Saturday, October 27, 2007

Riding the Goat Man

We got some much needed rain this week, but that didn't bode well for our scheduled "Goat Man" ride. Overnight we got more than three inches of rain and by 9 a.m. (just an hour and a half before our meet up time), the pouring rain was just starting to slack off.
By 10 a.m. the rain had stopped and the sun was starting to peak through. We gassed up the scoots and headed to the ride meet up point.

We were a small group, but that always makes it easier to keep everyone together. It turned out to be a great ride through some scenic country. The seven inches or so of rain that had fallen in the past few days left a few road hazards, including tree debris, high water and gravel, behind, but everyone made it through just fine.

The abandoned buildings at Glenn Dale Hospital were spookier than usual as someone has cleared off all the overgrowth in time for Halloween hauntings.
We stopped in for some lunch at Rip's in Bowie at the mid-way point, then headed on our way. High water took out part of Governor's Bridge Road, but Ryan navigated us around it and we rejoined the road later on.
By ride's end, we'd traveled about 70 miles round trip and the sun was out for most of it. Maybe we'll spot the goat man next year.

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