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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 - 2014

Welcome to the Ateaze Cycling Seniors for 2014. 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.

Be safe. Be comfortable. Have fun.


Schedule: Spring 2014

Special Event: Lancaster County Two-Day Ride, to be held on May 8 and 9, 2014. You can make your overnight accommodations for May 9 at the Harvest Drive Family Inn. Call 717-768-718, toll free 1-800-233-0176. Be sure to say that you are part of the Cycling Seniors group and the room rate will be $79 before taxes. Sign up by April 30, 2014. The motel has set aside 10 rooms. They will hold the rooms until the end of April. Rooms may or may not be available after that date. Deadline to cancel your room is May 6, 2014. You may also check in one day early and get the same rate.

This is a Casual Ride
Friday, March 21: Middleborough Delight
Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center, 1531 Hyde Park Road, Essex
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 20 miles or more depending on weather.
Directions: I-695 to MD-702 for 3.5 miles. 270-degree turn in roundabout onto Hyde Park Road. Right turn into Shopping Center.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, March 28: Tour de Bowleys Quarters
Meet: Sunset Café, 3408 Red Rose Farm Road, Middle River
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 24 miles. Bring snack and drink. Lunch after ride at the Wild Duck Cafe.
Directions: From West of Baltimore take I-695E toward Essex and merge onto MD-702 to Eastern Boulevard exit. Take second ramp onto Eastern Boulevard towards Chase for 4.5 miles, turn right on Carroll Island Road for 0.5 miles. Right turn on Bowleys for 0.9 miles, right turn on Red Rose Farm Road for 0.3 miles, right turn into parking lot. From Towson take I-695 to MD-43 (White Marsh Boulevard) for about 3 miles. Turn left on Eastern Boulevard for one mile, right turn on Carroll Island Road. Follow above directions to Sunset Cafe.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, April 4: Jim Huelscamp Memorial Ride (Cherry Blossom Ride)
Meet: North end of the parking lot for the Mount Vernon Visitor’s Center
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net
Description: Approximately 33 miles. Moderately hilly on the trail. Bring lunch for picnic 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 on South Washington. Washington Street becomes the George Washington Parkway as you leave Alexandria, and Mount Vernon is eight miles south, at the large traffic circle at the end of the Parkway.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, April 11: K-Mart (Edgewater) to Galesville
Meet: K-Mart Shopping Center
Leader: Molly Sherwood, call 410-268-7742, 301-461-0067 (cell), email mollysherwood@msn.com
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 at restaurant or bring your own picnic.
Directions: Take I-97S to US 50E/ US 301. Go left toward Annapolis. Take immediate exit on right to MD-665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard). Carefully follow signs to MD-2S (Solomons Island Road) toward 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.


This is a Moderate Ride
Monday, April 14: Crab Cake Ride
Meet: Marley Station Mall
Leader: Rob Maslin, call 410-494-6996, email rsmaslin@aol.com
Description: 23 miles on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and BWI Trail with some hills. Lunch at G and M Restaurant or Olive Grove Restaurant.
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.


This is a Moderate Ride
Friday, April 18: Four Trails Ride
Meet: Southwest Park and Ride, Rolling Road
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 the intersection of Rolling Road and Selford Avenue, just south of Wilkens Avenue.


This is a Moderate Ride
Monday, April 21: Catonsville Ramble
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 Wilkens Avenue at traffic light onto Rolling Road. Park and Ride is on left. Or, take I-95 to I-195N to Park and Ride.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, April 25: Quiet Waters Bay Ridge Ride
Meet: Annapolis Neck Library Parking Lot
Leader: Joan Valentine, call 410-737-2050, email joanbike@msn.com
Description: Approximately 24 miles. Mostly flat. Includes a brief stop at Thomas Point Lighthouse Park. Lunch at conclusion of the ride. Brown bag or purchase at nearby deli. Cycle into Quiet Waters Park to eat at water’s edge.
Directions: I-695 to I-97 South to US 50E. Keep right for exit to MD-665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) becomes Forest Drive. Remain on Forest Drive for 4 miles to right on Hillsmere at light. Pass entrance to Quiet Waters Park; go left into Eastport Annapolis Library Parking Lot.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, May 2: Queenstown Meander
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 50E/ US 301 across Bay Bridge. Go about 10 miles to stay on US 301 toward Wilmington to a left on MD-18E, Main Street. Go 0.6 miles to 7401 Main Street (past bank and firehouse) to left turn on Old Wharf Road at Shore Christian Fellowship Church. Park behind church.


This is a Casual Ride
Monday, May 5: Fort Smallwood Celebration on the Bay
Meet: Park and Ride, Jones Station Road and MD-2
Leader: Catharina Brauer, call 410-647-0734
Description: Flat ride, approximately 26 miles. Lunch at Fort Smallwood Park on the bay.
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100E. Go to MD-2S. Follow MD-2 south to Jones Station Road. Park in Park and Ride on the right.


