Alright, there's a problem. Some one parked a large trailer in the shady spot. And tonight, did we really need the shade. Patrick sits and waits with his relatively new bike making use of the trailer.
Far fewer cyclists, only 40-45, at tonight's ride. The Grandview races are Friday so the Rivet group was rather small and not very many in the A group, maybe 14. With Preston Road closed, the long route was now only 53 miles so we should not have an issue with the above or, if you believe in such things, the below....
...if we finished after dark.
Jay P on the left, Scott and Milt on the right. Scott, racing tomorrow, decided to roll with the B group.
The triumvirate of Jon H, Pete C and Marty.
Tyler Jenkins on the right. A southerner who came north to find out what all the commotion is about with the Thursday ride. We worked him over pretty good so he would have a story to tell when he returned to the "land of cotton."
The Riveters roll but again, a very small group. Tym T on the right tried to play.....
....mind games with me. Said he heard I was doing Garrett County. When I said I had heard nothing but good things about the ride he countered with doom and gloom, how hard is the ride, how much suffering...trying to plant the seed in my brain and so, there it sits, growing steadily. I'll be a mental wreck in a few days.
Then the A group gets going but suddenly, Paul D had a problem. Alas, he fixed it quickly so he was good to work us over, as usual. Wind aided, we zipped out 161 and arrived in Granville with a 24+mph average. Then we turned left on to the Beechwood climb. Geesh, too hot for that ascent and when we regrouped, my chest was heaving, heart pounding, hotter than....just don't have the adjectives to describe it. Way too quickly we were off, eventually climbing Chatham Road where I fared badly but the group took pity on me and waited. At Marion Road, some talk had produced a plan....
....instead of making a left on Marion Road, hang a right, hit the St Joseph climb and eventually get back on the route. I successfully talked some of the guys off the ledge and got them to maintain route integrity and were each of them glad they did by the time we got back. Above we 5 riding along Dutch Lane while another 5, Paul, Logan P, Gus, Christian and Eric, toiled in the extra miles and climbing.
Pretty scene as we had gotten a bit stretched out on Stone Quarry but stayed together for the rest of the route and finished with 53 miles, a 20.8 average and 1900' of climbing. The Rivets finished at 23.7mph avg. Then....
...as I was driving east, here came the St Joseph climb group. They finished a few minutes after 9:00pm. Saturday ride options coming soon....
Good mid morning to all you office workers, sitting in your cubicles spending way too much time thinking about tonight's New Albany ride. Productivity must take a hit on Thursdays. Once again the weather forecast sucks but that is just the way it is and probably we will be rain free. IMPORTANT NOTE about tonight's routes (see below). Preston Road is closed. It is not an easy to avoid culvert but a full blown bridge that is out and not passable. So, The Riveters and Aers will follow the "B" route. The Bers will of course also follow the B route but hours behind the Riveters so there should not be a traffic jam out there. See ya in the parking lot!