Doug McConaha, with coffee, spent about a month in and out of a hospital, battling pneumonia. The good news is he is on the road to recovering his legs and while terrible he had to go through the ordeal, he did lose 15 pounds. Above, he is discussing various medicines he was required to take with Dirty Dan who is a pharmacist and sometimes referred to as the "Michele Ferrari" of Central Ohio by certain cyclists who suddenly ride a lot faster. Just kidding.
Isaac in the background rolled in to roll out with our group of 16. Isaac is riding very strong. So strong that after kicking my ass at the end of the Northridge climb and tiring of playing with us like a cat with a mouse, rode off to do hill repeats on Reynolds Road. However, prior to leaving, Isaac put in long pulls on Jug, staying well to the left so we could draft to his right, somewhat protected from the strong winds out of the NE. Dan too took long pulls alongside Isaac, way to the right, right even of the white line so not to give benefit to the unfortunate who lined up behind him. That Dan, dirty, dirty, dirty.
Eva on the left is also riding strong as she prepares for a tour in Colorado in less than 2 months. On the right, Larry P and Steve P. We were late getting started by about 10 minutes as first Corvair was late arriving and Engineer Mitch had trouble finding the parking lot. Off we went on a good 35 route to Granville, where we came in from the northeast via the Welsh Hills Road climb.
Arriving in Granville, some went to CVS, some to the Soup Loft and some just munched on what they had brought along, while gathering on the benches and .....
....chairs, basking in the sun. We headed out of Granville when I noticed....
...Crazy George was riding without a water bottle. Probably some of you, lacking the long history of George's activities, think it unfair that he be labeled "Crazy". You just have to trust me, the nickname is entirely appropriate. One thing is for sure, at 65, on the flats, he is not strong for his age but simply strong. He took massive pulls out Hollow, Headley's Mill and old 161 on the way back as Doug, Larry and I struggled at times to hang on. After the ride, George announced he was starting a new construction job on Monday and will therefore have to miss the evening rides.