FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD * 34 miles * C *as of 8AM Sun., still a GO

Why fight the traffic jams and the mobs around the Tidal Basin when you can enjoy the quiet beauty of rural spring in western Montgomery? Trees and flowers are starting to bloom, farm animals are frolicking, it should be perfect riding weather – and we’ll even see some cherry trees. There are hills, but nothing too long or too steep. We’ll ride a casual C pace; no one will be left behind. The ride is mostly on low-traffic rural roads, with just a few sections on highways. Rest stop mid-way at the scenic Dickerson General Store.

Starting point (with port-a-johns) is at the end of Riley’s Lock Road on the C&O Canal. If the parking lot at the starting point is full, start driving back up Riley’s Lock Road; there’s another lot on your right just past Caleva. Helmets mandatory. Lunch or refreshments in Poolesville or Darnestown afterwards, so bring a lock and some $. No go if forecast temperature at start time is below 45⁰ or rain.

If you’re new to Potomac Pedalers rides, Welcome! We’re glad to have new riders -- but please go to the web site (PotomacPedalers.org) before the ride, pick the “Ride Info – Riders” tab on the left side, and read, at least, ‘How to Choose a Ride,’ the Ride Classification Table [this is a C ride, moderately hilly], and ‘How to Prepare for a Ride.’ And remember Einstein’s special law of (cycling) relativity: This ride is an easy jaunt for A, B, and most CC riders; a pleasant ride, but a good workout for C riders like me; and may be a daunting challenge for 1st-timers and D riders.

If weather is questionable, I’ll post a notice on both the Potomac Pedalers MeetUp page and the “MD FORUM” page of the PPTC web site no later than 8 AM.

Mitch Stengel [[masked]][masked]
(with apologies to Thomas Hardy)

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  • Mark

    Lots of fun

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cold ride, but in great company! Really pretty route too

    March 24, 2013

  • Barbara

    Too cold for me. Have a great time.

    March 24, 2013

  • Shannal S.

    Wish I could join the ride

    March 24, 2013

  • Ingo

    Hello, I have a road bike and was wondering if any of this ride on is on gravel roads or the tow path?

    March 20, 2013

    • Mitch

      No on both counts. Except for the gravel parking lot where we start, it's all paved roads, 100%.

      March 20, 2013

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