You all missed a great day in the saddle this morning, when 7 of us took up the ‘show-n-go 60′ challenge, with Dave and I putting in an almost even 70m. It was Dave’s longest ride ever, and my longest since a Lou-Lex trip back in 1999. It was very pleasant to see some new faces, including Mark and Michelle and Micheal (sic) and Brooke. Old faces included myself, Dave, and Chad, who had joined us for our cobblestone ride in April.
Our route took us through Audobon Park, down Floyd St. and out to Iroquois. From there we connected to Manslick, and here it only got more interesting when we ran by Penile Rd. only to come upon a “raised manhole”. Dang, that’s a dicey neighborhood if you ask me. My original posting had us climbing Mitchell Hill, but I chose to do Jefferson Hill b/c of the scenery and shade. After a quick respite at the top, we bombed down the back of Mitchell and rode many a pleasant mile on Knob Creek Rd. in Bullitt. Only one dog got close, and aside a bit of gravel, the riding down that road could not have been better: weather, sunshine, traffic, ride companionship. It had it all. At the end of Knob Creek we undertook our first store stop, enjoying being checked out by a very helpful 8 yr-old (mom was helping). From there our route took us along 44 to pick up Weavers Run/Pauleys Gap (different map list them differently), where I befell the only poor luck of the day, a flat tire right at the top of the “gap”. After a pretty speedy change, we had the good fortune of observing and extremely small toad/frog (pic below). He couldn’t have been bigger that a nickel.
We worked hard to cross Dixie and connect to the 2nd portion of our ride, that of the Levee Trail/Riverwalk. We took in another reptile, that of a snake intertwined in the railing by the river; it was here that I had the 2nd batch of bad luck, a Sigg bottle lid that fell, bounced and disappeared about where the snake went. We all appreciated the nice, flat trail, although Brooke didn’t appreciate the Mill Creek bridge height. Upon arriving at Shawnee Park, Michael (sic) and Brooke departed via Broadway to save some time and the remainder took the Riverwalk- the rather muddy RW- and took Portland into downtown. We said goodbye to Chad at Swan and Kentucky St. and the remaining 4 returned to Atherton at Mark and Michelle’s parked car. Dave and I were pretty insistent to get our 70 in, so we did a flat loop through Seneca Gds, with Dave almost crashing .1m from the house when his chain jumped the cassette. Yikes! We also finished in RCCS fashion, topping the day with a brew and a sandwich at Cumberland Brews.
I think this was the most successful RCCS ride yet. I like Michael’s (sic) comment best that we had a decent speed, but maintained “conversation pace”, and we had some great ride companions today to share some talkin’. IMHO, that’s the premise of RCCS rides. There’s more to cycling than hammering, and today proved to be a great time and great mileage to boot.