So, on this chilly morning, the day after Thanksgiving, eight of us gathered with many more having sent us well wishes with regrets as they were out of town. Flyin tuna, Larry P, Todd Lee, Steve O, Mitch O, Jeff S, Recumbent Dude and me shoved off on a gorgeous day with forecast temps in the upper 50's and sun.
Our destination was Bladensburg but more important, the pancakes at Butlers. To be sure, half of us would not have come out for anything other than them giant pancakes. We headed over to Hanover via a rather hilly route, then headed northwest via Hickman, coming out to #79, then left on Rimrock or something like that, then Henpeck, then freakin BLADENSBURG....then yipee!!!!! Butler's Restaurant.....then.....what the......the place was closed. Had Tuna been a man more than one bruise would have been absorbed over this unacceptable turn of events. We settled for the market with Todd tracking down ingredients for pancakes off the store shelves but alas, no stove.
At that point we had 26 miles and headed west then south to north of Utica, Cooksey to Martinsburg, into St Louisville, Hormns Mill into north Newark and then the YMCA, with 52 miles and 2900' of climbing. Good route, good group, good fun but no pancakes. This Saturday is going to have a cold morning and not sure yet what are the riding options. Hope to have something soon.