Marty shows us his kite board and describes how it is used. Sounds like a lot of fun and like some of us, we have lives outside cycling......well for me it is hiking/trail running when some place I am inspired to do that activity.
Jeff Schluep on the left developed today's route and a huge salute to him for volunteering to do so. More of these to come including "Blue Jay" ride and others. Frankly, there is demand for this type of ride and some of us are motivated to provide cycling alternatives for you.
We listen intently as Jeff gives brief remarks. The guy in green on the left, Ted I think, recently moved from San Fran and we were glad to have this newbie, along with others, with us. Good guy.
And so we roll out on our 78 mile route, including the HH guys. Sokha on the right with his new, custom built, Italian bike.
Great scenery along the way as Mike Weber churns a pace few of us can match.
Unfortunately, Doug had a flat on the road and few of us noticed so Jeff, Mitch, Peggy S stopped to help and thus, we did not see them again. Above, some air is inserted into a low tire as we pause in Amanda and then head into the hills...ugh.
At the top of Snortin Ridge, everyone waits for me. Thanks! We continue on to Laurelville and climb up to Thompson Ridge along the way after descending Jack Run.
See the small group way ahead? And yet, the strongest cyclist by far is back here. Got to respect Marty for hanging back and helping many who had dropped off the pace climbing up to the ridge.
We arrive in Laurelville and have a good time, some of us ordering from Subway, some not. At this point we were at mile 45 and then the hills relented and we enjoyed a mostly rolling route for the remainder, finishing with 78 miles and an 18+mph average. Fun time.