Is there a worse way to arrive for the Thursday ride but to find you have a flat? Yes, to discover you forgot your bike, as some of us have done.
Now look. I am not singling Logan P out for ridicule. I'm merely using him as a prop to bring attention to that paper on the window that asks that we not park our bikes against the window.
Not wanting to exit the shady spot, I tried to do all my "work" from within the cooling confines as others came and....
....still more including.....
....Scott Billman on his new bike.
It was getting crowded in there.
And then, it became apparent that an emergency tree planting effort is needed cause too many cyclists for too little shade.
Jim R has replaced me as the substitute ride leader and you can readily see why. All heads are turned to listen to him. I can now focus on making stars out of you. The Riveters and A groups exited the parking lot and yet I was still there, having already gotten in 70 hilly miles earlier in the day. I went out with the B group and that reinforced a thought, even when numbers are small, to have two B groups. People where falling out within the first 4 miles. That sucks.
Anyway, the B group, part of a 65 person contingent that made up tonight's ride, headed out. Now remember, when you see me taking a pic, smile! The Riveters covered the 51 miles with a 23.3 average while the A group covered the same route at 21.2. Very nice!