Ride Leader: Blake Altman
Date: March 27, 2019
Ride Name: Casey Jones Express
Ride Distance: 25 Miles
Average Speed of the Ride: 19.6 - 21.8 MPH
Ride Class: AA/2
Mechanical Issues: Flat Tire
Weather: 50’s, partly sunny, breezy
Guest Riders: Mike Anderson
Member Riders: Brad Francisco, Scott Walker, Mike Edwards
The ride leader led the group until the end of St. Mary’s Ave. and then it was off to the races. Once the Mike & Mike duo got to the front, the rest of us were struggling to keep up. By the time we crested the last hill on Spring Hill-Newtown Rd. the ride had split. There was a quick break at end of the road where we regrouped.
As per usual, the ride split again at the top of the hill on Route 6 with Brad, Blake, and Scott off the back. I waited for Scott but Brad continued. I later found out that he rejoined the front group – an impressive effort. Meanwhile, Blake and Scott formed chase 1. I say chase 1 but we had no hope of catching the front group, or did we…
As we were starting the climb Budd’s Creek Rd. we came upon Mike Edwards changing a flat with the rest of the front group with him. I checked to make sure they were okay and then said “We’re going to continue – you’ll catch us”. As soon as the words were out of my mouth I was determined to prove them wrong.
The now front group of Scott and Blake continued up the hill and regrouped at the top. The wind which here-to-fore had been against us was behind us. It felt great! We made good time an I never spied the rest of the group in my tiny little rearview mirror.
Scott and I were the first to arrive at the end but we had the lowest average. The remaining riders were back in short order. They estimated that they needed another 5 miles to catch us – I have no reason to doubt it.
It was a fun ride except for the flat tire and something about a car hassling the rear group on Fairground Rd. I never got the story on that but everyone was okay in any case.