The first South Jersey CR ride took place today and was well attended with 15 people showing up for the ride. After a week of warm temperatures and exceedingly high humidity, we could not have wished for better weather for riding with bright sun and a temperature in the mid-70's. We had people from three different states attending which was quite nice. From New Jersey, we had Angel Garcia (Cinelli SC), Dave Neuhaus (Peugeot?), Ray Homiski (Rickert), Tom Adams and his lovely wife (Assenmacher tandem), Paul Brodek and John Hawrylak (Schwinn world traveler?), from New York there was Rita Lee (Vitus) and her virile husband (Cinelli SC), the omnipotent despot John Pergolizzi (Hurlow built Cotten), from Pennsylvania: Roy Drinkwater (the sole fixed gear rider!), Charlie Young (Holdsworth), Curtis 'Ben Hur' Anthony (Bob Jackson trike) and his co-worker Davis. To bring the average number of wheels per rider to 2, I rode my George Longstaff trike. The ride took us from Moorestown to Vincenttown and back covering a little over 30 miles of mostly back roads through farms and quiet little villages. As a whole, the ride came off without any problems. The sole mechanical glitch came just before the midway point when Curtis decided to do some tricycle jousting, first trying the Ben Hur chariot move on my left rear wheel without success and then succeeding on my right rear wheel taking out 4 spokes at once. He immediately sprung into action to remedy the results of his action. He balanced out the remaining 28 spokes and trued the wheel as best as possible allowing me to ride the rest of the way.
Upon our return to Moorestown, there was ample opportunity to talk bikes and get to know one another over refreshments. We were also privileged to get a preview of Dave Neuhaus' children's picture book "His Finest Hour". The book, that will be coming out shortly (ISBN # 1-931382-49-2), is the perfect book for those CR listmembers with smaller children as it tells the story of a child's first bike race. The story and illustrations were written/drawn by Dave and has been published by VeloPress.
I look forward to the next CR ride.