The Rossis decided to go out with the small group of A riders, which included Schleup, Ryan and Nate. The Rossis said they had to climb up Slough, so I can understand them leaving early. Poobah must have decided to stay home to avoid what little rain the forecast called for, although we did not get rained on at all. We even saw a nice sunset in the foreground on the way back to Canal. I decided to head out with them, and left the B group to their own admissions. It was nice to see Donn there and Dave Staats, who just two weeks ago bruised his wrist. He has seemed fine ever since. Well of course the A group kicked it up on the S-curve before Slough, and the Rossis and I promptly got dropped. We then got lapped by the rest of the As on Slough and thought there were B riders back, but did not see any. I rode most of the route with them, sometimes lagging. We had a headwind on the way back, which made things seem chilly. I noticed Ryan riding with the As again, although he says he got dropped later on!
The route was nice, and we headed down Shaw (which is not marked until it dead-ends into Westfall) and through the woods to Amanda Northern. After that we turned right on Cedar hill and it was nice to enjoy the downhill. I noticed when we turned on Marcy there was a group of 4 riders headed up to us. They reached us mid-Cedar Hill and hey, it was 4 As! Nate, Schleup, and two others I'll call "Rose parade jersey guy" and "Team Echelon guy" brought the pace up to 30 mph, rolling through the downhills of Cedar Hill into Lithopolis. Each one of them took sprints, and I just hung onto the tandem for dear life. That put my average up from 17.4 mph to 18.4 ending, on the 37 mile route. Hopefully we will come up with some newer longer routes we can do in June and July, as it is getting dark at 9pm now.