While I have made it a habit of participating in the Canal Winchester ride each Tuesday, during cycling season, it is a long drive and I'm always on the lookout for an alternative and may have finally found it. The Cycling Club has a group ride out of New Albany behind the Veloscience bike shop off Market Street. I can ride my bike over, ride the outbound route and then head home. I kind of like that and the ride attracts fun people like Gus & Peggy Cook, Farmer Mike, Pete Horvath and others. Any ride that includes Peggy & Gus is bound to be a fun ride.
Also, someone called me today and asked if I was boycotting the Canal ride. No, I'll be down to fulfill my journalistic obligations and report on that ride soon but will ride it infrequently. Also, riding Thursday morning with a small group through Hocking Hills and then painfully participate in the Thursday New Albany ride. Should be a huge turnout and maybe an opportunity to do the "Ladies' of the Thursday Night Ride" feature where I prowl the parking lot and awkwardly ask the ladies if I can take their pics for the blog feature.
Farmer Mike in the foreground, at 71, he is not strong for his age, he is just strong. Rode 95 miles on Saturday on his mountain bike with John Miller and one other guy. Today's route went to Alexandria and then from there, Gus led a group of the willing on an extra loop towards Granville. Once back to Alexandria, I left the group, rode home with 42 miles and where I returned to my duties of distributing mulch. We are dog sitting my daughter's Doberman this week and she seems to have won the queen of the mountain over our beloved Stella, a rescue dog from that St Loiusville puppy mill of last Fall.