Saturday, July 18, 2009
Dear fellow sparker. When I talk about sparks were flying in Mansfield, it was because 5 sparkers got together for a ride in Mansfield (Ohio), on a multipurpose trail. It was AMCG2002 (anne), ROOKIERIDER (Nancy), Bill (BILLALEX70), John (JOPAPGH) and Ed, a friend of Bill's, who is not on the list.
John and I drove down yesterday, and stayed overnight. We met the rest of the gang at about 7:30am and were ready to ride about 8. Great 34 miles out and back on a multipurpose trail. It was shady and partly over cloudy to overcast, and the temperature was perfect. It was fun to get to ride a little bit with everyone and to get to talk and get to become acquainted with folks you have only communicated with online.
As we rode back, I broke a spoke, and had to make a 'pit stop' at the local bike store. A very nice bike store located at a place where you would not think of a bike store - however my spoke was fixed and I eyes a sale, so what did I buy - a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses 50% off. (pretty cool, eh?)
We got back to the cars, and it was time to get some food. After a break Nancy and John decided to head off for lunch while the rest of us started to roll out. Well the first half was completed in average 18.6 mph (not infrequently 23-24 mph on the course). The trip home was a little slower (avg 17.8 I think it was - I did not reset my computer) because of the head wind... and again we frequently reached 23-25 miles, but had to stop a lot because of stop signs.
We changed clothes ... and said goodbye - I went to Bob Evans for an omelette (needed the protein) ... and then back to Cleveland ....
To everyone THANK YOU... this was a lot of fun. For sure we will be back riding together again. Thanks to our families for letting us do this!
See you all soon.