Leader Claire Chiamulera with members Darin King, Chuck Coe, Blake Altman, Holden Hudson, John Choate, Brad Francisco, Robert Nunziata and guests Jeff Lagana and Jexter Rivera.
A favorite of mine, this ride rolls through quiet, scenic back roads of Charles County and offers a sequence of climbs that add some challenge. Water views in Chapel Point and Popes Creek are highlights, along with farms, woodlands, and pastures throughout. We rode together for the first 11 miles then broke into two groups after the first hill on Newport Church. We regrouped at St. Ignatius Church in Chapel Point, enjoying a break in the shade and the plentiful ice that the church kindly provides.
In the second half, we again rode together for the first few miles, then broke up on Popes Creek Road. Jexter and I brought up the rear, eventually meeting John changing a flat on Allens Fresh. John wanted to take a “more direct” route back to the start and Jexter joined him. I continued sweeping the route solo, catching up to Holden in the final climb just before the park and riding in with him. John and Jexter had not yet returned, but rolled in a bit later, sharing that their route just shaved off a mile. It was a beautiful ride with a nice group!