Ride Leader: Dan Donahue
Date: April 5, 2013
Ride Name: Bike Care and Maintenance/Short Ride on Three Notch Trail
Ride Distance: 22.61 mi.
Ride Ave: 13.3 /CC
Guest Riders: None
Member Riders: Jerry Finan
Beautiful morning for a bike maintenance review under the flag poles at the Northern Senior Center. After conducting the maintenance review, Jerry and I decided to take a longer ride, since there were no casual or beginner riders who showed up. We rode north on the Three Notch Trail (3NT) into Charles Co., turned around and went on the portion of the 3NT from the Senior Center to Rt. 6. We then rode into 15-16 mph headwinds on Rt. 6. After reaching our end of patience with the headwinds, we turned them into tail winds and easily averaged 16 mph + with little pedaling effort. Once back to the trail, we hooked up with Thompson’s Corner Rd. and a trip down Woodburn Hill Rd. into Amish country. As we passed the Amish school, the children and their teachers were out enjoying recess, and they shouted and waved at us– those rowdy Amish children! At the end of the paved surface, we turned around and headed back to the Northern Senior Center and into more stiff headwinds to finish the last section of the ride.
While on Thompson’s Corner Rd. we encountered a school bus approaching us from the opposite direction. As it neared us, it activated its yellow flashers, but we were able to pass the bus before its red flashers came on. I clarified Jerry’s question about stopping for school busses with an affirmative that, if the red flashers had been activated, we would have stopped, as required by law. Just thought this point would be a useful reminder to club members.