Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Patricia Sanders, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Chuck Coe, Don Gardner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28585306 a 32 mile version of a longer route to Malcolm and Pinefield. After the rest stop at the WaWa on McKendree, the original went up to Accokeek Rd and down to Floral Park; this time we went back across 301 to Cedarville, skipping the mess they've made of Accokeek Rd and the construction at Brandywine and MD-5. The weather forecast was uncertain and the weather we were experiencing was equally uncertain, so a route replete with shortcut options seemed in order.
Weather: 70s, overcast and extremely humid, staying at or near 100% for much of the morning. The forecast said it wouldn't rain. We drove through mist on the way to North Keys Park, and between 10 and 10:30 that mist intensified and became drizzle. By 10:30 it was back to mist - enough that those riders wearing glasses needed to stop every few miles to clear off the water. Eventually it stopped, even cleared up to blue sunny skies for a few moments after the stop at Moreland Market, but by the time we reached the Mudd house the mist returned, lingering until we reached Pinefield.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none
Linda Bankerd came to the park but seeing the drizzle changed her mind about riding and drove back home, leaving just as the drizzle stopped. Chuck rode with us to the Moreland Market and then took off on his own. The rest of us rode at a CC pace, staying together, especially while cruising through the many turns inside Pinefield.
Pat and Jay skipped the rest stop at the WaWa. I was a bit concerned that doubling back across 301 after the break might seem odd, but conditions on Accokeek Rd and at the crossing of Branch Ave at Brandywine Rd are pretty unpleasant due to construction, so I was happy to see the routing worked and felt natural.
We all thought it was a pretty nice ride, and were happy we didn't need any of the short-cut options. I'm still wondering, though: what's up with the Bees?