I enjoy the drive south over roads that are partly open pavement, partly gravel, mostly terrible. I stopped at a car repair place to have the front end realigned then continued south to....
….a park in Fairfield County, slightly southeast of Canal Winchester. Oddly enough, in the image above is Scott Elliot in orange/brown and coming towards him Teresa. I formed up with them shortly after the ride started for an enjoyable "Westerville Bike Club B Pace" while the others pursued the "New Albany B Pace".
Good turnout of 20 that included Decent Dan. Dan arrived at CMH the night before after two weeks in Italy, fighting a head cold and recovering from a severe case of poison ivy. Note the discoloration on the leg. Dan knelt in a patch of the ivy while changing a flat. Let this be a lesson to us all.
We form as a park ranger passes through.
More forming as Tym Tyler appears to be bored while sitting on the curb waiting for us to finally decide it was time to go so....
….off we went, pedaling over one freshly paved road after another. It was amazing and became a running joke as each turn exposed more black velvet. Must mean farmers carry more weight down here then in Licking County. The 3 of us declined an 8 mile loop but otherwise followed the route into Amanda. There, I announced I had things to do and was taking a direct route back to the car but Scott and Teresa announced they were good with that too so we ended with 40 miles and a 17average while the others did the full 67 mile route.
I think if you show up behind the Starbucks in New Albany at 8am, you will find someone with whom to ride but nothing official yet. In the meantime, from Don Novel for Sunday: If anyone, on Sunday 10/7, is looking for a nice "B" paced ride, on surprisingly good roads, this will be a good day for you. This area is a great place to ride, in October, and easily one of my favorite places to ride in Ohio. There will be a coffee stop (great German coffee shop), at mile 15, and a hydration/light food option at aprox. mile 35, in Amanda. We will roll out from Chestnut Ridge Metro Park @ 8:30am. If you want a slightly shorter option (12-13 miles shorter), meet us at Das KaffeeHaus, in Lithopolis, at about 9:15, and roll from there.