Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Sherwood Byers, Holly Carr, Linda Baknerd, Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Alan Kurzweil, Debby Bowman, Harry Kidd, Blythe Herrold, Joan Oppel
Guests: Mark Felsenthal from Potomac Pedalers, Bridget Zolman and Jim Carlson from Babes & Babe Magnets on Bikes
Weather: Sunny, breezy, a chilly-feeling 65 at 9 am rising to a very pleasant mid-80s: your basic perfect summer day.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27493106 59 miles, 2530' of elevation gain
Mishaps & mechanicals: No mechanicals, but Pat Sanders hit a curb while looking back for Pat Walthers and went down, receiving some facial bruises.
AMS: not quite 12 for the slow group, somewhat faster for the B group
This ride visited not only the three well-known Frederick County covered bridges, but also many of the historic metal truss bridges listed in the County's Historic Metal Truss Bridges of Frederick County.
Utica Covered Bridge
Stevens Road Bridge
Blacks Mill Bridge
Loys Station Covered Bridge
We had a rest stop at Loys Station Park, and unlike every other ride that visits Loys Station, this route didn't go through the covered bridge (that's the lead group returning from having gone through the bridge only to be told by their GPSs to turn around and come back).
The route took a side trip to visit the improbable Rocky Ridge Big Slide in Mount Tabor Park. a forty-foot tall wooden slide built in 1950.
Leaving Mount Tabor Park, we went across the stone LeGore Bridge
and the Mumma Ford truss bridge
en route to a rest stop in Emmitsburg. Along the way, Joan (still feeling an injured knee) and Alan (still recovering from a crash earlier this year) took a short cut, skipping Emmitsburg on a 40 mile route.
Leaving Emmitsburg we rode to Mount Saint Mary's College and went through the tunnel under US-15, stopping outside Thurmont at the Roddy Covered Bridge and visiting the new park and rest room, then
went into Thurmont, stopping at the High's. Somewhere along that route Harry discovered the battery on his e-assist LWB recumbent was running low, so he took a direct route back to Utica Park, while the rest of us took an unusual and circuitous route on seldom-used roads back to the park. In all, a fabulous day on a scenic route enjoyed by all.
In retrospect, the bucolic countryside we saw all day shouldn't have been surprising. The agenda for the day was to visit scenic historic -- old -- bridges: bridges with limited capacity built back in the nineteenth century that wouldn't serve or long survive on heavily trafficked, high speed roads. They were built on quiet farm roads that remain quiet farm roads to this day, so even if your interest in historic metal truss bridges per se is quite limited, chances are you'll still enjoy the riding where they are.
I wasn't the only one taking pictures on the ride. Harry Kidd shared a flickr photo album with his pictures from the ride.