I woke up at 5 am to make the hour and a half drive drive to Albany. Saturday was the 12th annual Nut Roll bike ride and a ride I rarely miss. It was raining when I left the house and it rained the entire way to Albany. This didn’t matter to me. I brought my rain gear and planned to ride the Century anyway. Upon arriving at Chehaw Park the start of the ride the parking attendants promptly placed me in the middle of a mud hole. No matter, I just moved much to their disliking. Walking towards the registration area I noticed no one was smiling. Once there I noticed there were only a few riders at the pre-registration table. There were no riders at the ride day sign-up table. In fact the staff at this table looked very, very lonely. That’s when it hit me. All these unhappy faces are here because they already paid. I rarely do early registration. I forgo the T-shirts and lower prices of early registration because of situations just like today. But yet there I stood about to pay the premium price for the privilege of riding in unfavorable conditions. What was wrong with this picture? It didn’t take long. An unsuccessful scan of the area for my riding buddies and I hopped in the car and had a nice drive home. I’m not sure if I’m getting smarter or simply getting soft. Probably the latter but I sure enjoyed the ride home. Hope those who braved the rain had a good ride. I’ll try again next year.