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Patuxent River Park to Charlotte Hall

Sat, September 14, 2019 8:00 AM | Matthew Lewandowski

Ride Leader:  Matthew Lewandowski

Date: September 14, 2019      

Ride Name: Patuxent River Park to Charlotte Hall

Ride Distance: 66 Miles

Average Speed of the Ride:  18.5 MPH

Ride Class:  A

Mechanical Issues: Lose air pump

Mishaps: None

Weather: About 63 at the start, mid 70’s at the end, overcast, slight breeze – a beautiful day for a ride!

Guest Riders:  none

Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

Ride Report:

I posted a ride as the ride leader on Friday night as the weather on Saturday Sept 14th was perfect for a ride. Brad emailed me asking where I had been since I haven’t ridden with anyone for months.  I told him I did a century ride on Labor Day in Oxon Hill and the Civil War Century on Sept 7th.   

The ride I posted had no big mechanical issues until I hit Keech Road, I started to hear a clanking; but it wasn’t until I approached Oaks Road and started to climb when the noise became louder that I noticed it was my air pump which had come lose from the velco strap and my left crank arm was hitting the pump.  I stopped on someone’s driveway keeping safe and rescued the air pump.

At this point I figured Brad had reached the top of the hill and was already at the Oak Ridge park entrance. When I got back on my bike and climb the hill at the top I saw Brad had already turned around and came back down the hill to meet me. When I told Brad what had happen he told me I couldn’t use that excuse again for not hitting the hill hard and fast.  I told him I have a bag full more excuses that was given to me by our good bike buddy Darin King (who we miss and who is taking care of his baby girl).

I did call an audible and made the ride longer to make sure we did a metric century by not turning right on Gibbons Church Rd. We continued on and made a right on N. Keys Rd, this adds about 1 ~ 1.5 miles.    In total we did 66 miles.

Brad did an excellent job leading the pace line.  Fun was had by all.

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
P.O. Box 81  
Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0081

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