Leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Pat Walthers, Fred Robbins, Pat Sanders
BBC Members: Jim, Becky, Sam, Jose
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30133328 - 51 miles, 2600 feet of climbing. A variation on a familiar ride, going south from Harwood and then back north through Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. To change things up, we started by turning from Route 2 onto Polling House and then taking the left on S. Polling House down to Bayard Rd. From there we went south on Sands, crossed over Rt 4 on 408 and took Wrighton Rd to cross back over Rt 4 on Bay Front. Then it was south again, on McKendree/Jewell/Wilson, a quick cut over to Walke Rd and Old Solomons Island Rd, and a few miles on the shoulder of Rt 2 with a break from the traffic noise on Wayside Dr. We turned left onto Dalrymple for our first stop at the 7-11, then continued on Dalrymple and Old Bayside to Chesapeake Beach. Then we turned north, riding along the bay up to our second stop at the Chesapeake Market. Our final stint was a familiar but always challenging ride up the hill to Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch, Franklin Gibson and Nutwell-Sudley/Sudley/Owensville Sudley back to Southern High School.
Mishaps and Mechanicals: None
Weather: It just doesn't get any better than this. Warm in the sun but not too hot, reasonable humidity, light winds.
Average mph: 12.7 at the back. It was >= 13 until we reached Franklin Gibson, at which point we were more interested in enjoying the last few miles than trying to race up the hills.
Bike lanes: There's a nice pocket lane on Route 2 at the intersection with Mount Harmony Rd to separate cyclists going straight from motorists turning right. But the big news is that the construction on the bridge over Fishing Creek (near the water park and train museum) in Chesapeake Beach is finished, and there are bike lanes on the new bridge.
Report: We had a great bike ride. I posted it on the schedules for both the Oxon Hill and Baltimore clubs. As it turned out, the BBC folks who came out were a bit faster than OHBTC folks. We all met up at the 7-11 on Dalrymple but didn't see each other again after that. The OHBTC contingent rode within site of each other most of the way and regrouped several times. Fred left the second stop ahead of the Pats and me, and we took our time on the hills so he had already left for home before we reached the school.
Overall we enjoyed a great day. Thanks to everyone who joined me!