Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall
Members: Larry Peed, Sue Gunter, Jay Lewis, Ron Altemus, Donaro Gardner
Route: PP 27 Mallows Bay
From Pisgah Park we headed south on Mason Springs, MD-6, Bowie, Baptist Church, Liverpool Point, Riverside to Wilson Landing and Mallows Bay. Return was via Riverside, Sandy Point, MD-6, Chicamuxen, Bicknell, Mason Springs and back to the park.
Weather: Cold start - 32 degrees but with light winds and sunshine. Partly cloudy and 45 degrees at the finish.
AMS: 13.9 at the back
Report: The route was designed to allow riders to join the celebration of the designation of Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary. It was an easy 11.5 miles to Mallows Bay where tents and displays were set up and coffee, tea, snacks and food trucks were available. Jim had a chance to ask Governor Hogan if the new Nice/Middleton Bridge would have a bike lane. He was non-committal and said it would cost a lot.
The program consisted of speeches by National, State and County officials as well as representatives of the Piscataway Indian Tribe, NOAA and office of National Marine Sanctuaries. A historian told the history of the location - sunken ships from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and many from WWI. OHBTC was designated one of the Community Champions - a list of organizations who supported the National Marine Sanctuary designation. President Donaro Gardner posed for a picture with other Community Champions and received a cap and miniature paddle. Then we headed back - 16 miles to Pisgah Park. Too cold for a kayak ride.
While visiting with people at Mallows Bay, we met Mary, one of the owners the Nanjemoy Country Store. She said cyclists are welcome, and they have a floor pump available if needed. They also stock patch kits and healthy snacks.