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Not Much to Report (Ride Report)(19 posts)

Not Much to Report (Ride Report)MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:08 AM
The weather has sucked around here lately. Day after day of just plain nasty weather for cycling (but great for snow shoveling). It had been 14 days since our last century ride, we were getting antsy but at least my upper body is going to be ready for rowing season.

First thing Saturday morning we flipped on the local weather to get the lowdown on our chances to ride. For a change our man Clay had not much to report.

We're riding!
Leftovers, well what did you expect?MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:12 AM
We decided to ride in Southern Maryland where there had been the least snowfall reported in the last couple of weeks. Southern Maryland is fairly flat and open farmland with the occasional view of either the Potomac River or the Chesapeake Bay. Not much traffic and a nice network of back roads for cyclists.

Just because there wasn't nasty weather Saturday didn't mean all the snow and clouds had gone away.
Miss M all bundled up.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:15 AM
Oh did I mention it was going to be a bit cold? The high for the day was 38 degrees F, the low was about 32. Very little wind though-trust me, you don't to be riding in Southern Maryland's open farm country when the winds are howling.

In a couple of weeks one of our favorite ride leaders was planning to lead one of his epic adventure rides in the same area we were going through. He plans to include a bunch of dirt roads so we checked a few out.

Does the word quagmire mean anything to you? Well unless there is a miracle these dirt roads are not going to be rideable for cyclists for a long, long time.
We get to the Point.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:19 AM
About half way through Saturdays ride we reached the Potomac at Colton's Point. The river was almost as grey as the sky. Not much goes on here except for once a year when the Chesapeake watermen bring there boats in for the "Blessing of the Fleet". It does have a really nice Potomac River Museum (with clean and warm restrooms); we seemed to be the first visitors in days.

That is St. Clement's Island in the distance-in the early 1600's it was the site of the first European settlement in Maryland.
Attica, perhaps the dumbest, runningest dog yet.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:23 AM
In our travels we meet a lot of dogs. Some bark, some run, some run and bark. Once in a while one will follow us for a mile or two.

Then there was the epic chase a few years ago where a dog followed our spread out group for several miles. As one bunch of riders dropped the dog the next bunch of riders came along for the dog to chase and follow. This went on until we stopped for lunch where we caught the worn out dog and called the owner who couldn't believe the dog had actually gone that far.

Saturday we met Attica who followed us for over 10 miles. Did I say follow? If we slowed down below about 17mph Attica led us. If we rode between 17 and 20 mph Attica would run along beside us. When we rode over 20mph Attica would drop back behind us until we slowed down again. Without any hills we couldn't pick up enough speed anywhere to drop the dumb mutt.

We tried everything to get rid of the dog, even stopping for a while. Nothing worked. I was finally able to grab it at an intersection and tie it to a post with an inner tube. Good thing there was a phone number on its collar. I got hold of the owner and we took off shaking our heads.

We figure what with all the zig zagging Attica did while it was with us he had to have gone at least another 5 miles chasing birds, cars, his shadow and other dogs. We were glad to see the last of him.
Eddy? nmDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 7:42 AM
Eddy? ROFLMAO nmcrosscut
Mar 3, 2003 8:35 PM
Question, MB1crosscut
Mar 3, 2003 8:40 PM
Does Miss M ALWAYS ride in the drops?
No, she doesn't always ride in the drops.MB1
Mar 4, 2003 5:34 AM
She bends her elbows so it often looks like she is in the drops when she is actually on her hoods.

Still since she started taking yoga classes a couple of years ago she has really been riding in the drops a lot more.
Doughnut holes.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:26 AM
With the time we wasted dealing with Attica we only got in 108 miles on Saturday. Even though we had hoped for more it was nice to get a century in. Sunday started out rainy so we decided to stay in town and see how far we could ride and hoping for another century.

Miss M knows this bar up on Capital Hill that serves fresh doughnuts-a great way to start a ride. Much to our amusement and amazement the bar was packed and they weren't just eating doughnuts.

Good doughnuts too!
Let the sunshine in.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:29 AM
After about 30 miles the sun started to come out. It has been far too long since we have ridden in sunshine.
Let everyone out.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:33 AM
Of course with the sun finally breaking through everyone and their dogs came out to play. I guess it was our weekend for dogs.

We'd seen enough hounds that's for sure so we exited the trails and headed to Rock Creek Park.
Finally, other riders; too bad.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:39 AM
All Saturday and Sunday morning we hadn't seen any other cyclists. When we got to Rock Creek Park cyclists were out in force. The roads were soaked from the melting snow and the early morning rain.

Once again I was reminded how nice fenders are as cyclist after cyclist passed us with nasty wet, black, road spray stripes covering their fronts and backs. Don't even get me started talking about the racer types drafting us for a while than cutting right in front of us (thinking they are doing us a favor) and getting us with their road spray.

Some folks are clueless.
Speaking of fenders. Where did you get yours?look271
Mar 3, 2003 10:37 AM
Or where can I get some (for my commuter/bad weather bike)?
Rivendell and Lickton Bike shop on line. nmMB1
Mar 3, 2003 11:06 AM
Thanks. nmlook271
Mar 3, 2003 12:00 PM
Pot holes.MB1
Mar 3, 2003 7:42 AM
After all the snow and rain DC has had this winter the roads are falling apart. In some spots there is just enough asphalt to keep the potholes together. Makes for rough riding but we got our century in. 209 miles for the weekend 350+ for the week.

Miss M can hardly wait for good weather so we can really get some miles in!
I finally got the front fender on the cruiser yesterday ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:24 AM
... so I can ride thru the snow melt without getting my pants all muddy.

After being able to ride virtually all of last winter, the glacier that's been growing around here was really starting to get on my nerves!
Outstanding as always!noveread
Mar 3, 2003 9:41 AM
Around here, the start of the ride was in partly sunny and 39deg temps. 4 hours later it was 33 and snowing... Still a good ride though.