)Peggy, looking toward heaven in thanks that while her Rocky route produced a crash and heart attack (Al Moore), at least no one died on Saturday. Al is recovering after a brief hospital stay and should be cycling soon.
Mitch O, Peggy's co-conspirator, discussing how he plans to change the Rocky route with the goal to produce 2 crashes and 2 heart attacks for next year. By the way, Thornton Sprung has been renamed Heart Attack Hill.
The inimitable Randy Drum, dismounting from his truck, having thought up a menu of insults for all, some of which make sense.
I believe I set a new and dubious record of sorts at the Canal, COP ride on Tuesday. Large turnout for what one cyclist queried prior to the start, "Is this a really hilly route or a kick-ass hilly route?" In The Boss' absence, large group of people start with the A's. We cruise out Waterloo Eastern with Rob Rhodes and a 2nd Walker guy riding hard. We work our way over to Pickerington but instead of staying straight, we turn right onto Jefferson, over to a breif stint on Winchester before hitting Amanda Northern. The two Walker guys had gotten ahead of the group on Pickerington and missed the turn onto Jefferson and not sure if they ever regrouped. The stretch through the woods on Amanada Northern has several hills before coasting to a downhill stop at Slough. I was at the front but after coming through the stop sign I was done. Numerous cyclists streamed by me but I could catch the wheel of none of them. George was nice and even slowed but I urged him on, dropped #1. It seems on the weeks I ride Thursday-Saturday with a Sunday run result in dead Tuesday legs while not running on Sunday leaves me feeling fresh on Tuesdays. Or maybe a Sunday run is ok if I get out and soft pedal on Mondays??? Anyway, I took my first short cut and got out in front of what was left of the A group on Rock Mill but they soon flew by and I had nothing in the tank to jump on, even with Geroge babbling at me as he passed. Now I had been dropped once and passed once by the same group. I took another short cut and entered via Sand Hill to Amanda, where two other shortcutters were waiting, a Savage Hill and Walker guy. We anticipated being in front of the lead group and very soon they came through Amanda and we joined. North we went on Amanda Northern with three Jeni's, Steve O and our three. Then we turned left onto Ridge and I was still feeling ok but at the sharp turn right, prior to the hills leading up to Cedar Hill, I suddenly lost energy and dropped off for the second time. Thus the same group had dropped me twice and passed me once. A very dubious distinction. I wandered in from there alone for 41 miles and an average probably in single digets. Now the good news:
My porch corn, cucumber and red pepper plants are going great. Note the ear emerging from the stalk. I predict a giant ear of corn. The corn planted in the field has been nibbled by the racoons and not doing well.