and so the balmy leisurely days ended and the requirement to present myself to a more corporate environment than the indolent one i had been enjoying came to pass. but before that moment arrived there was just one more chance to savour the delights of freedom.
in other words, participate in the omr this morning.
if the atmosphere was one of limbo, of the sense of the cool being merely a presage to the incipient heat of the day, the attitude of the riders gathered at aa was one of langour, of riders who have ridden much and who would rather keep chatting whilst carefully avoiding looking at their timepieces than to heed the inexorability of the passage of time.
reluctantly, however, the group moved off. kaos_jack assumed the lead and stayed there for most of the ride, accompanied in different parts of the course by an ever-changing roster of riders.
whilst the early part of the ride was accompanied by a large number of red lights, we started to achieve green in the latter stages. indeed i enjoyed providing a demonstration of how those of us who fit the "o" and the "m" of the "omr" epithet are able to use the lights to our advantage to overcome the inherent advantage the others riders- who possess a heady melange of strength, fitness and willingness- are able to use bring to the occasion.
family needs dictated a lack of coffee stop for me this morning, which was a pity, as it seemed to be a morning which would be as much about the coffee as the cycling. and given how enjoyable the cycling was- thanks to everyone- the coffee must have been fantastic.
getting older but still enjoying cycling