Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Bob Howell, Melissa Watson
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19252503 45 miles, 1468' elevation gain. Leaving Northern Senior Center, we headed down the Three Notch Trail to Mechanicsville Rd and took that to the first rest stop at Chaptico. From there we headed up Hurry to a left on Manor, merged into Horshoe and then onto Budd's Creek. The planned construction activity Walt mentioned at the annual meeting was to us just a bunch of safety cones narrowing the lane and removing the shoulder just before the intersection with Colton Point Rd. Passing through the intersection, we took Budd's Creek up the hill and then went right on Bayside to Compton, then took Newtowne Neck to a rest stop at MD-5. After that break we went through the Loveville Mennonite community via Maypole, Friendship School and Bishop then took Loveville, Kavanaugh and Laurel Grove to Laurel Grove Park and a third rest stop. From there, we took Morganza Turner and MD-6 straight back.
Weather: 28 at the start, sunny (a very warm-feeling sun) and very light winds, rising during the day to a reported high of 38 (per the radio and weather apps) or 42 (according to my car). Now you might think that would be a cold ride, and I wouldn't blame you for thinking so; but with the right clothing it turned out to be remarkably pleasant. This was the next most coldest ride of the year for me (I did one in January that was 25 and windy) and I dressed accordingly: I usually wear one or more of a Capilene base layer, a very light wool long sleeve T and a medium weight wool long sleeve T; today I wore them all. A wool winter weight jersey and a very light windbreaker completed the ensemble, with the addition of a wind vest on top of all that for the first 10 miles or so. By the last quarter of the ride, I was playing musical zippers with the windbreaker, opening it on the uphills and zipping it up on the downs to maintain temperature equilibrium. Net result: all day comfort!
Mishaps & mechanicals: none
It was very pretty out with that unobscured bright sun and the intense blue sky. It was rather strange passing my front yard full of daffodills with the car reading 25 degrees, but with the right clothing it turned out to be a very nice ride. Thanks to Bob & Melissa for joining me.