Dear Friends,

I do believe we'll pass on Saturday, but Sunday definitely looks
salvageable if we don't go TOO far north. Good excuse for a REALLY
close-in ride start -- Chuck's house! If Sunday's forecast deteriorates
between now and Sunday, Chuck and I will be happy to provide you with a
cue sheet and map even if we weenie out, but we're pretty desperate to
ride so I doubt that will happen.

Here's the plan:

"HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY," starting from Chuck's house in Rockville.
MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m. As you may have figured, the first 10 miles or
so of this ride are the standard Rockville-Olney escape route, but after
that the ride becomes rural, very scenic, and VERY HILLY. We'll be
riding in a northwesterly direction into the Frederick Valley on our way
to Woodsboro, where we'll have lunch at Trout's Town Restaurant. Good
idea to fuel up well at lunch, as we'll tackle the length of Coppermine
Road upon leaving town and encounter lots of "scenery" as we head back.
Great news: the last 25 miles from Mt. Airy back to Chuck's are an
honestly mellow cruise! 101 miles, with short options of 68 or 88.
Estimated elevation gain 6500-7000 feet.

Here are the directions to Chuck's:
CHUCK WOOD'S HOUSE, 14725 Janice Drive, Rockville, Maryland

From I-270:
Rockville Exit 6 (MD28 East)
1.0 mi. X MD355 (TL)
0.2 mi. L MD28 East (TL)
1.5 mi. X Bauer Drive (TL)
0.3 mi. R Bel Pre Rd (TL)
0.1 mi. R Janice Drive (1st R)
3rd house on L - 14725 Janice Drive

From DC Beltway:
North on Georgia Avenue
approx. 4 mi. X Connecticut Avenue
0.3 mi. L Bel Pre
0.7 mi. L Janice Drive (just before TL at MD28) 3rd house on L - 14725
Janice Drive

Another way:
0.0 I-270 split - heading north from I-270 split (get in right lane)
1.0 R Montrose Rd East (At split on ramp you can also get in left lane&
go under Montrose Rd)
0.2 L Tower Oaks Rd (1st L)
0.8 R Wootton Parkway (follow curves)
1.3 X Rockville Pike MD355
0.2 X Veirs Mill Rd (becomes MD28 East)
2.0 X Bauer Dr. (TL)
0.6 R Bel Pre (next TL)
0.1 R Janice Dr.
3rd house on L (14725 Janice Dr.)

OR from Baltimore:
South on I-95 or Rt. 29
East on MD198 (Laurel - Burtonsville)
Miles are approx.:
4 X MD650 (TL) >MD28
4 X Georgia Ave (TL)
1 L Bel Pre (2nd TL)
0.1 R Janice Drive
14725 Janice Drive (3rd house on L)

Work 202-662-4557 (until 6pm)
Cell (weekends only) 202-365-3738