Not a Bad Day for a Ride
Not a bad day for riding. 32 at the start with get this, light winds out of the east. At 32 degrees, that is kind of a line of demarcation in the minds of the weak between ridable and nonridable. However, I showed up to ride anyway. There were 10 of us including Steve O, Mark C, Jeff S, Flyin Tuna, Green Caboose, John S, Kayla, a young gun from Cyclist Connection, Evie and I think Eve was there too but hard to say for sure since I saw a pair of eyes peering out from beneath so many layers of clothing that made her appear to be preparing for deep sea diving rather than cycling.
Mark C with the liquid requirements fulfilled for the ride.
Mark C came up with a great route that took us north on Havensport, working our way to Basil Western where we went west, north on Stoudetown Rd, east on Stemen then down to Bickle Church and then followed that all the way to Millersport Rd and into Millersport, stopping at the Valero gas station. Eve had dropped off the pace early on, as did Evie and I think Flyin dropped back to support. The good folks at Valero allowed us to stay inside and the usual kidding around ensued. At that point we had 24 miles. Soon, Tim Tyler, Jon the Dentist, Lon H and Lisa came in for a stop as part of their 100 mile route. Heard John Gorilla has ridden every day the last couple of months, to/from work on a mountain bike. One morning he fell 6 times from the ice. Where there is a will there is a way.
We headed east and then had a long stretch on Lake and then went farther east on Pleasantville before looping back on Carrol Eastern and working our way back to Coonpath for 51 miles and 1600' of climbing. Jeff, Steve and John stayed out for some extra miles. My rear end began hurting at mile 44, which is farther along then on past rides so guess some progress is being made. I asked Steve to apply Shamie Butter but after a long pause, he declined.
3/1/2011 05:24:55 am
Thanks for leading, Mark C! Great route. If only I were as fast as you on my new Jamis...LOL
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