Mick preparing for the ride. This may be a wild assumption on my part but I'm going to guess red is his favorite color. The clues are subtle but red car, red helmet, red bike and red kit. His nickname, given by others, was once "Satan" due to the presence of red but he didn't like that so I don't use it
People who buy a new bike are always happy people and the latest example in the middle as Farmer Mike and Bobby Goetz look on.
The low rumble of thunder was heard in the half hour leading up to our ride but radar indicated it was to stay to our west but no doubt the threat of rain kept the turnout low.
Paul Stock, maybe inspired by Group Killer, brought out his time trial machine. Actually, Paul's road bike is in the shop but he promised not to take a pull while in the aero position.
I forgot to count the parking lot but I'd say no more than 50 were present. On the other hand, the rivet group was well represented including Lori, Luke and Marty. Check out Lori at the Whole Foods at Easton. Especially appealing is Friday Wine Night at which $5 gets you 5 tastings. Not sure if Lori is both the Cooking Coach and Sommelier.
Earlier in the day, I offered to take Rick's place leading out the B group if he wanted to go out with the A group. Yes, I am that kind of good guy. So, Rick headed out with the riveters, I divvied up the B group and headed out with the regular B's, of which there were about 14 (yes, I again forgot to count). Things got off to a rocky start as we were split at the short light at #62. AT first I did not realize it because looking back, I thought maybe that was the C group waiting at the light and I had forgotten to make the count. Then someone confirmed it was part of the B so I preached patience with the group and we eased up, waited at the Beech light, soft pedaled for a bit and then it became apparent the 3-4 behind were not making much of an effort to catch back on. With sunset sure to be early with the abundance of clouds, we decided to go so we could complete the route. Uneventful to be sure but lightning to the southwest caused us to go straight on Weslyn Church, rather than turning left at Wadkins.
At 310, we turned right and then left at Morse and eventually got back on route at Mink, racing showers and lightning to our south. Encouraged by a bright orange sun straight ahead (red sky at night sailor delight type thing) we, including Rick, Greg, Kim, John, etc... finished dry with 35 miles and a 19.3 avg. Checking around for ride opportunities for Saturday. The big one is out of Logan and I'll have more on that in a few.
Important: The C route found on the link below is not correct. Rick is in the process of fixing it but the A/B route is correct. Print your own map or down load the route. See you there and coming soon to these pages, an interview with Brian White, the cyclist who was struck by a car and lived to tell about it. The A/B route is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10187002