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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 Summer and Fall

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.

Monday, August 31

Tuckahoe Figure 8
Level: Moderate
Meet: Tuckahoe State Park Lake picnic area
Leaders: John and Barbara Buchleitner, call 410-647-3917, 443-227-8355 (cell), email jbuchl@verizon.net
Description: Approximately 40 miles divided in two equal legs, thus the “Figure 8”. Essentially flat paved country roads with little traffic. Start and finish first leg, picnic, and start and finish second leg at the lovely lakeside picnic area with tables and excellent restroom facilities.
Directions: US 50/ 301 across Bay Bridge. Follow US 50 for 16 miles to MD-404. Turn left, go 7 miles to MD-480. Turn left (see Tuckahoe signs via Eveland Road) three miles to t-intersection. Make left 0.1 mile to parking lot on right.

Friday, September 4

Tour de McMansions
Level: Moderate
Meet: Lisbon Center, 799 Lisbon Center Drive, Woodbine, Maryland 21797
Leader: John Eckard, call 443-286-6819 (cell), email jreckard@comcast.net
Description: 24 rolling miles (with some hills in the middle) through western Howard County. Not just new large houses but farmland and woods also! Snack and/or bathroom stop at Larriland Farms. Lunch at several choices in Lisbon Center at end of ride. Option to shorten ride by four miles.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) Exit 16 take I-70 west for 18 miles to Exit 73 (MD-94) Woodbine Road. North on MD-94 toward Woodbine. Continue on MD-94 through traffic circle to right into shopping center. Turn left toward Food Lion and park in back corner near Dunkin Donuts.

Friday, September 11

Centreville to Price Back-Roads Jaunt
Level: Casual
Meet: Centreville United Methodist Church
Leader: Bill Rowley, call 703-946-0443, email wrowley@mac.com
Description: 35-mile flat, country, back-roads ride with shorter 28-mile and 21-mile options. Plenty of farmland and woods plus some beautiful homes. Lunch at Verna's Kountry Corner Kitchen or bag lunch at a different location.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Bear left on US 301, exit on MD-213 north toward Centreville and Chestertown. Pass through Centreville and turn right on MD-305 (Hope Road). The church is immediately on right. Park in the rear.

Monday, September 14

Three Points Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Hyde Park Shopping Center
Leader: Allen Slutsky, call 410-998-9255, email bikezabit9@hotmail.com
Description: Up to 30 miles on mostly flat roads. You will be able to bike in and out of the many peninsulas with dead-end roads off Turkey Point Road and Back River Neck Road, past waterfront homes, yacht clubs and countryside vistas of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Little to moderate traffic.
Directions: Hyde Park Shopping Center is located on Back River Neck Road just south of the junction with South East Boulevard (MD-702). From Beltway (I-695) take Exit 36 that leads directly to (MD-702). Take the third left around the traffic circle which is Hyde Park Road to Back River Neck Road.

Friday, September 18

Cemetery Quest
Level: Casual
Meet: Easton Sports Complex at the north end of North Washington Street in Easton, 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). Bear 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 have gone to the white building, you have gone too far.

Monday, September 21

Railroad to Glatfelters Station
Level: Casual
Meet: Heritage Trail in Railroad
Leader: Lillian Baumann, call 410-472-3476, email lrbaumann@comcast.net
Description: 26 miles with approximately half on the Heritage Trail and half on the road. Lunch will be at the Valley Tavern in Seven Valleys or a brown bag lunch to eat along the trail.
Directions: I-83 to Shrewsbury, Exit 4. West (left) on 851 (do not follow 851 truck route) and go about two miles to trail parking on the right.

Friday, September 25

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, September 28

Ranger Station to BWI with Pot Luck after ride at Catharina Brauer’s
Level: Casual
Meet: Ranger Station on Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net
Description: Ride from Ranger Station to and around BWI, followed by Pot Luck at Catharina’s. Check with Catharina as to what to bring, call 410-647-0734.
Directions: MD-2 south to Earleigh Heights Road. Right approximately 0.5 mile to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, October 2

Cox Creek and Crab Alley Meander
Level: Casual
Meet: Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, Maryland
Leader: Barbara Kasemeyer, call 410-744-2071, email barbarakasemeyer@aol.com
Description: 14-mile or 28-mile options. Cycle along lightly traveled roads along Cox Creek to Turkey Point to the Eastern Bay and then along Crab Alley Creek and Crab Alley Bay to Parsons Island Landing at Prospect Bay. You will pass older homes, beautiful waterfront modern homes on gorgeously landscaped lots, and fishing-crabbing-boating marinas and boat launching areas. The 14-mile riders will have lunch at a restaurant at the end of their ride. The 28-mile riders will bring a brown bag lunch and eat it at the community park in the middle of the second half of their ride.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Take the Cox Neck Road exit, Exit 39A. First church on the right is Kent Island United Methodist Church. Park on the backside (west) of the church where you see a covered entrance to the sanctuary.

