Amanda Orr, aka "Corvair" (because she is as reliable as one) was one of the last to arrive and we patiently waited and then, rolled out of the parking lot at 9:20am into a chilly mist. While doing so, passed Dave Chesrown disembarking from his car, too late to hop in but later caught us, demonstrating what riding 9500 miles this year does for one's cycling fitness. I led the group out with Rich Lewis and soon after turning on to 161, Billy Campbell pulled alongside and the 3 of us rode rather briskly out to Kitzmiller where I thought, "What the heck am I doing up here with these two?" and rotated to the back of a group of 17+/- who had already separated from the rest of the group. With us were Billy and Rich, Steve O, Doug Maconaha, Mark C, Flyin Tuna, Mike of Westerville, Jon M, Dave C eventually, John S, Jeff S and others. We eventually got on to Cable, a road that is in dire need of repaving, and upon reaching the last stop sign, I dropped back to be a good host and see if everyone knew where they were going. Eventually, I formed up with a group of 8-9 people and finally cruised in to the River Road Coffee House with a 19.1 average. Infuriately, Recumbent Dude, threw up once or twice and looked very green around the gills so hope he recovers.
Well, that was fun despite fairly constant drizzle/mist/rain and this closes another year of fun with odd-ball people like...well....I am determined to turn over a new leaf and not call out all the oddballs....until the start of the new year, January 1, 2012 when I will return to my usual self! Well, it is time to take a step back, reconnoiter the situation and admit, gosh, I enjoy cycling with you all. Is it as much fun as when I was a mediocre golfer of the Zanesville golfing scene back in the 80's and 90's? No. Is it as much fun as I had playing in the dirt pile behind my house with Tonka trucks and earth movers when I was a kid? No. Is it as much fun as my back packing adventures through the Grand Canyon? No again but it is better then a sharp stick in the eye and I look forward to more of the same in 2012! Happy New Year everybody.