Leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Steve Palincsar, Harry Kidd, Jay Lewis, Walt Roscello, Pat Walthers, Kevin Foley, Dave VanAmeyden
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28868195 - 46 miles. A variation on an oft-enjoyed ride called Deale, North Beach and Couple of Pindells, but without the Pindells and with a slight adjustment to minimize time spent on Bay Front Rd near Deale where it has been milled down. The route is sort of a figure-8 which makes it easy to short cut by 8 miles if desired. We began by heading north, up Sands Rd to Harwood, then south on Owensville-Sudley, Sudley and Swamp Circle to the first rest stop at the High's in Deale. While en route, Steve suggested that we stay on Swamp Circle to the end and then double back to the High's to avoid a half mile of milled roadway. Three of us took that detour, but the rest were too far ahead for us to offer the option to them. After the stop in Deale, we went south on Deale Churchton Rd and then turned left onto Franklin Gibson. We climbed everyone's favorite hill, then turned onto Leitch, Town Point and Fairhaven Rds. The intersection of Fairhaven and Friendship Rd was the decision point for the short cut -- the longer route turned left and the shorter route turned right. Those turning left headed for North Beach by way of Boyd's Turn and 5th St, then rode up Bay Ave to the second stop at the Chesapeake Market. The final stint went up the Friendship Rd hill and continued across Route 2 to Wilson-Jewell-McKendree. We finished by taking Bay Front, Wrighton, Plummer and the Route 4 service road back to Wayson's Corner.
Weather: Fantastic! Blue cloudless skies and temps in the high 50s, with light winds.
Average speed: 12ish mph at the back.
Mishaps and mechanicals: None. Though there was a lot of glass on the shoulder of Bay Front Rd near the end, so we should all check our tires.
This was a great bike ride, with beautiful views of a very blue Chesapeake Bay and numerous roads lined with tall, still-leafy trees. The group was well-matched, sometimes stretching out and then regrouping and riding together. Harry opted to take the short cut; Jay also has a shortened route planned and we did not see him after he dropped us near the start. Both of their cars were gone from the park and ride when we finished so we assume they made it back okay. The rest of the group enjoyed on-and-off conversation on a variety of topics as we toured at a comfortable pace.
Thanks very much to everyone who joined me for a wonderful afternoon on the bike!