This is a Moderate Ride
Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9: Lancaster County Two-Day Ride
Meet: Harvest Drive Family Inn, 3370 Harvest Drive Road, Intercourse, Pennsylvania 17534
Leaders: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email blippert21221@yahoo.com; Catharina Brauer call 410-647-0734
Description: Thursday’s bike ride is approximately 33 miles. You can make your overnight accommodations at the Harvest Drive Family Inn. Call 717-768-7186, toll free 1-800-233-0176. Room cost is $79. You must register prior to the end of April. Cancellation deadline is May 6, 2014. 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 and will join up with those who choose to only do the one-day ride for a different ride of approximately 30 miles.


This is a Casual Ride
Monday, May 12: Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Market
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.


This is a Casual Ride
Friday, May 16: Queen Anne to Ridgely
Meet: Queen Anne National Guard
Leader: Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521, email cnanderson07@gmail.com
Description: 37/ 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: Cross the Bay Bridge heading toward Ocean City on US 50. Left on MD-404 to Queen Anne. Left on MD-309. Quick right into parking lot at the National Guard Armory.

OR

This is an Aggressive Ride
Friday, May 16: Davidsonville to Galesville
Meet: Davidsonville Park and Ride, Davidsonville Road on MD-424
Leaders: John and Barbara Buchleitner, call 410-647-3917, 443-227-8355 (cell), email jbuchl@verizon.net
Description: Approximately 37/ 32 miles. A pleasant ride over flat to rolling terrain to Galesville. Stop at one of Galesville waterfront restaurants or brown bag.
Directions: From Baltimore, I-695 to Exit 4, I-97 to Exit 7, Route 3S (Business 3). Continue on MD-3S for about 5 miles, and turn left onto Davidsonville Road (MD-424). Continue on MD-424 until Rossback Road (before US 50 overpass). Turn right on Rossback Road and go 2.7 miles to Davidsonville County Park. Enter park and park on left. From Washington DC and points west, take US 50E. From points east, take US 50/ US 301 west to Davidsonville Road (MD-424), Exit 16. On the north side of MD-424 turn onto Rossback going west. Proceed per above.


This is a Moderate Ride
Monday, May 19: Four Trails Ride
Meet: Southwest Park and Ride, Rolling Road.
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 picnic tables. 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.


This is a Casual Ride – Warm-up for BBC Kent County Spring Fling Weekend
Friday, May 23: Church Hill – Marydel – Sudlersville Loop
Meet: Church Hill Park
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgeandmarydrake@yahoo.com
Description: 32/ 24/ 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 BBC Kent County Spring Fling.
Directions: Take US 50E/ US 301 across Bay Bridge. Take US 301 to MD-213 north toward Centreville, Chestertown. On the north side of Church Hill, take MD-300 East for 0.4 miles to Church Hill Park on the right. From the north (Chestertown) proceed south on MD-213 to a left at MD-300 toward Sudlersville. Take MD-300 for 0.4 miles to Church Hill Park on the right.


This is an Aggressive Ride
Friday, May 30: Loch Raven - Gunpowder State Park
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 a stream, across the street from the Mill. Brief regrouping stop at Palmisano's on the way back. Your bike should be in good working order, and you should have good riding skills and be able to average from 11 to 13 miles per hour in an area that has some hills.
Directions: Exit Baltimore Beltway (I-695) at Providence Road. Park and Ride is directly across street. Restrooms are available.


This is a Casual Ride -- An 11-mile ride is available
Friday, June 6: Prospect Bay Ride
Meet: Terrapin Nature Area Parking Lot
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Approximately 25 miles. 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 stop light turn left into an Industrial Park. Go 0.2 mile to the T and make a right onto Log FF. Go 0.7 mile to the Terrapin Nature Area on the right. Go in entrance and park.


This is a Casual Ride
Monday, June 9: Quietwaters Bay Ridge Ride
Meet: Annapolis Neck Library Parking Lot
Leader: Joan Valentine, call 410-737-2050, email joanbike@msn.com
Description: Approximately 24 miles. Mostly flat. Includes a brief stop at Thomas Point Lighthouse Park. Lunch at conclusion of the ride. Brown bag or purchase at nearby deli. Cycle into Quietwater Park to eat at water’s edge.
Directions: I-695 to I-97S to US 50E. Keep right for exit to MD-665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) becomes Forest Drive. Remain on Forest Drive for 4 miles to right on Hillsmere at light. Pass entrance to Quietwater Park and go left into Eastport Annapolis Library Parking Lot.

Revised February 19, 2014

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