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White Marsh - Sotterley, AA/3

Sun, September 08, 2019 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

Date: September 8, 2019      

Ride Name: White Marsh - Sotterley

Ride Distance: 54 Miles

Average Speed of the Ride:  19.2 MPH

Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

Mechanical Issues: None

Mishaps: None

Weather: About 70 at the start, mid 80’s at the end, sunny, low humidity, slight breeze – a beautiful day

Guest Riders:  Dawann Buford

Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

Ride Report:

Brad had ridden the Civil War Century the day before but you wouldn’t know it from how he rode today; he did great! We all took turns working at the front and if anyone fell behind we waited for him to catchup. All-in-all it was a great ride with a small but well-matched group of riders.

One unusual sight was seen on MD-235. We saw a motorcycle pulled into the medium with a mechanical issue. It looked like a sheet of plastic had blown into the motorcycle and both melted on the engine/muffler and wrapped itself around the chain/sprocket. It appeared the rider was waiting for the engine to cool-down before attempting removal. It might have been a tad “exciting” for him if the plastic caused visibility problems before he could stop. This is the first time any of us had seen anything like that.

Thank you for joining me for the ride gentlemen.


  • Mon, September 09, 2019 5:08 PM | Brad Francisco
    The clear plastic sheet looked about the size of a large drop cloth. It extended over the top of the front of the motorcycle and extended to the ground and well behind it. There was the smell of melted/burning plastic. Fortunately the two that were on the motorcycle looked ok, but they looked like they had not figured out what to do with the mess. Gonna be a mess to get that motorcycle cleaned up!

    As we neared the end of the ride, Blake came to the assistance of a pair of cyclists on the Three Notch Trail. There was an issue with their presta pump and it wasn't working with the smooth sided valve stem. Blake had his trusty frame pump and was able to get them back on the trail.
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