A hardy group of four BCC'ers (Michael, Dave, Thi and Peter) gathered at 6:30 am at Birchmount and Danforth. After a brief discussion of the Toronto to Simcoe weather forecasts, the planned Simcoe run was ditched in favour of a rendevous with the Kleinburg group that was to head out at 7:00 am.
Mr. Map-it Michael and has trusty Garmin quickly plotted out a modified Kleinburg route with about 20 km in extra loops that hopefully would have us arrive at the coffee shop only about 5 minutes ahead of the Kleinburg group.
Off we went, however, our 34 km/hr pace (despite a slight to moderate NW headwind) put us about 10 to 15 minutes ahead of the expected arrival of the Kleinburg group as we approached the coffee shop, and looming black clouds suggested imminent rainfall. The less-water resistant members of the group lobbied vigorously for a rapid return, rather than waiting for the larger Kleinburg group. We quickly turned back, taking Islington back to the City and running a reverse Tuesday night run (with occasional modifications suggested by Michael - or was it his Garmin? Never did figure that out...).
Having changed our route and our plans continuously throughout the ride to avoid moisture at all costs, it goes without saying that no rain actually fell. Suitably chastised, and having returned to the City about two hours sooner than expected, Thi lead us on a merry chase in search of a coffee shop for post-ride conversation. All in all, about 110 km from the Tim's start to the coffee shop finish, or about 122 km for me door-to-door.
Highlights of the ride include:
(i) while remounting after a quick water stop at the Tim's at Rutherford Road and Major Mackenzie, Dave pointing out the Kleinburg group riding past, heading north. (We yelled, but you didn't hear us.)
(ii) listening to Michael say (again) "You know, if we just turn here we can add XX more km to the ride"
(iii) chasing down Thi on every hill.
(iv) everyone (unsuccesfully) trying to figure out how to make Michael's camera work (sorry, no photos!)