Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Jule Thorne, Pat Walthers, Jane & Jim Hudnall
Guests: Steve Cohen
Weather: a thoroughly delightful summer day: sunny, temperatures ranging from the high 60s to the low 90s, not too humid, breezy (except when riding right into it at the end, when it became "windy"). Either it was really nice today, or we're getting acclimated.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28019362, created for the occasion (Bastille Day, as it happens, although no one took note of it) featuring some old roads we used to take but don't do much anymore (Rt 6 south to Morganza Turner) and some roads we generally don't do in this direction (such as McIntosh from Hollywood to Sandgates, and Sandgates northbound) with two rest stops in Baggett Park, one to take advantage of the newly re-opened restaurant -- but if you want ice cream you'd better get there before they close at 1 pm (we just made it) and you'd better hope their cash register is working better than it was today. 48 mi, 1500' of elevation - generally not very difficult, but with a few surprisingly challenging climbs on Rt 6 and in the Loveville Mennonite area.
Mishaps & mechanicals: Pat's front shifting troubles showed up again, this time only days after having had her bike serviced to fix this problem. We were checking it out at Baggett Park, and it looked suspiciously like an issue I'd had at Bike Virginia in Staunton, gunk in the cable guide under the bottom bracket shell. We had nothing in our group to remedy the problem, but Janell noticed a Boy Scout group getting ready to ride the Three Notch Trail, and true to their motto, they were prepared with a spray can of generic WD-40. A healthy spray down the slot, a wee tweak on the cable adjuster, and voila!
AMS: 12.8 mph. Jay said something at the start about the club rides he'd been on recently, B rides going at an A pace and CC rides going on a B pace, and Oxon Hill turning into a club that was all about nothing but riding fast, but I assured him that wasn't going to happen today. Nor did it: we rode together, waiting to regroup when necessary (shifting troubles on MD-6, trying to catch a break in traffic on Three Notch Highway) took our time at McKay's and Baggett Park and finished with a mid-range CC average.
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