Arriving in Hartford, the group was waiting. How nice but I insisted they not do that because it's not fair to the others who are out for something more ambitious then I....just finishing. We again left the route, exiting Hartford via Bennington Chapel, then a right on Appleton and on to Louden. The cross winds were fierce but since I was positioned pretty well, I was able to hang on while a couple others, denied the advantageous spot, could not so the group sat up a couple of times and regrouped. Somewhere on Louden a couple of pigs sprinted across the road. I asked if they were wild pigs and Doug confirmed that since they were outside their pen, yes they were wild. Funny. From studying the route, I knew we were to make a right on Stone Quarry prior to coming back east and entering Granville so I.....
54 miles and in the parking lot discovered Philippe and found out the group, after dead ending at Northridge off Stone Quarry, had just continued west and ended with less than 50 miles. Shortcutters!
Looks like there will be a good turnout. Note you should know the route and not arrive expecting the group will wait if you drop behind. It's the time of the year when some have ambitious goals that require a faster pace and no one should expect them to stop when I drop...errrr. when you drop. With what is likely a largish turnout, probably some will not mind pausing once in awhile but come prepared. Among those coming, are Gus & Peggy Cook, Dave Chesrown, Mike McClinchie, Aaron Chancie, Tanya Cool, perhaps Amanda if she can make it in time, maybe Luke & Lori and other stars and anonymous members of the central Ohio peloton.