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Sandgates, Sotterly and Laurel Grove Twice - CC

Sun, June 16, 2019 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

Ride leader - Debby Bowman

Members - Pat Walthers, Walt Roscello, Denise Edwards, Ron Altemus, Sarah Clement, Ron Tucker, Jan Tucker

Guests - Andrea Noseck

Routes: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258704 and https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30275776. The inspiration was a ride that Steve Palincsar led last summer. I shortened it a bit and made a change to decrease the amount of time on Three Notch Rd. Since it stopped twice at Laurel Grove Park, I made an even shorter version that started and ended there. So we had a 54 mile route starting from Northern Senior Center and a 34-miler from Laurel Grove Park. The longer route took New Market Turner Rd on the way to Laurel Grove, and used the 3 Notch Trail on the way back to the senior center. Between stops at the park, both routes took Three Notch Rd to Sandgates for a view of the Patuxent River, then took McIntosh Rd to Hollywood and a stop at McKay's. Then we continued on Hollywood to Sotterly Rd, with a brief stop at the plantation, and followed Vista to Three Notch Rd. Turning left onto Clover Hill, we rode McIntosh a second time and turned up Jones Rd to Friendship School and Bishop. (This was the change that I made from Steve's original route, which stayed on Three Notch Rd all the way to Friendship School. ) From Bishop we took Loveville, Kavanagh and Laurel Grove Rd to Laurel Grove Park .

Average speed: 12ish at the back.

Mishaps and mechanicals: A dropped chain on New Market Turner Rd. And the ride leader took waaaaay too long to write this report, due to misplacing the sign-in sheet and taking a trip to Omaha for a family wedding.

Weather: Warm, sunny, a bit breezy at times, kinda hot at the end but overall not bad at all.

Critters: We saw a very large green beetle at Laurel Grove Park. It was a muted olive green, perfect for blending in with foliage. Unfortunately it turned out to be an ex-beetle. We also saw the our old friends, the 3NT cats.

Report: This was a very nice ride with a great group of cyclists. It was wonderful to see a some old friends who we hadn't ridden with in a while. Having the two routes that met at Laurel Grove Park worked great, and several riders were glad to have the shorter option. We spread out on the road a bit but regrouped numerous times, and I don't think anyone rode alone.

Taking McInstosh and Jones Rd to Friendship School was much quieter than riding along the shoulder of Three Notch Rd, though there was a steep hill on Jones that we didn't particularly enjoy. On our second stop at the park, one rider who had started at the senior center and was recovering from a cold decided to call it a day, and was sagged back to his car by the riders who had done the 34-mile route.

Many thanks to everyone who joined me for this ride, and to Steve for providing the original route. Apologies for the delay in writing the report!

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
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Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0081

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