Tongues were wagging in the parking lot. 5:30 and no ride leader. Former ride leaders, now on ride leader emeritus status, Jeff & Jeff, were dumbfounded. This sort of thing never happened on their watch. Note how cold the Jeffs looked. As I stepped out of my car, a blast of cold wind hit and right then, I decided not to ride. Yes, I have become soft as Gus Cook told me in an email.
Peggy and Corvair discussed possible routes as 5:40 arrived and no ride leader. Last year's ride leader, the great one, Shannon Kurek, was here but keeping a very low profile in the back parking lot.
5:45 and the ride leader's spot is still empty. Tick-tock, tick-tock.....
Crazy George showed up, giving up his plan to form a rebel group from the old start location. He asked for forgiveness and I usurped the ride leader's responsibility and granted forgiveness. His followers, Ron Budzig among others also showed up.
5:50, puzzled looks abound Mick especially appeared troubled.
At last, Jon Morgan rode in, unaware that he had been designated the back-up ride leader to Rick Miller. Jon panicked but I took him aside, instructed what to say, act like you are in a position of authority, speak in a masculine voice with no squeaks and make declarative sentences that do not invite questions. Mostly he did a pretty good job. With that, out of 35 cyclists, maybe 20 rolled out with the A group, then Jeff S led out the B group and Steve Hewitt led out the C's.
Since the route headed toward home, I stopped to take a couple of images. Here the A group passes through Jersey at mile 6. Must have been a fast start because already there were 5-7 off the back.
With strong winds out of the SW, I hung back to see if I could catch evidence of any lane violator's but no, other than Marty at the 310 stop, they adhered to the rules of the road. I returned home, continued the job of burning thousands of limbs from a recent AEP line trimming job along our property and was warm and toasty. Only thing missing was the marshmallows. Most of the trees in the background are ash and either dead or dying from the Emerald Ash Borer. That stinks but glad I planted 400 Red Oaks about 20 years ago. Otherwise I'd have a field in a year or two. Looks like there will be a group ride out of Johnstown on Saturday, going to Bladensburg. More on that later.
5/1/2014 09:47:41 pm
I did not realize the ride was 46 miles...awesome! Great ride and the lead A group was ridiculously fast...even into that strong wind on the way back. The Beechwood climb is no place for a tri bike but it gave me a mid-ride TT to recapture the group after being soundly dropped. Pretty smashed the rest of the way in after that big dig.
5/1/2014 11:13:31 pm
Glad you enjoyed it. The route is always here a day or two prior to the ride or you can find it at "www.thecyclingclub.com".
5/2/2014 06:34:02 am
5/2/2014 10:38:45 pm
Oh. Thank you.
5/4/2014 10:50:53 pm
Jim Richardson and I had a discussion on the missing ride leader. It may not be really necessary to show up for your own ride, but might be a good idea to have a ride leader in place. If an accident occurs, COP will want the leader present for insurance purposes. Please take this into consideration; as we not only have accidents among ourselves but with those who choose to run us down with their vehicles.
5/7/2014 03:32:28 am
Geesh. Did you not read the report? Rick did tab someone to take his place. It was a simple misunderstanding, not the first time and surely not the last time. Things like this happen and we should do nothing but thank Rick for his sacrifice of time and money to be there practically every week.
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