I guess it had to happen eventually. . .Eighteen miles into a 54 mile Club ride, I was going downhill at about 30 mph in a shaded area when WHAM I hit a small pothole. I never saw it. I could hear something rattling off the road behind me, and I immediately assumed my cell phone had bounced out of my jersey pocket. I reached around, confirmed my phone was still in place, but noticed that one of my water bottles was missing. I turned around to look for the bottle and realized my front tire was flat. Great. The ride leader stopped to help, and 15 minutes later (we twisted the tube once, and had to start over) we were back on the road. I was riding with the A group, so they were long gone. The A/B group passed a few minutes after the incident, and we hustled to catch up with them. The ride leader is much stronger than I am, so it was a struggle to keep up and take my turn pulling. Fortunately we caught the A/B crowd waiting to regroup at the top of a long hill a few miles up the road. Finished the ride without incident.
Moral of the story? Always pack a spare tube, CO2 cartridge and a small tool kit!