I started the ride from our camp ground north of town. It was about 8 miles to the hotel where everyone was staying and where the ride was going to begin. Jerry promised me a “free” cup of coffee and whenever you get something “free” from Jerry you want to be there on time.
Our camp site was on the banks of the Crooked River. It was all pine tree and looked like a really nice park to spend a few days. I pedalled out to the main road which ran along the Naval Submarine Base perimeter.
Once I got to the hotel, I didn’t see Jerry in the restaurant so I helped myself to a free cup of coffee. Soon all the riders started to gather out front of the hotel. We were also joined by about 25 riders from the local area bike club and some other tourists to St. Mary’s who had heard about the ride.
It was interesting to watch as some 70 to 80 bikers pulled out and turned onto the road. It must have been quite a scene for those driving by in their cars.
The route took the group into the town of St. Mary’s which ran mainly along the harbor. We then turned north and headed out to a very nice residential area at Peter Point. From there we road to the entrance to the Naval Submarine Base. They have constructed a submarine just outside the gate so it is always a perfect place to take a group picture.
You can see Quincy in the picture at the far left. Two years ago we had Barclay with us and the picture looked just like this.
Everybody loves Quincy and he loves everyone. After the sub picture we rode north and entered the public section of the Naval Base. We biked around the golf course and onto the public roads. Up ahead I noticed smoke in the trees. As I got closer it was obvious there was a fire. I wasn’t sure if this was a controlled burn or a random fire. I’m sure it must have been a controlled burn because it was on the Base and they typically have to clear the underbrush periodically.
We ended the ride at the Crooked River State Park very near our camp site. BRAG had arranged with the local bike club to have snacks available for us as well as water. It was a nice place to have a break and Georgie and Quincy were able to join us.
I took Quincy for a walk to see the river. While we were walking he heard a comotion on the pier below. Quincy rushed down the ramp and revived a woman on the deck by licking her face. Seriously. The woman was sunning herself but Quincy did lick her face.
We returned to the RV and got ready for dinner in St. Mary’s. The group went to Lang’s in the harbor area. We have eaten at this restaurant before and it is very good. The sun was also setting and I got a few good pictures.
Tomorrow we take the ferry to Cumberland. Yeah! That blog will come later today.