Leader: Joan Oppel
Members: Ron Altemus, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil, Randy Sim
Route: We started at Friendship Farm Park and headed for Route 6, turning south and then doing several out-and-backs to ride to the shores of Nanjemoy Creek and the Potomac River. Tayloes Neck Road (planned), Bluff Point Road (unplanned), Walters Landing Road (planned), Friendship Acres Road (planned), Benny Gray Road (planned), Dowes Road (unplanned), Route 6 to its end at the Potomac. Then Riverside to Holly Springs, Route 6 to Hancock Run/Adams Willet, Liverpool/Baptist Church and Ironsides back to the park.
Weather: Just a little chilly in the parking lot in the 30s, warming up nicely, ending in the mid 50s - and lots of sun.
Report: This route was prompted by riding on Route 6/Port Tobacco Road between Riverside and Holly Springs, and seeing Tayloes Neck Rd and Benny Gray and wondering "what's down there".
Enlisting Ron Altemus in the planning, he and I decided to create a route that explored every road in the area that we'd never ridden. And then as we did the ride, we found a couple of roads that we hadn't noticed on the map - and went down those as well.
We found lots of woods, a number of houses - from large new homes, some on the water to small, much older homes that have obviously been there for years. We also saw lots of No Trespassing signs, including one special one that said "No Trespassing, No Hunting, NO ANYTHING". There were several Wildlife Management Areas, preserving the land, a section of Doncaster Forest, which is managed to preserve the land and do sustainable logging (main section is on Route 6 between Bowie and Chicamuxen), and the Charles County Environmental Center, an educational center for school children. This Eastern side of the peninsula (where Riverside Road defines the Western side) is more populated than the Western side with more water views from the roads noted above.
At mile 15, at the end of Walters Landing Road, we were about 3/4 of a mile from our starting point - if we had "walked" in a straight line across Nanjemoy Creek. We couldn't see Friendship Landing though because of athe winding shoreline.
At about mile 24, after finishing most of the exploration and adding a few miles as we explored the unplanned, Alan, Randy and Don headed straight back to the start, while Ron and I continued on, cutting a couple of miles off the end. Ending mileage was about 40.
It was a wonderful winter riding day and a fun adventure.
Picture here: http://bit.ly/35GBYCI