Dear Friends,

The weekend menu is as follows:


Sir Rudy Hewitt is turning 60  --  what a great excuse for a new ride and another party!  Please see Joel Dechter's party invitation below.  We hope that you can attend, and if you can please RSVP right away to Joel if you haven't done so already. 

Here's the lowdown on the ride:

"GUY AND DOLLS" aka "RUDY'S REJUVENATOR," starting from Joel Dechter's house, 2200 Winter Garden Way, Olney, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.**  A steady diet of rides like this and you, too, can be as young in body and mind as Rudy when you turn 60!  Please join us as we celebrate Rudy's 60th birthday with this new ride and the party at Joel's house following the ride.


The ride begins as we visit historic Brookeville, which served as the capital of the United States for one day during the War of 1812 and as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.  We continue in a northeasterly direction, passing through both Patuxent River State Park and Patapsco Valley State Park (and featuring several "scenic" crossings of both the Patuxent and Patapsco Rivers).  We'll eventually reach the historic railroad town of Sykesville, where we'll have lunch at E.W. Beck's Restaurant & Pub.  You can check out their menu at http://www.ewbecks.com/.   Soon after lunch, the route heads northwest into Frederick County, passing the Linganore Wine Cellars (see http://www.linganore-wine.com/) before our final rest stop in Mt. Airy.  The last 22 miles back to Joel's house are a mostly mellow run!  I'm estimating between 7,000 and 8,000 feet elevation gain, but it's a new ride so all bets are off.  100 miles, with an optional 9-mile shortcut before lunch and optional 16 and 29-mile shortcuts after lunch (i.e., ALL the shortcuts include the lunch stop in Sykesville).

Here's Joel's invitation and directions to his house:

It is with great pleasure that we announce early a ride / celebration in honor of one of our cycling community's dearest friends . Although he is turning 60, this fine gentleman has never given up his fondness for dolls, love for dogs and rooting for his beloved NY Jets . More importantly, he still rides his bike with the legs of a 20 yr old . He is a fixture on the roads of Montgomery County and rarely misses a weekend century (though lately he has been a soloist). He has been known to carry more gear on a solo bike than most local repair shops own, eat only the finest of cuisines (red zingers and twinkies), and still manage to get to brevet controls before most people half his age . Some people refer to him as an Afro-centric American Jew from the Bronx with ties to Osama bin Laden. Others recognize him as a person who never has a bad word to say about anybody or anything. His ability to blend style with thrift shop apparel is unparalleled by anyone on the planet. Few know him as Rubin but many as Rudy . SOOOO...please join us on 11/21 for a ride designed by Crista and a light meal provided by Joel and friends post ride . The celebration will take place rain or shine while the ride will take place based on the usual Crista guidelines . The ride start will be the location of the festivities 2200 Winter Garden Way, Olney, MD 20832.  Festivities will begin between 6:00 and 6:30 .
Please email Joel Dechter  (jsdbike@hotmail.com) if you plan to attend so there can be a rough estimate of needed foods etc .

Directions to Joel's house:
From I-495 coming from College Park:
New Hampshire Ave exit 650 N approximately 8 miles
Left on Norwood Rd 2.9 miles
Straight on Doctor Bird Rd MD-182 (Norwood extended) 0.7 mile
Left on Olney Sandy Spring Rd MD108 W 0.4 mile
Right on Old Baltimore 0.6mile
Right on Winter Garden Way (second coming , Winter Garden is a horseshoe; 2200 is at the end ) 2200 Winter Garden Way
From I-270 and points west:
From I-495, take Connecticut Ave North approximately 7 miles
Left on Georgia Ave 97 North 3.8 miles
Right on Old Baltimore 1.9 miles
Cross over MD108 Olney Sandy Spring Rd
Right on Winter Garden Way
2200 Winter Garden Way



"BONNE ROUTE," starting from Dave Berning's house in Potomac, Maryland.  MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.  We first did this ride in August of 2007 as a send off for Randonneurs who were PBP-bound. It's only moderately hilly, definitely the easiest century that we do starting from Dave's house.  Nothing new under the sun on the route, but it's a very nice ride to Purcellville via Seneca, Dickerson, Point of Rocks, Lovettsville, and Hillsboro.  After lunch at the Purcellville Family Restaurant, we ride over to Leesburg and take the ferry across the Potomac River back into Maryland (bicycles pay $1.00 to the toll troll).  EXACTLY 100 miles with a few optional shortcuts.

Directions to Dave's house:



From I-495 in VA:  Cross Potomac River and exit to River Road west.  Go about 9 miles and turn right on Travilah Rd.  Go 0.5 mile past 4-way stop sign and turn right onto McCrossin Lane.  Dave's house is 2nd one on right.


From Rockville:  head west on MD28 from I-270 interchange.  In 1/2 mile turn left on Darnestown Rd (two lanes turn left at TL).  In about 2 miles turn left onto Travilah Rd (past Great Seneca Hwy).  In 3 miles, left to remain on Travilah at T.  In 0.4 mile, bear left to remain on Travilah where Turkey Foot goes right.  In 0.4 mile left onto McCrossin Lane.  Dave's house is 2nd one on right, 12430.


From points northwest:  Access Quince Orchard Rd MD124 from either I-270 or MD28. South (or west?) on Quince Orchard, crossing MD28.  In 2.5 miles turn right at T onto Dufief Mill.  Continue straight onto Travilah Rd in 0.2 mile.  In 0.4 mile, bear left to remain on Travilah where Turkey Foot goes right.  In 0.4 mile left onto McCrossin Lane.  Dave's house is 2nd one on right, 12430.