Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Joan Oppel, Debby Bowman and Doug Lesar
Joan, Debby & Steve at the Sachs Covered Bridge
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28723331?beta=false modified slightly by eliminating the stop at the Battlefield Market and skipping the section of the route that went past the Devil's Den
Weather: 49 at the start rising to the mid to high 50s, finally settling on the mid 50s. Cloudy with occasional intervals of sun, humid and windy. The rain stopped right on schedule at 9:30, although when driving through the heavy rain at Thurmont it didn't seem likely.
Mishaps & mechanicals: Deb went off the pavement and went down when her front wheel steered into the pavement "ledge" - fortunately, no real harm other than some bruises, a small scrape and some black smudges on her white windbreaker.
I listed the ride with Oxon HIll and PPTC, and Deb listed the ride with BBC. Half a dozen BBC riders turned up, and they rode as a group with Doug joining them. They left us about a mile from the ride start, shortly before Deb's mishap, and we saw them again only once, in the Battlefield when they appeared from an unexpected direction to turn onto Granite Schoolhouse.
Joan, Debby and I had no difficulty following the route even though there were many turns and much of the ride was in a part of the Battlefield we'd never seen before, but obviously the BBC group got lost somewhere. It was a long ride (we got back to Emmitsburg just before 5 pm) but an interesting one.
This was a one-off. I won't lead it again; it's pretty clear everyone found Emmitsburg to be too far away, even though it's only 10-12 minutes farther away than Thurmont.
Debby found an article explaining and illustrating the symbols found on the many monuments in the battlefield.