Leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Pat Sanders, Bob Howell
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27467089 - 50 miles, 1400 feet of climbing. From the Northern Senior Center we rode north on the Three Notch Trail and looped around on Oaks, Keech, Dubois, Trinity Church, Ryceville and Lockes Crossing back to the trail. At our stop at Laurel Grove Park we met up with the other groups, then split again as our routes to the strawberry festival diverged. We took Laurel Grove Rd, Morganza Turner, Colton Point and Hurry Rd to Christ Church. After enjoying strawberries in numerous forms we took Chaptico and Baptist Church Rds back to the trail and the senior center.
Weather: Hot and humid. High 80s by ride's end. Wet roads and trail at the start, dried by a SW breeze that challenged us at times. Flash floods that had closed roads on Friday had subsided but vast puddles remained in adjacent yards and fields. A large tree blocked the 3NT north of the senior center.
Mishaps and mechanicals: My bike continues to have intermittent problems around the front wheel, not helped by brake adjustments. It's at the shop now for diagnosis.
Despite days of heavy rain through the end of last week, we were happy that the skies cleared and roads reopened in time to ride on Sunday. Bob rode from home to the senior center. The three of us stayed together and enjoyed our circuitous route to Laurel Grove park, where we were happy to meet up with the other OHBTC riders. As we rode from the park to Christ Church, the hot sun, head wind and lack of shade on Colton Point Rd made for an uncomfortable combination. At the intersection of Hurry and Zack Fowler Rd, Bob continued on to his home where a steak and grill awaited. Pat and I cooled down in the church's A/C and visited with Sharon and Chuck over pie, berries and ice cream. Soon after the other riders arrived, having been slowed down by the humidity and hot sun. Pat decided to ride back to the senior center while I waited and rode back with Jane, Jim and Rodney. We stopped in the shade along the way and were glad when we reached the senior center.
Thanks to Pat and Bob for joining me today, and special thanks to Bob and Dan Donahue for their reconnaissance missions and advice on potential hazards along the route.