I arrived in Canal, having decided to take it easy and not ride with Criag and his band of marauders. Criag convinced me I had made the right decision when he said he was going to take it easy, which in bike-speak translates roughly into, "I'm going to hammer and drop everyone." But, he did take it easy and a large group stayed together on the unusually flatish and shortish route that even found a way to circumvent Cul du Slough.
The start of the ride got off to an odd start with Sarge declaring all the A's to leave but no one did. Finally the C's shoved off and then too did the few A and B riders. Not sure why the turnout was low but probably the strong sw wind, humidity and high 80 degree temps had something to do with it. Mark V and I rode into Lithopolis and merged with Sarge, Peggy, Canal Susan, Andrew (soft pedaling in preparation for Cheat) and a few others. We mostly rode together until the 32 mile cut-off and only Mark V and I took the longer route. Soon though, a large group of strong B's, who had waited in the parking lot for a friend, approached and Mark and I jumped on. Greg H was in there and we all took turns pulling and then at the end, all drafted behind Mark Rossi and wife on their tandem. Fun night.