We gather for a cold start to following the 70 mile FallnLeaf route. Eva in blue, stylishly dressed as always.
Caution! If you don't enjoy scenes of idyllic country side with far reaching views, read no farther and never ride this route. Awesome. Larry P in front on the right. As usual, he was in front a lot, sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left but in front.
At about mile 15, we enter Malabar Farms Park. Wow an active place for sure. Wedding gatherings, horseback riders, ......
....weird looking trees, a place worth a visit.
Eric pulls away from me, something he does frequently. Today a ride in Ohio, tomorrow he would be in Tucson, AZ. Too bad he heads back to OH on the day I arrive in AZ. Would have been fun to show him a hike or two.
I thought the quality of the painting was very good. So things were kind of weird in a nice way so far and then.....
....things became weirder as Kenda Paul headed off route to see what he could see from a nearby ridge. Unfortunately, Kenda Janet was beset with flu-like symptoms so she was unable to make the ride. Without her calming influence, Paul was let loose.
And there he goes, closing on the ridge and then it was decided, what the heck, may be a worthwhile view so.....
....3-4 of us pursued. Flyin Tuna on the left with, if not a 360 view, at least 291. Another week or two and the leaves should be perfect for viewing.
Paul kind of just kept going, riding through a field of clover. Well, can't hang out here forever so we coasted down the hill and rejoined the road. Eventually, Paul rejoined too.
Damn! What a beautiful day! We regrouped a few times but not too frequently as everyone was of similar ability.
Closing on Bellville and the return to "Der Dutchman" restaurant. Finished with 70 miles and 4000'+ of climbing. Fun time on Saturday. It was a long drive for pretty much everyone and thanks for coming out.
I heard a lot of good things about the recent FallnLeaf ride out of Bellville so it was suggested that we organize a group ride doing the 70 or 100 mile routes. 9:00am start from the Der Dutchman restaurant on 71/97. Most of us are doing the 70 mile route at a conversational B pace with a couple of regroups. All are welcome (except squirrelly cyclists) to join and then head out on a faster or slower pace. Now to address the elephant in the room.....many have asked when I am finally going to leave Ohio for a visit to AZ. Next week so while this news will be greeted with relief by some and sweet relief by all others, this will be your final opportunity to have your pic published on this blog. Come out and fight back the tears while riding.