Leader: Debby Bowman
Members: Sarah Clement, Karen McMillan, Ken Meredith, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short
Guests: Celeste Marin, Stephen Cohen
Route: A 37-mile variation on familiar routes in southern Anne Arundel County, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29266443. We started by crossing over Route 4 on Mt Zion Marlboro Rd, then turning left on Wrighton Rd and crossing Route 4 again on Bay Front, and taking Greenock and Brooks Woods down to Bay Front again. At Route 2 Steve's group turned right but we continued straight and headed south on Franklin Gibson, then took Leitch, Town Point, Fairhaven and Friendship down to the rest stop at Chesapeake Market. After the break we retraced up the hill on Friendship, continued on Sansbury at Route 2 and headed north on Wilson/Jewell/McKendree, before finishing up on Fisher's Station and the Pindells.
Weather: Good for early February. Partly sunny, calm winds, rising to 50 degrees by the end of the ride but colder in the middle when we were near the bay. There was ice in the bay in Fair Haven, something I don't recall seeing on a bike ride before.
Road conditions: Piles of salt and sand, bits of salt that looked like broken glass at times, a few patches of snow on the roads.
Mishaps and mechanicals: none
Average speed: 12.5ish mph at the back, faster at the front.
Animal roll call: We looked for the half-brown half-white goad on Fishers Station Rd but he was not outside. However there were several new dogs with the two big fluffy ones that we always see, and they were running back and forth and barking at us instead of chillaxing in the driveway like they usually do.
Report: We had a great turnout for the ride. We stayed together for the first 10 miles or so, then drifted apart. We met up with Steve's group in Fair Haven, and everyone regrouped at the rest stop where some sat outside and others warmed up inside the market. The faster riders left the market ahead of the "chasing" group and were not seen again until the end of the ride.
Overall it was a pleasant winter ride. Thanks to everyone for joining me!