The SPP kept it's holiday tradition of longer club rides today. Several of us expressed an interest in riding somewhere we'd not been recently (or ever) and Fran put together a nice route from Millersville to DC. I had no idea DC's trail network was so extensive.
Unfortunately we displayed our lack of familiarity with the nuances of riding in dense urban areas. The trip was uneventful on the open roads until we reached the more crowded areas in the city. Then we had a few clipout accidents and close quarter bumps with one another navigating the tight turns on the DC trails. The worst of these occurred on the way home when one rider braked a little too hard on the NE Branch Trail and went over his own bars. Fortunately no one (and no bikes) were hurt though the bar flip was a bit scary.
Despite the bumper bikes the ride was a lot of fun. Our destination was The Dubliner Restaurant on North Capital street. There we had our choice of breakfast or lunch fare everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. I had eggs benedict with salmon and a pint of Guiness. Yumm!
Mary (Chasing Mailboxes) and Ed (The Daily Randonneur) are members of our neighboring club the DC Randonneurs and honorary members of SPP. They live in DC and met us for breakfast to share stories about their big ride on PBP in France. They also joined us for part of our ride out of town. It was great to see them. Here are some pics Ed took along the way.
Many thanks to Fran for the leg work to plan the route. It was another fun day on the bike.