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12/15 U-turn, Retrace

Sun, December 15, 2019 5:49 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

The Group - on Ellis Ave

Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

Members: Janell Saunders, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus

Guests: Ray Hastings

Weather: sunny, breezy (10-12 mph winds), high 40s at the start rising to the mid-fifties by mid-afternoon.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31507545 more or less - a route that named itself ("U-turn, Retrace" appears as a cue 10 times)

AMS: 10.9

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

Today, the one good day in a dismal and dreary week, was a day to explore unknown roads that go down to the water.  The route took us down to the end of pavement on Cobrum's Wharf, where we saw Cobrum's Farm but no wharf; to Maycroft and Ellis Ave, where we saw an anti-aircraft cannon and posed for a group photo; to Hodges and Burch, where we viewed St Clements Bay, and to a rest stop at Murphy's store.  After the break we headed for Colton Point, first taking Paul Ellis down to the water at Paul Ellis Landing - one of several lifetime firsts for the day - and braching off

Paul Ellis Landing

Waterloo Circle to the end of Waterloo Rd and Bowles Rd (where we saw a couple of tree-climbing dogs with their own observation platform in a tree) and then turned down Charles Hall and Beach Rd, where we chatted with a new owner who'd just moved in before stopping at the Potomac

Beach Rd, end of land

River Museum. 

Ron and Janell were feeling time pressure so at that point they took the direct route back to 7th District Park, while Ray, Pat and I continued with the route.  Also feeling a bit of time pressure, we skipped River Springs but did turn on Hatchett Thicket and took Olen Mattingly down to the end before heading back to the park ourselves.

It was a very pretty day, albeit windy, and it was great fun, especially visiting with the owners of the tree-climbing dogs and seeing what's down at the end of roads we've passed hundreds of times but never have visited.


  • Sun, December 15, 2019 11:34 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Janell and I did do the River Springs "U-turn, Retrace" segment and we highly recommend it for the next time riding this route. As Steve observes, this route was great fun, very scenic, and well worth an encore at some point in the future.
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    • Tue, December 17, 2019 10:14 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)
      We should have done that and skipped Olen Mattingly. But, the whole point was to explore and learn, and that we certainly did! You can count on River Springs being included in a future ride to Colton Point.
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