Saturday morning. 7:45am. West side of Granville. Waiting for the Jon Morgan NA ride to blaze through so I could jump on. Entering Granville I had run in to Farmer Mike, on his way to a gravel ride but I did not linger because I did not want to miss Morgan & Co. Waiting, waiting so I....
....went farther west but did not want to go too far because they would be coming fast. I saw 5 people approach, I turned around, began pedaling to make the great leap in but alas, it was not Jon. I rode back to Granville, checked the clock and it was 8:00...oh well...probably they did not start at 7:00, always someone with influence being late so have to wait. Two cyclists approached, I turned, prepared to jump in but no, not Jon's group. 8:15, I pedaled east but stayed on the route, up Jones Road. Stopped, my bewildered mind could not grasp what could be the cause of the delay. I gave up and did my own thing, later finding out the group had made a decision to ride the route in the other direction.
After the OSU game, I put in a good wood splitting session. I enjoy that. I must have been getting tired because I did a funny thing. There is a colony of bees with a ground entrance close to where I was working but they did not bother me so I did not bother them. I accidently walked on the entrance and must have partially collapsed it because they formed a circle at the entrance, backsides out, working to repair. I had a heavy leather glove on and stuck my finger in the entrance. Not sure why I did that, just an impulse decision. Of course, once you have plugged the hole with your finger, it can't be left behind and bees who had been out and about began arriving back home. Why do bee stings itch after the pain goes away? Then Sunday, gawd, what an awful day and to combat he boredom, I ate, a lot but then Monday arrived....
....hooked up with the John Martin group ride out of Granville. Very low turnout of 14 so I thought maybe everyone was at Rick's group ride but no, there were fewer there. Must be family obligations that kept many off the bike today. The pace was moderate as we rode to Millersport and then headed east on 204. Traffic was very light even on this road. As we approached state route #13, I told Kim Sada I was going to drop out of the group to get in more miles once they turned left on Indian Hollow Road. She began laughing. She did not believe me! I stayed on 204 through Glenford and on to 668, turning left, then right on Snook to pick up Mt. Perry and head north. I finished with 79 miles and itched the bee stings throughout.
Here are a couple of options for Monday.
From Rick Miller:
start time 7:45AM (will not be waiting around for late people, so if you’re coming please be on time or be prepared to catch us on your own)
starting from my house
18735 Utica Rd
Utica, Oh 43080
And from John Martin, which was moved from Sunday to Monday:
READ THE RULES: http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/
ROUTE: Granville-Hebron-Thornville-Blue Jay-Newark-GranvilleDIRECTIONS/MAPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5821426MILEAGE-TERRAIN-PACE: 64.6-HILLY (3038 FEET CLIMBING)-ALL PACES
DATE AND TIME: Sunday, August 31st, 8:00 AMMEETING/START POINT: River Road Coffee House Granville, OH http://goo.gl/maps/kQoapRAIN CANCELS? (Y/N): DEPENDS ON HOW HARD - ANY CANCELLATION NOTICE WILL BE ON FACEBOOK PAGE OF GRANVILLE GRUPETTO BY 7:00 AMADDITIONAL INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org - 614-403-0567.