Take one part perfect September weather. Add an early start of 7:30 a.m. Then make the course relatively flat and throw in some fast racer guys along with us regular century folks, and you’ve got a century ride that we completed by 2:45 p.m. It was almost odd to be back in Frederick about the time we normally take our afternoon rest stop at mile 75 or so.
We rode briskly the first 30 miles or so until the fast folks pulled away while the tandems stopped here and there to take off vests and make pit stops. After that we enjoyed smooth sailing to an early lunch at 11 a.m. in McSherrystown, Pa. and then a quick dash to the Sheetz in Taneytown, where we dawdled as long as we could to stretch out the day a little.
We decided to ignore the clock and go out to eat after the ride, even though it was early. A nice late lunch — or second lunch, if you will — at Mangia e Bevi in Urbana capped off the day in the warm afternoon sun.
Big hat tip to Bill Smith and co. for a nice route and spectacular day.