Ride leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Steve Palincsar, Sarah Clement, Joan Oppel, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Sanders
Weather: High 30s, blue skies with high clouds partially obscuring the sun. Breezy at the start and during the first few miles; after that it either became a tailwind or it calmed down. Overall not bad with sufficient layers.
Mishaps and mechanicals: None
Average speed: 12ish mph at the back
Farm animals: We passed a yard on Queen Anne Bridge Rd where a couple of goats were hanging out with a pig. Not sure when we last saw any pigs on our rides...
Route: Nutwells Roasting on an Open Fire -- https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26934085?beta=false -- 32 miles in a clockwise loop. We began by heading north up Sands and Patuxent River Rd, then turned onto Queen Anne Bridge, Wayson and Harwood Rds to our rest stop at the Harwood gas station and store. Then we went south on Owensville-Sudley/Sudley/Nutwell-Sudley, turned right on Nutwell and Old Ridge Path Ln, and took Rt 2 down to Bay Front Rd. From Bay Front the route turned onto Fisher's Station for a ride through the Pindells on the way back to the park and ride. Steve and I opted to stay on Bay Front all the way to its end, then took Wrighton Rd to Plummer Ln and the service road back to the start, for a total of about 29 miles. Joan detoured near the end to check out the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and noted the presence of a rest room there.
Report: With January weather arriving a month early, I wasn't sure how many people would join me for this ride, so I was pleasantly surprised to see five friends at the start. We ended up riding in a Noah's Arc formation: two by two by two. Alan and Pat made an early breakaway and were not seen again on the road; most likely they rode faster to keep warm. Steve and I were the sweep group, and Joan and Sarah were in between. The latter four were together at the rest stop and for a few miles at the start of the second stint. By taking a short cut a the end, Steve and I finished a few minutes before Sarah, with Joan arriving a bit later.
Thanks to all for joining me on a nice winter ride!