Karla and Mike, participants in last weeks event in Maryland, watch as others prepare for today's 60 mile ride. When I departed Granville, the sky was clear but as I approached New Albany, I entered a cloud bank that then....
...drifted east as did we. The pavement was mostly dry and no rain but always present was a very light mist. The ride was promoted as a conversational B pace and so it was, other than on some climbs where we always regrouped. We began the ride with 22 people and.....
...eventually got on to Dry Creek Road where the gloom and mist persisted.
Ron looks westward as we regroup at the top of Chatham Road. Way in the distance, Gus is assisting Peggy who dropped a chain. Rumor is a new bike is being investigated for Peggy after last week's mechanical at Garrett County and then more problems today. The talk of the group today was.....
...matching socks worn by Luke and Lori....ok, it was a slow news day. Lori is headed to Taiwan on an all expense paid trip with 9 other bloggers to I think report on the cycling scene in Taiwan. I could not help but be jealous. I mean I've been putting world class.....errrrrr....well a type of content together for like 8 years. That should at least get me a trip to cover cycling in West Virginia with some expenses covered! Sometimes, life is not fair.
We reached Reynolds Road where, out of habit, some of us broke right to the hill that hurts but the route actually had us going left, toward a hill that is only slightly less painful. At the top, on Marion Road, we paused to regroup. Two Pete's in the foreground. Peter Post on the right had....
....a flat on Stone Quarry so we were nice and paused to wait. Note that is the repair going on way in the distance yet for some reason, as I turned around.....
...several of us were checking our seat bags. We got back to the parking lot in New Albany by 11:30am with 60 miles, 2600' of climbing and an 18.6 average. Working on a Monday ride so be patient.
This is one of the (next to the Blue Jay ride of course) legendary rides on the schedule. July 1, 2017. 8:00 am whole-group, prompt departure.
A,B,C+ experienced riders. Pickaway County YMCA 50, 70 mile options featuring southeastern Pickaway County, northern Ross County, Tar Hollow State Park and Rocky Road. Bring your climbing gears! Food/water stops are available but limited, so prepare accordingly. Restrooms available at the start.
rwgps-embeds.com/routes/9192531/embed. 50 mile
rwgps-embeds.com/routes/14967187/embed 67 mile
And then Gus Cook has come up with the below/above route for an 8:00am start from the New Albany Starbucks. Considering the hour at which I need to wake to make the Circleville start, I will likely ride from New Albany, not that anyone of course cares but just putting it out there.