Back to doing long rides on Saturday, I did a favorite 61 mile loop from Harwood MD down to Chesapeake Beach and back up again. This is a standard Potomac Pedalers ride called “The Express Train to Chesapeake Beach” but still no PPTC group rides. There was a good number of cyclists out on the roads and there was an energetic “Black Lives Matter” rally on the main street through Chesapeake Beach that was good to see.
We’ve had a lot of rain and many turtles were out crossing the roads – the other side has a strong lure. Unfortunately, a lot of evidence of frogs who apparently would never make the top ten on the FROGGER video game.
On a long stretch of Sand Road, I was slowing to stop to do a turtle rescue, when a young woman in a Jeepy-type Jeep passed me, stopped, put on her flashers and did the rescue. We played hopscotch over the next few miles as she rescued two more. Driving home, I stopped and put my flashers to allow a huge snapping turtle to scurry (those suckers are fast) across safely for the last few feet.
The photo is of North Beach, with the cliffs south of Chesapeake Beach in the background, where the boardwalk and restrooms (cleaned every 2 hours) are open, but not yet the beach. They will open that to residents only during the coming week as a way of maintaining physical spacing.
With about 20 miles left, I stopped at Chesapeake Market and Deli at Herrington Harbor to buy some snacks and drinks and take a break. The heat picked up just in time for the hilly stretches heading up to Deale and I wilted, just like a delicate orchid…