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8/4 Friendship Farm to Mallows Bay

Sun, August 04, 2019 3:05 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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. 


  • Sun, August 04, 2019 7:44 PM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)
    I had 67 miles for the day. Enjoyed all three legs of the trip - ride to the start, ride with friends, and ride back home. I hadn't gone down to the end at Mallows Bay in a while and I was glad to do it today. It got a little warm but I didn't really feel the heat until 3-4 miles from the end.

    I did the detour on Stuckey Rd and it is quite nice. We'll need to work it into more rides. Anyone identify those white flowers that grow in the waterlogged parts of the roadside?
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    • Mon, August 05, 2019 8:17 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)
      We've been adding Stuckey Rd / Stuckey Ln for a couple of years now, including in the route of the Indian Head 100. It's nice. I'm sad that the portolet at the entrance to Mallows Bay Park fell victim to budget cuts, but they've been keeping the entrance road in good enough condition that even narrow-tired road bikes can manage it without difficulty or drama and it's quite nice down on the river. It seems almost incredible how much difference the shade makes out in Nanjemoy.
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