Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Joan Oppel, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Pat Walthers, Barb Haney, Bob Howell, Donaro Gardner
Weather: 38 degrees at the start (felt like 35 in the parking lot, which as you know is the coldest place in all of Brandywine) rising to 45 by early afternoon; sunny, which made a big difference, and 2-3 mph winds. Chilly feeling at the start, but a lovely day for riding on this first official day of Winter.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14933095 30.5 mi, just under 800' of elevation gain.
Mishaps & mechanicals: Jane's bike wasn't shifting in front, which kept her speed down. Donaro was riding too close to the right hand edge of the pavement on Gallant Green and went off onto the soft shoulder. Fortunately, he did everything right - stopped, dismounted, got back on the pavement thereby saving himself a very nasty crash and a pain-filled holiday. I'm glad: we've had enough mishaps for the year!
It's the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night. We did no singing or dancing and built no fires (all traditional ways to celebrate it) but we did have a bit of feasting, with the holiday chocolates Jane brought to the ride start. From here on, every day will be longer - but remember what the Farmers' Almanac says: "As the days lengthen, so the cold strengthens." And we'll be out in it!