Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Tom Short, Alan Kurzweil, Bob Howell, Larry Peed, Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers, Karen McMillan, Jane and Jim Hudnall. Lou Dallorso was also present but didn't sign in.
Guests: Eugene and Alberto (at least, I think that's what they wrote)
Weather: Sunny, clear skies. Dark Sky forecast 49 at the start rising to around 62 in the early afternoon, and that was spot on. Dark Sky also said 3-5 mph wind and that I think was off. I think we were closer to 10 mph than 5 today. but thanks to the warm-feeling sun the breeze was pleasant.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31513054 39 mi, 1367' elevation gain. Much of today's ride was centered on the Mattawoman Creek. We took the Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston to Indian Head and down Mattingly to the shore on the north side of the Creek, then waltzed up Strauss back to the IHRT and followed the Creek up to Bumpy Oak. We stopped for an unscheduled break at Ollie's before heading over to the south side of Mattawoman Creek at Sweden Point in Smallwood Park. We saw Jim and Jane exiting the park as we were entering it, but after the first mile that was our only sighting of the faster group.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none I'm aware of
AMS: 11.6 at the back
Ron thought riffing on today's ride naming might be fun; some the possibilities that emerged were "Intoxicated in Brandywine" (to visit the wineries) "TB or Not TB" (unfortunately not currently doable thanks to the road construction at TB) "Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" (a Pisgah ride) and "Waltzing Up Strauss" (near Indian Head).
Everything looked exceptionally beautiful today. It was a scenic route, but the light was magical, making even the mundane look special, and it was a lovely day, for which we were duly thankful.
Jim took photos, which are posted on Facebook.