Leader: Walt Roscello
Riders: Harry Kidd, Sherwood Byers, Ken Mundy, Linda Bankerd, and Sue Gunter
Route: Down Rt. 6 to Bel Alton-Newtown (including the Beast of Bel Alton - real climb #1) then due south using 301, S Falkner, and Edge Hill. After the first stop at Dan's store, we took Mt. Victoria Rd and some local roads to the river view at Wicomico, then retraced to Rt. 257 and Morgantown Rd to a view of the Potomac. Return route was over to Mt. Victoria again (climb #2), past Pope's Creek (climb #3), and Fairgrounds and St. Mary's Ave to La Plata.
Weather: Just about perfect. 70 at the start, 80 during the majority of the ride. Wind from the SE at about 8 mph didn't slow us down much and kept us cool.
AMS: about 14.7 - 15.3 depending on rider
Mechanicals/Mishaps: Harry reported misreading the turn at US 301 and Edge Hill resulting in about 4 extra miles.
Report: The day was as free from drama as it was pleasant and scenic. We split up a bit on the first leg due to some technology issues at the start, but managed to mostly stay together for the rest of the day. Everyone did well climbing the three hills (including myself), faster than I expected for a CC group. There are routes with less highway miles, but this one is designed to reduce the number of hills. The Wicomico was quite scenic and the quiet roads leading up to it were appreciated by the group. We saw some waverunners and a group out kayaking. The Potomac was choppier due to the steady wind, but we saw at least one sailboat out taking advantage. We were a social group today, in that we talked to two people at the start (across from the farmers' market - also, the market master took our picture for Charles County), and homeowners at both the Wicomico and Potomac view points. The woman at Morgantown was pleased to hear there may eventually be a walking path from Morgantown to Cobb Island; there is a citizen group working on that proposal. Dan's Store ended up being the stop both ways, and as Debbie said those that wanted a bathroom detoured to the Newburg Fire Station.
We never actually caught Debbie's group, but did see them on the out-and-back approaches to the water views. This is likely due to taking a long time at the viewpoints, but after all that is the reason for this ride. I mistakenly thought the other group was going to start 1/2 hour later, until I re-read the posting in the morning.
All in all, it was a day which shouldn't have been missed for riding and everyone had a good time.