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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.

Eastern Shore Three-Day Ride

We will have a three-day bike ride based in Saint Michaels in October:
October 7 - Claiborne Landing - Tilghman Island, 33 miles or less. Check in at Best Western after the ride.
October 8 - Blackwater Refuge to Hoopers Island
October 9 - Check out of Best Western by 9:30 am. Easton - Tunis Mills - Oxford ride. Pack up and go home after ride.
Bud Lippert has made the following arrangements for a reduced rate at Saint Michaels Best Western, call 410-745-3333, Manager is Linda Price. Tell the person you are with the Cycling Seniors Group. Rooms reserved for October 7 and 8. The rates are $89 plus tax double occupancy. Arrival date: October 7, Check in at 3 p.m., Departure date: October 9, Check out at 11 a.m. Reservations are guaranteed until September 7, after which the room reverts back to the regular price for the room. If a room is reserved and you have to cancel – please cancel by October 4.

Be safe. Be comfortable. Have fun.

Schedule: Late Spring and Summer

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 3 miles; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles. Right turn at entrance to park.

Friday, June 19

Middleborough Crab Cake Delight
Level: Casual
Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center, 1531 Hyde Park Road, Essex, 21221
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 25-mile scenic ride in the Back River Neck Peninsula. Lunch at Johann's Restaurant.
Directions: I-695 to MD-702 for 3.5 miles. 270 degree turn in roundabout onto Hyde Park Road. Turn right into the shopping center. If it is raining, we still can have the crab cake lunch at Johanns at noon.

Monday, June 22

Kent Island Ramble
Level: Casual
Meet: Matapeake State Park
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Approximately 30 miles on flat terrain. If you desire, you can easily shorten the ride. See houses with airplane hangers attached, a commercial fishing community and beautiful estates on the Chesapeake. Lunch at the Kentmor Restaurant along the ride or at Matapeake State Park at the end of the ride.
Directions: Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and take the first exit. Make a right at the top of the ramp on MD-8. Go 3.2 miles to Marine Academy Drive and make a right into the park to a parking lot.

Monday, June 29

Queen Anne to Ridgely
Level: Casual
Meet: Queen Anne National Guard
Leader: Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521, email cnanderson07@gmail.com
Description: 37 or 26 miles on flat, country, low traffic back roads. Lunch at Dave’s or Subway in Ridgely. Brown baggers can lunch in Ridgely at Martin Sutton Memorial Park.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Take a left on MD-404 to Queen Anne. Left on MD-309. Quick right into parking lot at the National Guard Armory.

Friday, July 3

Taneytown
Level: Moderate
Meet: 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown, Maryland
Leader: Rob Maslin, call 410-494-6996, email rsmaslin@aol.com
Description: 25 miles (easy).
Directions: Take the Baltimore Beltway to I-795. Take MD-140 through Westminster. Take a right at traffic circle in Taneytown to stay on Route 140. Make a right on Roth Avenue. Take a left on Roberts Mill Road. The park is across the street from the senior center.

Friday, July 10

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Market
Level: Casual
Meet: Marley Station Mall
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Ride the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and some city streets around Annapolis to the market. Brown bag or buy lunch in the market.
Directions: Take Ritchie Highway, MD-2, to Marley Station Mall. Use Parking Lot E in the rear of the mall adjacent to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.

Monday, July 13

Easton, Oxford, Saint Michaels
Level: Casual
Meet: Target parking lot, 28539 Marlboro Avenue, Easton, Maryland 21601
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: This is a flat 34-mile ride From Easton to Oxford, crossing the Tred Avon River by ferry to Saint Michaels. Lunch at the restaurant at the end of Mulberry Street on the waterfront.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-97 south to US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Turn right onto US 50; Bear right on MD-322, Right turn on Marlboro Road towards the Target parking lot. Park in the Tred Avon Shopping Center.

