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Manokeek Village to LaPlata-Pisgah loop 42

Sun, March 05, 2017 10:00 AM | John Gorman

Ride leader: John Gorman and (well kinda of) Jean Wright

Members: Chantel and Bob Thompson, Leisha Peacock and Bruce Wright

Weather: 28! at the start, near 42 at the end. No wind and all day long blue skies.

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

STATS: miles 41.17/riding time 3:05/total elapsed time 3:36/ AMS: 13.4 ride leader sweeping and at times leading. Elv gain 1204ft, a few mild 4-6% grades.   

It was cold at the Starbucks, as Leisha and I were awaiting for Jean, who advised on Sat, that she would lead the B/A riders who may come out. I guess the below 30 temps had folks re-think riding today.  Jean and Bruce did arrive and as they were almost ready, Chantel and Bob pulled in, which would allow John to have riding partners. We agreed that Leisha, Jean, & Bruce would likely ride at a higher AMS grouping together.  Well, after perhaps 2-miles down the road Jean/Bruce decided it was (I guess too cold) and were going to head back. (I think those A-rider types need to toughen up a bit...LOL). So Chantel and John continued on and then Bob caught up, and eventually Leisha came along (advising she would continue to ride solo.) Chantel advised this was her 1st time out for the season, so she was trying to get conditioned, so Bob/John, kept a slower pace and ensured we grouped as needed. After the first rest break mile 18(Dash In)-Charles St/Rt6, Chantel asked if there was a way to shorten the route. John agreed to skip Ripley(Pisgah store) and simply stay on Hawthorne to Livingston, which would cut off a few miles. Well somehow, John didn't take a quick L/R? on Washington/Hawthorne, which got us off track by about 2miles, eventually needing to take 301 S back to the R on Hawthorne. Any hoot, we got back on track, and skipping Ripley,it shaved off about 1mile less than the planned 42. Bob mentioned he enjoyed traveling thru the community streets off of MD-210 (Catherine Fran/Barney Dr) vs being on the MD-210 shoulder the entire time. Ride Leaders always enjoy hearing positive feedback on their planned routes, this is why I like using some community streets time to time. Also the Piney Church Rd (semi goes thru a community) with a nice bike trail /broken line walkway next to the actual road, which we used. We stopped on the Livingston Rd/IHRT for one final drink, before heading north onto MD-210.   Nice day to ride, though the temps were far far from the past 70s that we so enjoyed.  Certainly a route I'd lead again, and would be  more enjoyable come spring/summer.     

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