Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Patricia Sanders, Jim McDermott, Loretta Troen, Sarah Clement, Jessica Hirschhorn, Robin Frei, Jill Minneman
Guests: Stephanie, Carla, Joni, Cathy, Beth, Walter, Mark, Ed, Jill and Mike - from Babes on Bikes, the Wednesday Irregulars and Potomac Pedalers
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7003225 with 7 starting from Jones Point, the rest joining the group either on the Mount Vernon Trail or at the Jefferson Memorial, modified by eliminating the section on Old Dominion, coming straight back on the MVT and then on Royal St. for a total of around 30 miles.
Weather: sunny, warm to hot (high 60s when we started, high 80s or even 90 by mid-afternoon) but with low humidity. A fine summer day, granted, but where'd spring go? It hardly even arrived, and here we are in summer already.
Mishaps & mechanicals: 2 flats, one in the Arboretum and one on 3rd St opposite the Mall.
AMS: 11-something, but you don't do a ride like this (leave at 10, get back around 3:30) for the average.
We were 8 strong as we left Jones Point Park and rode through Old Town, but as we passed the junction of the Four Mile Run Trail our numbers had grown to 12, and at the Jefferson Memorial we gain 6 more, all of whom had ridden from home. We had fun at the stop at Union Market, as always, although several in the group were puzzled by a curious direction sign:
[ explanation: here]
and enjoyed the tour through the Gallaudet Campus - a first for several in the group.
It was getting warm by the time we reached the Arboretum and found our usual rest stop, the Arbor House, was closed for renovation. Azalea Drive was closed because of the eagles (you can see them for yourself here) so we had to skip the first (and worst) hill, but the rest of the trip through the Arboretum was uneventful save for Walter's flat tire. We gathered at the Capitol Columns but they were fenced off due to landscaping work on the gardens, so we moved on to the Bonsai Museum, where we spent a good amount of time enjoying the exhibits.
When we reached Eastern Market for lunch, a number of riders left the group and went their separate ways, still more at the Jefferson Memorial and the junction of the Four Mile Run Trail - where those remaining decided touring through the North Ridge and Del Ray could wait for another day.
In all, a fabulous day, a great group and a great ride. Thanks to all who came, and special thanks to those who took off from work to be able to do so.