A cool day - perhaps 60 when we left Bryans Road, reaching a chilly 70 by the time we finished - and windy. They said "partly cloudy," but that didn't begin to describe the large puffy clouds, some with dark blue and gray bellies that seemed to promise rain, interspersed with areas of clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine.
In the group today were Jon Agazzi, Randy and Jackie Schoch, Jay Lewis, Darryl Lowery, Mike Bivens, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Paul and Linda Bankerd, Loretta Troen, Richard Harrington, Dana Middleton and Sam Perry, and guests Thane and Robert.
Today's route was a counterclockwise loop to Goose Bay: Pomfret and Bumpy Oak to Ripley, Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower and Mill Swamp to the rest stop, followed by climbs on Blossom Point, Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak for the return, and as you'd imagine, faster in the first half than on the way back.
The group split in two early on, a small A contingent going off the front and long gone by mile 3, with a fairly cohesive large group of B riders arriving at the Marina with 15.something averages. Neither the average nor the cohesion would survive Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak, of course. Still, the last one in finished with a 14.1 mph average.
Jay Lewis' rear shift cable broke at the shifter on the way to Goose Bay, and not the first time for him. It seems his cables last around 1 year, perhaps 2,000 miles, and then a brief warning of gears auto-shifting is quickly followed by complete failure at the shifter. Much the same happened to Jim last year.
Do you change your cables before they fail? I don't use STI - my bikes have bar end shifters, and when those start to go the frayed strands poke you in the finger, like getting stuck with a pin - hard to ignore, even with full finger gloves on. Unless you notice the auto-shifting (and even there, you may only get a few minutes advance warning) a failing cable may take you completely by surprise. How's your luck holding?