Lockville Park, maybe the most unusual start place in my brief cycling career. I quizzed Steve O about why here and it was because Dan Farley starts from here on his training rides but Dan, while invited, did not make it. The good thing about the Park is it gets us off the Waterloo/Cedar Hill/Amanda start so that is a good thing. Steve had sent invites out via text message but later thought some did not receive the exclusive invite because they don't have text capability enabled on their cell phones. He also said he put it up on Facebook, which should have brought people out in waves but his post was put up late Saturday night. So, it was Steve, Jeff S and Rick G, making his nearly first ride after his crash.
Rick, seeking compensation for the crash, implores Steve to contribute but Steve turns his back and will have none of it. Mystery surrounds the actual cause of the crash. Some say it is Rick's fault for crossing tires with Steve and, upon hitting the knobby cross tire.....wham! Others say Steve, without warning, swerved to the side to expel expectorate and caught Rick's tire and....wham!! As a glass half full type person, I appreciate the fact Steve now swerves out of the line to let loose as not that long ago he would stay in the line, causing a mad swerving of bikes as we tried to avoid. The text message said 50 miles and off season pace. By Sunday morning it had morphed into 60 miles with a lunch stop. Alas, while I wanted to ride the entire route, I had obligations to get back to cut the Christmas tree so I had to opt for short cutting. I admit it seems that I short cut virtually all rides but there is always a valid reason. We headed to Lancaster via some newish roads that avoided Rainbow but still had the climb at the end on Stringtown Road. We arrived at Four Reasons Restaurant with 16 miles, where I parted ways and retreated back to Lockville Park, ending with 33 miles and 1700' of climbing.
A funny sign on the morning of another wipe-out of Michigan.