An idyllic scene in front of Starbucks as we await the arrival of everyone. It is easy to get used to this warm weather but you gotta remember the average high is only 70 so we may have an adjustment in store one of these days. Given our winter we deserve this.
Surprisingly large turnout with plenty of new faces for "Marty's Ride", including Lisa Antolino who is nearing full recovery after a hip replacement. Not unusual to see a smile on her face while in the background, something catches the attention of Mike and Steve.
Ken B on the left, Eleanor Sedluk and unknown woman who was stretching but I was slow to catch so it just looks like she is preparing to sit on the sidewalk. I never said I was a professional photographer. A surprisingly large turnout of 28-29 cyclists.
Ron Budzing on the left checks weather radar. A line of showers is moving in from the west but dissipating as it approaches. We departed under cloudy skies and they remained that way for much of our circuitous journey to Granville.
We were a little late departing, about 8:38, while someone noted it was like trying to herd a group of cats. We started on old 161 but soon got off that and headed north and east at the aforementioned promised moderate pace. We reached Stone Quarry and there Ken, Dave Chesrown and Marty but in a good effort and soon Ron and others did too.
We regrouped at the bottom of SQ. Ken looks to the northwest, anxious to put in another attack on Liberty Church no doubt.
Mike in the foreground, Kim Owens to his left, Chad behind her and there in the back is none other than Flyin Tuna. FT had a senior moment, thinking the ride started at 9 rather than 8:30 so she caught us on the road. Another of our group who did not make it trumped Cindy's moment. He left the house without his bike so returned, then noticed he left the house without his shoes. Ouch. He never did catch up to us.
I was getting hungry when at around mile 45 we reached Granville after some good climbs. Marty kept us on a tight leech and I barely had time to cram a "Payday" in my mouth when I was called to head out. We took a direct route back, finishing with 62 miles and an 18.1 avg. Fun time for sure.
The venerable TOSRV is this weekend but since some would like an alternative for Saturday, Marty came up with a route out of the New Albany Starbucks (meet in front of it not in the parking lot behind) that starts at 8:30am. This is a middle of the road B pace overall, with some regroupings and some hard riding at times on hills. No maps at the start so print or download your own. Should be a good turnout with Marty, Flyin Tuna, Meredith, Kim Owen and others at the start. Some of us may depart the route at some point to add a few more miles. The route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7799611