Friday, July 17

Quietwaters
Level: Casual
Meet: Annapolis Neck Library parking lot
Leaders: Delores McBirney, call 443-812-8298; Katie Kinzie, call 410-375-8178
Description: Approximately 22 miles. Mostly flat. Includes a brief stop at Thomas Point Lighthouse Park. Lunch at conclusion of the ride. Brown bag lunch. Cycle into Quietwaters Park to eat at water’s edge.
Directions: I-695 to I-97 South to US 50 East. Keep right for exit to Aris T. Allen Boulevard (MD-665) becomes Forest Drive. Remain on Forest Drive for four miles to right on Hillsmere at light. Pass entrance to Quietwaters Park; go left into Eastport Annapolis Library parking lot.

Monday, July 20

Prospect Bay Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Terrapin Nature Area Parking Lot
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Approximately 25 miles (an 11-mile ride is available) and includes the Kent Island Trail and then on Kent Island to the Prospect Bay community with lunch stop. Will be a flat ride.
Directions: After crossing the Bay Bridge, take the first exit (Exit 37). Make a left. Turn at the top of the ramp proceeding across US 50 on MD-8. At the first stoplight turn left into an Industrial Park. Go 0.2 miles to the T and make a right onto Log Cabin Circle. Go 0.7 mile to the Terrapin Nature Area on the right. Go in entrance and park.

Friday, July 24

Tour de Chase
Level: Moderate
Meet: Eastern Regional Park, 11723 Eastern Avenue, 21220
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 28- or 23-mile option. Lunch at Dundee Creek Marina, bring or buy.
Directions: 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. Right turn at entrance into Eastern Regional Park. From Edgewood: I-95 South to Exit 67A. Merge on MD-43 South for 3 miles; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles. Right turn at entrance to park.

Monday, July 27

Lake Needwood-Rock Creek Paved Bike Trail
Level: Moderate
Meet: Lake Needwood Hiker Biker Trail Head
Leader: Margaret Chapman, call 301-977-8988, email margtchapm@aol.com
Description: 20 to 25 miles, with a flexible turn around point. We'll revive an old ride and re-visit the shady upper portion of the Rock Creek trail in Montgomery County, Maryland. Carry a bag lunch for a trail side picnic stop, probably at Ken Gar.
Directions: From the intersection of Route 108 and Georgia Avenue (MD-97) in Olney, go west on MD-108. Turn left at the second light onto Bowie Mill Road, and follow it to its end. Turn left onto Muncaster Mill Road, and immediately get over to the right-hand lane, to make a quick right turn onto Needwood Road. You'll go over the Intercounty Connector on Needwood Road, and down a steep short hill. Go left at the bottom of the hill onto Beach Drive at the Lake Needwood sign. Go straight on Beach Drive through a stop sign, and over speed bumps. You'll bear right to enter a one way loop towards the end. Look off to your right for the words Hiker Biker on a sign at the entrance to the furthest parking lot, and park.

Friday, July 31

Downs Park and Environs
Level: Casual
Meet: Our Lady of Chesapeake Church, Ventnor Road, Pasadena, Maryland
Leader: June Peterson, call 410-242-3982, 443-833-5022 (day of ride only), e-mail peteduff@msn.com
Description: 22 miles. Explore several waterfront communities in the Pasadena area. A flat, easy ride with some great views of the Chesapeake Bay, includes three miles of paved bike path through Downs Park. Brown bag lunch in the park or an optional lunch at the end; no restaurants along the way. There is a diner and several restaurants on Mountain Road, also a deli in Long Point. You will have to drive to get to them.
Directions: I-695 Beltway to Exit 2, MD-10 to end and bear left toward MD-100 East Gibson Island. Continue straight on MD-100 through two traffic lights to end. Merge onto MD-177 East (Mountain Road). Continue 3.25 miles to Ventnor Road. Turn left to Our Lady of Chesapeake Church, parking lot on right.

