Jap P and Steve Nelson getting ready to ride. Eleven of us made the drive to Utica for the start of either a 103 or 84 mile route. However, a mechanical would cause a shorter option for some.
It was a beautiful day and some of the best scenery I have seen in Ohio. The route shown below is a must do. Around mile 12, Mark V dropped back and so too did I as I didn't want someone out there riding alone. He was glad for the company as we continued to follow a great route. Eventually.....
....Cindy dropped back to help out as well. Check the view and imagine how it would look if the image quality was better. This happened to be the worst conditioned road on which we rode. Most of the others were newly paved or nearly so.
Mark decided he wanted to do a slightly shorter route so he departed just as we were passed by one of many buggies on the road today. A mile out of Danville, Cindy had a flat, then another so we missed regrouping with Marty, Jeff S, Jay, Steve, Peggy, Gus, Tym and Kristian. However, Peggy had a cable break and we got together after all. Peggy, Jay and Steve headed back to the parking lot, finishing with around 65 miles. Marty's group of now 5 got a jump from us and we never did bridge together. That left Jeff, Cindy and me to hang together and we eventually descended into....
.....Glenmont. This was our first stop, other than for flat tires, at mile 44. I thought the "Our Worms Catch Fish Or Die Trying" on the sign was clever. We headed out of town via CR#25 and that longish climb. At mile 47, we got off the century route, going south and probably just missing some storms that were slightly to our north.
Soon we reconnected to the main route and that gave us a chance for a brief stop at Peggy Sues. Getting back on our bikes, we headed to Utica and finished with 84 miles and 5800' of climbing.
Utica, 8:00am, South End Park off Blacksnake Road (yeah, the one you pass after entering that road and prior to the Chocolate Wheel). Should be a good turnout. Among the stars are Steve Nelson, Jeff S, Flyin Tuna, Steve O, Gus & Peggy Cook, Tym Tyler, me of course....others who want to protect their anonymity. Looking at the route of 103 miles, I see an opportunity to turn this into a reasonable distance by, at mile 47, taking a right on #25 then picking up 206 and rejoining the route. That should be 80 miles. Anyway, the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27739051