Members: Tom Short, Larry Peed, Mike & Regina Saizan, Darryl Lowery, Dave Schnirel, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Sam Perry, Barb & Ron Haney, Tom Roberts, Joni King, Travis Proctor
Route Malfunction: At ride start, Joni King announced that significant road work was being done on Livingston Road and suggested that we take an alternative route to avoid it. Ron Altemus and Steve Palinscar, both possessing extraordinary map skills, quickly devised a route to bypass the construction on both the way out and the way back. The bypass routes were excellent and simple to follow and only added about 4 miles to the 35 mile original route. Much thanks for their expertise!
Riders: As usual, we had a group of varied skills but very compatible people who naturally split up into an "A" group and a "B" group. The "A" group rode reasonably but still faster than we could handle. This, in no way, is a criticism of the "A" group. We all enjoyed each others company at the two rest stops. A faster group allows the opportunity for others to test and improve their conditioning knowing that there are others following in case of difficulty.
Larry Malfunction: Shortly after we left our second rest stop (Pisgah Store), Larry Peed touched wheels with another rider and Larry went down. We were all concerned but it turned out OK. Larry suffered road rash on his right leg, right arm, and right shoulder. The good news was that (1) his Pinarello was not damaged at all, (2) his Pinarello jersey incurred road rash and now sports a battle scar which adds to its character, and (3) Larry's helmet was scarred and prevented what could have been a serious injury. We all wear helmets and know their importance. Larry's spill demonstrated the worth of a helmet.
Sam Malfunction: Following the second rest stop and after Larry's spill, Sam Perry had serious muscle cramps. But Sam, in his Spartan manner, never said one syllable to anyone about his cramps. When we arrived back at Bryans Shopping Center, we were waiting for Sam to appear when Joni King's car appeared with Sam in it. Joni was on her way home when she saw Sam struggling and offered him a ride. Please riders, if you have any problem let others know. This group is only too happy to assist.
Kudos to Joni King: Thank goodness Joni showed up today. First, she advised us to avoid Livingston due to the road work. Second, she was a good Samaritan and assisted Sam when he needed it. Just one extra about Joni - The "A" and "B" group all left the first rest stop at about the same time and Joni was with the "A" group. However she decided to join the "B" group and waited for us by doing hill repeats on Durham Church Road.