Sooooooo....the Tuesday Canal ride this week was my responsibility to lead, or at least to show up with the sign-in sheets, maps and a cheerful, positive, can-do attitude, even though I had no intention of riding in that crap. 46 degrees and falling rapidly, 20mph winds out of the north/northwest and gusting to 31mph. Be I ever so desperate to ride that I have to ride in that and well, I hope to never be in need of a ride that much.
I laid the sign-up sheets on the back of my car and retired to the warmth inside, with newspaper, to pass away the time. Unfortunately, the few that came to the ride appeared to be backsliding on their commitment to ride so I emerged every so often to shout encouragement, buck up the buckling, strengthen the weak and otherwise be a good cheerleader. I forgot my camera so I have no good images to share except I did take an image of the sign-in sheet when I got back home.
Note how people like Steve O, grab multiple lines with their signatures, what's up with that? Former ride leader Jeff S takes up the minimum space, as does Nathan, John S and others. DON'T BE A SIGN-UP SHEET HOGSTER! Also at the ride were Euro-Patrick, Ross, Dane, Mark V, Craig L, Andrew C and a couple of newbies, 10 in all. They headed out on a 38 mile route and I guess most completed it but not sure.