Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Joan Oppel, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Bob Howell, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner
Weather: Partly cloudy to cloudy (but bright), 50s at the start rising to an indicated 65 (hard to believe, but that's what the car said) by the time we finished.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26694312 32 miles, 1238' of elevation gain
Mishaps & mechanicals: none
It's been a tough January so far. This was the first OHBike ride this year that didn't get canceled because of weather. Hard on the heels of a near-record cold spell, today brought a welcome relief. It also brought an appreciation for many of just how much of a toll this season's weather has taken on our fitness.
We took it easy today, staying together as a group until the final few miles. We made no effort to avoid elevation gain, climbing up from the Pavilion at Patuxent River Park (with its flooded rest rooms -- burst pipe, perhaps) on Croom Airport, Duvall and Mount Calvert and south on Fenno up the rise to the Merkle Entrance Road.
Jim took several photos at the start and along the route.