Best of Brandywine, Aug 22 2019
Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Jay Lewis (who rode with the B group), Patricia Sanders
Route: It was meant to be https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30865530 - 36 miles to Miller Farms - but "...the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley" and it ended up as 18 miles: across the Piscataway Creek to mile 7.5 of the route, then -- after fixing a mechanical -- backtrack on Surratts, down Van Brady, right on Molly Berry and up North Keys. Not at all unpleasant, considering; 18 miles and back under my own power beats many alternatives.
Weather: one of the considerations. Hot and humid, sunny and in the 90s by noon. Nice riding in the shade, but in the sun (and even stopped in the shade) it was hot.
Mishaps & mechanicals: the other consideration. Fine one minute, front shift cable slipped and went slack, can't shift out of the small ring the next. No tool to hold the shift cable, so no proper fix; eventually after several attempts tension was restored enough for me to shift onto the 34T middle ring and we backtracked.