I find too often, I lament (whine) about the cold, clouds, wind, precip, etc... that plague us for 8 months of the year. Therefore, I am not going to describe the conditions of today other than to say each word I previously used, applies. I guess 35-40 came out for today's Roll bike shop ride. Ric Noland (Cyclist Connection) designed today's route so we had the opportunity to refuel and warm up in a variety of places if we chose the option.
About 5 minutes prior to the start, Kevin discovered his rear rim was cracked so Ric, in the background, using a rim provided by the Roll folks, changed it out and had Kevin rolling in minutes. What a great guy.
I think the Roll group hopes newbies come too but conditions like today guarantee only the strong and me because of journalistic obligation, show up. Here we are given final news and notes and....
...we go! Note Kenda Paul in the background, not quite ready to go.
We proceeded on a rolling route and arrived in Lancaster at around mile 14. The pace had been moderate as evidenced by a guy in Khacki shorts and t-shirt was still there along with Brent Goetz, riding a mountain bike. Shoot, the fact that I was riding in a group at this point with Luke Russell spoke volumes about the pace. We exited Lancaster via the Stringtown Road climb where I got popped at mile 0.0000001 but then they waited at the bottom! How bout that. Things got strung out on Rainbow Road and I found myself riding with someone when we made a right on Election House. I was blasted by a westerly and had to lean my bike at a 45 degree angle to maintain uprightedness. We turned left on Havensport Road and geesh, that head wind!!! As we approached Plum, with that nice climb I decided to take advantage of that nice climb and left the route. Entering Carroll, now what to do, well, I'll head south and see where I end up and how bout that, my route inexplicably ended up at the start, Rockmill Brewery on Lithoplis Road. Nothing to do now but put the bike away, disappointed I inconceivably had turned the 60 mile route into a 30 mile route. Oh well.
Here is a good option for Sunday, 9:00am from Rockmill Brewery, 5705 Lithopolis Rd NW, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. The gps route is:
...John Martin is leading a ride out of Granville at noon from the property south of River Road Coffee House, Barton Investments.