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Mechanicsville-Breton Bay-Chaptico B class

Sat, June 22, 2019 8:30 AM | John Gorman

Ride Name: Mechanicsville Elementary School to Breton Bay/Chaptico -Class B

Leader: John Gorman

Members: Bob Howell

Weather:   8:30 AM start.  65-80 with sunshine

Stats: AMS 14.0/49 miles (I added a few extra for 55) /Elv 1650 ft gain  

Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

This type of ride/route is dedicated to the one and only Steve P. (on the mend, we said in our conversations Steve would be smiling on a ride like this). Bob and I rode with Jane/Jim Hudnall’s CC group. We made some modifications to the original route due to Bob living nearby and  knows the best roads to avoid some Sat bottlenecks in “these parts of Amish land”. We took the quiet back roads of Laurel Grove/Kavanaugh/Maypole to our 1st break at Newtowne Neck Rd (Dash-In/Exxon) before taking some out/back touring views thru the Breton Bay golf course, (a little 8% grade getting back to the top- but everyone did fine), then we took Joe Henziel Rd providing us with Super Views! of Breton Bay at the Fritzie’s Marina, that was a real treat for everyone. Then we headed north on the wonderful Bayside Rd- to Manor-School/Hurry to the next break to enjoy Ice Cream!! at the Chaptico Market (prices are great and portions are large). From there we went onto Pt Lookout/ Rt -5 to a  left back onto the shaded 3NT to the school.  

This was the true definition of a joint touring style ride. We are stayed close and pulled over for turn coverage and safety needs.


  • Sun, June 23, 2019 7:44 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)
    I see what you did there. I was wondering about the original route, taking Hollywoods Rd down to MD-5 and then heading west to Maypole. That stretch of 5 between Maypole and Hollywood has always been tricky. The old Amish 100 route took it west and generally it was OK, but that was halfway through the ride and in the middle of the day; going southeast towards Leonardtown was for some reason far worse. It's been at least 10 years since I tried it but I recall between a very narrow-to-nonexistent shoulder and heavy traffic it felt far too dangerous to be worth while. That's a stretch of road that could do with some serious improvement. There are some lovely scenic workarounds, such as your excursion through the Mennonite area, but Leonardtown is worth visiting too, and present conditions rule out MD-5 as a way to get there.
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    • Sun, June 23, 2019 9:03 PM | John Gorman
      Steve best of luck in your recovery. I'm sure you will recover faster than most. Bob had a lot of the suggestion to avoid Rt 5 and the CVS lot to the Newtowne Rd Intersect. That Bayside Rd all the way up, is a cyclist dream, hard to believe you are 25-30 miles still close to DC metro. Will try to do another ride from Mechanics ES in July going down to St. Clements Shore community & Bushwood Wharf, ending with ice cream again, up Baptist Church. Fyi - the school does have a clean porta pottie, then at the trail there is a dbl porty pottie also.
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      • Mon, June 24, 2019 8:18 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)
        While you are in the Newtowne Neck/Bayside area, try going all the way down Newtowne Neck to the State Park. It's lovely, and seldom visited. I've led a few rides down there, including a route that also detours down Bull Rd & Society Hill. Another little road in the area worth trying is Big Chestnut off Bayside.
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