Sunday, June 14, 2009
Got out for a good late morning, early afternoon bike ride, leaving the house around 11 am. It is a beautiful day, nice breeze, temp somewhere between 75-80, bright sun with some cloud cover, just a gorgeous day! Anyway, left the house and headed down towards Chicamuxen Rd (Rt 224) south of me, but after starting down the big hill on that road realized that the road had been torn up for construction and actually had to slow down to somewhere around 5-10 mph for a couple miles!!! UGH!!! However, once turning onto Rt 225 and then back onto 224, the road was much better and the ride really got to be a lot of fun. Road out to Gen. Smallwood State Park and then did a quick loop out Smallwood Road to Bicknell and then back via 224 to 225, until I saw the entrance for the new rail trail that is being built and decided to give that a go. There is only 3 continuous miles or so, but the route was beautiful. Eventually it dropped me next to the Indianhead Naval Base, where I started to bonk, so I made a quick piot stop before riding the rest of the way home. Overall I finished the 30 mile route at a 18.8 mph clip, not bad considering the slow stretch due to construction...
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!