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Ateaze Senior Center Cycling Seniors

The Cycling Seniors pose for a group photo
Ateaze Senior Center
7401 Holabird Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Phone: 410-887-7233
Fax: 410-887-7356
Email: ateazesc@baltimorecountymd.gov

Cycling Seniors Schedule

Welcome to the Ateaze Cycling Seniors for 2015. The program has been in place since 1991.

About half of our bike rides are designated as “aggressive” or "moderate"; they are longer and on more difficult terrain than the casual rides. “Casual” rides are for the less experienced rider. These are of shorter distance, on gentler terrain, and may include a bicycle clinic to help brush up on skills. Please choose to attend rides suitable to your capabilities.

All Rides start at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Rider leader has the option to move ride start one hour earlier in case of hot weather. If weather is questionable, check email or call the leader. Helmets are required on all rides.

Rider Responsibility

  • Your bike should be in good condition. You should have two water bottles, pump and tools to fix a flat.
  • Pick a ride that is within your ability take into account terrain and distance.
  • If the weather is hotter or colder than normal, be sure you are capable of riding under this condition.
  • Be at the ride start at least 15 minutes early to allow time to get your bike ready and sign in.

Baltimore County Department of Aging requires all program participants to be registered members of the center to which they engage in activity. Therefore, ride leaders will have available registrations forms for new members. If you registered last year, a volunteer will be contacting you via telephone to update your application. This process also strengthens the Cycling Senior Program.

Ateaze Senior Center welcomes donations in support of this program. Please mail to the Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222. Please mark the envelope and check Cycling Seniors.

Lancaster County Two-Day Ride

May 7 and 8 - You can make your overnight accommodations for May 7 at the Harvest Drive Family Inn, phone 717-768-7186. Be sure to say that you are part of the Cycling Seniors group and the room rate will be $89 before taxes. Sign up by April 30. I have asked the motel to set aside 10 rooms. They will hold the rooms until the end of April. Rooms may or may not be available after that date. Identify yourself as a Cycling Senior when you register to get that price. You can check the motel out at http://www.hotellancasterpa.com. Deadline to cancel your room is May 6. You may also check in one day early and get the same rate.

Be safe. Be comfortable. Have fun.

Schedule: Spring

Friday, March 20

Tour de North Point Peninsula
Level: Casual
Meet: Parking lot at the Food Lion Store on the left side of 7514 North Point Road
GPS: 39.235976,-76.441932
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: An easy ride of 22 miles on flat roads. The roads are two-lane without shoulders. There could be some traffic, but not too heavy. Visit Fort Howard, North Point State, Black Marsh Wildlands, Swan Point and Bay Shore.
Directions: From Towson, take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 to Exit 42. Get on North Point Road (not Boulevard) toward Edgemere and Fort Howard. In about one mile the Food Lion will be on your left. If you are coming from the south, take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 across the Key Memorial Bridge to Exit 43. Get on Bethlehem Boulevard to its end at an intersection. Cross North Point Boulevard at traffic light onto North Point Road towards Fort Howard. Turn left into the Food Lion parking lot.

Monday, March 23

Middleborough Delight
Level: Casual
Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center; 1531 Hyde Park Road. 2121
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: Approximately 20 miles depending on weather. This is a ride through the upper Back River Peninsula traveling through waterfront communities and some old and new growth forests.
Directions: I-695 to MD-702 for 3.5 miles. 270 degree turn in the roundabout onto to Hyde Park Road. Right turn into Shopping Center.

Friday, March 27

Four Trails Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Southwest Park and Ride, Rolling Road - Intersection of South Rolling Road and I-195 in Catonsville
GPS: 39.24632 76.718983
Leaders: Dick and Diana Voelkel, call 410-744-6941, email voelkeldi@verizon.net
Description: Approximately 27 miles on some roads, the BWI Trail, Grist Mill Trail and Trolley Trail, with rest stop for McDonald’s sandwiches or pack your own. Stop in Patapsco Valley State Park to lunch at picnic tables in the park. Rolling terrain.
Directions: Park and ride is at east end of I-195 at intersection of Rolling Road and Selford Avenue, just south of Wilkens Avenue.