Monday August 3

Washington and Old Dominion (W and OD) Railroad Trail, Ashburn to Purcellville
Level: Casual
Meet: W and OD parking lot, 20702 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, Virginia
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216, 240-271-8414 (morning of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: Relatively flat (few small hills) 34-mile ride on most scenic part of the W and OD trail with shorter options available. No cars. Bring bag lunch.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take I-70 West via Exit 16 toward Frederick. Take Exit 52 to US 15 South/ US 340 West toward Charlestown/ Leesburg for 4.5 miles. Merge onto Catoctin Mountain Highway (US 15 South) via the exit on the left toward Leesburg and go 5.9 miles. Exit next roundabout and take second exit into US 15 South (crossing into Virginia); go 11.4 miles. Take slight left onto US 15 Bypass South/ Leesburg Bypass; go about 2.6 miles. Merge onto VA-7 East toward Tysons Corner; go 4.1 miles. Merge onto Claiborne Parkway toward Belmont; go 1.5 miles. Turn left on Gloucester Parkway; go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Ashburn Road/ VA-641; go 0.5 mile to parking lot on left (immediately before the trail).

Friday, August 7

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Market
Level: Casual
Meet: Marley Station Mall
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Ride the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and some city streets around Annapolis to the market. Brown bag or buy lunch in the market.
Directions: Take Ritchie Highway, MD-2, to Marley Station Mall. Use Parking Lot E in the rear of the mall adjacent to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.

Monday, August 10

Kent Island Ramble
Level: Casual
Meet: Matapeake State Park
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Approximately 30 miles on flat terrain. If you desire, you can easily shorten the ride. See houses with airplane hangers attached, a commercial fishing community and beautiful estates on the Chesapeake. Lunch at the Kentmor Restaurant along the ride or at Matapeake State Park at the end of the ride.
Directions: Cross the Bay Bridge and take the first exit. Make a right at the top of the ramp on MD-8. Go 3.2 miles to Marine Academy Drive and make a right into the park to a parking lot.

Friday, August 14

Chesapeake City to Crystal Beach
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. We will stop at Harkens Point General Store. Restaurant available in Crystal Beach.
Directions: From I-695 take I-95 north for 36 miles crossing bridge (toll) to Exit 100 (MD-272). Merge onto MD-272 for two miles; left turn on 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.

Monday, August 17

Ranger Station to Greenbury Point
Level: Casual
Meet: Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361, email jstory765@yahoo.com
Description: 22.8 miles. Flat ride down bike path to Greenbury Point. Snack optional. Two moderate hills on return to bike path. Brown bag lunch in Severna Park memorial park on the trail.
Directions: MD-2 south to Earleigh Heights Road. Right approximately 0.3 mile to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road at Baltimore and Annapolis trail.

Friday, August 21

Western Maryland Trail Big Pool
Level: Casual
Meet: Big Pool Trail parking lot
Leader: Barbara Kasemeyer, call 410-744-2071, email barbarakasemeyer@aol.com
Description: 44 miles paved, flat trail, beautiful, easy with 20-mile and 30-mile options. Lunch at Weavers in Hancock or brown bag in park along river.
Directions: Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to I-70 West to Exit 12 (MD-56) Big Pool. South 0.25 mile to parking lot on right.

Monday, August 24

Jones Station to Sandy Point State Park
Level: Moderate
Meet: Park and Ride at Jones Station Road and MD-2
Leader: Catharina Brauer, call 410-647-0734
Description: Approximately 26 miles. Brown bag lunch in Sandy Point State Park.
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Go to MD-2 South. Follow MD-2 South to Jones Station Road. Park in park and ride on the right.

Friday, August 28

Trip to Gratitude (New Route)
Level: Casual
Meet: Wilmer Park, Chestertown
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: 36 or 28 miles flat country roads to Gratitude and Rock Hall. Enjoy several small hills with wide shoulders on the roads. Some new roads! Lunch in Rock Hall at Harbor Shack.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Continue on US 301 north toward Wilmington. Take MD-213 north toward Centreville and Chestertown. After crossing the Chester River, turn left on Cross Street (first traffic light after crossing river). Go around two 90-degree curves on Cross Street and turn left into Wilmer Park.

Revised May 1, 2015

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