I joined up with a group on the other side of Charlotte for one. We had an excellent turnout of about 50 people. We rode 8 miles in town with incredible police support and a fire truck following behind us. Our group was two city blocks long. It had the look and feel of a funeral procession. The hardest part was staying around 12 mph.
It was a memorable experience. It rained really hard for 30 mins just prior to the ride. By the time we were about half way through the sun was peeking below the clouds with a very eery light.
My brother and I lead the group and I couldn't help but think how lucky I was to still have him around after he was struck by a car 1-1/2 years ago. We had another cyclist in our club that was killed one evening in a sudden storm on a regular group ride. There was another rider from my town that was hit by a city bus and killed while he was commuting to work. And yet another rider not far from where I live that apparently did not see a dump truck and rode into it's path. The list just seems to go on and on and is just too long.......
May they all rest in peace.
Here's hoping there is nothing but safe roads ahead of us all.