Router extraordinaire Crista put together an amazing Halloween ride for the D.C. randonneurs/century crew. As she describes it:
This exTREEMely scary and challenging ride (~9700 feet elevation gain) visits at least 24 historic cemeteries and graveyards, mostly in Frederick County’s beautiful Middletown valley. You’ll also commune with the ghosts of fallen Civil War soldiers as you try to elude the terrifying Snallygaster and Snarly Yow (better ride fast)!
There are some incredible views, of course.
We will visit over 20 (maybe 30!) haunted cemeteries and graveyards and encounter ghosts, ghouls, goblins, beasts and demons as we skulk around the Middletown Valley and up and down South Mountain. There may be heavy casualties on this VERY SCARY ride of attrition. There will be a memorial service after the ride to mourn the loss of those who on this day fall victim to the Snallygaster or the Snarly Yow….or simply to the accumulated elevation gain. 102 miles, with more short options than you can shake a broomstick at, but you dare not take any of them lest the Snallygaster have his wicked way with you!
Several riders showed up, including Felkerino and me. It was an excellent day to be out. Close to 40 at the start, I think, and warming up to about sixty. Lots of sun (and lots of cemeteries, too!).
Even though we knew we were at risk of being ensnared by the Snallygaster, we chopped off 13 miles. Unlucky, I know! We were really tempting fate. Ultimately, the cyclocomputer said 89 miles (not unlucky, just shorter than the full ride, ha!).
Want to see what you missed? Click the image below and see!
Bill Beck took some scary photos, too. Find them here. Felkerino has a set in the works, and I will post them as soon as they are ready.
It was an excellent ride, and a fun way to spend Halloween eve.