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10/24 Best of Brandywine C/CC Marlton, Croom Airport & Candy Hill

Thu, October 24, 2019 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

Members: Patricia Sanders, Jay Lewis, Walt Roscello, Linda Bankerd, Donaro Gardner, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Janell Saunders, Sam Perry

Weather: clear, sunny, breezy, high 50s at the start rising to the low 70s by early afternoon.  A classic perfect autumn day.  I don't know about the Capitol Weather Gang, but I gave it a 9 out of 10.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31346295  39 mi, 1767' elevation gain. 

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

AMS: 11.2 at the back

A small but hardy group braved the weather today to come out riding.  Indeed, Walt and Janell took time off from work to do so. 

The route featured some roads we haven't done in a while and at least one I don't think we've ever done. 

Not in a while:

  • from Duley Station onto Wallace Lane and through Marlton to a rest stop at the McDonalds [noting road construction on Fairhaven];
  • US-301 from Fairhaven to Trumps Hill [noting road construction and a closed shoulder on 301];
  • Trumps Hill [noting construction and seriously eroded pavement on the upper section];
  • downhill on Croom Airport [for some reason, since July we've always gone down Mt Calvert and Duvall and come up Croom Airport];
  • continuing on Croom Airport past the Pavilion gates to Selby's Landing and the Indian Village [first time this year, I think]. 

First time ever:

after visiting the Indian Village at Patuxent River Park, instead of backtracking on Croom Airport to the Pavilion, we continued in the opposite direction on the paved road from the Indian Village.  It loops around and comes in at the far end of the field where we park the cars for the Rural Legacy.  We rode across the field to the Pavilion for our rest stop.

Taking advantage of Traditional Native American Bike Racks at the Indian Village

The leaves have just started turning.  Mostly the leaves were green, but there were a few occasional splashes of color, and the intense blue sky and strong clear golden sunlight made everything look extraordinarily beautiful.  Today even the faster folks took their time and enjoyed the sights, which indeed were well worth seeing.   Thanks to all who came out.

Jim posted photos  on Facebook.

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