Saturday "Snow Emergency" Ride - December 18, 2010

Dear Friends,

We were hoping to check out a new permanent route tomorrow but......ain't gonna happen.  Instead, we're going to ride our "Snow Emergency Rando Ride," a half century ride starting from Frederick. 

The cue sheet and GPS files are posted on the DCCenturyRides blog,
Please download your own cue sheet directly from the blog.  Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of the page), and you'll find them there!  When you open a pdf file, just click on "Print" to print the cue sheet.  If you're unable to print the cue sheet yourself, let me know and I'll bring a hard copy to the ride start for you.  I won't be bringing extra copies of cue sheets to the ride start unless you email me directly and advise me that you're unable to print out your own.

Here's the scoop on Saturday's ride:

Saturday, December 18, 2010
"SNOW EMERGENCY RANDO RIDE," starting from the Weis Market parking lot on Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, Maryland. ** MEETING TIME 10:00 a.m.!!!**

This is a variation on a ride we did (at WGR's inspiration) during last winter's snowmageddon period .  Even though it's only 52 miles, we'll climb more than 4500 feet and get a decent workout.  The ride heads due west on US40, a snow emergency route with a wide shoulder.  After climbing over Catoctin and South Mountain, we turn north on Crystal Falls Rd, which we're confident will be clear thanks to the volunteer fire department in Mt. Aetna.  We'll have lunch at Carmine's Italian Restaurant in Smithsburg and then return to Frederick via the same route.  52 miles, 4500+ feet elevation gain.

Directions to the ride start:


From D.C. Beltway (I-495), take I-270 north 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 3.7 miles.  Take Exit 16, Motter Ave exit (sign for Frederick Community College).  Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Opossumtown Pike.  In a quarter mile turn right onto Thomas Johnson Drive (traffic light), then left into the shopping center.  Park in the lot just north of Roy Rogers.

We have a hunch we'll be using this route more than once this winter.  Hope you'll come out and keep us company!