We stopped at the market in Zanesville and then shoved off on the usual route back via Kopchak Road but I swung right at Ridge as I enjoy that stretch along the ridge and regained the route by making a left on Morgan. Thought I would jump back in with the group but must have just missed them when I made a right on Coopermill or Cooperrider (I get those two mixed up). Soloed in via #668 for 80 miles and 5600' of climbing.
Once I finished the Thursday New Albany ride I had no idea of the carnage out on the road. From what I have pieced together, the B group and some A's that had dropped back were climbing the hill just before the 47 mile turn left on Appleton. Some wheels bumped, 4-5 guys went down and Ricky G swerved to the left to avoid. I believe he crossed left of the centerline and was struck or struck a car that had or was close to skidding to a stop. Ricky has road rash but is otherwise OK and even rode the 100 mile Hillacious Hill route on Saturday. Somehow, he put a hole in the fender of the car yet his bike was ridable so I'm scratching my head trying to figure that out. The Sheriff was called but after waiting 20 minutes, Ricky rode back towards New Albany with Mark V riding along with him. The Sheriff's car approached, Ricky slowed and Mark ran into the back of Ricky, falling and breaking a thumb.
I was also informed that Silent Dave, inspired by my glorifying of Mitch's map from the Rocky ride, produced one that rivaled, if not surpassed, Mitch's. Of course, this information comes via an unusually unreliable source so I have some doubt but I would like to see the map to check it out and see if there is a new "Champion of Map Making". Dave also took the time to mark the route. I hope most of you thanked him for the effort and I regret missing the ride.