The above image is of the two remaining holdouts who had showed for the Sunday Canal ride. Originally, 7-8 of us showed but rain drove all of us home but these two, Canal Susan and this other guy. Now, the real action was happening southeast in the hills between Sugar Grove and Marietta. Below is a first hand account from someone who rode both days but wished to remain anonymous.
Saturday, it rained until mile 84, various degrees of rain, but rain the
whole way. I had 3 flats, in the rain, adding to the torture of the
day, probably riding 20 miles on a rear tire that was aired up to 60 lb.
Ordering new tires today and will never run cheaper tires again. I
rotated the tires on Sunday morning and that helped. Ric was through 20
tubes by mile 66 on Saturday. I did get lucky and had one flat at
lunch; Ric took it and fixed it while I ate. What a nice guy, he was
great. The last flat I fixed by myself, until Todd Lee pulled up in his
car. He helped me get it aired up, and by the time I was rolling again,
Mark R. & Mark C. were on their way back looking for me. Good timing on
their part. It was a long, hard day.
Sunday, we were rained on riding to breakfast. After coming out of
breakfast, it had cleared and was pleasant enough, except for the WIND.
It was one of those rides when I wondered why I do it; I'm still
wondering today. This one will take some time for me to get over.
Susan rode also, and we usually saw her at the stops. I didn't keep up
with too many of them on Sunday for very long. Not a big surprise.
Sunday is a really pretty ride, the stretch from Malta to Glouster is
not much fun, especially with the WIND. It's also a shorter day;
Saturday is 115 miles (taking the short cut) Sunday is 103. I don't
think either day should be much over 100!!!
Did not see Jimmy or Dan; saw Joe G. and he said that Bridge to Bridge
was cold, wet and horrible. They probably did not want another ride in
the rain. I'm not sure how many actually rode, there were 165 signed