Reports of hundred degree temperatures today were overblown. It never exceeded 99. [And so what if it did set a record for the date?]
The group today consisted of Larry Peed, Linda Bankerd, Sonya Newman, Mike Bivens, Joan Oppel, Mile and Regina Saizan, Richard Harrington, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Sam Perry, John Early, Thane Stielow and leader Steve Palincsar.
Today's route was a quest for shade, and we found a good deal of it on Tower, Old Indian, Cross Road Trail, Molly Berry, Croom, Fenno, Duley Station and North Keys. Also some unshaded bits, most of which still felt relatively cool due to the wind. There was one spot on Molly Berry on the rise just before the North Keys intersection that for a few feet felt positively Hellish, but for a 35 mile ride on a humid day with 99 degree temperatures, it wasn't all that bad.
For most riders, it was a trouble-free day. Not Sonya, though. She had problems shifting on the last ride, took the bike to the shop and they said there was nothing wrong. There was enough wrong today she had to stop on Nelson Perrie while John Early and Mike Saizan worked on her bike, and then again later in the ride on St. Thomas Church. Eventually she took a short cut back. "Works just fine, ain't nothin' wrong" may be all well and good when the bike's on the work stand, but it just doesn't cut it when you're on a 9% grade and it won't go down into your lowest gear!
When it was all over, Jim summed things up: "Now we are ready for Bike Virginia."