The Millersport Corn Festival ride brought out the usual suspects including Frans, who seems to be quite the ladies man judging by this scene. I wanted to catch the Buckeyes so invested in only the 35 mile route, shoving off with Jeff S, Jimmy, John W and Flyin Tuna, at 9:00am. A much larger group had departed at 8:00 and considering the temp, a good idea. I was back at my car before 11:00 and it was already in the high 80's and I spent a split second feeling sorry for those on the longer route.
So, having not put in much for Saturday's ride I showed at John Marten's Granville ride at 8:30am, which was an 80 mile route through Mt Vernon, Gambier, Howard, Millwood, Bladensburg, Newark & in. Good group that split early with me hooking up with Marty, Dave C, Jon Sada, Tym Tyler, Mountain Bike Bob and Steve. We kept a pace slightly lower than the Thursday New Albany ride out the flat to rolling route along Burg, Dry Creek, Louden, etc.. all the way to 36 where Marty busted out a strong pull into Mt. Vernon, at mile 30. The sustained effort gassed me and when we turned onto a bike path to take us to Howard, I dropped out and cruised the 8 miles to Howard, rejoining the group in front of a bank of pop machines.
Unfortunately, the machines would not accept a $20 or a $5 so I was out of luck, but our next stop was at Millwood, only a few miles down the road. We jumped on to Millwood Road but upon reaching 62, rather than turn left into Millwood we went straight onto Hazel Dell , which turned south and soon hit a ramp, then another ramp then a very steepish ramp then I began spewing hydraulic fluid and dropped back, partly because I saw there were more ramps ahead too. Upon reaching the top of the next ramp I saw Jon and Bob had dropped back too but too far ahead to bridge. Anyway, this stretch of road, once the ramps are behind is a great ride on good roads all the way in to Bladensburg. There I found Jon and Bob but the others had kept going. Jon and Bob left a few minutes ahead of me and in the ensuing minutes prior to my departure, I began hearing thunder and the sky was looking ominous to the northeast.
I headed south on Henpeck and it began pouring so I sought shelter under a tree. A couple of women on a front porch invited me up so I spent a few minutes there until the rain paused and I took off. Shortly after crossing 586 it began pouring again and very intensely so. Found a centuries old maple tree that kept the rain off for awhile but eventually the tree lost its covering effect and spent the time listening to the sound of thunder shift slowly from the east to the west while a cold wind began blowing. A call home confirmed it was raining there too so I thought, "Great, I'm going to follow this all the way to Granville" so.....I called in the rescue force and pleaded with my wife to come and get me. While I waited, the rain slackened so I headed out again where upon reaching Hickman, the pavement was dry and in fact, I could have ridden the balance of the route rain free. Oh well, the rescue team showed up at Hickman and I packed it in with only 60 miles.
Regarding Tuesday's Canal ride, my arch nemesis, Ryan Roe, has sent me a good ride report and I will post with images later today.
9/7/2011 02:28:32 am
So where's last night's report on 10 or so crazy people who rode in the drizzle? LOL..
9/7/2011 06:53:35 am
I wanted to put in a suggestion. Those leading the ride, it might be a good idea to not wait until the end of the ride to go searching for those who are dropped. I almost got hit by a truck on the way back at the intersection of Sitterly and Slough. The guy yelled at me that he could not see me. I rode most of the route alone. The Bs passed me at one point, but not one of them waited. I should give Mitch credit because he was about to come look for me, but it would have been safer if he had ridden in with me. Just a thought in an age where no one is responsible for killing cyclists with their cars.
9/7/2011 10:34:26 pm
9/7/2011 11:43:58 pm
Ryan, I talked to Mark and he said that this was the original plan, but that the effort to do so "fizzled out". I won't be back unless it's a nice day and there are more riders for me to keep up with. At our Newark ride, we rotated leaders and the leader always picked up and rode with anyone who was dropped. I don't know if it's Kayla's bike or me, but I am having difficulty keeping up with even the slow Bs, The Cs usually take the shorter route and I am faster than them. I do like your suggestion, but I don't think it will happen. I always have my cell on me, but no one even called to ask if I was ok. And I was almost hit by some jerk in a truck on Sitterly. As for my Fuji, I am having issues getting a replacement. I hate to take this attitude but as you say, this is the 2nd time this has happened.
9/8/2011 08:40:28 am
I'll sweep for the B's. Its not that big of a deal. I would rather do this than not have people come out for these rides. Our numbers seem to have dwindled a little bit anyway and I'm sure its safe to assume Amanda is not the only one with these issues.
9/8/2011 11:36:13 am
Ryan, for you to hang with the A group for an entire ride can not adequately be described as a miracle. Maybe a celestial event without parallel such as the forming of the universe would be more appropriate. A common miracle doesn't quite do it.
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