Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Joan Oppel, Linda Bankerd, Mike Bivens, Tom Roberts, Ron Haney and Darryl Lowery. Tom Short was also there at 10:00, but he rode a different route by himself.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10783637 41 miles, 1060' of elevation. The route goes up 'the back way' to Accokeek, then down Farmington and across 210 to Livingston and into The Preserve. Entering on Medinah Ridge and exiting on Danville, the route then continues to Accokeek Rd and as originally cued, stops at the Accokeek East Community Park. However, the portolets (like the swallows) haven't returned Accokeek for Spring yet, so we skipped it and had a rest stop at the WaWa on Western Parkway instead.
That detour was not without incident: my bad, I erroneously told the riders to go left to Gardner to skip the park, forgetting that in fact Gardner was to the right, just not as far down the road as Accokeek Park. That gave the B group (which by now was missing Darryl, who turned back because he felt cold) some bonus miles and allowed Joan and me to catch up, so it was not without benefit.
After the rest stop and my flat tire we visited the Circles of Fur and Feathers (no fish course today, due to mileage restrictions) then took the Indian Head Rail Trail across Bumpy Oak (where Mike turned right because he was under time pressure) to Hawthorne and took Chapmans Landing back to Bryans Road.
Weather: Spring weather finally arrived, but not until we were done with the ride. At the start it was heavily overcast gray, damp and chilly - high 40s but felt more like the low 40s. Ever so gradually it warmed up, and by the time we crossed Bumpy Oak it had brightened up. As we arrived at Bryans Road the skies cleared, the sun came out and it warmed up to almost 60 degrees.
Mishaps & mechanicals: As I was getting ready to leave the rest stop at the WaWa I discovered my back tire had softened during the break. While checking the back tire for the source, I picked out enough glass and flint shards for five flats.
AMS: 12.8 in the CC group, obviously higher for the B group.
Today we played "Ten Little Indians [And Then There Were None]". We lost Tom Short before we left the parking lot, and then before the first rest stop Darryl turned back because he felt cold. We stayed more or less together until we passed by the second rest stop at the 7-Eleven, but shortly after making the turn on Middletown Tom and Ron went off on their own. Here came Tom headed back towards White Plains, and then Mike turned off at Bumpy Oak; Joan, Linda and I finished together. It was a winter day in the morning and a spring day when we finished.