|Martin trying to sneak up on me on his Fargo.|
So, on Friday after work I pulled the trigger, hoping that this customer would see it, and I would have at least one person joining me. I wasn't too hopeful that anyone else would come, because it was really late notice. However; much to my surprise, by the time I hit the hay on Friday night, about five people had committed to showing up.
So, I figured I would see at least a nice small group of folks when I hit the parking lot early Saturday morning. Once again, I was very surprised. There were several riders there, some I hadn't counted on, and we ended up being a group of 9 riders, the most I have ever had on a Saturday morning gravel group ride. I had called these "3GR" rides in the past, but this wasn't designated as such by me this time. Basically, that's what it was, and that was the route we used.
|Riders on a barren looking Ivanhoe Road|
|Coming off the fast rollers on Hilton by the Boy Scout Camp.|
|Me holding up the pliers I found. Image by D. Zbaracki|
We had been stopping occasionally to gather up the group, and when we were about to turn left to go back toward Waterloo, we were pulling up for another stop. I saw something chrome glinting in the Sun, so I coasted right up to it. A pair of pliers! I held up my prize and exclaimed with glee that I had found a treasure. As I was gloating, Dave pulled up and snapped the image here of the moment.
A little further up the road, we stopped again to gather up the riders, and I was starving, and admitted so out loud. Kathleen heard me and offered to give me something to eat. She had some of those gummy drops which have electrolytes and whatnot in them. I gratefully accepted them and chowed them down to take the edge off my hunger. One of the gummy drops hit the gravel and someone said "five second rule!", thinking I wouldn't pick it up. Well, of course I did, and I ate it. I did wipe off most of the grit first!
|Feel The Burn!!|
We made it back into town, and several of us went in to the downtown area to grab a coffee and a bite to eat before heading home. It eventually did rain, but not until late in the afternoon. So, it was good to have gotten in a good gravel ride and doubly so with such fine folks as showed up in the morning ready to go.