|A damp beginning out of Norwalk|
(Just as an explanation for the names, Teacher is for the guy who taught me and my friends many of the rules and etiquette of cycling and Driver is for a friend who literally drives hours and hours to get to rides. He's driven as much as 10 hours in a single day to ride his bike.)
The weather here in the NYC metro area has been really crappy the last few weeks. Rain has been in the daily forecast on virtually every single day. But by some lucky happenstance, the forecast for Sunday's ride predicted a clear day with no precipitation.
Of course, that was wrong.
When we arrived at the start area at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, it had started to sprinkle and by the time we started to ride, it had turned into a light but not insignificant shower. And it was cold... probably aroun 55 degrees. Which would've been fine except for the fact that I was in bib shorts and short sleeves and forgot to bring my arm warmers (or any rain gear at all). Not exactly the best start to the day.
But after about 15 miles or so, the showers started to sputter and soon went away. The tarmac was still damp but was starting to dry a little bit and all of us got to enjoy the ride quite a bit more.
|The Driver (in his new Rapha jersey) circling the Saugatuck Reservoir|
There were hundreds of other riders out on the road... enough to feel like we were part of a large group ride but not so many that the roads felt crowded. (Though there was this one stretch where a huge contingent from the Danbury Audi Cycling Team came through being motorpaced by their team car. Me, being the child of my group decided to chase after them. See video below.)
|Racing through green forests|