Monday, October 5

Taneytown Picnic Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Taneytown Memorial Park
Leader: Gordon Peltz, call 410-823-0037, email peltzlaw@aol.com
Description: 24 miles with a 13-mile option, a lovely ride leaving Taneytown Memorial Park through green gently rolling rural roads.
Directions: From I-695 take Exit 19, I-795 North to Exit 9B and follow Route 140 through Westminster to traffic circle to Taneytown. Cross Route 194 and go 0.4 mile to Taneytown Memorial Park on left. Use second entrance and meet at pavilions on left.

Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9

Eastern Shore Three-Day Ride
Description: You can join us for one or two days. 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, 1228 South Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663
  • October 8 – Blackwater Refuge to Hoopers Island
  • October 9 – Check out of Best Western by 9:30 a.m. 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: Linda Price. Tell the person you are with the Cycling Seniors Group. Rooms reserved for October 7 and 8. The rates are $89 + 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 revert back to the regular price for the room. If a room is reserved and you have to cancel, please cancel by October 4.

Wednesday, October 7

Chesapeake Views
Level: Casual
Meet: Claiborne Landing, Claiborne, Maryland
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: Flat ride, 28 to 40 miles, with lunch in Tilghman, bring or buy.
Directions: From Baltimore: Take I-97 south to US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Remain on US 50 to MD-322 south to Easton; turn right on MD-333 towards Saint Michaels. Go slow through the town of Saint Michaels. Bear right on MD-451 to Claiborne, Maryland. Turn left on Claiborne Landing Road.

Thursday, October 8

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
Level: Moderate
Meet: Blackwater Visitors Center, 2145 Key Wallace Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Leader: TJ Furlong, call 410-353-3683, email tjfurlong2@verizon.net
Description: 34 miles. Except for the bridge to Hoopers Island, this a flat ride through the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge to Hoopers Island. There will be scenic views of the Chesapeake Bay and Honga River. You might see bald eagles, herons of different species, and other wildlife. Lunch at the Old Salty Restaurant; either bring or buy. If you bring, you can sit at the picnic table overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-695 and exit onto I-97S for 18 miles. Merge onto US 50/ 301 for 24 miles. Turn right onto US 50 (Ocean Gateway) for 34 miles. Right turn onto MD-16S (Church Creek Road.) Remain on MD-16 for 2.7 miles. Left on Egypt Road. Left on Key Wallace Drive to parking.

Friday, October 9

Easton-Oxford Delight
Level: Casual
Meet: Tred Avon Shopping Center, Easton
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net
Description: Delight in this ride on mostly flat and lightly traveled roads in scenic Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The ride is 33.4 miles and includes a ferry ride across the Tred Avon River on the historic Oxford-Bellevue Ferry – America’s oldest privately-owned ferry (established 1683). Cost per ride in 2014 was $4 which covers bike and rider. Lunch will be at the park on bank of Tred Avon River in Oxford. Brown bag or buy it at country store across from the park. There are rest rooms available at start and end of ride and at lunch.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll) and stay on US 50 east at US 50/ 301 split at Queenstown. As you approach Easton, exit US 50 on right onto MD-322 East and proceed to third traffic light. Make a left onto Marlboro Avenue and an immediate right into Tred Avon Square Shopping Center parking lot. Park to right of Acme food store.

Monday, October 12

Fort Smallwood Celebration on the Bay
Level: Casual
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 Small Park on the Bay.
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Go to MD-2 South. Follow MD-2 South to Jones Station Road. Park and ride is on the right.

Friday, October 16

Lothian to North Beach
Level: Aggressive
Meet: Lothian Elementary School
Leader: Molly Sherwood, call 410-268-7742, 301-461-0067 (cell), email mollysherwood@msn.com
Description: Approximately 31 miles over fairly hilly terrain. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay at North Beach, Rose Haven and Fair Haven. Lunch will be a brown bag along boardwalk in North Beach or at one of several local restaurants.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway, take I-97 south to Annapolis, follow MD-665 (Aris T Allen Boulevard) to MD-2 South and continue approximately 12 miles to traffic circle in Lothian. Go 3/4 way around circle, staying on MD-2 for approximately 0.25 mile. Lothian Elementary School is the first school on the left.

Monday, October 19

Covered Bridge Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company 22, Thurmont
Leaders: Dick and Diana Voelkel, call 410-744-6941, email voelkeldi@verizon.net
Description: Rolling ride with (hopefully) beautiful fall foliage. Restrooms available at Fire Station. Lunch at Kountry Kitchen.
Directions: I-695 Exit 16 to I-70 West. 40 miles on I-70 to Exit 53B, US 15N. 12 miles on US 15N to right onto Fish Hatchery Road. 0.5 mile to right onto Hessong Bridge Road. Fire Company is 200 feet on the left.

