Friday night. Sitting in front of weather radar...not looking good with a green blog crossing into Ohio bearing down on central Ohio so I make the decision to sleep in on Saturday and leave those who showed up in Canal for our CFC alternative ride, in the lurch. Don't know if anyone rode. Later, thousands of walnuts laying around in the yard and need picked up.
Here, is maybe the greatest invention since the blender...a walnut picker upper.
Roll the thing around the ground, the tines open up, walnuts gallop into the corral and are caught. I worked diligently covering several areas under walnut trees while dodging the plunging missiles from the trees. Got hit once on the side but better then getting conked in the head. After packing several containers I head to one of 10 walnut processing centers in the state of Ohio, this one only 4 miles away. This year's payment is $0.11 per pound of walnuts, up from $0.10 last year. Dump walnuts into a weird looking machine that takes the husk off, leaving the walnut. I end up with a little over 100 pounds and walk away with $11.21. Good pay day.
OK, I'm gathering information from CFC participants and may have more later but if you want to post your comment about your personal experience, others will enjoy it for sure. Probably you most want to know the outcome of the Jon Sada vs Rick Miller challenge ride. They began in Sugar Grove as planned and began on the route. Coming out of New Lexington, rain picked up and became a fairly miserable ride. Rick packed it in around Mconnellsville where Todd Lee was seen standing naked in a Laundromat watching his cycling gear tumble dry. John G and Sada hung together but I hear they took a short cut so.....not sure a winner can really be declared.
Others either did not show or abandoned during the ride. I checked radar at around 1:00 and it appeared all the rain was east of Lancaster, all the way to Marietta. With the cool temp, wind and rain, I really felt for you guys and was very glad I decided not to participate. Flyin Tuna completed the ride, to her credit but was so tired, called hubby Rod to come and get her. I heard others were scrambling to get out but don't think there was enough transportation to get everyone out who wanted out so then they had to endure the Sunday head winds.