This 40 mile loop has been one of my favorites for over 30 years now. Mostly gentle rolling hills, with a few short steep ones, on mostly low traffic roads. There is a nice section along the the Chesapeake Bay from Fairhaven to Chesapeake Beach, and another segment along the Patuxent River in Lower Marlboro. Usual I do this ride much earlier in the year, as I build up to longer and hillier rides but this year the weekend weather and other factors has bollixed up my usual plan.
The Friday night before the ride, some major storms had hit the DC area but nothing very exciting hit in Upper Ashton Heights Mews. However, once I started the ride heading east from Northern High School in Chaneyville, I began to run into a lot of major storm evidence: larger and large tree schmutz; more and more standing water; and many gravel and sand washovers at the low points. On a downhill segment near Fairhaven, I sped by the first squid roadkill I've ever seen. Either some fisherman tossed it out the window or there was a waterspout I hadn't heard about as part of the storm.
When I reached Herrington Harbor, I caught up with two female cyclists as we cycled by many pedestrians walking in the road. jAs we remarked on the unusual number of them, we turned south towards North Beach - and ran into Road Closed signs in front of many downed trees and power lines. Maybe that squid really was sucked up some strong storm cell that hit the area. I showed the two women the gravel road closer to the shore and in about 3/4 mile we were around the downed trees and could get back on the road.
From there, a quick run through North Beach (no stop at Sweet Sues!) and Chesapeake Beach. The route then cuts back west over lots of short steep segments as you cross many small streams. At the 30 mile mark in Huntingtown I took a quick breack, then enjoyed the perfect weather for the short ride over to Lower Marlboro on the Patuxent and then back up hill to the High School where I had parked. Every time I do this ride there is a bit more development, a few more traffic lights but the rural character hasn't changed that much over the years.