> I did TOSRV this year, 3rd year for me; had to miss 2002. I saw Larry Varney on his new trike
> pulling into the Lake White rest stop.
> More bents than in other years, but still fewer than the Michigan rides (i.e. DALMAC).
> TOSRV is notorious for bad weather and this year was no exception. Rain with intermittent t-storms
> on the way to Portsmouth; I got off the road once and took sheter in a barn with about 30 other
> people at one point because of the number of lightning strikes.
> There was a new rest stop in the Circleville area, but you had to ride about
> 1/2 mile down a crowded dirt road to get the to rest stop (at a dairy farm). Not entirely
> successful as a stop.
> Camping at the stadium was good; the rain stopped about 7:30 PM and didn't start again until 5:30
> AM on Sunday, just in time to pack up and take down the tent.
> Initially,a tailwind on Sunday that turned into a vicious crosswind for most of ride to Columbus.
> TOSRV is good. Has a different feel than the Michigan rides, with lots of pacelines and fast
> roadies. The fastest guy I saw was a coroplast-faired P-38 with tailbox. Committing to TOSRV means
> getting ready for back to back centuries very early in the season for us northern boys.
> Brad R40 with big fat tires.
I didn't even visit the rest stop near Circleville on Saturday - it just looked too muddy. It
must have been a case of timing or something, too, since most of my ride on Sunday had tailwinds,
with just occasional
- but memorable! - crosswinds. One thing I've found out about those pacelines - they don't want to
trip over a trike. It was nice to see them move over for a change. Still, someone should tell them
how dangerous it is to pass someone at speed with little more than a foot or so clearance. And
about that guy on the P-38: you should see him on his Baron!
Larry Varney Cold Spring, KY http://home.fuse.net/larryvarney