It was a beautiful, sunny, low-humidity day. Twenty-six cyclists turned out to do the 46-mile route from the Northern Senior Center. Leaders Jim and Jane Hudnall with Larry Peed, Walter Carr, Ron Tucker, Ruth Anne Cumberland, Jay Lewis, Andres Valencia, Paul Bankerd, Jack Hammond, Kelvin Lewis, Jules Pinkney, Yvonne Hoyle, Henry Hoyle, Jay Mallin, Jay Everhart, Janice Tyndle, Reginald Stokes, Bill Loewe, Sheila Harrow, Dennis Benson, Sharon Miller, Jimmy Bartlett, Erik Peterson and John Early. Chandra arrived late and followed the cue sheet we had left for her on a windshield. Because of a special event at the Senior Center, cyclists were not allowed to use the restroom and had to move their cars before the ride started. Three cyclists took a short cut to Baggett Park. Paul and Andres returned to the start after only a few miles. A minor crash occurred when a cyclist’s wheel hit the wheel in front of her and she stopped suddenly. Fortunately on one was hurt.
The first stop was at Baggett Park, where cyclists doing 62, 46, 27 or 5 miles met for a blessing of bikes and cyclists by the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, the Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde. The bishop joined the ride to the Strawberry Festival at Christ Church in Chaptico where barbeque, strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberries and arts and crafts were available for purchase. Following lunch, everyone rode back to the start. It was a pleasure to ride on the newly completed section of the three Notch Trail.
Many thanks to Dan and Diana Donahue for arranging this event. Hope we can do it again next year!