Monday, March 30

NCR Trail: Monkton to New Freedom
Level
: Casual
Meet: Monkton Station, 1900 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111
GPS: 39.579155,-76.71893
Leader: Tom LeFevere, call 301-526-2677, email lefevere.tom@gmail.com
Description: 28 miles on Torrey Brown Trail. Lunch at Paesano's in New Freedom.
Directions: From I-695 travel north on I-83 for 12.9 miles. At Exit 27, take ramp right for MD-137 toward Hereford, 0.4 mile. Turn right onto Mt Carmel Road (MD-137), 0.5 mile. Turn right onto York Road (MD-45), 523 feet. Turn left onto Monkton Road (MD-138), 3.1 miles. Arrive at Monkton Station.

Friday, April 3

Edgewater to Galesville
Level
: Moderate
Meet: K-Mart Shopping Center, Edgewater, Maryland
Leader: Molly Sherwood, call 410-268-7742, 301-461-0067 (cell), email mollysherwood@msn.com
Description: Description: Scenic 22-mile ride on country roads with a few rolling hills.
Most roads have a bicycle lane except MD-255, which is somewhat narrow in patches. Lunch in Galesville, either in Restaurant or BYO picnic.
Directions: From Baltimore: take I-97 south to US 50/ 301. Go left toward Annapolis. Take immediate exit on right to Aris T. Allen Boulevard (MD-665). Carefully follow signs to Solomons Island Road (MD-2) south towards Edgewater. Drive about 3.3 miles and turn left (traffic light) onto Mitchells Chance Road. Make immediate right on road through the Exxon gas station to stop sign. After the stop sign turn left into parking area.

Monday, April 6

Catonsville Ramble
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Southwest Park and Ride
Leader: Rose Eicker, call 410-242-2850, email dblbikes@aol.com
Description: Approximately 22 miles with some hills biking to Patapsco State Park and the Grist Mill Trail and pick up scenic River Road when we leave the park to reach historic Ellicott City. Take the Trolley Trail up to Edmondson Avenue. Explore Catonsville neighborhoods. Bring bag lunch. Lunch will be in the Hilton area of Patapsco Valley State Park.
Directions: I-695 to Exit 12C Wilkens Avenue (MD-372 West). Left at end of ramp at Wilkens Avenue. Left at end of Wilkens at traffic light onto Rolling Road. Left into park and ride before turnoff to I-195. Or take I-95 to I-195 north to park and ride.

Friday, April 10

Cherry Blossom Ride
Level
: Casual
Meet: Belle Haven Parking Lot next to Mount Vernon Trail off of George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net
Description: Approximately 21 miles. Mostly flat ride. Bring picnic lunch at the Tidal Basin.
Directions: Travel south on I-95 (which becomes the Washington Beltway). As you cross the Potomac River on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, get in right hand local lanes for Alexandria. After you cross the bridge, take Exit 177 to Mount Vernon. The exit takes you to a light at South Washington Street. Take a right. Washington Street becomes the George Washington Memorial Parkway as you leave Alexandria. Go 1.5 miles to left into the Belle Haven parking lot.

Monday, April 13

Crab Cake Ride
Level
: Casual
Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland
GPS: 39.138069, -76.608441
Leader: Rob Maslin, call 410-494-6996, email rsmaslin@aol.com
Description: 23 miles on the Baltimore and Annapolis and BWI trails with some hills. Lunch at G and M Restaurant or Olive Grove Restaurant.
Directions: From I-695 travel south on I-97 for 1.7 miles. At Exit 16, take ramp right for MD-648 toward Ferndale/ Glen Burnie, 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (MD-648 South), 1.3 miles. Bear right onto Ritchie Highway (MD-2 South), 1.7 miles. Turn right in Marley Station Mall. Proceed to rear of mall behind J C Penney.

Friday, April 17

Tour de Bowleys Quarters
Level
: Casual
Meet: Sunset Café, 3408 Red Rose Farm Road, Middle River, 21220
Leader: Dave Hash, 410-491-7844, email dhash@jhmi.edu
Description: 24 miles. Bring snack and drink. Lunch after ride at the Sunset Cafe.
Directions: From Catonsville: I-95 to I-695 east towards Essex; merge onto MD-702 to Eastern Boulevard exit; take second ramp on to Eastern Boulevard towards Chase for 4.5 miles. Right turn on Carroll Island Road for 0.5 mile; right turn on Bowleys for 0.9 mile; right turn on Red Rose Farm Road for 0.3 mile; right turn into parking lot. From Towson: I-695 to White Marsh Boulevard (MD-43) for about 3 miles; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for one mile; right turn on Carroll Island Road. Follow above directions to Sunset Cafe.

