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3/19 Southern Exposure: Medinah Ridge & Lexington CC/C touring & Friends 35 miles

Tue, March 19, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

Leader:  Ron Altemus

Members:  Steve Palincsar, Pat Walthers, La' Tasha Banks, Joan Oppel, Jim Hudnall, Roger Cubbage, Larry Peed, Donaro Gardner, and Sam Perry (riding from Accokeek FD)

Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29476837  34.7 miles, 927' elevation gain.  Up Barry Hill and down Farmington over to The Preserve, then Danville, Gardner, Acton, etc., to a rest stop at WaWa. Return via St Charles Parkway, Middletown, Lexington, Manning to Accokeek and a meander through neighborhood streets to Livingston and back to our start.

Weather:  Lots and lots of sunshine, temps starting in the mid 4os and climbing to the low 50s, some air moving out of the north.

AMS:  swept at 11 mph.  Clearly much faster for the other groups as almost all riders had departed by the time your faithful correspondent and his small retinue returned to the start.

Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Steve had some front brake issues on Medinah Ridge.  After a shot bit of playing with the offending mechanism, it was pronounced good enough to continue, which he did.

Report:   A nice turnout of friends to complement the usual CC/C contingent and though there were considerable separations at times, almost all of us met up at the WaWa for conversation.  Barry Hill Rd continues to deteriorate and Jim took pictures to send on to Prince George's County road division.  The trip through the Preserve was most interesting:  Joan and Jim explored a side trail and then the view from Admiral Ridge led to a non-scheduled stop.  With the cloudless skies and clear air, we could see the Washington Monument in the far distance.   The least enjoyable part of our travels was the stretch on Accokeek and Gardner which has become Dump Truck Alley.  Earth moving work is progressing on Gardner a short ways before it becomes Acton and the truck drivers were eager to get their next load.  Not fun.  Today's ride was billed as going in the opposite direction from what we have been riding most recently.  Now that the itch has been scratched, back to the calm and serene roads of rural Charles County.

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

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