John and I share our experiences with each other, preparing our wives for their first Pelotonia. Can be a rather frustrating challenge. I forgot how difficult it is to learn, let alone teach, shifting, grabbing a water bottle while riding, getting foot off pedal prior to stopping, etc... arrggghhhh.
Now this is just plain wrong. One never takes a cookie from Kristie prior to a ride as the rule is to wait until after the ride and then never, ever take a cookie if you are a non participant. Yet there he is. Steve Nelson, knowingly violating protocol.
New guy on the right, Michael, pausing in Columbus as he drives from Colorado to Washington DC.
Jon on the right, John above and then there were two Jonathens so for tonight, if you forgot someone's name, a good guess would be "John". Rain appeared to not be an issue and some of us commented how frequently that has been a topic, more so then we can recall from past seasons.
We head out on a route option that would consist of 37 miles rather than the 43 mile route. Tonight though, we would climb the wall on Raccoon Run Road. Above, we head toward Louden via Battee Road.
I bypassed the wall and stayed on Stone Quarry where I waited a couple of minutes and was rewarded with a regroup.
We are closing in on the barn and the horses are waiting for a light change at Beech Road. The 28 of us mostly stayed together for a 20mph average and then....
pressed in around Kristie's car for our reward.