Leader: Alan Canfield
Members: Chuck Coe, Cy Tandy, Darryl Lowery, Jean Wright, Robert Smith, Lou Dallorso, Brocerick Pascual, Richard Harrington, Jessica Livingston, Brian Dixon
Guests: Tim Cramblit, Steve Wilk
48-mile route from Fresh Meadows in Huntingtown MD
Weather: 82°F r.h. 80%
AMS: Group 17.8, Lead 17.3
Mechanicals/Mishaps: A flat in the AA group at mile 5 required a SAG. A rider went down at mile 40 but reportedly no major issues.
After predictions for rain early in the week it ended up being great weather for a bike ride. Temps in the 80s and rising humidity didn't seem so bad with all the great canopy and tree cover early in the ride.
This was my first visit to Calvert County and it did not disappoint! Major shout-out to the organizers that mapped out the route. The rolling hills, a couple decent climbs, gorgeous canopy, and scenic views were appreciated. There something special about turning down an old highway and thinking about the history of the road, while also enjoying low traffic and great scenery.
My first outing as a ride leader also did not disappoint. We quickly assembled at the ride start. I attempted to give the AA's some space so we wouldn't get caught up in their pace. When they stopped after leaving the driveway to sweep up members and we got bunched up, but 2-3 miles up the road there was a natural split in the groups. I have too many experiences pushing a hard pace early, and fading at the end, so I try to avoid repeating that mistake.
At the 5.5 mile mark we had a rider suffer a flat and peel off the back of the group. I didn't realize it was a AA rider but that doesn't really matter anyway. I was relieved to see Samson Samson also pull over to help, thinking we would have a good group to work together and pull back the A's. Alas, it wasn't to be. The deep-dish rims needed a longer stem than we had, and the glued patch didn't hold after a quick change. (I was carrying a spare tube but it was a 48 mm stem. In the future I will carry 80mm stems.) Fortunately, Eric Peterson had provided his and his wife's phone numbers, so I called for a SAG. After a few phone calls to re-vector back onto the route, we had a pick-up.
Samson and I continued for the remainder of the 43 miles. Turns out he had the front brake rubbing. After we stopped to correct it at mile 10, his ride got much easier. We traded pulls and enjoyed the great roads and scenery. The store at Holland Point was a highlight and we appreciated the road markings still visible on the route.
Chuck Coe reported that the main A group had mishap around mile 40, with Jean Wright going down in a some sand in a turn. She was able to get up and finish the ride, so let's hope she didn't suffer any major injuries.
The Fresh Meadow Farms is a gorgeous venue for the ride start and picnic. I enjoyed the good food and fellowship at the picnic, especially the tasty grilled pork loin. Many thanks to the owners for offering their farm, and to the club members that got there early and stayed late to clean up.