Saturday

2 riders. The light rain cleared up before 9am but the dampness and the heavy clouds took away all motivation. Once a rider showed up I started to slowly finish preparing to ride but was waiting for any excuse not to ride. After 15 minutes of indecisiveness we decided to try to do at least 20-40 miles. We decided to go to Peninsula instead of the planned route. Once we got started we realized that the dampness and heavy clouds made the day feel as miserable as all the others.

On the way back the river ford was closed and we had to ride on a flooded trail as an easy detour.  We saw Christa walking her dog and she took this video.

https://youtu.be/6zquxOv0Pxw

Riders included:

Eric Overton
Jeff Chapman

 Newcomers included:  0

Riders 2  
Max. Miles 50 miles  
Temperature 44-45 deg. with winds at 8-15 mph  
Close Calls 0  
Mechanical Failures 0  
Mishaps 0  
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0  

Sunday

13 riders (Joe O. who rode to the start). Yet another day that felt as cold as the rest, probably due to the winds coming from the NW.

One freak incident occurred when a utility wire (cable or telephone) that was going across the road fell right on Bill. He didn’t lose control and no one was injured. As I rolled up I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a rider handling a utility wire. Turns out he had no choice because he was tangled in it!

On the way out, one of the roads south of Lodi was flooded over. The water level was up to the bottom racket and half of the riders rode through it while the other half walked and rode on a ridge that looked like it was built as a dam or as an emergency passageway. On the return, two other roads were blocked but we found easy detours.

Bill took this video with his GoPro.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cyxqzY12Cug

Riders included:

Bill Flecher Jeff Kompa
Chuck Seitz Joe Ochmanski
Dave Anthony Mark Scheeff
Dave Frye Mark Thomas
Don Aldridge Tim New
Duane Kunze Tony Kascak
Eric Overton

Newcomers included:  0

 

Riders 13  
Max. Miles 103-113 miles  
Temperature 42-52 deg. with 9-12 mph winds  
Close Calls 0  
Mechanical Failures 0  
Mishaps A utility wire fell on Bill  
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike Bill  was on a Fixed Geared Cyclocross.   Jeff was on a cyclocross with panniers (loaded with a week’s worth of provisions).  

 “The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge.”            — John Clay

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About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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