Tym and Lisa opted to take an alternative route so our group dropped to four. Neither Peter nor Mark had previously ridden the route so I enjoyed verbally describing the two monster climbs left on the outbound portion, maybe exaggerating a bit. We rolled into the market on Route 40 just west of Zanesville and refueled. I was hoping others would appear in order that our numbers would swell for the assault on the head wind return but alas, we finally left with just our four. A funny thing happened as we were pedaling out Ridge after Kopchek. I decided I'd like not to ride that Cooperrider section into the wind. So as we approached the left on Morgan, I told them I was taking an alternative route and wished them luck. I know, I know. Anyway, plowed into the wind going west on 40, , plodded on and on and on into the wind, and then on some more and then....what's this.....another market. Glancing at my computer, it had been only 9 miles since the Z-ville market but time to research a possible future break point.
Nice, very nice with a covered porch in front and expansive views of fields and grain silos. This market is 2 miles east of the Poplar Forks turn and maybe another 3 or so to 668/Brownsville. I grudgingly got up and plodded on to Brownsville then Blue Jay and returned with 72 miles and 5150' of climbing.