Conner, a visitor from Atlanta, 18 years old and a member of the Georgia Tech bike team swivels his head to watch Flyin Tuna remove her bike. No doubt he was thinking, "how did I get myself into this group?" This week he has ridden to Utica, Granville, Lancaster but wanted to check out a group ride. I put the word out to attract the area's limelight's but many were out of town so Conner was left with the remnants.
Scott Billman rolled in so that was good and so too did Mike Cauley, to join schleps like me, The Kendaistas, Larry P and Lisa A, Aaron C, Meredith and Kim.
The twelve of us rolled out old 161 but soon made a left on Mink, worked our way to Alexandria then the small hill on Moots, right on Lobdell then through the Granville high school parking lot and on into Granville. We discovered Village Coffee was closed so rolled down to River Road where they run out of bagels by 9:00am and service is slow but what are you going to do? I was the first to arrive and found Jon Morgan waiting for us, how bout that?!?! While waiting to order, Jon bought my drink, a hot chocolate and I wished I had ordered an expensive glass of wine instead.
Then we settled for the window views, consumed our consumables, chatted a bit and headed back. Kim, Meredith and Aaron had shoved off long before us so our group was diminished a bit. We crossed #16 and hit the rollers on Canyon, which produced a natural selection of an "A" and "B" group. The A group waited a couple of times for the B group but we urged them to go on without us so we had about 5 in the A and 5 in the B and finished with 46 miles and no rain, although it soon hit. Yuck.
The current forecast for Saturday shows rain holding off until 2:00pm so a group will depart behind Veloscience in New Albany at 9:30am, bound for Granville, following the route below. Off season pace but if you want to ride faster, more power to ya. Given the forecast for the balance of the year, this may be our last chance for an outdoor ride. Rain at the start cancels the ride. Here is the gps file: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11583128