History & Farmland, riders from all classes
Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Pat Walthers
Weather: overcast, high 50s to high 60s, breezy
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31363700 with one change: instead of taking Chapel Point all the way to MD-6 and following MD-6 back to La Plata, we went up Locust Grove to Old Stagecoach, crossing US-301 onto St Marys Ave at the BBQ (no longer Johnny Boys) and taking St Marys back to the ride start.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none, other than Jay Lewis leaving his water bottle at Gilbert Run Park. Pat had an empty water bottle cage so she brought it with her, hoping to give it to the owner when we were all together at the museum. Unfortunately, Jay either didn't stop at the museum or left well before we got there.
There was a good-sized group today, and two leaders. Most everyone signed with Walt, and only Pat rode with me at the back. We left La Plata with a few scattered raindrops, but there was no rain in the forecast and eventually it stopped and cleared up and brightened up enough to need sunglasses. For an overcast, cloudy-bright day, the scenery was remarkably pretty. I think it's the first time we've gone up Cooksey and down Newport Church this year, and I think for all of us the first time ever visiting the MD Veterans Museum on US-301 just north of Glassva School Rd.
Exhibits are organized by historical period and featured uniforms and weapons of both sides. I was quite taken with the way everything exhibited in all the time periods other than the one when I served all felt like historical exhibits, but when I got to the Vietnam exhibit the uniforms and equipment all seemed totally contemporary to me. Perhaps if we'd arrived with the main group in time to get the guided tour rather than wandering through the various rooms on our own, it might have felt different.
Jim posted photos on Facebook.