The signal went out on Friday for a relaxed pace ride out of New Albany and quite a few bats showed up, Billy Campbell, Kenda Janet, SuperDave, Dennis, David, Marty & Elenor, Poobah, Brad the Dentist, Kevin Kramer and Kenda Paul. Of course, Billy & Marty are racing on Sunday so the ride description fit what was their goal for the day. We shoved off but without Poobah, who had forgotten his jersey and had to drive home to retrieve it, missing our start.
We emerged from the thick fog and some mist at the top of Caswell in Johnstown to discover that Kenda Paul was not with us. Here, Janet looks worried and conflicted, wait for husband Paul or ride with us.....she chose wisely (Paul had taken a longer route) and hung with us. Billy C dropped off after a few miles as he had something to do so we arrived into Granville with nine and stopped at the "uptown" coffee shop. After recharging, we decided to head west on Moots Way with Marty and Eleanor leaving earlier. Arriving in Alexandria, we debated whether to turn south and take old 161 into NA or go north and head in via Jersey Mill. Janet urged the north route and within a few pedal strokes we were in the sun, finally. After 10 miles or so, Janet stopped boasting about the wisdom of her choice, geeesh.
We finished with 44 miles. Kevin brought us a cooler that contained small bottles of Coke and root beer. Tasted great for a post ride drink. Sounds like a large group departing at 8:00am out of Hilliard for the Top of Ohio ride, then there is John Marten's ride out of Granville at 9:30 from the River Road Coffee House.