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Casey Jones Express, AA/2 Express

Wed, March 27, 2019 5:00 PM | Blake Altman

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

Mishaps:  None

Weather: 50’s, partly sunny, breezy

Guest Riders:  Mike Anderson

Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Scott Walker, Mike Edwards

Ride Report:

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.


  • Thu, March 28, 2019 3:19 PM | Brad Francisco
    I can't take credit for catching them. They got caught at the traffic light on Rt 6. After it turned green they waited for me. They didn't know the route and wanted a navigator. The tail wind was impressive. My backup computer stopped with 10 miles to go and was reading 18.67 mph at that point.
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    • Thu, March 28, 2019 7:17 PM | Brad Francisco
      As to the group of three being hassled, it was a white sedan. Older Mercedes or Volvo. I was too busy trying to keep up with Mike and Mike. The younger male driver passed us from behind on Fairgrounds Rd. a little closer than we would like blaring his horn the whole way and shouting something. As we got closer we got a repeat of earlier but coming towards us this time. All recorded on Mike's video.
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      • Mon, April 01, 2019 12:35 PM | Blake Altman
        Thanks for letting me know the details. I may know where this car "lives" since I saw it in a driveway near the end of Fairground Rd. We need to keep a watch out for it and if something like this happens again I will report it to the police.
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        • Mon, April 01, 2019 6:23 PM | Brad Francisco
          If Mike still has the video, the tag number should be visible for both passes and probably facial details on his return pass.
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