This Saturday is the 10th anniversary of the COP Blue Jay Ride. Created first by Tim Faigley and Jim Richardson, after a few years they gave it up to the incapable hands of Cindy Berard, aka Flyin Tuna. Sensing imminent disaster, I stepped in to handle all the heavy lifting, planning, organization, promotion, route marking, communication...pretty much everything while installing Cindy as the titular (holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority) head of the ride. In this role she excels, standing in the parking lot prior to the ride while struggling to manage the sign-in process.
In addition to the below route options, with the 67 miler being the original, we will have maps of such fine quality that even Engineer Mitch and Silent Dave, two outstanding map makers, will be impressed. Laid out on 11" x 14" expanse of paper will be the routes, Cindy's personal cell... phone #, sheriff number, pizza delivery guy's #, etc... To truly impress, the map may be, get this, color!!! However, due to restraints on resources, we advise that you print your own map just in case we run out, which is likely. Lastly, foremost in your mind is the question, "Yee Gods, what must be the cost to attend such an event?" It is free. Just get yourself to the Newark YMCA on Church St in lovely Newark, OH for an 8:00am start. There is a food stop in Zanesville and additional water at Flint Ridge Park. You can also grab a Coke at the Dollar General store on Route 40. Lastly, don't forget there is an ice cream shop directly across the street that you can visit post ride and I will probably bring doughnuts for your pre-ride snack.
Now, this route is difficult (a glance at the profile will confirm that claim) and not for the weak, unfit or fat. Therefore, I think it my duty to inform you of another ride. Meredith has organized a ride, for women only, that can be found by going to Facebook and searching: "Lady Gnar Shredders presents: Saturday Morning Rides". If you are a male, weak, unfit or fat, come on out anyway and ride the Blue Jay 37 mile option. Below are the links to the gps files. Try to print your own map but we will have a few available.