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9/12 Best of Brandywine: All Around Nottingham

Thu, September 12, 2019 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

Members: Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Tom Short, Bob Howell, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Linda Bankerd and present but unaccounted for, Lou Dallorso.

Weather: hot, humid, sunny - summer returned with a temperature of what the Washington Post said was at least 97 degrees and a "feels like" temperature of 102.  In fact, it set a record for the date, while at the same time ranking as one of the hottest days of 2019.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6375669  an old route from when we first started riding from North Keys Park, brought up to date by moving the 2nd rest stop from the now-defunct Nottingham Store to Moore's Country Store on Croom Rd just north of St Thomas Church.  At least, that was the plan.  As it turned out, everyone took one or another shortcut, bring total miles down from a planned 38 to either the low 30s or the low 20s.

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

AMS: 10.6 at the back, but by then I wasn't counting any more. 

It was one of those days when you just knew everyone had but one question on their mind: "What in Heaven's name was he thinking scheduling a ride like that on a day like this?"  And, of course, the answer was simply that I'd looked at the Saturday and Sunday weather forecasts but not Thursday's.  The 102 degree apparent temperature came as as shocking surprise.  It isn't as though every medical professional I've had contact with since May hasn't stressed repeatedly the importance of avoiding temperatures like that.

But, if there's anything we've learned from years of riding in the Brandywine area, it's that you can always find a good way to shorten a ride out there.    No matter which way you go, it's all good riding.  I went left on Molly Berry and on down to North Keys for a 24 mi trip, and Jim and Jane came with me (in Jim's case, after detouring to the Baden store for Gatorade) while most everyone else decided to go around Tanyard but skip the trip up Croom to Moore's store, for a 30 mile route.  Linda, like Jim, wanted a store break so she went on to Moore's and returned on her own. 

Tom said the heat and humidity made it one of the toughest 30 mile rides he's ever done.    As lyricist Joe Hayden and Theodore August Metz, band leader of the McIntyre and Heath Minstrels, put it in their 1896 ditty, it was a "Hot Time in the Old Town."


That said, we all still had fun.  Because we're that kind of crazy.


  • Thu, September 12, 2019 5:26 PM | Thomas Short
    A slight correction to Steve's report. Steve reported me (Tom) as saying this was "one of the toughest 30 mile rides" I had ever done. The correction is that it is THE toughest. We started out slow and then got slower. Every climb was an ordeal. I seriously considered purchasing an electric bike. I hope it was the extreme heat and not just the new normal for me.
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  • Thu, September 12, 2019 6:26 PM | Robert Howell
    It was hot to say the least! But we sucked it up and did the ride. Indeed!
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