There I was, driving north on 661, behind someone going 54 in a 55mph zone, 44 in a 45...yawn, maybe they would turn soon. Suddenly, light from a nearby pole caught the interior of the car just right and that's not a hair style easily mistaken. Some refer to it as a "squirrel tied to the head" but it was none other than "The Donald" aka Mark Clingan. I called his cell to see if he could at least go 5 over the speed limit. The MFC (see post below with details) now has 20+ cyclists for the Logan to Chillicothe/overnight/Chillicothe to Logan next weekend. The cut-off for joining was Saturday but I suspect if you email him today, you can still get in. I probably should not list the participant's names but there is a broad range of fitness in there so likely you too would fit. The COP's CFC is the same weekend with an out and back route from Carroll both Saturday and Sunday and it too is a good option.
I had not planned to attend KCBC but local alternatives were not good due to time or place so to the north I went. I arrived early enough that I got a premo parking spot rather than parking in the weeds with the late arrivals.
Kenda Paul checking the weather conditions and forecast. Low 60's so don't need arm warmers and rain still expected to arrive around 2:00pm but radar made it look more ominous then that. Some of the usual century riders discussed a shorter route while I was doing a century no matter what....metric century, rain or sun.
Mark C telling Michael about next weekend's ride. Sounds like Michael is good to go which is good since his girlfriend often enjoys driving around the countryside while providing SAG support if needed. Can't beat that. Upper right, David Smith who departed at 7:57am to what I call "Smith" the route or perform a "Smithy" which means blaze a route without stopping as in having "Smithed" the route. That is an effective way of not getting caught up in the web of a Mark C snack stoooooooooppppppppp.
Approximately 15 of us shoved off into a partly cloudy morning with freshening winds out of the southwest. Engineer Mitch on the right, Rick and Michael ahead and others. The views were great across the fields and woods beyond.
Larry P heads toward a descent and past an unusual occurrence for us but probably not unusual for these parts.
More countryside viewing with Eva ahead. Arriving at the 24 mile food stop, I kept going. With only 62 miles on my route and the others likely to do the 80 mile route I decided to do a Smithy too, finishing before noon and beating the rain. As it turns out, most of the others also did the metric distance and I missed the draft as the head wind on the return was rather strong.
I can't say with certainty these are the routes for Saturday but the routes have been unchanged for several years and so these are probably the routes, 100, 85 & 60 mile options. Folks rolling out at 8:00 and 8:30am from what I hear.