Cinco de Mayo provided a great Saturday ride for us. We had a medium size group. Three paces were represented and we had 2 new guys riding with the “C” group. We cycled up to Ashland along the usual route in perfect weather. Drivers were very courteous. The crowd at ACT was rather small, but there were a lot of options with NYC’s Five Burroughs ride, and several well promoted club options and training rides. Even so, it was good to see some familiar faces. After a 20 minute chat time, we headed out, only to realize that I had left one of our riders behind. Though he could have easily found his own way back, shame on me for leaving anyone behind. Everyone else waited, while I returned to fetch our friend and we all rode back together.
Jack Huber, one of the long-time members of RABA and a personal friend of mine (ahem, are you gettin’ how important I’m feeling about being a close, personal friend of Jack?) offered some route detours to get off of Ashland road. We did ride one and enjoyed it, but I’m not sure we will repeat it. Those of us who ride that route regularly experience great courtesy from the drivers on that road. I think it helps that there are other riders out that way regularly and at least one regular bike commuter on 623 that I know of.
I failed to eat breakfast and found that everyone was riding a good bit faster than I “wanted” to. Now, whether I was undernourished, or whether I’m just a piddly type of touring cyclist, I don’t know, but you can bet your booties I’ll be eating my Wheaties next week. About 6 miles from the finish of the ride, I asked Jack to roll ‘em the rest of the way in, so I wouldn’t have to hustle to keep up, or hold everyone up. He did so kindly.
Though its nearly impossible to stop and take pictures while leading a ride, I took the camera and at least shot pictures at the ACT meeting location, and at our ride start. Do you recognize any legs?
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.