Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Morning Group Ride - April 14, 2010

I went out with the Wednesday Morning Group for a nice ride this morning.  Great sunny day with temperatures in the high 60's but with a very strong southwest wind.  We decided to go into the wind to Spring Hill, Kansas which is southwest of where we start at the BikeSource on 135th and Neiman in Overland Park, Kansas.  The BikeSource is an excellent bike store that used to be located at the corner of 119th Street and Quivira in Overland Park but moved a few years ago to a larger store.  They carry high-end racing, mountain, and recreational bicycles including the whole Specialized line.  I use them quite a bit since they are close to my house.

We had a nice sized group of 9 riders but without our fearless leader, Ron Johnson, who was traveling.  Jerry Radek lead the ride which was about 35 miles.  A map of the ride can be seen on my Garmin Connect Account post and it includes the mileage to and from my house so a few miles longer.

Spring Hill is a small city of about 4,700 residents that is located in both Johnson and Miami counties.  There has been quite a population boom, however, as within a five mile radius the population size is 9,700 and that has doubled since 1990.  According to Wikipedia, in 1856, James B. Hovey named the community after a town near Mobile, Alabama.   The town was incorporated in 1857, and Hovey then served as the town’s first postmaster.  Also that year, Hovey built the first building in town, the Spring Hill Hotel. The two-story structure, also known as the “Old Traveler’s Rest” was located on the highest elevation in town.  We rode past the old downtown area but I did not have enough time to snap a picture nor could I find any good ones on line.  Next time!

We stopped at a gas station for our SAG Stop and I had a passerby take this picture of the group.  Starting on the left is Larry, Chuck, Lisa, Jerry, Jon, Jon, Jake, Ray, and me.

After our SAG we headed back to the BikeSource and it was a breeze with the wind behind us.  The group got a bit separated at times because it was so easy to go 20-25 mph effortlessly.

If you are in the Kansas City area this Wednesday morning ride, listed on the Johnson County Bike Club Ride Calendar, is a nice friendly one that takes many different routes from out into the country to Westport in the city.  They also ride year around and I join them when I can depending on my schedule.  They are listed as a medium paced ride which is about 14-16 mph.

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