- We caught a near-perfect day at the Beach.
- MikeD did a great pull on Burton and Red Mill roads, keeping everyone together but at a pace all could handle, so we zipped through those miles faster than might have otherwise been the case.
- A couple miles later, we separated into two groups on the climb up Stagville Rd to Bahama.
- However, the slow crew got to Stem while MikeD & Steve were still there -- at the "wrong" store.
- (Stem is an open control, but I think the BP there usually smells funny and the commode is awful (just ask Brad). My preferred store has 2 indoor booths, which is nice in winter cold and summer heat; and the commode not-quite-as-awful -- plus the clerks there have been rando-trained.)
- Robert, who as practice for Flint Hill Rd on the upcoming NCBC 400k brevet, had turned around, after getting to the top of the Michie Wall more-or-less with MikeD and Steve, so that he could climb the Lake Michie Wall a second time. Crazy! Anyway, that meant that Ricochet ended up with the slow-crew of Bob and me. Upon arriving in Stem, Ricochet went to the other / wrong store to hang-out with Mike and Steve.
- I anticipated a 3-to-5-minutes at my preferred store, and then Bob and I would cycle over to the other store and we could all start the "second half" together.
- I was back outside, Honey Bun and receipt in hand, in 3-minutes ... to find Bob taking a bit more time.
- So ... I let the 5-minute idea go ... and ate the banana I had in addition to the Honey Bun.
- We were just ready to leave (after ~ 10-minutes) when 2 non-rando cycling buddies (Lt. Dave and Red Rocket Lee) pulled into the store ... so we chatted for another 5-minutes, turning the hoped for 5-minute control stop into 15-minutes.
- I had legs and intended to use them and find out how much legs I actually had. There is a pretty good descent from Stem toward Creedmoor, and I re-warmed into a good rhythm, Bob sticking with me and pulled even or slightly ahead on one of the bump-ups (Bob can usually climb faster than I can).
- Bob was with me into and through and leaving Creedmoor.
- He was with me all the way from Creedmoor to Grissom.
- Upon getting to Grissom and turning onto Bruce Garner Rd, Bob was still with me.
- When I have legs, I can often get a good-pace going on Bruce Garner / New Light Rd ... and that is what I concentrated on.
- I next checked for Bob when I was about half-a-mile into Wake County -- that is, about 3-miles from Grissom -- no Bob.
- I kept going.
- Bob later told me that I just drifted away from him on Bruce Garner as he could no longer hold my wheel.
- Not my intent, but even us slow guys do that sometimes.
- Esp. if a I'm-on-a-mission face comes over me, instead of a happy-smiley face.
- After the ride was over, Steve indicated that he had apparently started to wear-out some near the end. A likely result given that this was only Steve's fifth ride since a well-known car / bicycle interaction this past January. Despite the well-known nature of the "interaction" -- I refuse to refer to it as an "accident" -- I had not heard of the incident until April 25th -- two days before this ride.
- I don't think I closed the distance as much as the official elapsed times suggest. I think Mike, Robert and Steve dallied between finishing and getting their cards signed. I was probably still at least 5-minutes behind them, but ...
|RUSA-T31891||6628||B___, Robert D||Randonneurs USA / 933095||04:13|
|RUSA-T31892||5843||B___, Bob||Randonneurs USA / 933095||04:21|
|RUSA-T31893||1609||D___, Michael J||North Carolina Bicycle Club / 933045||04:13|
|RUSA-T31894||5657||S___, Steve||Randonneurs USA / 933095||04:13|
|RUSA-T31895||6218||S___, J Martin||Randonneurs USA / 933095||04:15|
It is nice thinking that I may have some gitty-up back in my legs after the slog-fest(s) the first half of the month.
--> Bahama Beach 103-km perm-pop --> ; 87.7 m.; 5h36 in-motion; 15.6 mph; BB elapsed time: 4h15.
Q-1 tot: _11 rides; __940.3 m; _64h42; 14.5 mph; _1275 RUSA kms.
Apr tot: __5 rides; __651.5 m; _45h02; 14.5 mph; __911 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _16 rides; _1591.8 m; 109h45; 14.5 mph; _2186 RUSA kms.