Monday, April 20

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail to Cantler's Restaurant
Level
: Casual
Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland
GPS: 39.138069, -76.608441
Leader: Tom LeFevere, call 301-526-2677, email lefevere.tom@gmail.com
Description: 28 miles on Baltimore and Annapolis trail. Lunch at Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis.
Directions: From I-695 travel south on I-97 for 1.7 miles. At Exit 16, take ramp right for MD-648 toward Ferndale/ Glen Burnie, 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (MD-648 South), 1.3 miles. Bear right onto MD-2 South (Ritchie Highway), 1.7 miles. Turn right in Marley Station Mall. Proceed to rear of mall behind J C Penney.

Friday, April 24

Saint Michaels's Easton-Oxford Loop
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Muskrat Park on Church Street
GPS: 38.784632,-76.223177
Leader: Tom LeFevere, call 301-526-2677, email lefevere.tom@gmail.com
Description: 32 miles through Easton and Oxford, lunch at Town Dock Restaurant in Saint Michaels.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-97 south to US 50/ 301 over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Remain on US 50 to MD-322 south to Easton; turn right on MD-333 towards Saint Michaels. In Saint Michaels, turn left on Willow Street and then right on Church Street to Muskrat Park. Additional parking on nearby streets.

Monday, April 27

Chesapeake City - Crystal Beach Ride
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Bethel Road picnic area, 1000 Bethel Road, Chesapeake City, Maryland
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: The ride to Crystal Beach and back is 25 miles. Mostly flat but some hills. Bring drink, snack and camera for the stop in Crystal Beach; beautiful view of Chesapeake Bay and Turkey Point Lighthouse. There is a restaurant available in Crystal Beach. We will stop at Harkens Point General Store.
Directions: From I-695 take I-95 north for 36 miles crossing M.E. Tydings Bridge (toll) to Exit 100 (MD-272). Merge onto MD-272 for two miles; left turn on Pulaski Highway (MD-40) for 7 miles; right turn on MD-213 East for 16 miles. Cross Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge; take first exit (MD-286/ MD-342); right turn on Basil Ave for 0.1 mile; left turn on George Street for 0.2 mile; right turn on Third Street following MD-286 for 0.5 mile; right turn on Bethel Road for 100 yards. Left turn in picnic area/ parking lot.

Friday, May 1

Davidsonville to Deale
Level
: Aggressive
Meet: Davidsonville Park, 3042 Patuxent River Road, Davidsonville, Maryland 21035
GPS: 38.935454,-76.679721
Leader: Tom LeFevere, call 301-526-2677, email lefevere.tom@gmail.com
Description: A 34-mile ride to lunch at Skippers Pier Restaurant in Deale.
Directions: From I-695 take I-97 south to US 50 West. Take Exit 16, MD-424 toward Crofton. At 0.4 mile turn left onto Rossback Road. At 1.2 miles bear left onto Patuxent River Road. At 1.5 miles arrive at Davidsonville Park on the right. If you reach Double Gate Road, you've gone too far.

Monday, May 4

Chesapeake City - Crystal Beach Ride
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Bethel Road Picnic area, 1000 Bethel Road, Chesapeake City, Maryland
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: The ride to Crystal Beach and back is 25 miles. Mostly flat but some hills on Pine Road. Bring drink, snack and camera for the stop in Crystal Beach; beautiful view of Chesapeake Bay and Turkey Point Lighthouse. There is a restaurant available in Crystal Beach. We will stop at Harkens Point General Store.
Directions: From I-695 take I-95 north for 36 miles. Crossing M.E. Tydings Bridge (toll) to Exit 100 (MD-272) merge onto MD-272 for two miles; left turn on Pulaski Highway (MD-40) for 7 miles; right turn on MD-213 East for 16 miles. Cross Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge; take first exit (MD-286/ MD-342); right turn on Basil Avenue for 0.1 mile; left turn on George Street for 0.2 mile; right turn on Third Street following MD-286 for 0.5 mile; right turn on Bethel Road for 100 yards. Left turn in picnic area parking lot.

Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8

Lancaster County Two-Day Ride
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Harvest Drive Family Inn, 3370 Harvest Drive Road, Intercourse, Pennsylvania 17534
Leaders: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net (Thursday’s ride); Claudia Seelig, call 240-271-8414, email seelicas@aol.com  (Friday’s ride)
Description: Thursday’s bike ride is approximately 33 miles. You can make your overnight accommodations at the Harvest Drive Family Inn, phone 717-768-7186, toll free phone 1-800-233-0176. Room cost is $89. You must register prior to end of April. Cancellation deadline is May 5. Happy hour after the ride on Thursday at the Gazebo. On Friday we will start at 9:30 a.m. after breakfast from the Harvest Drive Family Inn. Moderate 22-mile ride through gently rolling Amish country with lunch at the Lancaster Beer and Wine Gallery.
Directions: Take I-83 North to York, Pennsylvania, US 30 East to PA-340 East and Intercourse. Left onto PA-340 for approximately for 6.8 miles. Turn right at Clearview Road, in 0.7 mile turn right at Harvest Drive. Harvest Drive Family Inn will be on the left.

Monday, May 11

Cemetery Quest
Level
: Casual
Meet: Easton Sports Complex at the north end of North Washington Street, 1078 North Washington Street, Easton, Maryland 21601
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 30-mile flat ride through Easton rail trail, Trappe, Maryland and other communities. Visit 11 cemeteries. Lunch in Trappe.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Turn right on US 50; bear right on MD-322; immediately move to left lane. Left turn at first traffic light onto North Washington Street. Keep left to remain on North Washington Street to entrance of the Sports Complex. Right turn into the entrance. Park in the lot on the left. If you are at the white building, you have gone too far.

Friday, May 15

Wilson Point - 3 Bears Ride
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Wilson Point Community Park on Cypress Drive, 21220
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 26 miles. Some hills and upgrades. Route goes through the communities of Wilson Point, Wampler Village, Maple Crest, Aero Acres, Golden Tree, Essex, Hopkins Landing, and Hawthorne via MD-43 bike route. The route has been changed to eliminate the crossing of Eastern Boulevard onto the MD-43 bike path. The bike path is entered from Bengies Road. Two stops: 7-11 in Victory Villa and lunch.
Directions: MD-702 to Eastern Boulevard (east towards Chase) to Wilson Point Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot. From Towson: I-695 to MD-43 south to Eastern Boulevard. Turn right at light. Get into left lane and turn left onto Wilson Point Road for about 1.6 miles and turn right onto Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot. From I-95, take Exit 67A, White Marsh Boulevard for about three miles to Eastern Boulevard. Turn Right on Eastern Boulevard, merge to left lane and turn left onto Wilson Point Road for 1.6 miles. Turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot.

Monday, May 18

Four Trails Ride
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Southwest Park and Ride, Intersection of South Rolling Road and I-195 in Catonsville
GPS: 39.24632 76.718983
Leaders: Dick and Diana Voelkel, call 410-744-6941, email voelkeldi@verizon.net
Description: Approximately 27 miles on some roads, the BWI Trail, Grist Mill Trail and Trolley Trail, with rest stop for McDonald’s sandwiches or pack your own. Stop in Patapsco Valley State Park to lunch at picnic tables in the park. Rolling terrain.
Directions: Park and ride is at east end of I-195 at intersection of Rolling Road and Selford Ave, just south of Wilkens Avenue.

Friday, May 22

Church Hill – Marydel – Sudlersville Loop, Warmup for Baltimore Bicycling Club's Kent County Spring Fling Weekend
Level: Casual
Meet
: Church Hill Park
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: 32-mile, 24-mile or 16-mile tour on the roads less traveled of northern Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties. All three rides arrive for lunch at one of two Sudlersville restaurants or Sudlersville Park. Cycle this ride on your way to the Baltimore Bicycling Club's Kent County Spring Fling.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Take US 301 to MD-213 north toward Centreville, Chestertown. On the north side of Church Hill, take MD-300 east for 0.4 mile to Church Hill Park on the right. Or, from Chestertown, proceed south on MD-213 to a left at MD-300 toward Sudlersville. Take MD-300 for 0.4 mile to Church Hill Park on the right.

