Radar indicated a strong storm cell would skirt to the north and another to the south and by 6:00pm, it would be good to ride. So, I drove to New Albany and at 5:15, there was the Jeff S, ride leader extraordinaire. I hope that next year, our new crew of ride leaders for Canal will be half as good as Jeff. Yes, he takes a lot of hits for his routes not being hilly enough, not long enough, too predictable, too little variety but damn it, he's our ride leader and we love him for it! The rain was coming down hard but the weather alert was to lift at 5:15 so things looking good.
Then, around 5:30, Jeff emerges from his van. Referencing his spiffy new hand held device with weather in HD, it was clear the rain had moved to the east. I however, was not convinced and remained out of cycling uniform, in causal clothing. A shower sent me back into the car and that sealed my decision. Jeff was undeterred and continued to prepare. Meantime, Cameron Wertheimer had arrived and he to got ready to ride. Then, another brief shower and.....
......Those two, with another, headed out. I wished them well but...
.....driving back east, there was more rain and a rainbow or two. Good night not to ride and those that stayed away got it right.