Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Patricia Sanders, Harry Kidd, Sonja Newman, Harold Datz, Rita Z, Jane & Jim Hudnall
Bs & CCs together at the ride start
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27860384 At least, that's what was planned: North Keys and Molly Berry (on fresh new pavement for part of it, anyway) to Nelson Perrie, Bald Eagle School, Westwood and Baden Westwood to Croom; the Croom Rollers across Brandywine to Covington to the Five Points and a rest stop at the Moreland Market.
From there the route took Gallant Green to Bassford, Celestial and Wilkerson back to the Five Points and a second rest stop at the Baden store. And then everyone, ABs and CCs alike, voted to throw away the script, skip the hills and come straight back on Brandywine and Gibbons Church, for a total of 35 miles.
Weather: sunny, humid, breezy; high 80s in the shade to 91 in the sun.
Mishaps and mechanicals: none
After five days in the New River Valley at Bike Virginia 2018, it's amazing how mellow and flat this route seems. Even including in the elevation gain at the end we didn't do, it still came to only 50' per mile -- half of what we'd been experiencing ("gotten used to" is rather a stretch too far: none of us had come close to getting used to the long granny climbs and the screaming downhills, one after another) in the past five days.
Note to all Best of Brandywine attendees: the detour on Brandywine Rd we were warned of a week or two ago is now in effect. If you're coming from the Beltway and MD-5 a good way to avoid it all is to go left on Surratts and follow the May Metric route to US-301, then take Cherry Tree Crossing and Old Indian Head.