We made a right out of the coffee shop and coasted down that nice hill, braking for a turn onto Gun Barrel. A few of us took advantage of a hill there to put a gap into those who wanted to ride at an off-season pace and we had a smallish group turning left on Pleasantville and eventually onto Leonard, Bader and then Basil Western. The pace was fairly intense and our group had been whittled down to Steve, Dennis, Ginger, Ryan, Todd and Jeff S. With wind out of the southwest, the wily veteran Todd kept me working hard, keeping his bike on the 4’ of asphalt to the right of the white line so I was unable to draft, even when he took his turn at the front. Dude, don’t do that to a fellow wily veteran! We cruised back to Cyclist Connection with 55 miles.
I returned to Canal Winchester for the Sunday ride and I suspect Roy will have a good description on his blog of his experience taking on Amanda as a stoker on his tandem. While we were riding south on Cedar Hill I noted it appeared Amanda’s calves were neither tightening on the upstroke or down stroke but I don’t know if that means anything, necessarily. Unfortunately, a broken cog ended their expedition at Canal and after Mark R arranged for his wife to pick them up, we continued and I ended up with 40 shortcutting miles.