This was an odd ride today. Nice, but odd. First, the weatherman bamboozled all of us causing actions ranging from cancellations to route alterations.
Tito, Ags, BobH, IvaHawk met at PUE at 7:00 AM. We set out all the while thinking we must not stray far from home. Bob assured us the rain wouldn’t start until noon. It felt like it would start anytime. It turns out that I’m writing this at 3:00 PM and it still hasn’t rained.
We decided to ride around the lake via Doc Nichols, Patterson to the town of Creedmoor. From the beginning, BobH dropped the hammer. The rest of us were taking it easy. Bob got so far ahead we had no idea where he was. Eventually, on Patterson, Tito got tired of the slower pace, and he took off. Ags and I soldiered on. Later we learned that Tito did catch Bob. We saw neither of them again until Peed Rd.
They went on to Creedmoor as planned. I neglected to turn off Old Weaver and kept going. When we got to hwy 50, we ran into the Beaver Dam triathlon bikers. (I bet the swim was fun - NOT). Ags and I turned left on Beaver Dam / Rock Springs Ch Rd to Bruce Garner and then headed "home." Bob and Tito caught us going up Peed. It turned out that we all had about the same mileage – 42 approximately. We got back to PUE a little after 10:00 AM.
One funny thing: Ags and I passed an old deserted house on Patterson. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a goat peering at me from the second floor window. We decided to turn around and sure enough by this time, he was standing on the roof. I snapped his picture.
But, alas, my memory was full and I failed to capture the moment. Not realizing I was out of memory,I tried to get a closer picture. But, when I advanced, he jumped back through the window. We heard him kicking and rattling around inside.
Embiggen to see the goat in front of that open window.
Funny thing two: While in Creedmoor at the BP station, where Tito and Bob were waiting for the two of us that never arrived, the mayor of Creedmoor approached them. He told them they “looked like trouble” and gave them his card. Maybe Tito will take a pic of it and send it to us.
I’m sorry the forecast was overly pessimistic. You guys could have done your brevet after all. And, we could have done our century.