The Shortest Day of the Year Ride
Kenda Janet poses in what was the only suitable clothing to ward off the cold of today's ride on December 21, the shortest day of the year. Just think, the daylight will increase for the next 6 months, ain't that grand! Unfortunately, there is a lag in temperature warming but that too will change and for the better. In the meantime, we eke out our ride opportunities when able and 10 of us shoved off into the frigid 28 degree start temp.
The 10, comprised of Steve Oxley, Kendas Janet & Paul, Flyin Tuna, Eva, Larry P, Lisa A, Andrew C and last but not least, Dirty Dan. As we closed on Granville, I could tell a couple of us were going to have a hard time with Stone Quarry Road so I checked with the weakest among us and concluded they would appreciate a workaround. Being somewhat skilled with workarounds/route modifications/shortcutting, I quickly came to the rescue of the weak and we came off Concorde Road to stay straight on Hardscrabble. We reached Granville with 25 miles and scrambled for the warmth of the coffee shop.
Conversation turned, as it always does on winter rides, to the topic of our return route. I voiced strong support to stick to the planned route but was overruled by the Kendas, who wanted something more direct.
Upon reaching New Albany, it was all smiles as we concluded our ride with 42 miles. Hey, the forecast is looking good for Friday, 49 and sunny. I am recruiting someone to come up with a route for a post-Christmas ride. More to come.
12/22/2014 10:26:46 pm
I love the irony of how Mark W's route distance miniaturization skills are in high demand during times of frigid temps. Suddenly he's the MAN with the PLAN, instead of the man with the Scarlet C (cutoff). 8)
12/23/2014 12:12:32 am
Yes Andrew, I noticed my special skill is in higher demand this time of year.
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