Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Walt Roscello, Jay Lewis, Pat Walthers, Barbara Wilson
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5162028 45 miles, 1650' elevation gain. It's a route I laid out back in 2013 or 2014, one of the first that used Gilbert Run Park (I'd just learned about it) and I picked it by length almost at random.
Surprise to me (since I wasn't paying any attention) today was Pax Velo's St Mary's Century and the route I picked was for almost 3/4 of its length exactly the same as Pax Velo's. The first half was on their century and metric route (in fact, we saw a couple of dozen of their riders on Keech early in the ride, and shared our rest stop at the lakeside Pavilion at Gilbert Run Park with two of their metric riders. Later on in the ride, our route overlapped one of their shorter routes.
Weather: a beautiful sunny day: 70 at the start rising to 90 by the end of the ride. It was rather cold at first leaving the park on Oaks Rd, downhill in the shade, and Keech was chilly too.
But by the final third, it had warmed up considerably -- enough that both I and Bob Howell (who we met at the Park after the ride, he having been on Linda's 65 miler) both recalled a hot summer ride a few years ago when we rolled up on a young woman on Mechanicsville Rd who was so far gone with heat issues she told us "something was wrong" with her bike -- and didn't recognize her flat tire or even understand what "flat tire" meant.
It was the sort of day you wish all hot summer days were still like: warm, but not brutal.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none
A lovely day. The route was fraught with meaning for me: we were on many of the roads where I first realized that the problems I'd been having this spring were angina. I wore my Triple Bypass jersey in honor, and was pleased that the apprehension I felt about some of the climbs was unwarranted. Jay, as usual, did his own route. Walt went off on his own for extra miles a few times but always rejoined us at the rest stops; Pat, Barbara and I rode together all day.
We'd just arrived at the park when Linda's group started arriving, so we got to chat with them too.