The young whippersnapper (Logan), went to the front and rode hard. My goal, a modest one, was to not be the first to drop out. We hit Waterloo and the climb past the church on the right, navigated the "S" curve and began the long climb to Slough. Our group consisted of 2 Walker guys, Poobah, Dennis, Mark C, Steve O, Billy C and friend, Jeni Nate, Claude, Andrew, Logan but not for long. A slight gap opened in front of Mark C and he rose to sprint to cover, as did Steve and then me. On the brink, AT FREAKIN WATERLOO!!! I was draining the reserves when suddenly, Poobah dropped out. Marking the spot on the road where he dropped, I rode 1" farther and packed it in. I could have hung in a little farther but deemed long term prospects, well, in one word, HOPELESS. Poor Dennis was caught behind me and so he too dropped. Whoa, whats' that??? Both Walker guys dropped too. It appeared Poobah turned around and Dennis and I turned onto Slough, overtook the Walker guys and passed them as well. Dennis was pushing the pace and probably did not want to suffer the ignominy of being overtaken by the B group (Kevin H, Ryan (who drives a blue, fuel efficient car), Mark R, Jeremy, et. al.) We could see Andrew just ahead of us but could not close the gap. Also passed Claude going in the opposite direction, having abandoned.
Making a left on Brandt and that hill, a right on Kauseman and that hill (start to see a pattern here?) Lamb out to Crumley...the rest of it is a blur of sweat pouring like rain from a gutter, into my eyes and a blur of orange and yellow as I followed Dennis. We finished with an 18.4 average, which, considering the terraine and Dennis pulling the entire way, not terrible.