Friday, May 29

Loch Raven - Gunpowder State Park
Level
: Aggressive
Meet: Providence Park and Ride
Leader: Jeff Marks, call 410-358-1321, email jeffreym715@yahoo.com
Description: This interesting, 37-mile aggressive ride combines the scenic Loch Raven Reservoir with the Jericho Covered Bridge and historic Jerusalem Mill. Bring lunch to eat on picnic tables near stream, across street from Mill. Brief regrouping stop at Palmisano's on way back. Your bike should be in good working order, and you should have good riding skills and be able to average between 11 and 13 miles per hour in an area that has some hills.
Directions: Exit Baltimore Beltway at Providence Road. Park and ride is directly across the street. Restrooms available.

Monday, June 1

Ranger Station around Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and into Kinder Park
Level
: Casual
Meet: Ranger Station on Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Leader: Catharina Brauer, call 410-647-0734
Description: 28-mile ride from Earleigh Heights around BWI, then into Kinder Park.
Directions: MD-2 south to Earleigh Heights Road. Right approximately 0.5 mile to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, June 5

Talbot River Vistas – New Ride
Level
: Casual
Meet: Hog Neck Golf Course, 10142 Old Cordova Road, Easton, Talbot County, Maryland
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: New 32-mile terrific ride on the east side of US 50 on back roads. Two regroups: one the Tuckahoe River and the other on the Choptank, both with porta-potties. Pass through the hamlets of Lewistown, Kitty’s Corner, Matthews, and Walkertown. Bring snacks or lunch for regroup two. (No food stops on the ride). Return to golf course for lunch at the Golf Course Café or brown bag in the pavilion.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Take US 50 east 0.5 mile past Mile Marker 59 to left on Rabbit Hill Road. Proceed 1.1 miles to right on Old Cordova Road. Proceed 1.2 miles to right into Hog Neck Golf Course. Go to end, turn hairpin right to parking. Porta-potties available.

Monday, June 8

Queenstown Meander
Level: Casual
Meet
: Shore Christian Fellowship Church, 7401 Main Street, Queenstown, Maryland
Leader: Lloyd McAtee, call 301-318-8015, email ltmbjm@yahoo.com
Description: 33 miles with lots of options to shorten the route. Visit the many waterways around the Chester River and Corsica River. Lunch at Doc’s Riverside Grill or brown bag at Corsica River, Centreville Landing.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Stay on 301 about ten miles toward Wilmington to a left on MD-18 East, Main Street. Go 0.6 mile to 7401 Main Street (past bank and firehouse) to left turn on Old Wharf Road at Shore Christian Fellowship Church. Park behind church.

Friday, June 12

Rock Hall East
Level
: Casual
Meet: Bayside Landing Park in Rock Hall
Leader: John Hammond, call 410-591-9647, email jwh318@verizon.net
Description: The morning ride goes for 15 miles past shipyards, marinas and yacht clubs to the east of Rock Hall. The afternoon ride goes south to Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge for another 15 miles. The ride starts, lunches and ends at Bayside Landing Park in Rock Hall. Lunch options are Rock Hall restaurants or town parks. The roads are level, lightly traveled.
Directions: Take MD-20 from Chestertown through the blinker in Rock Hall. Watch for Bayside Landing Park sign and turn left on Hawthorn then right on Bayside to the park on left.

Monday, June 15

Tour de Chase
Level
: Moderate
Meet: Eastern Regional Park, 11723 Eastern Avenue, Middle River, 21220
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 28-mile or 23-mile options. Lunch at Dundee Creek Marina; bring or buy.
Directions: From Key Bridge: I-695 to MD-702, take second exit. Merge on Eastern Boulevard for five miles. Turn right at entrance into Eastern Regional Park. From Towson: Take I-695 East. Merge on MD-43. Follow MD-43 to the end; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles. Turn right at the entrance into Eastern Regional Park. From Edgewood: Take I-95 south to Exit 67A. Merge on MD-43 south for three miles; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles. Right turn at entrance to park.

Revised March 3, 2015

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