I planned to do the Canal Winchester ride but then I saw the 45 mile, hilly route and thought, egads. So, I rode from my house to Veloscience, the great bike shop in New Albany, killing a few minutes waiting for the ride start and in walks no other than Farmer Mike, back from being a snow bird in Florida! Mike already has raced at Mohican, probably winning his age group again. Mike revealed that he keeps a list of names of cyclists who populate the Ohio rides, which he reviews, prior to early season rides. He also maintains a list of Florida names so when he returns in the fall, he can recognize them too.
The troops began to gather outside so I walked into the brilliant sunshine and found Tym Tyler, sitting on a curb contemplating whether he and Lisa will visit France and Italy in July. Lisa was working and Tym was to have been mowing but why do today what can be put off until tomorrow?
Others join the discussion. Visit France and Italy or stay in Ohio? Meredith on the left, Rick, Mike, Benton and one of several "Healthy & Happy" team members to join the group, including John and Anthony Sada out on the road. Having not seen many of these people in many months, it was good to get caught up on the news and oh is there news but nothing I can put into print and besides, I'm not one to spread gossip, as you well know. Make up stuff? Of course.
Axel joined in too, Jap P gave some remarks and sent our group of 20ish to the streets.
Meredith sports one of the great calf tattoos of all time, looks like wings of victory or something like that. The pace out old 161 was moderate but things became sporty after we turned left on 310 and then a quick right on to Jersey Mill. We arrived in Alexandria with a 20.5 avg and there I left the group to pedal home, finishing with 36 miles.