Leader: Tom Short
Members: Linda Bankerd and Fred Sawyer
Weather: Ride start was postponed from 9:00 to 11:00 due to early a.m. rain. Postponement for 2 hours was a great decision as we had perfect riding temperature (in short sleeves) and a clear blue sky.
Mechanicals: Linda was losing air from her back tire and was down to about 20 psi when we stopped to look at it. Our first thought that it was a slow leak and if we just added air we could ride the remaining 6 or 7 miles back. Linda added air and when she removed the pump the tube’s valve stem blew out. Just then a car stopped to offer assistance and Linda decided to load her bike in his car and ride with him. I then continued the ride.
Ride Report: Beautiful day, good roads, nice route, and courteous drivers. As reported above, Linda had a flat but did not lose very much mileage as it was relatively close to ride end. I had never ridden with Fred Sawyer before and he was a very good riding companion. He was riding a new bike that was designed for gravel, rough roads, and smooth dirt trails. He was very happy with his bike.
Lesson I hope to learn: Fred is a strong rider and was ahead of Linda and me. I tried to telephone him to let him know that we were delayed but I could not decipher his phone number. The lesson is if you are the ride leader make sure you can read what others wrote.