15th and 16th Ride Reports

[polldaddy poll=8771468]Saturday
There were 14 riders at the stop with some riders riding from home. It was a hard day to
dress for. We had to layer up in the morning but by afternoon we were sweating. The
full sun helped to make the day a good one.
For the 5th or 6th time this year we had to walk our bikes either because of construction,
closed or flooded roads. There was a closed bridge near Burbank and we had to pass our
bikes through the barricade.
After leaving Wooster we decided to take a detour through Cedar Creek. After we
finished climbing up to the high point, a dog decided he didn’t like us passing through
his territory. He came out into the road and ran alongside of Mark but we could tell that
he wasn’t going for blood. Mark just rode nonchalantly until he gave up the chase. Then
he just sat in the road staring at us and didn’t, right away, the other riders who were
bringing up the rear.
Because we started off course immediately we cut the route short by several miles and
had to ride nearly 3 miles to get to 100 miles. As we were coasting through the
neighborhood one of the neighbor’s puppies (looked full grown) decide to come into the
roadway to see what we were doing. No real hazard though. I just needed something to
Riders included:
Brad Thwing
Chuck Knerem
Chuck Seitz
Ellen Alaimo
Eric Overton
Jerry Golinski
Joe Ochmanski
Mark Scheeff
Mark Thomas
Matt Miller
Mike Hritz
Paul Schneider
Sid McMahon
Susan Gould
Newcomers included: Matt Miller
Max. Miles
101-108 miles
41-58 deg. with winds at 9-23 mph
with 27 mph gusts.
Close Calls
Mechanical Failures
1. Joe O. hit something in the
road and blew his sidewall out.
We didn’t realize that he had a
major mechanical. He ended
up rejoining us in Lafayette.
2. Jerry had a problem with his
bottom bracket and had to
return home.
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross,
or Mountain Bike
There were 6 riders at the start with several riders who rode from home. We had full
sun and it was a little windy with the winds blowing out of the south.
After about 10 miles on the road I noticed that our riders who were up ahead were on
the opposite side of the road. I asked, “Why does it look like riders on the left side of the
road?” Indeed they were. It turns out, they were trying to wrangle a horse who was on
the roadside and started to pace alongside the cyclists. They got the horse to stop and
reverse directions and then got him to slow down near the stables where we thought it
had come from. Luckily one of the neighbors brought another horse to the scene to coax
the horse back to the stables. I was happy to have interesting content for the website but
regret not getting photos of it all. By the way, Jeff did a good job of getting the horse to
safety but if he was a pro-like rider he would have jumped on the horse and rode it back
to the stables. Just saying.
Later in the ride near Burbank or someplace we caught up to a group of 7 riders who
were waiting for a train to pass and ended up riding with them for several miles. It
turned out that James knew one of the riders from his previous job. We ended up
coming to a closed bridge where we had to hand each other’s bikes through the
One the return home we had a tailwind which helped us to get over the rollers with ease.
If not for the tailwind we would have been limping home because the winds coming
from the south as we headed uphill to Wooster forced us earn really our money. The full
sun helped to make the day a good one.
Riders included:
Eric Overton
James Grady
Jeff Kompa
Joe Ochmanski
Manny Grosso
Ted Hoerig
Newcomers included: Ted Hoerig
Max. Miles
100 miles
52-65 deg. with winds at 6-12 mph with
16 gusts (South)
Close Calls
Mechanical Failures
A rider toppled over and suffered very
minor injuries. He was coming to a stop
to wait for another rider. Apparently
when he turned around his wheel went
into a big pothole at the wrong angle.
Luckily he was going very slowly and
road surface was smooth.
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, or
Mountain Bike
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