East Shore Flex Ride. 30.6miles @ 13.2 mph
Chris Wright (L), Bob Reynolds, Scott Silverstine, Lori Brulo, Howard Ross, Ken Frohnert, Dave Miller, Jeff Imbrognio, Alan Azab, Larry Riley, Jim Buckheit (S).
Yet another beautiful fall day with temps in the 50's and clear blue skies...a great day for riding! The typical East Shore Flex group of Howard, Scott, Ken, Lori, Larry, Jeff, and I were joined by several folks who typically ride with the Silver Spokes or other groups, so we welcomed Bob, Dave, Jim, and Alan to the ESF ride. Bob had already ridden in from his home so he was ready to go.
We departed from a new location, the Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area about 3 miles east of Fort Hunter on Route 443. Riders seemed to like this location because it has great views, ample parking, and it takes the hills closest to Fort Hunter out of play.
We headed east on Route 443 and then turned south on Manada Bottom Rd, continuing down to Jonestown Rd before turning north. After stopping at the Holiday Inn Grantville for a snack and restroom break, we circled back around to Route 443 to head back home. Recognizing that we had 2 distinct paces in play, we separated into 2 groups so both could enjoy the ride at their preferred pace. Bob peeled off and headed back east to his home, which must have been a solid high mileage day for him.
Finishing the ride at Boyd Preserve requires a 1/2 mile uphill climb into the parking lot, but I found it to be just a pleasant push up the hill at a nice cool-down pace with great scenery. We'll definitely use that departure point again.
If we could just manage 1 day per week like this through Dec, Jan, and Feb, winter would be a lot more tolerable!
Thanks to Jim Buckheit for excellent sweeping work. Route link is below.