Last night's Roaming Ride was the first of the season, and a chance to get outside, stretch my legs, climb some hills, and watch some amusing course navigation.
Roaming is what the ride's all about, so I try to pick roads that are less traveled and familiar. In the past I've tried the make-the-route-up-as-we-go routine, but that's been less than ideal. So I'm back to handing out cue sheets, which in the case of last night's ride led to two moments of confusion:
- The first wasn't my fault. Riverdale Road (the correct turn) isn't the same as River Road (where the pack attempted to turn, and got snarled in traffic).
- The second was Google's fault. Google Maps show that Muddy Creek Road north of Harlow is Groometown Road, and that's what I listed on the cue sheet. However, the street sign says Muddy Creek. In this case, we had a conflict between those who stuck to the cue sheet (and continued straight) and those who used local knowledge to override the sheet (and, correctly, turned left).
But having to navigate and living with the possibility of getting lost are integral parts of the Roaming Ride. Want to mindlessly follow the same route week after week? This isn't for you. Like they say in the software biz, this isn't a bug. It's a feature.
Hills? A feature.
More hills? Even better.
The Roaming Ride continues next Thursday, unless it's raining. Look for details on the calendar at GSOVelo.com.