Ride Leader: Mike Bivens
Members: Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Sam Perry, Darryl Lowery, Ron Altemus, Vernon Daley, Jon Agazzi, and Joan Oppel
Ride Name: Southern Exposure (Two Downs and Around)
Distance: 32.8 miles. Ride leader, sweeping the group from the rear averaged 14.7 AMS). Darryl and Jon rode to the start from home, adding miles.
Weather: As with last week’s ride, temperatures at the start were already in the mid ‘80s and by end, low ‘90s with high humidity. However, we did have a breeze and the route had a lot of shade, which made it more comfortable.
Ride Report: Tuesday morning rides will begin to incorporate sections of the Indian Head 100 so participants will become more familiar with the roads before the September 7th event. Today’s route included a total of about 5.5 miles from Mattingly Road, via Strauss Ave (repaved) to Rt. 224 (Livingston Road) (the start) and from Hawthorne to the IHRT to Mattingly (only 94.5 to go) (the end). We rode down Bumpy Oak (noted that construction work has started has started on the IHRT) and Rose Hill (lots of shade) to Rt. 6 and then on Poorhouse to the Rest Stop at the Pisgah Store. Two groups formed (faster and less fast), with the former arriving at the rest stop first to scout for any trucks with long boards sticking out the back. With an option to shortcut, all declined and decided to follow the cue sheet to the end. We returned on Pisgah Marbury, Bicknell, Marbury Run, Chickamuxen and Hawthorne before getting on the trail. With the exception of Darryl and Jon who continued home, all finished back at the shopping center.
An interesting aside: You never know what you’ll see, or what you’ll find on the Indian Head Rail Trail. Approaching the trail head at Mattingly and just under the welcome arch, a woman bicyclist was stopped holding a small wooden birdhouse. She told me it was just lying by a bush. It had a sign attached that reflected " PICK ME UP Hurry before someone else does! ART ABANDONEMENT is a group of artists who leave their creations in various locations around the globe for a lucky person like yourself to find. You may keep this, or pass it on, or leave it here for someone else to find. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/artabondonmentand abandon your own creations." There were two new paint brushes affixed to allow the finder to get creative in finishing the project. Since both of us were on bikes and couldn’t carry the find, it was replaced back under the bush for someone else to find.