabble, right on Corner, left on Louden, right on Dry Creek and then we reached #661. I was begging for an alternative to Chattam, my least favorite road in the US but no one was buying that so I sat in with Tuna and suffered through this 5-6 ramp grinder up to Chesnut Hills Road. It appeared Axel, Sada and Dennis were battling it out for the lead through Chattam with Jon getting the brass ring.
Here, common sense prevailed and rather than drop down to Marion, we turned left losing a few cyclists who either turned around or went straight. We set a nice pace west before turning north on Louden to reacquire the route before going south on Northridge. Here, I unfortunately slotted in behind the lowest profile cyclist in Ohio, Flyin Tuna. Mark Twain was attributed with the famous quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" and I can now say, "The hardest pull I ever took was drafting behind Tuna". A squirrel on a bike may be able to draft but anything larger, forget about it. Anyway, we reached Alexandria then out Jug and approaching New Albany there were a series of attacks that reduced the group, finally to Dennis and me battling for KOM points at the highway overpass on Beech. We reached the parking lot with a 21.4 avg while the lead A group had a 23.7 avg. Did anyone get the elevation gain from the long route?
Lastly, Dennis is headed to Costa Rica for a week but upon his return, we are going to have a "Pink Out" to honor him. Surely, everyone has a wife or girlfriend who has something in the color of pink and we will wear it proudly to support our buddy, who bravely wears a pink accent colored bike and pink cycling gear. Or, as Nathan observes, a cycling jersey having the color pink is a blouse, not a j