What a day! We had 12 riders to start, including:
Dan Maddox, Mark Thomas, Dave Fryes, Mike Hritz, Ellen Alaimo, Nancy Diffenbacher, Eric Overton, Steve Doutt, Jerry Golinski, Tina Maddox, Joe Ochmanski, and Tom Driscoll
The temperature at the start was around 29 degrees. Colder than the day before but we were happy to know that we weren’t going to get wet for the first time in this series this season. After about 10 miles into the ride we ran into some heavy, blinding fog. Right in the middle of this dense cloud of fog we see Dan and Tina coming to meet us on the road. We could barely see them. Dan informed us that it ends a few miles down the road in Grafton.
Ten of us continued on to Oberlin and then Dan, Joe, Mark, Tina, Tom, and I pressed on in hopes of getting our first ever February century! (For Joe O. it would be 114 miles). At about 80 miles into it I asked if we could celebrate early and they told me “No!” Another first about this day was the wind speed. For most of the day it was 0-5 mph and for a couple of hours it rose up to about 5-10 mph. I don’t think I’ve never seen it that calm from Jan-Apr in that area. However, as always, there was no coasting when you’re in that area. It’s flat and windy and you have to work for ever yard you cover.
Overall, it was a very nice day with a lot of sun. I don’t think any one of us would have been covering that distance solo. That says a lot for the benefits of the group. Hopefully we can do it again next week.
Temperature: 29-41 deg.
Max. Miles: 114
Close Calls: 0
Mechanical Failures: 1 (flat tire)
No Whining, No Cheating, No Drugs, No Motorized Vehicles, and No Abusing the Organizer.”