Several were dropped along Lobdell/Harscrabble and the ensuing section on Battee because as I emerged on to Louden, Gus Cook was 50 yards to my front, alone and no one was within eyesight behind. Descending the hill on Louden, what luck/relief/satisfaction/giddiness and just plain welcome was the sight of Muscle Dude waiting on Dry Creek and so he, Gus and I bonded together for the ride east to 661. A couple of times when mashing the pedals, well, what I do can't rightly be described as pedal mashing but anyway, my left foot felt as if it was breaking over the edge of the pedal. Oh-oh, another loose pedal? I stopped to check and then urged Gus and Craig to proceed without me. I did not have the Allan wrench to tighten so turned around and headed back, finishing with 40 miles. Mean while, Patrick, Marty, Luke and a couple others completed the full route with an average speed of 22.5.
There is a good ride out of the parking lot behind Veloscience at 8:00am with Gus leading out various luminaries and plain people like me. Supposed to be a B pace, 70 miles and all are welcome.