I showed up at 4:30 tp participate in the Oxley/Clingan warm up ride, thinking that may be, given the forecast, the only opportunity to ride. Upon returning to the parking lot, Steve H predicted rain by 6:00pm. Mark and Karen Rossi hopped out of their van and said Jim Gynal (spl?) said no rain until 8:00pm. After viewing radar screens on various phones, it looked to me that we'd get hit around 6:45-7:00pm, so I sat this one out....
....but others signed in, totaling 30, including Jon Morgan making the drive down from NA on the left, Paul Stock, .
We decided to abandon the official route which included the climb up Delmont past the old pig farm, a classic. Instead, the group was to head south while keeping a wary eye to the west and as soon as the sky appeared the least bit threatening, either turn around or head east to Amanda Northern Road and come back in. Here, Mitch T, Poobah, Andrew C, Mark C, Steve O and Euro-Patrick are poised to launch from the parking lot. Patrick entered his first mountain bike race last weekend, finishing 4th. Mark and Andrew, last Thursday, rode 200 miles in the cold and mist, including 3 hours after sunset. Ahhh, to have a job where one works but one day a week.
The group arrived back at the parking lot at 7:00pm, just missing the wind with a 22mph avg for the lead group.