Speculation swirled during the off season that Kenda Janet would abandon the traditional Kenda kit in favor of something more swanky, befitting her elite status but no, the Kenda tradition lives on.
A week ago, I posted an image of a woman's leg that had a mass removed for the purpose of eliminating melanoma. It worked and the leg did not belong to a woman in AZ as some surmised but to Janet. She is building her stamina and today's route of 67 miles would be a challenge.
Tym Tyler was here too and started with us.
Also here was Jeff S, Fred H and many others who were departing at various times. OK, I know, the MOC ride is flat and boring but a couple of years ago, Andrew Clayton created a new route and while it too is flat, it is at least much better.
We headed out and soon Miek Wray and his band of Team Sociale came by and we rode with them for awhile. Some of us tired of the pace so we regrouped and with a river on the left, heading north we saw....
....a large bald eagle's nest in the trees and an attendant eagle just above. I know, can't see it but trust me, it is in there. Very neat. We reached Marion, the northern most point for our journey and stopped at.....
....a Subway! Soon after we arrived, a group from Westerville Bicycle Club showed up, including Ted Miesky. It was good catching up with him. We got back on our bikes and rolled into Waldo where.....
....there were dozens of bikers, including the above rig with an interesting companion.
One of these is a cyclist, the other is a biker. You decide.
I love places like this but it was too crowded and too late to stop in but a unique bar/restaurant that has become an icon in the region. It is known for it's fried baloney but inside I could see the pies too are a draw.
After briefly pausing inside, we went back out and Janet realized she needed to refill a water bottle. Somehow, she struck up a conversation with a biker and got a bottle of water from him. We continued south and finished with 66 miles and get this....800' of climbing. Fun time with good people.