Weekend Rides November 5 and 6, 2011

Dear Friends,

It looks like the stars have aligned such that we can ride both Saturday and Sunday this weekend!  Here's what's on tap:


Our plans turned south last Sunday after Emmitsburg received a foot of snow, so we're going to give this ride another try this Saturday.  Here's the recycled and warmed up scoop.  "Three Babes in the Woods" is a new 150K (94-mile) RUSA Populaire.  Starting from Emmitsburg MD, the route heads north through Adams County PA high orchard country, climbs over South Mountain on Whiskey Springs Road, and then breezes into Mount Holly Springs for a nice lunch at Sicilia Pizzeria and Subs. The return route climbs back over South Mountain on PA233 (ay-yay-yay) and then over Piney Mountain on Bendersville Road, swoops down into Arendtsville on PA234, and visits Cashtown and Orrtanna on the way back to Emmitsburg. Highlights (in addition to the 6700 feet of elevation gain) include the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Center, the Land of Little Horses, "three babes in the woods," and Pine Grove Furnace. The scenery is great and, in the words of Dr. DeMento, "there's lots of downhill."

If you'd like to join us on this Populaire, first you MUST be a RUSA member.  Additionally, you'll need to contact me asap (no later than THURSDAY afternoon--not Thursday night ) to request registration and waiver forms.  I'll email those forms to you, and then you'll need to print them out, complete the registration form, sign and date the waiver, and email the executed forms back to me by no later than Friday morning, not Friday night. (An unsigned waiver doesn't cut it, sorry.)  NEXT, I'll email to you your cue sheet and control card and you'll need to print those out for yourselves.



"GET TO THE POINT," starting from T.C. Martin Elementary School, Bryantown, Maryland.  Remember to turn your clocks back an hour when you retire Saturday night:  **MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m Eastern Standard Time.**  A pretty ride through Charles and St. Mary's Counties to Colton's Point and the Potomac River Museum at St. Clement's Island.  We'll have lunch at the quaint but charming, off-the-beaten-path Morris Point Restaurant (see http://www.morris-point.com/), where once upon a time the owner served us lunch in her pajamas and mink coat!  We'll pass several picturesque Amish farms in the afternoon.  Terrain is flat to gently rolling.  Well, OK, there are a few of hills; but total elevation gain is less than 3,000 feet.  101 miles, with several short options.  Here's the link to the interactive RWGPS map:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/644633

Please download and print out your own cue sheet and GPS file for Sunday's ride directly from the DCCenturyRides blog, http://dccenturyrides.blogspot.com/

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.