Southern Exposure: Mt Carmel/Bumpy Oak (aka The President's Ride)

Tue, March 07, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

Leader:  Ron Altemus

Members:  Larry Peed, Steve Palincsar, Holly Carr, Tom Short, Darryl Lowery, Bob Howell, Mike Bivens, Joan Oppel, Same Perry, Alan Kurzweil, Chris Fairhall, Lou Dall'Orso

Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19278736  Recapping:  Pomfret to the IHRT, Middletown/Turkey Hill, and Mitchell to the monastery for our first rest stop. Continuing on via Mitchell to Hawthorne east, Quailwood, MD-6 west, Rose Hill then Hawthorne, Ripley, and Poorhouse for a second rest stop at the Pisgah Store. Mason Spring, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen, the IHRT, and a climb up Bumpy Oak concluded this particular outing.

Weather:  Pleasant day, above average for a typical March 7:  59 at ride start hitting 69 enroute.  The sun showed up at the start and stayed with us for most of the ride.  Winds out of the S/SSW, sustained at over 20 mph for long stretches, was the only detriment.

AMS:  swept at 12.7; 14.5 noted for the faster riders.

Report:  A great turnout of riders showed up for a mostly uneventful ride.  At ride start, the route was touted as a warm-up for the OHBTC Bike Florida contingent with the climbs of Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak preparation for the elevation challenges of Florida.  Though jesting about the climbs, the fierce headwinds on the flat stretches (parts of Mitchell, MD-6 W, and Hawthorne) became the true harbinger of possible FL conditions.  Nothing like pedaling constantly into a headwind with absolutely no declines to provide a break.

Today, we quickly separated into a fast group (B riders) and the usual CC contingent.  Lou was a bit late in arriving as he rode from home but caught up with us on Livingston before Pomfret.  Both groups socialized at the two rest stops and the final push up Bumpy Oak was painless for the majority of riders.

The club's new Madame President, Holly, along with immediate past President Sam, and nth past President Mike, all rode today.  It is always nice to see an incumbent and their predecessors able to get along so well.

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, Inc.   
P.O. Box 81  
Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0081

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