Ride Leader: Blake Altman (Substituting for Scott Walker)
Date: April 12, 2017
Ride Name: Casey Jones Express
Ride Distance: 25 Miles
Average Speed of the Ride: 20.4 – 22.2 MPH
Ride Class: AA/3 Express
Mechanical Issues: Flat tire
Mishaps: Rescue Circus
Weather: Low 70’s, light wind, clear, a beautiful day
Guest Riders: Dianne Chang
Member Riders: Tom Roberts, Brad Francisco, Jill Patterson, Mike Wilson, Michael Blaine, Chis Zabriskie
Dianne, Jill, and Tom rode to the ride start. I was a bit surprised by the turn-out; I expected a bigger group given the great weather.
Unusual for this ride, the ride did not split early on. We lost only one rider off of the back early on. I was dropped on the hill on Route 6 but I was able get back on the pace line due to the fortuitous timing of the traffic light at Penn’s Hill Road. The front group remained together until the hill on Bud’s Creek Road. Once up the hill, the group had split into 3. That didn’t really matter much because most of us stopped to help Dianne who had a rear tire flat. Unfortunately, no one could repair or replace the tire since it was a sew-up. We had to leave her behind on the side of Route 301 to await pick-up.
And now we begin a description of the rescue circus. I immediately started riding again once it became clear we would have to leave Dianne; I wanted to get up the road in case I need to go home and get my car to rescue her. I expected to be caught or passed by the group in short order. This didn’t happen even though I stopped for a bit. Eventually, Michael caught me and we rode together to the end. Once we returned to the start we informed Jill and Brad about the flat; (they hadn’t heard the call-out). Brad volunteered to drive back and pick-up Dianne. I called Dianne to let her know Brad was on his way. Jill and Tom continued on; Jill to her car and Tom to home. Despite repeated calls back and forth and lots of driving on Brad’s part we couldn’t seem to find Dianne. Eventually, I called Dianne back but just as I was Chris pull-up with Dianne in the front seat! Unbeknownst to me, Chris had ridden home, gotten his car, and picked her up. I called Brad back to let him know he could head for home. It was a circus but we got the job done. I’m sending out a big thanks to Brad for his help!
I’m sorry Dianne didn’t have a better ride this week but I hope you come out and ride with us again anyway.
(The low average speed is from my computer and the high average speed is from Brad’s computer.)
P.S. I see from Jean's report that the big white dog is still cheering us on! We didn't see him but perhaps we woke him/her up to cheer on Jean's group. I always enjoy the cheering section...