Ride last Sunday
Johnny Appleseed is a very nice venue. They are glad to have us, the location is convenient to a variety of rides and the food is good. We rode some the County’s best roads (see 3 favorite roads below). The scenery was stunning. But the tradeoff is, you cannot have views without hills. Climbing 1849’ over 26 miles proved to be challenging. However we had 3 new riders one of whom had not ridden a road bike before. And they did not seem to have any difficulty. We did go off the planned route to visit Chaffee Road. This is bounded by Tuscarora Lake Road on one side and Jackass Hill on the other. Even though this is just minutes from camp, we have avoided this road as it is gravel on the Tuscarora side. It was worth riding on gravel. Angi Buckley, though a relative new comer to the area, lead the group there. Finishing out the 13 riders were Gioia Gensini, David Neff sister Dianne, her daughter Erica, her boyfriend Rich, long time member and first time rider Lisa Larkin, Don Western, Harlan Share, Pauline Cecere, Kate Stewart, and Shelly Kempton. Lisa’s husband Bill Larkin was smart enough to skip the ride and just enjoy the restaurant.
Photo taken by boyfriend of Erica Rich on Gioia’s Camera on Chappie Road.
Last week to send me your 3 favorite roads in Madison County and why. I will not settle for a “they are all my favorite” kind of answer. But if you only have just one, that is ok.
A zinger from Pauline
We all know Pauline Cecere as a very sweet and caring person. Not so fast. Decide after this anecdote.
I took our dog, Grady, on a mountain bike ride. (I’ll ride and he runs, we’ll both come back smiling.) Just as we get back, Pauline in her road gear says “I am going out, come ride with me.”
Paul: OK, let me get my road bike.
Pauline: No, this will be a really short ride, just ride your mountain bike.
Paul: OK, let me put some more air in the tires.
Pauline: No this will be a really, really short ride.
So we take off and after a couple of difficult miles I ask: So when are we heading back?
Pauline: I just want to go to New Woodstock, then up Damon Road and back.
That turns out to be over 15 miles (for a really, really short ride). I figure I am already a few miles in and I get to ride with Pauline so I ride on.
Then Pauline DROPS me. Every once in a while, she’ll wait for me just to drop me again. But that is not the zinger.
When we got back I ask “Why did you drop me?”
And her exact words were “I tried not to, but I could not stay upright riding at your pace” Bada Boom, Bada Bing.
From the Palmers:
“Out of the car and on our bikes in the Grand Tetons. Magnificent!”
(see attached pictures)
Next Sundays Ride
Kate Stewart is hosting. Leaving at 9:00 AM from 50 Myrtle St. in the village of Cazenovia.
Parking might be tight on Myrtle Street (it’s a dead end) so you could also park on Burr if it’s too full. If you bring something, do not bring meat.