Longhorns Posing in Nanjemoy - Baptist Church Rd at Bowie
Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Ron Altemus, Jay Lewis, Janell Saunders, Mary Scala, Sarah Clement, Walt Roscello, Debby Bowman
Guests: Loretta Troen, Cathy Miller, Stephen Greene
Weather: Sunny, humid, 80s to low 90s in the sun; cool and pleasant in the shade (of which there was plenty, this being the back roads of Nanjemoy)
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30603402 28 mi, 1100' of elevation gain (29.8 including the detour to visit the Nanjemoy Store)
Mishaps & mechanicals: none on the bikes, but Sarah had a tire problem with her car, which Mr Tire in Bryans Rd was able to fix.
AMS: 10.8 at the back
It was a lovely day for riding out in Nanjemoy today. It was sunny, hot and humid (this is summer in the DMV, after all) but there's always plenty of shade in Nanjemoy. Nobody was interested in the nearly-50 mile companion ride, but Debby did arrive early at Friendship Farm Park and did an additional 10 mile loop, and Walt rode to the ride start.
There were faster riders and slower riders today, and eventually the ride broke up into two separate groups; but early in the ride the fast group waited in the shade at the turn where Adams Willet becomes Hancock Run - initially to take a drink, but eventually we all collected up and waited for Ron, who was sweeping. I was about to call him when he came into view riding with Stephen Greene, who arrived late and had chased him down.
We detoured to the Nanjemoy store for drinks. It's been renovated, but nothing's changed in the layout. There's no public rest room, but it was cool and the drinks on offer were much tastier than what you can get from the hose bib at the Nanjemoy Community Center.
We stopped to photograph the Longhorns on Baptist Church Rd. Someone expressed disappointment that they weren't "more exotic," being common old Texas Longhorns - but Texas Longhorns are pretty exotic for Nanjemoy in my book, and the break in the shade was definitely welcome.
As far as I know, this is the first time OHBike's had a ride originating from Friendship Farm Park, although we've stopped there in the past. I don't think it will be the last.