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1/8 Southern Exposure: Valley, Woodland, and Laurel CC touring (w/Friends) 34 mi

Tue, January 08, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

Leader:   Ron Altemus

Members:   La' Tasha Banks, Donaro Gardner, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Joan Oppel, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Patricia Sanders, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Tom Short, Pat Walthers; and seen on the IHRT between Livingston and Hawthorne, Barbara & Ron Haney

Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29124113  34 miles, 1069' elevation change.   Pomfret and Marshall Corner to get to Valley, then MD-6 to Burch and Poorhouse for a rest stop at Pisgah Store. Return via Bicknell, Marbury Run, and Chicamuxen to the IHRT off of Livingston. A brief jaunt westward on the trail to Woodland, then Strauss and Chapman's Landing to Laurel. This route will took us down Laurel; Hungerford and Livingston back to the start.

Weather:   a cloudy start with temps in the mid 40s, the sun making an appearance midway through the ride zooming temps into the mid 50s.  Southerly breezes, not too bad.

AMS:   swept at 11.9

Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Barbara Haney had a flat on the IHRT just west of Hawthorne.  The ride leader picked up a 1/4" glass shard in the shape of a stiletto somewheres in the same area and realized he was getting a flat when turning off the IHRT onto Woodland.  Coincidence?  I don't know.  Additionally, the ride leader was totally unprepared today as he was without a spare tube.  Fortunately, Joan, aka the Flat Queen, was quick to the rescue, we put a 700x25 tube in my 38 tire, and rode on.  

Report:   Lots of friends today, so a number of groupings along with the standard CC contingent.  Traffic was very light on a several of the roads - I don't believe we were passed by a car on Valley, Poorhouse, or Chapman's Landing.  For a bit of touring, we stayed on Laurel after crossing MD-210.  It was a quiet, residential street with one nice dip, similar to Chapman's Landing.  The road was an interesting excursion but once is enough; if nothing else, those that did ride it can now cross it off of their bucket list. 

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