This ride was posted on the schedules of the Oxon Hill and Baltimore Bike Clubs.
Oxon Hill Members: Steve Palincsar, John Arrington, Harry Kidd, Morris Hymes, Rita Zeidner, Harold Datz, Jenny Haddon, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall
Guest and BBC member count: 10.
Routes: 60 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700) or 47 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700). Both routes began on Harwood Rd, then went up Wayson and down Queen Anne Bridge, Patuxent River and Sands Rds to a stop at the Shell station in Waysons Corner. After briefly crossing over Rt 4 and back again on Wrighton and Bay Front Rds, we went south on McKendree/Jewell/Wilson to Friendship Rd. From there the routes split; the shorter route stayed on Friendship and took Boyds Turn and 5th St down to North Beach. The longer route went down Old Solomons Island Rd and Route 2 (with a diversion onto Wayside), then turned onto Dalyrymple where we stopped at the 7-11. We went further south on Hardesty to Ponds Woods and Bayside, then up Christiana Parran back to Dalrymple and Old Bayside, then north on Bayside through Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. Both routes had rest stops at the Chesapeake Market in Herrington Harbor, then went up Friendship, Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch and Franklin Gibson. After a brief diversion through Deale (which Steve and I skipped), we continued up Nutwell-Sudley-Owensville back to Southern High School.
Weather: Pretty darn great. The roads were mostly dry despite early morning rain, and though we felt a few random drops at one point and had gray clouds near the bay, conditions were generally cloudy bright/partially sunny with temps in the 70s and humidity dropping through the day. There was a brisk sea breeze near the bay but we only felt it for a few miles. We were not surprised to see many other cyclists out enjoying the day.
Mishaps and mechanicals: a few people missed a turn or two, and the ride leader underestimated the number of cue sheets needed. And the mystery noise on my bike was worse than ever, but it's not a mystery anymore, as the LBS mechanic was finally able to recreate it and identify the worn parts causing it. And it should be gone for good now that I'm replacing the rear wheel -- say goodbye to the Mavic moo!
Average speed: 13 mph at the back.
Report: We enjoyed a wonderful ride on the (sob) last day of summer. Many riders were ready to go before 9 am and eager to get started. They also rode closer to the top of the ride category (which was 13-15 mph for the BBC) , and it looked like they skipped the first rest stop. So we did not see them again once the ride started. The sweep group consisted of Harry, Jim and Jane, who did the 47 mile route, and Steve and me riding the longer route. When we arrived at the 7-11 on Dalrymple, we found a small group of our riders finishing up their rest stop, and were soon joined by three more who had taken a wrong turn from Wrighton Rd. We saw them again when we stopped at Chesapeake Market, along with a bunch of fast riders who had started in Davidsonville, passed us several times earlier in the day, and passed us again on the ride back to Harwood despite having consumed several bottles of wine at the rest stop.
Thanks very much to everyone who joined me today!