Off we went on a flatish route, heading into Lithopolis, out via Elder, south on Winchester and then right on Duvall. The pace had been pretty high with the usual surges and a couple of guys dropped out. We hung a left on Lockbourne Eastern and somewhere in there Mitch T dropped back to give us bottom feeders a look. No doubt, he came back similar to the corporate guy who flies first class and drops back to see how his coach class underlings are doing, asking magnanimously "Can I get you some peanuts?" before going back front for his free wine. I blurted out, "Are you getting ready to drop off the back?" I immediately regretted this sad attempt at humor.
Some where in there, Jeff S fell back and I behind him but Marty came by and asked me to climb on and so I did. What a guy, pulling me back to the pack. We made a left on Campbell, right on Ward and left on Hagerty. Uh oh, I was behind Paul Stock and he was riding the white line and the cross wind cut me out of the line and I faded back behind the remaining 11 guys, 20 miles and a 23.6 avg to that point. I looked back and there was a group of Claude, Jeff and a couple others but I decided to head in via Hagerty and beyond finishing with 41 miles. Meanwhile, the front 11 hit Bell Station and a few rollers split the group into a lead six of Marty, Paul, Patrick, Mitch, Dustin and Randy. However, they got off the route by making that more frequently used left turn onto Barr and going up to Ridge, rather than staying straight onto Drum.