I wanted to ride because the weather hasn’t been pleasant lately but when I saw how dreary and damp it was, I was really hoping no one would show so I could have a good excuse not to ride.  Well, Joe showed up and said that he was hoping that I wasn’t dressed to ride so he would have an excuse to go back home.  We tried to talk each other out of riding and Joe finally said, “Let’s just start and see how it goes”.  The humidity was high and everything was wet because of the wet roads but the skies were clearing up.  We were lucky because it had been raining for the past 24 hours.  Going out was nice but the return north was pretty cold.  We made a lot of turns eastwards to avoid the long stretches of cold winds coming out of the north.  The wind chill caused our hands and feet to freeze.  The quiet roads that we chose made the ride enjoyable.  Overall, we were glad that we got a few miles in.


Riders included:

Eric Overton
Joe Ochmanski

Newcomers included: 0


Riders 2  
Max. Miles 46-58 miles  
Temperature 38-40 degrees (with winds at 7-15 mph) (NW)  
Close Calls 0  
Mechanical Failures 0  
Mishaps 0  
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike 0  



This was a pleasant day for riding. The 14 mile stretch from Lafayette to Wooster was a challenge in that there are a million 1% grades that can take a toll on the legs.  We had a little wind but the terrain seemed to block some of it.  We were looking forward to the tailwind back home and it was somewhat helpful.  Overall, it was a rewarding day.

Riders included:

Bryan Sharp Joe Ochmanski
Doreen Papajcik Mark Papajcik
Eric Overton Peter Schmidt
Jeff Kompa Tim New
Jerry Golinski  

Newcomers included: Peter Schmidt


Riders 9
Max. Miles 101-113 miles
Temperature 38-53 degrees (with winds at 3-9 mph) (S)
Close Calls A dog ran out towards the street but decided to show off with a somersault instead of skidding out into the road.
Mechanical Failures 0
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or Mountain Bike Jeff had a cyclocross.


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


About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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