Soooooo, on Tuesday my option was to take the drive to Canal and ride with the fellas or do the Blue Jay route. I thought it would be in my best interests to slog my way through the climbing route, this time going counterclockwise or south on Brownsville Rd after emerging from Blue Jay. This put me with the tailwind going northeast on Coopermill and that was nice. The downside was the head wind of 15mph+ coming back on the northern route and then, tackling Blue Jay Road again with the wind against me. That is distinctly unfun. Anyway, finished with 65 miles and lots of climbing.
Meantime, down in Canal, 11-12 showed up for a 35 mile route to Amanda and back, including Steve O, Mark C, Ryan R, Trevor, Mark V, Nathan, Kevin H, Jeff S and here, Grand Poobah as close to the front of the group as he would probably get all evening. Also at the start were several Jenis' guys but they took off on their own route and were not seen again.
Today, 5 of us showed up for a recovery paced ride out of Mark C's church on Coonpath. Mark's weight continues on a downward trajectory and he is at 160, beginning to enter the "man's head on woman's body" look. That would worry me because just last Saturday, Todd patted my rear end during the ride and soon after, Mark V did the same. If I lost another 10 pounds I too would be in the women's body with man head look and be so desirable to some of these guys that I'd fear for my safety. We ride in a weird crowd. Got in 51 recovery miles today.
The long range forecast out west keeps changing but seems to be solidifying into glorious sun and warmth during the cycling trip while here in Ohio it will also be glorious sun and warmth, mostly. If you have followed my CA ride reports over the years the copy tends to be somewhat redundant but I'll be checking out a couple of new climbs and of course, the images never get old. Tomorrow, I think I'll ride the "Granville Climbing Challenge" route and see how bad are the roads.