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President's Page - August 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your wheeled, human powered conveyances regardless of the number of wheels; regardless whether you are leaning forward, sitting upright, or sitting back; regardless of whether you are wearing spandex or a tee shirt and jeans.

The first part of July I enjoyed increasing my cycling miles. Let’s start with the Georgetown Tailgate Ride. This ride was actually the last Saturday of the month, which would make it June but work with me here! While this ride is on known roads, it is a beautiful ride offering a bit of something for everyone. There are long, fast flats and a number of climbs for those who like fast downhills. But what I really like about this ride is that it seems that new people come each month and the group stays a manageable size. This makes it a very nice social ride. The social aspect is enhanced by the after ride food and drink at Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown. They welcome us despite our spandex and allow us to bring the bikes into the restaurant for safety. Kudos to them.

I participated in the Milkhouse Brewery – Stillhouse Farm Ride. This ride is not for everyone. If you like miles and miles of pace lines on flat roads, this ride is not for you. While there were a few flatter roads, the ride is mostly up and down. But I think you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful riding venue. And the beer and social gathering at the end makes you forget the hills. Many friends and fellow riders enjoying fresh brewed adult beverages and talking cycling, bicycles, beer, etc. All had a good time … even the Vice President, Operations who still is challenged to read a cue sheet correctly and got lost!

I did a few rides with the Howard County Cycling Club and then traveled to Florida for business and pleasure. I stopped for the night in St. Augustine and having never actually seen the area, went for an early morning exploratory ride. While I could not find any hills, I did find some cobbles and the ride whetted my appetite to explore the area more and visit again. I did a few rides in the Jensen Beach – Stuart – Tequesta area while visiting with family. I found a few hills disguised as bridges over the Intercostal Waterway but have to admit, the answer to the question as to where I am going to ride usually comes down to which way the wind is blowing.  It is a pleasure to explore new areas by bicycle - I hope that you were able to do something similar this summer.  If so, I invite you to write about it for our Pedal Patter or an article for the Website.

The rest of the month was spent out of the country (Curacao) and sailing on an 82-year-old, 295-foot sailing barque (USCGC EAGLE (WIX 295)). The good news is that there was some great sailing. The bad news was I was not able to cycle and I missed the Tour de France Happy Hour. I am writing this from Miami Beach and am anxious to hear about the Happy Hour. Please let me know what you thought of it. I have heard that the cycling has not been great in the area due to rain. I hope that the rain will move out and we will have moderate temperatures, low humidity, and dry days to cycle out butts off in August. Not likely but we are cyclists and we never let reality interfere with our dreams, desires, and fantasies!

If you have not signed up for the Longwood Gardens Weekend or the Back Roads Century, hurry up! The date for the former is fast approaching and the latter is filling up fast. Just think how disappointed you will be to read about the great time that was had by all in the September and October version of the President’s Page. A lot of hard work has been and continues to be put into both these events and they will be awesome.

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob Bernstein

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