We reached Hanover, hooked up with the bike pathers and headed north on Licking Valley Road. Meantime, I discovered a guy, Paul Swisher, I used to ride with frequently about 6 years ago but who quit cycling was riding with the bike path group so I hung back to get updated with him. Doing so, I stayed on the direct route to Jug Run and in to Bladensburg while Marty led his group on a circuitous route that hit all the hills. Rats, hated to miss that....yeah right.
I sat next to Farmer Mike, who shared chips, cheese and turkey with me. What a guy. The bigger news though is Mike's revelation that they are "putting in corn" on the vast swath of land he owns. Knowledge of this, once it becomes public, will send corn futures in to a bear market so I took a big position this morning. It's good to know powerful people in high places. Well, we shoved off and headed south on Henpeck, reached Hickman and then southeast back to Hanover. I was looking to add some miles and over time, I have learned the likelihood that I will add miles to a route is inversely proportional to the distance I am at the time from the end of the route...I think that makes sense. Anyway, the closer I get to the end, the less likely I will add miles. There, that makes sense. So, I left the group, took the hilly route back to Granville, added a few miles and finished with 84 miles and 5200' of climbing.