A Spring Ride in the Country
Celebrate finishing your income taxes – or, if you haven’t finished yet, like me, file for an automatic extension and forget about it -- and come enjoy a spring ride in the country. A great time of year to see the spring colors and dramatic vistas of the farm country of northeast Montgomery and adjacent parts of Howard counties. Rolling hills, none too steep. Beautiful farms; mostly rural roads with little traffic.
Sadly, another “crop” is blooming as fast as the flowers, trees, and farmland: “Models Now Open” signs, bulldozers, and zoning application billboards – indicators that the housing crash of[masked] is now history, and a new bubble is in the making. McMansion developments are rapidly devouring what little farmland is left in the DC region. So enjoy it now – in a year or 2 it will all be gated communities.
We’ll ride a comfortable C pace; slower uphill. No one will be left behind. Rest stop with bathrooms mid-way through the ride. We’ll gather for lunch/refreshments after the ride at a restaurant or bar in the area, so bring a lock and some money. Helmets mandatory.
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 “Rider Info” tab at the top of the Home page, 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.
Restrooms in the shopping center at the start point. No go if forecast temperature at start time is below 45° or rain expected. If weather is doubtful, I’ll post a notice on this MeetUp page no later than 2 hours before start time.
Mitch Stengel [masked]