Leader: Diane Harris
Members: Eric Nielsen, Liam Healy, Theresa Rowell, Barbara Haney
Guests: Steve Levine
Route: Accokeek to Port Tobacco
Weather: Starting temp low 70s rising to mid 80s, clear sunny skies, breezy
AMS: ride leader 14.3
Mechanicals/Mishaps: Theresa's rear flat caused by a large gash in the tire occurred within the first 5 miles of the ride. A boot was placed in the tire with a new tube. Lasted for the entire ride!
Report: A beautiful Sunday morning for a ride. Before starting I informed the group of some modifications I made to the route. These included skipping the rest stop at St Ignatius church because it was only 7.5 miles from the first rest stop, skipping the rest stop at Wills Memorial Park because the building there is not open so no restrooms or water, and having the second rest stop at the Dash-In at the intersection of MD 6 and US 301. The group split within the first 5 miles when Theresa's rear tire flatted and 2 of those in the front (unaware of the problem) continued on while Barb, Eric, and I assisted Theresa with changing the tube. There was -~ 1/2 inch gash in the tire which required a boot (a one dollar bill) before placing a new tube. We met up with the others at the first rest stop, the monastery at Mt Carmel. Inside, there were beautiful quilts and hand knit items made by the nuns for sale. We continued on to our second rest stop at the gas station/convenience store where we bought snacks, used the rest room, and rested before continuing on. The last part of the ride was uneventful but included 2 of the most challenging climbs (in my opinion) in Charles County, Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak Rd. After those 2 climbs it was smooth sailing back to the parking lot. Kudos to Eric for doing this challenging route on his track bike!