Ric Nolan of Cycllist Connection greets us as we arrive to sign in. The dog is friendly toward everyone although it did growl at me. Seemed like a kind of light turnout for the ride. It's poor service to not make the GPS file available prior to the ride. Everyone downloaded a previous year's version and discovered that route differed from the 2014 route.
Pepe Lapew (brown jersey) made a rare start due to extensive work related travel. Pepe can only dream of executive travel such as Kenda Janet enjoys. Pepe rides prop planes to near-off destinations and eats at Pancake House, Waffle House and House of Pancakes wherever he goes.
We roll out with Steve Oxley casting an eye back to see if Dustin joined our group and he did. Dustin is conflicted. He wants to run the Columbus marathon but is not training for it nor signed up for it. Steve's weight loss goal has been met and is under 160. He said he wants to get down to Flyin Tuna's weight but I told him he is already well south of that.
Marty, Luke R, Steve, Dustin and Ted M got away from us and we cruised along for awhile before deciding to regroup after coming through the Rockmill covered bridge. The Rossi tandem had a mechanical and decided to head back to the parking lot. Later we heard they had identified the problem, called Ric Nolan and he drove the part to them and fixed the bike. Now that's great service. Those who remained, rolled in to Amanda to stop while Andrew Clayton fixed a flat. Naturally, as we waited, some of us hit the market including.....
.....Mark Clingan who loaded up on a Mountain Dew, Hershey bar, Gatorade, etc... Mark claims there is no correlation between calorie intake and weight gain. This explains a lot.
As we passed the time, Larry P and Lisa A showed up and they joined us, briefly before heading on. Soon, I lost motivation to ride and joined Pepe, Pepe's friend and Denise on an abbreviated route back to Canal and finished with 47 miles. Marty and some or all of his group finished the 100 miles in 6:05 so they did not hit it too hard. I planned to participate in the Dry Run on Sunday and kind of did, riding from my house on to the route, riding it in reverse for awhile before going off route and finishing with only 40 miles. Returning home, I cut down more dead ash trees and had a good fire going when Tym and Lisa Tyler stopped. No amount of persuasion was getting them off the bikes to help me stack wood. They put in a 110 mile effort.