Friday, October 23

Glen Rock to York
Level: Casual
Meet: Glen Rock trailhead parking lot
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: This is a casual 30-mile ride (round trip) following the Heritage Rail Trail. There is no queue sheet but riders can pick up the park info if they want. There are no facilities in Glen Rock so our first stop will be at the Hanover Junction Station (about 5 miles) for a “potty” break. We will picnic lunch in York. Those wanting to leave the ride and lunch in York may do so.
Directions: North on I-83 (Crossing into Pennsylvania). Take the PA-216 exit, Exit 8, toward Glen Rock. Turn left onto Seaks Run Road (PA-216). Turn right onto Susquehanna Trail South (PA-216). Turn left onto Glen Rock Road (PA-216). Turn left onto North Main Street Extension (PA-216/ PA-616). Continue to follow PA-216/ PA-616. Turn right onto Water Street.

Monday, October 26

Tour de Eastern Harford County - New Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Aberdeen Park and Ride, MD-22 west of I-95, Aberdeen, Maryland
Leader: Peggy and Tom Dymond, call 410-272-9139, 410-459-8544 (day of ride), email mmdymond67@gmail.com
Description: 30 miles. Visit the rolling hills and dales of Eastern Harford County and ride past Ripken Stadium, Wetlands Golf Course, Aldino Airport, and Spesutia Church (oldest Episcopal Church in Maryland). Rolling in the beginning then mostly flat. Bring drink and snack with lunch after the ride at Olive Tree Restaurant in Aberdeen.
Directions: I-95 to Exit 85 Aberdeen, west on MD Rt 22 about 0.5 mile, left toward park and ride (sign for Heat Center-Batelle), immediate left into park and ride.

Friday, October 30

Horse Farm Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Food Lion Parking Lot, McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
Leader: Rose Eicker, call 410-242-2850, email dblbikes@aol.com
Description: 31 miles of rolling terrain on mostly country roads with a brown bag lunch at 24.1 miles or at the end of the ride at Subway.
Directions: Take Northwest Expressway (I-795) to Hanover Pike (MD-30). Go through Hampstead and Manchester. MD-30 becomes PA-94. Go 0.7 miles past the square in Hanover and make a left on Elm Avenue. At the second traffic light Elm becomes PA-116, Main Street. Continue on PA-116 through McSherrystown to parking lot on right at the corner of Centennial Street and Main Street.

Monday, November 2

The Oyster Ride - New ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Perry Cabin Park, Saint Michaels, Maryland
Leader: Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521, email cnanderson07@gmail.com
Description: 28-mile ride to Tilghman Island with lunch at Harrison Chesapeake House.
Directions: From Baltimore, take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Remain on US 50 to MD-322 south to Easton. Turn right on MD-333 towards Saint Michaels. Perry Cabin Park is on the left side approximately one mile after traffic signal in Saint Michaels.

Friday, November 6

Northwest Talbot County Meander – New Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Talbot County Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway (US 50), Easton, Maryland
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: New 35-mile or 29-mile back-roads ride in Talbot County west of US 50. Pass the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, ride to Bruffs Island, and cross the Miles River. Pass through the hamlets of Longwoods, Todds Corner, Unionville, Copperville, and Tunis Mill. Lunch at the Sugarbuns (Easton Airport) Café. Ride can be shortened to 29 miles after lunch.
Directions: Take US 50/ 301 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (toll). Take US 50 east 0.3 mile past Mile Marker 61. Turn right into Talbot County Community Center (The Warehouse) and park on the far right back side of the lot. Bathroom facilities available.

Monday, November 9

Tour de Wilson Point - Golden Tree
Level: Casual
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, Areo 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: Take I-695 East. Merge on 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.

Friday, November 13

Chesapeake City to the Sassafras River
Level: Moderate
Meet: Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina, 605 Second Street, Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915
Leader: David Hash, call 410-491-7844, dhash@jhmi.edu
Description: This 34-mile casual ride will start at the restaurant parking lot and will initially meander through horse country south of Chesapeake City, then down MD-213, crossing the Bohemia River at Hack Point, then through rolling farmland around Earleville and south to Fredericktown on the Sassafras. There are a couple of food options here, including a decent deli (with facilities) on George Street right before the bridge; otherwise carry a snack and wait till we get back to Chesapeake City for a late lunch at the Chesapeake Inn. Now we head back north to Cecilton, then east to Warwick, then north along the Maryland-Delaware line via Old Telegraph Road back to the canal, then west to the finish. Here the link to the map of the route: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1113862.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway take Pulaski Highway (US 40 East) all the way to MD-213 in Elkton, then right, go about 6 miles south to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal bridge just prior to Chesapeake City, then first right to MD-286/ MD-342, then right on Basil Avenue, left on George Street then right on Second Street to Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina. This trip takes about an hour from the Beltway (as an alternative to Route 40, you can take I-95 to Exit 100 MD-272 then south picking up Route 40 to MD-213). Toll is in effect for either Route 40 or I-95.

Friday, November 16

Hillsmere Quietwaters Bay Ridge Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Annapolis Neck Library parking lot
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361, email jstory765@yahoo.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-97 South to US 50 East. Keep right for exit to MD-665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) 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.

Friday, November 27

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.

Revised August 19, 2015

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