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3/4 Southern Exposure: Fenwick>River>Bensiville 34 mi CC/C Touring & friends

Wed, March 04, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

Leader:  Ron Altemus

Members:  Steve Palincsar, Janell Saunders, Patricia Sanders, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Kirk Fedder, Pat Walthers, Theresa Rowell, Donaro Gardner

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Pictured:  Donaro, Tom, Ron, Theresa, Kirk, Steve.  Mt Vernon is barely visible over the left side of Theresa's helmet.  Photo credit:  Janell Saunders

Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32029397  34.4 miles, 900 feet elevation change.  A scenic tour of Fenwick and River Roads prior to a rest stop at Marshall Hall boat ramp.  Then up Barry Hill, through Accokeek, and over Bensville to a 2nd rest stop at the Bensville Park.  Most riders returned via the IHRT and Bumpy Oak; several of us continued on the trail to Hawthorne/Lower Wharf and then MD-210.

Weather:   very, very nice.  Plenty of blue sky and sunshine which allowed temperatures to rise by several degrees over what was forecast (range of mid 50s to mid 60s) with 8-10 mph winds oscillating across the lower half of the compass (i.e., WSW to ESE)

AMS:  swept in the very low 12s

Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

Report:   what a difference a day makes.  Rescheduled from Tuesday due to rain, many riders congratulated your humble ride leader on providing such wonderful weather.   Touring Fenwick and River Roads is always a delight - these two roads have many homes right on the edge of the Potomac with large lots.  So different from the Virginia side where everything is built up and costs are astronomical.  Barry Hill is still Barry Hill - the climb isn't that bad, its the rough road surface that makes it so tough.  Several riders weren't sure they wanted to tackle Bumpy Oak this early in the season, so as previously mentioned, a small cohort added close to 4 miles by returning via MD-210.  Nice to have Kirk Fedder join us for a weekday ride.  Though initially hesitant about attempting Bumpy Oak, he accepted the challenge and must have done quite nicely as his car was gone when the MD-210 group returned to the start point.

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

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