Leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Harry Kidd, Walt Roscello
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30540172 - 40 miles, 1300 feet of climbing. From John Baggett Park in Laurel Grove we rode out Laurel Grove and Kavanagh to Loveville Rd. After a diversion on Bishop - Friendship School - Parsons Mill, we took Loveville and Point Lookout to Pin Cushion and Sunnyside. Then we had a long stretch on Colton Point Rd to the first rest stop at Seventh District Park. After the break we took Sugar Hole, Oakley, Abell and Colton Point to Bushwood Wharf and Bushwood. The planned route remained on Bushwood to Hurry Rd and the second stop at Chaptico Market. The final stint went up Chaptico and Baptist Church Rds and finished on the Three Notch Trail.
Average speed: about 13 mph
Weather: Hot and humid but okay for a morning ride.
Mishaps and mechanicals: a missed turn.
Crop report: The corn is as high as an elephant's eye.
Report: The goal for the day was to have ice cream at Chaptico Market, without melting in the July heat during the ride. So we kept the distance short and started early, and tried to use roads with shade. Overall it went well, and I recommend the orange sherbet.
We didn't entirely stick to the planned route. Early on, Walt decided to continue on Laurel Grove Rd to scout out alternates to the traditional Laurel Grove to Kavanagh to Loveville route. We expected to meet up again on Bishop, but ended up not seeing him again until we were leaving Seventh District Park. Harry and I rode ahead but stopped at the turn from Abell to Colton Point Rd for Walt to catch up. For a while after that we were within sight of each other on the road, or so we thought. But after crossing Maddox Rd on Bushwood and climbing the hill, Walt and I stopped in the shade, expected Harry to catch up shortly. When he didn't show up and a call to his cell went to voice mail, we retraced to Maddox and turned right, thinking he had probably gone that way. A few minutes later I heard the voicemail alert on my phone; Harry had called back to say he had indeed taken Maddox and was at the market waiting for us. Not sure why the call went to voice mail -- a weak signal, perhaps? At any rate, Walt and I continued up Maddox to Chaptico, ending up with almost three additional miles tacked onto our ride and very glad when we stepped into the air conditioned store and loaded up on cold drinks.
Other than that, it was an uneventful, pleasant ride. Starting at 8:30 worked well. The longer drive to the start at Laurel Grove Park was easy with no traffic at all on Rt 5, and there was plenty of shade along the route thanks to the angle of the morning sun. Seventh District Park was fine as a water stop, and we passed the store at Oakley and Abell Rd a few miles later so we could have gotten ice there if it had been needed. This route is a keeper, and would also work well as a ride to the strawberry festival.
Thanks to Harry and Walt for joining me today!