There were 3 of us that took advantage of warmer temperatures in the afternoon, it was around 40 at ride start. That's much better than the high 20's of the morning. Janell Saunders, Ken Meredith, and I headed off after talking with some of the club members that had done the earlier Manokeek ride, led by John Gorman. I was happy to lead from the rear as this was the inaugural ride for my newest acquisition, a (used) cross bike. We modified the route a bit by taking a side street after the rest stop to avoid Washington St (LaPlata) which does not have a shoulder and can be busy with car traffic. The ride was uneventful. Janell left us about 2 miles from the finish to head home (she had ridden to the ride srart). All in all, a good ride. Ride leader ended with 35.7 miles at 14 mph.