Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, John Gorman, Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus, Walt Roscello, Joan Oppel, Karen McMillan, Dave VanAmayden
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26432740?beta=false 43 miles, 1300' of elevation gain and 73 turns.
Weather: cloudy, low 50s at the start rising no higher than 60 before falling back to the mid-50s. The forecast showed only the smallest chance of rain, but that didn't prevent the ever-so-slight occasional raindrops we encountered from the time we turned onto Bay Front until we left the store at Deale. It turns out we were lucky: riders on some of the PPTC rides to the north were drenched.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none
What a great turnout for an overcast, chilly-feeling day! We even were joined for most of the route by John Gorman, who earlier in the year had decided to stop riding with groups. Although some in the group are perfectly capable of speeds fast enough to drop the group in short order, we stayed together until nearly the end, when a few riders decided to skip the last rest stop at the Harwood Store.
Of course, the route's winding through (and through) the back streets of Deale Beach and Franklin Manor put a premium on staying together, but besides the slow and scenic stretches as we roamed through waterside neighborhoods admiring the sights there were also plenty of stretches on wide open roads that cried out for a spirited effort. Even though the group spread out on those stretches, we always regrouped soon after. No dropped riders here!
If you've never been to Deale, the Washington Post published a story about the community earlier this year.