Seems like rolling out of New Albany is becoming more difficult. Maybe next season we should shift the start to the "park-n-ride" just east of New Albany on old 161? The A group rolled out at a gentlemanly pace, turning left at Kitzmiller and then right on Jug where the intensity picked up before pausing at Mink and then bombing Mink into Johnstown. Dave C especially pushed the pace up the inclines leading into the town and I silently cursed him, which I do to most people, several times during each ride. Nothing personal of course, arriving in Johnstown with a 23mph average.
We rolled out Concorde to Northridge and I think Alyson and friend popped in there somewhere. We turned left on Northridge and then right on the dreaded Stone Quarry. Through the hills, Dave C and Tym really turned the screws on those of us who are susceptible to getting popped but I grimly hung on to Craig's wheel while silently cursing Dave and Tim, nothing personal of course. We emerged from this very painful stretch, making a right and then staying straight on Dry Creek and a right on New Burg. Heading into the final ramp before the top of New Burg, Kristian waved me through signaling he was done, which coincided with my capitulation too. All I could do was watch, while pedaling weakly, as Dave C, Jon, Tym, Craig & NC new guy disappeared over the top. At mile 21 along this route, this also happened to be the farthest point from New Albany and I didn't relish the balance of the ride.
Anyway, I rode into Alexandria, thought probably turning north to acquire old 161 may be a more direct route (checking the map later, it's not) and plodded on until reaching the parking lot with 38 miles and a 21.3 avg. The first 21 miles was fun, the last 17 not so much. The search crew, who had been assembled to come out to find me, was disbanded.