Weekend Rides, November 26 & 27, 2011

Dear Friends,

We're going to lay low on Black Friday but have two nice rides scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. 

Please download and print out your own cue sheets and GPS files for the weekend rides directly from the DCCenturyRides blog, http://dccenturyrides.blogspot.com/

Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of the page), and you'll find them there!  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 menu:


"SIVANOVA CENTURY," starting from Municipal Parking Lot A in Warrenton, Virginia.  **MEETING TIME 8:00 am**   Although the first 25 miles are moderately hilly, the remainder of the ride features somewhat "kinder and gentler" terrain.  We'll ride south to Brandy Station in the morning (but definitely not as the crow flies) and on to Batna.  A major highlight will be lunch at Pelham's Pub at the Inn at Kelly's Ford.   For a sneak peak at the menu, see http://www.innatkellysford.com/dining.asp and scroll down to the Pelham's Lunch Pub Menu.  For the Civil War historians among you, we'll be visiting Kelly's Ford after lunch, and your homework assignment is to read all about the battle at http://www.nps.gov/frsp/kelly.htm and all about the "Gallant" John Pelham at http://www.civilwarhome.com/pelhambio.htm.  And, while you're at it, you can read about the Battle of Brandy Station at http://americancivilwar.com/brandy_station.html.   After lunch we head over to Bristersburg and return to Warrenton via Neavils Mill and Casanova, finally returning to Warrenton by way of the Warrenton Branch Greenway Rail Trail (no climb and no traffic!!).  101 miles, with plenty of shorter options, including a possible 29-mile shortcut after lunch.  Estimated elevation gain 4400 feet.  Here's the link to the RWGPS interactive map and elevation profile:


Directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway, take I-66 west 21 miles to Exit 43A (Gainesville/Warrenton).  South on US29 for 11.5 miles where road forks near Warrenton.  Bear right at split, taking Warrenton exit (Bus. US29/15).   In about 0.8 miles turn left on Blackwell Rd (Sheetz on right at this intersection).  Continue straight on Alexandria Pike and at the top of the hill bear right onto Waterloo Street, then make a quick left onto Ashby Street.  Cross Lee St. and continue straight into Municipal Lot A.



"DAM GOOD RIDE TO GLEN ROCK,"  starting from New Midway Elementary School in Keymar, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 7:30am.**  This ride heads in a northeasterly direction with a morning rest stop in Littlestown, PA., and continues past the Long Arm Reservoir and then along the very scenic Impounding Dam Road past the Sheppard Myers Dam.   We'll continue on to the historic railroad village of Glen Rock, where we'll have a relaxed and yummy lunch at Mignano's.  After lunch we'll tackle a few of York County's "interesting" hills as we head back into Carroll County MD.  Afternoon delights include Deep Run, a lovely cruise down Silver Run Valley, and maybe a CAMEL!   The route includes two unpaved hard-pack surface roads.  Paved options are indicated on the cue sheet and will yield a couple of bonus miles.  101 miles, with 58 and 77-mile short options.  Here's the link to the RWGPS interactive map and elevation profile:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/828754

Here are the directions to the ride start:

NEW MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 12226 Woodsboro Pike, Keymar, Maryland  21757

From D.C. Beltway, take I-270 north 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 about 2-1/2 miles then exit onto MD26 East/Liberty Rd. toward Libertytown/MD194/Walkersville.  In 2.2 miles bear left onto Woodsboro Pike MD194 North.  In 9.5 miles turn L into the school, JUST past intersection with Detour Rd.

No restroom facilities at ride start.  You'll pass Starbucks/Panera/Sheetz, etc. on the way out, so avail yourselves of those opportunities!

Gobble gobble,