Photos: Janell Saunders
Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Ron Altemus, Pat Sanders, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Walthers, Marc and Linda Blackman, Janell Saunders
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10633624 45 miles (not counting the gravel road from the Mallows Bay Park Entrance down to the rest area) and 1545' elevation gain.
Weather: Overcast, windy, 63 at the start, allegedly rising to 70 (according to my car) but thanks to the wind, the cloud cover and the sporadic occasional lethargic drizzle but it felt as though it never got above 65, you just got sweatier in your wind jacket. However, the wooded back roads are well suited to gloomy overcast and it was easy to get a happy vibe going in spite of the weather.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none today, thank goodness.
AMS: 11.9 in the trailing group; faster for the lead group and the middle group.
According to a 1998 article in the LA Times ("911 Just a Number in Some Areas" by Jeannine Aversa, Oct. 25, 1998), "If you’re visiting Montezuma, Ga., and need help, don’t bother calling 911. It doesn’t work there and it won’t work in dozens of other places throughout the country, either.
“'Many people think 911 is everywhere,' said Woody Glover, executive director of the 911 network for East Texas. “But there are a lot of pockets of the country that aren’t covered.'
"By one estimate, about 700 mostly small and rural counties have no form of the service. By another estimate, 9% of the U.S. population lacks it."
We learned today at Mallows Bay Park that Nanjemoy is one of those places.
There's a sign on the fence right by the portolets making it clear and giving a number (which Janell photographed, but unfortunately the photo wasn't saved) at the Charles County Sheriff's Office instead. A local resident who was visiting the park told us if you do have cell coverage (only Verizon has coverage along Riverside, she said; for sure, none of our phones had a connection) and try calling 911 it is answered in Stafford VA, and they have no idea where Charles County MD is.