It was plenty warm Sunday, April 26th, when a dozen members of the Mid-Ohio Valley Ski Club gathered in Cairo, WV for the annual Spring Bike Ride through North Bend State Park.
The day actually reached 93 degrees in places, exceeding the record set back in 1990 (and another year). But most of the riders all had water bottles and refreshment to aid them in the seven mile ride.
That's seven miles one way, if you completed the ride to Elenburo, where a McDonalds and DairyQueen were waiting. About half of the riders completed the 14 mile round trip. Others turned back a bit after the second tunnel at the rest house. Pictures were snapped commemorating the event in the shade in front of tunnel 12. The more adventurous (young) of the group scrambled up the hillside to tower over the group from the top of the tunnel entrance. More pictures were snapped.
A few completed the seven mile ride sans any pre-training, and declared they were finished when they reached the air conditioned comfort of Dairy Queen. No one refused the comfort nor treats. At least one pair decided to call a taxi to come pick them up, and my wife served double duty in retriving our bikes.
One of the high points of the day was a close call within the first mile or so as two women decided to play NASCAR and locked wheels. All were releaved when they were alright and the bikes separated once again.
After the ride, all were treated to refreshments and snacks at the nearby Hein cabin. Bob and Cindy grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and all filled their bellies as we relaxed in the shade.
Another of the high points was the annual examination of "The Crusher", a fascinating can collapsing device that never ceases to amaze some drinkers. Many cans of a variety of beverages were emptied just so that we could crush the empties and do our part to recycle.
As the sun began to lower, we bid our host adue' and made our way back to civilization, better off in the knowledge that we could actually make the seven mile ride on mountain bikes no matter what the conditions... even if most of us prefer sixty degrees cooler and white stuff in the mountains!