Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Pat Walthers, Janell Saunders, Sue Gunter, Rita Z, Harold Datz, Don Gardner, Bob Thompson and Chantal Briere, Tom Short (the last three failing to sign the Release & Waiver)
Guests: Babes & Babe Magnets Bridget and John
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26754932 37 miles, 1247' of elevation gain
Weather: Sunny, windy and clear. High 40s at the start rising to the low 60s by early afternoon (although it never really felt much warmer than the 50s, thanks to the brisk wind)
Mishaps & mechanicals:
That's Bob fixing a flat on Muddy Creek Road less than a mile before the turn onto Galesville. Repairs were complicated by a spare that refused to accept air, salvaged thanks to Tom Short who provided a spare.
AMS: 12.8 at the back -- amazing to me, considering how bad the head winds were in the second half of the ride, and how slowly I was going on Polling House!
Ride report: I've ridden to Galesville for years. Back when, we used to start at Davidsonville and stop at the West River Market down by the water. I never much liked taking Rt 50 to Davidsonville, but the rest stop at Galesville was worth it. When the market closed perhaps 10 years ago, the ride changed: the rest stop was moved to the Highs on Muddy Creek & Owensville, and although we called it Galesville we didn't actually go there. That's a shame, because it's quite pretty.
Then they enlarged the parking lot at Davidsonville, in the process removing the readily accessible woods that served as a restroom at the ride start - and that was that, as far as I was concerned.
Today's route starts at a much better location, Waysons Corner Park & Ride, which not only is closer by quite a good distance and doesn't require driving on Rt 50, but also has two restrooms and a portolet within a quarter mile of the parking lot.
The Highs is still available on the corner of Muddy Creek and Galesville Rd, but last year the wine & spirits store in Galesville decided to start carrying snacks and drinks. And there are two nice parks down on the water, one next to where the portolet is located when it's not winter
and the "hidden" park behind the yacht club at the end of the road.
Both have lovely views of the water, but this park has shade in summer.
After the break we toured back-street Galesville (there's a street that parallels the main road) and fought the wind the rest of the way back. At times I was doing 6 mph on level ground riding into the headwind. But I've got a lot of frontal area, and I'm dead slow in a headwind. The group got well split up in the second half; most of the time Pat was the only rider with me. We met Janell taking a break on 408 before the turn onto Greenock, but couldn't keep her in sight for long.
The wind definitely made the second half challenging, and probably kept people away today. Some were fortunate in not knowing it would be this windy, saying if they'd known they wouldn't have come but even so they still had a great time.