Feb 23 Best of Brandywine: Croom and Eagle Harbor, Leader: Steve Palincsar A lovely early spring day: sunny, temperatures in the 50s and 60s but a brisk wind that seemed much stronger than predicted. Joining me were Jimmy Bartlett, Holly Carr, Regina Saizan, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberson, Richard Harrington, Diane Harris, Sharon Miller, Sam Perry, Linda and Paul Bankerd, Jim and Jane Hudnall and Dave VanAmayden, with John Early meeting us at the rest stop at the IGA on Aquasco Rd for the second half of the ride.
Note to self: when you dig in the "archive" pile of left over cue sheets, check to see if you've changed the route since the last time you led it, even if the change was just fixing an omitted turn. And failing that, make sure you take a new one, not an old one.
Other than that, no mishaps or excitement, but lots of ups and downs, especially in the middle 20 mile segment, which included Nelson Perrie, the Croom Rollers, Eagle Harbor Rd. and Dr. Bowen. 37 miles and 1400 feet of climbing: 78' in the first 5 miles, 1175' in the next 20 and 175' in the final 12 miles. Final average: 12.9 mph.