There were 3 riders at the start with 2 others who joined us on the road. We had heavy rains overnight and even up to about 8am that morning. Looking at the clouds, it would appear as though there was going to be more rain but having looked at the forecast several times that morning, you could see that the forecasters assured us that there would be no rain.

When we got to our first water stop we realized that it was a lot warmer than we thought and the humidity was in the 90’s. We were soaking wet with sweat at the stop. At least it wasn’t because of rain. As we were leaving we got a call from Dan and Tina, saying that they drove over but no one was there so they were back at home.   We thought that that was a shame that they missed us and had to drive 18 miles back home. We could have used the company. Later on in the ride I’d got another call from Dan saying that now they were on the way and would intersect us somewhere near Wooster. BUT looking at the sky he said that he may be calling back to say that they had “cut and run”. Looking at the skies while in Lodi, I was thinking that I don’t blame them. On the one hand the heavy clouds looked menacing, then other parts of the sky looked clear and sunny. It looked like rain was sure and at the same time it look like there would be sunny skies all day. Mark was welcoming the rain.

After lunch in Wooster at J we went over to the @RideOnWooster Bicycles​ shop to take a look at their new location. It was a very nice store. Soon after, we ran into Dan and Tina at the edge of town and they coincidently ended up with the same mile that we had at that point. As we started back we started realizing that the heat, humidity, and wind would have a role to play that day. At about the 95 mile mark we were still feeling pretty good and it was evident as we passed by a couch on the side of the road. When I saw Mark pass by without wanting to sit down on it I realized that he was feeling pretty good. I said to him, “I noticed that you didn’t even glance at that couch back there.” He said, “That’s because I’m still feeling pretty good.”

Overall, it was a very nice day.

Riders included:

Dan Maddock
Eric Overton
Mark Thomas
Sid McMahon
Tina Maddock

Newcomers included:  0

Riders 5
Max. Miles 105 miles
Temperature 65-78 deg. with winds at 5-10 mph with 13 mph gusts. (NNE)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0


I overheard this conversation while at the ~75 mile rest stop the Horsey Hundred BBC. 

Person 1:  “The only good century is a metric century.”

Person 2:  “Yeah!  Nothing good happens after 62 miles.”


About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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