Here is a sight you don't often, maybe never, see, a snow blower with a bike, in August. Larry, aka Larry van Gogh (note the partially severed left ear just like Vincent) is known to be frugal. So, he bought the snow blower, never to be used cause that's how that goes, in August when prices are low.
Few can make an entrance like Danny A and few made an entrance at all but then in the last 5 minutes, the parking lot was swarming with bikes and vehicles. Fifty+ came out for this evening's ride. With Pelotonia this Saturday, I thought that pretty good.
Pretty funny scene. He made sure the driver knew he was back there and if it was ok to lean the bike against the machine. Wouldn't want to put a scratch on the CAT.
Chris Grisvard, center, making a rare appearance bracketed by Travis and Danny. The Rivets would put in a 23.5 average on our kind of difficult, 48 mile route.
The Rivets departed and then Scott B shoves off to lead out the A group. Big group of A's around 25, including Chris in the center. After tonight, Chris was given a promotion to the Rivet group. Don't come back kid, you are way too good for the A group.
Shari on the right and just entering the picture on the left is Sandy. Sandy fell over at the light on 310 & 161. My reflexes were too slow to get a pic of a somewhat graceful "timber!".
As usual, we got hung up at the Beech Road light but got going. Big contingent of the HH gang, including Sokha, Randy, Moto, etc... I think it was Moto who acknowledged that he enjoyed reading the blog. Larry asked if anyone had ever said that to me before and I had to admit I could recall only one other occasion. Sad, I know.
Dirty Dan gives me the evil eye look. The pace into Granville was not too hard, arriving with a 23 avg and get this....I pulled up the Moots Run climb so that kept everyone in the game. Thresher Road climb was tough but we regrouped at the top and again at the turn off Hardscrabble onto Connor.....
....at Sportsman Club Road, maybe that is it. Well, then there was a stop for a......
....flat tire. Mick above with Ron B closing in. Chris, a bike mechanic, had the flat. Wish I had stayed at the flat scene and witnessed the tutorial. Anyway, we got rolling again soon and finished with....
....a 21.5 avg for the 48 mile romp through the countryside. Hey! Working on plans for a Saturday ride so stay tuned.
It appears there will be a stray thunderstorm rolling through here at 4:21:31pm and then (insert sound of drum roll here) thereafter clear for the Thursday Cycling Club ride at 6:00pm!!! How bout that! Some of you will want to ride but save your legs for a big effort at Pelotonia or alternative ride (more on that tomorrow). A couple of dingbats are headed to Deliverance country for the Mountain Mama century ride and maybe they too will ride tonight but drop back a group. That is good but remember, be a good sport and ride at the pace of the group with whom you ride. The routes: