Good turnout for the fun ride to Circleville's Pumpkin Festival. I had a legit reason, for once, for shortcutting the route, with a 1:30pm appointment to begin the agonizing picture taking process prior to my daughter's wedding. The wedding came off without a hitch, as did the reception. But, back to the action in the parking lot, including Recumbent Dude's sign that helps prevent him from forgetting the wheel.
Todd Lee, looking to the south and Nathan, looking to the north.
Tim F called us together to give the last minute instructions on where to park in Circleville, what pumpkin theme food is available and when he mentioned the availability of pumpkin Whoopie pies......
.....this dour looking woman lit up like a Christmas Tree.
We shoved off at an off-season pace with SuperDave, Grand Poobah, Tuna, Nathan, Kenda's Janet & Paul, Steve O, Jeff S, Canal Susan, The focus of this ride is getting to Circleville asap so the route was fairly direct, down Cedar Hill, over to Winchester via Duvall, and following Winchester all the way to 188. From there, I turned around at mile 19 and arrived back in the parking lot with a measely 38 miles but enjoyed the boost from a tail wind on the return. The group enjoyed a 30 minute stay in Circleville, eating doughnuts, hot dogs and yes, Whoopie pies. Steve O, SuperDave and 2 others skipped the stop to continue on the 65 mile route. Steve was able to talk all but the sensible Dave into adding an extra loop that included the climb up McDonald.