Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Pat Walthers
Weather: More overcast than yesterday, temps in the 40s and breezy. The lack of sun except for two or three miles near the end made for a chillier day than yesterday. Zippers might have come down a bit, but the jackets stayed on today.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10948628 41 miles, 1475' of elevation gain, shortened by a mile and a half or so at the end when we skipped the Durham Church/Rt 6 diversion.
Mishaps & mechanicals: There's a saying, "Just because you're having a bad day this morning doesn't mean you aren't going to have a bad day this afternoon." Today, for me, this translated to "just because you picked up a piece of glass in your front tire and had a flat doesn't mean you didn't also pick up a piece of glass in your back tire at the same time, it's just that it was a little smaller and it took a little longer to work its will."
The first flat occurred on Hancock Run at the very spot where the sand bar was at the Indian Head 100 -- good news/bad news is the sand bar is gone, not a trace of sand or gravel on the road at all, but in its place is a 3" deep pothole the size of a basketball, big enough to bend a rim as well as double-pierce a tube -- and the second a few miles later on Adams Willet.
We left the park with the A/Bs but they were soon out of sight. Majesta rode with them for a while, but we joined her on Sandy Point Rd at Riverside, where she was removing a stone that had gotten caught in her brake. When we came to Mallows Bay Park, we found the A/Bs again, and they confirmed that the portolet has gone south for the winter.
We left five or ten minutes after them, but we saw them again at the intersection of Smith Point and Maryland Point Rds - I suspect they either missed the Smith Point turn or decided to make the ride a bit longer and went down to Maryland Point instead. When I got the first flat, Majesta decided to take the most direct way back because she was under time pressure, so she went back up the hill to Rt 6 and took it to Ironsides. After my second flat Pat and I decided to skip Durham Church and stayed on Ironsides, cutting off a mile and a half.
No photographs were taken today.