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10/12 Historic Bridges & the Big Slide

Sat, October 12, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

Mambers: Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Robin Frei, Jennifer Weiss, Gerard Iacouzze, Julia LaCava

Guests: Terry Leonard, Doreen Dotzler, Patty Craley, Lynnea Salvo

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29433178  46 miles, 2023' elevation gain.

Weather: overcast, 56 at the start rising to the mid-60s.

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

AMS: 10.0 at the back

We quickly broke into a fast group and a slow group,  meeting each other at the first two rest stops.  The Catoctin Colourfest was being held in Thurmont (we walked through it on Frederick Rd) and there was a festival at the Rocky Ridge park as well.  We visited the Big Slide and several of the Babes on Bikes cut the first rest stop short so that they'd have time to actually slide down the Rocky Ridge Big Slide. 

We visited the Village Store at Detour for the last time (they hope to have moved by the end of this month -- not far, just a few miles down the road, but far enough off the route that we probably won't ever see them again) and unless I can find another water source somewhere along the route before the rest stop at Thurmont this may be the last time for this route as well. 

We stopped to chat with a family at the park at the Roddy Bridge - it turned out they were Roddys, descendents of the man who built the original Roddy Covered Bridge (it's been destroyed and rebuilt many times since then!) visiting for a family funeral. 

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

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