Light turnout for this evening's ride as rain was swooping in from the west but it held off. Despite the low numbers, only 14, there were more new people including Rick Wilson on the left, Mike in the center and back riding after a 2 year hiatus and one old-timer, Farmer Mike. After the ride, Mike described his vegetable garden and it seemed to contain every plant known to humans. Look for him later this summer to show up with baskets of excess.
There is a group of B-, C cyclists who leave a few minutes prior to our departure and their group was small too.
Our group of Gus, Peggy, Marty, Farmer Mike, Crazy George, Jeff S, Benton, Christy, Mike, etc... headed out under cloudy skies, high humidity and kind of cool temps with winds out of the east. The pace returned to a "B" pace so last week must have been an anomaly. Upon reaching Alexandria we did the Mounts/Battee/Louden/Stone Quarry loop before jumping on Concorde for the return, finishing with 37 miles and a 19.2 avg. Better yet, once back in the parking lot.....
....Christy brought out home made, healthy (she claimed) baked goods and I was the first to pounce. Peggy Cook and Christy discovered they both lived in San Francisco within 10 miles of each other, then lived in Utah within 10 miles of each other and having met just recently, again live within 10 miles of each other.
The health conscious in our group were slower to respond but eventually all did except for Marty, who claims my promotion of him has created so much pressure to fulfill expectations that he has to eat healthy and turn away from snacks.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.