A little brisk for a 9:00am start but with the sun in full force, things seemed a little warmer then what the thermometer suggested. At the start was Jeff S, Kenda Janet & Paul, Flyin Tuna, Dustin, Dave R and a few of the regulars for the COP start from Cyclist Connection. Now, for most of us, overeating causes a swelling of the tummy but for Jeff, it apparently all goes to those enormous calves, that are now splitting his tights.
Bob Allen came up with a route of 50 miles that included an optional loop that added 4-5 more miles. I wasn't listening much to the preride dissertation so missed what was included in the extra loop and then shoved off with everyone else. During the ride out of Canal, I stood up to stretch my legs while going up a small hill and this caused Janet to say, "Kind of eager beaverishly this morning aren't we?" Funny.
In time we headed across 33, getting onto Pleasantville Road, then right on Havensport and left on Carroll Eastern. Our group had shrunk down to Dustin, Jeff, Cindy, Kenda Janet, Dave and Brent when the route went right again on Havensport but Dave and Brent stayed straight. I asked how much distance this loop would add and Jeff mentioned not much but included Rainbow. Upon hearing that alarming news, I said, "Screw that" and turned around with Janet and we got back on Carroll Eastern, catching Kenda Dave, then Brent and Dave and at mile 26, arrived in Millersport.
We stopped at a greasy spoon where our orders were taken and Janet, as is the norm, produced a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, mushed from being confined in her jersey during the ride. Didn't look very appetizing and, like many of you have wondered too, thought what a skin flint cheapskate one must be to carry a PB & J from home rather than order off the menu. Well, I stand corrected, While Janet may be a skin flint money grubber, although I have not seen any evidence of it other then the sandwich habit, in fact, she eats the PB & J because in the past, restaurant produced food has caused her stomach discomfort on the return ride. So there! Now, also as a first, just as we were preparing to leave, Paul ordered a cheese burger to go. Dude rode back while munching on the burger, a feat that makes TDF cyclists stuffing newspaper into the jersey or donning a jacket, while maintaining balance, look simple. We finished with 50 miles, 54 for those that did the extra loop. Good time as is the norm.
Oh, Steve O surpassed the 8000 mile mark on Sunday and Tuna needs around 45 miles to exceed 5000 miles, for the year. Hope the weather warms for the weekend so you all can get out to ride but I plan to experience the famous "Shootout" ride on Saturday morning from, you guessed it, Arizona. Hear a huge crowd of weekend warriors with a healthy mix of pros and semi-pros come out for this ride so I'll report what I can see, way off the back. Also, I sent an email to the organizers of Florida's Hilly 100 and they do not post results so not way of knowing where all our locals finished. I have heard some people did not fully understand Marty Sedluk's finish. His 2nd place finish was 2nd overall, not just 2nd behind the cyclist he described in his report.