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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

Cycling Seniors Schedule

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.

Eastern Shore Three-Day Ride

We will have a three-day bike ride based in Saint Michaels in October:

  • October 8 – Claiborne Landing to Tilghman Island, 33 miles or less. Check in at Best Western.
  • October 9 – Blackwater Refuge to Hoopers Island
  • October 10 – Check out of Best Western by 9:30 a.m. Easton to Tunis Mills to Oxford ride. Pack up and go home after ride.

Bud Lippert has arranged for a block of rooms at the Saint Michaels Best Western for $79 plus tax per night per room, double occupancy. You should call 410-745-3333 to reserve a room under your name; tell the clerk you are with the Cycling Seniors of Baltimore County to get the rate.

Please note:

  • If the leftover rooms in the block are not reserved by September 8, these rooms will revert back to Best Western for lease to other customers, which means you have until September 8 to reserve your room for October 8 through October 10.
  • If you have to cancel your reservation please do so by October 7, which is 24 hours before check-in, otherwise you will be charged for the room.

Be safe. Be comfortable. Have fun.

Schedule: Late Summer and Fall

Friday, August 15

Howard County Backroads
Level: Moderate
Meet: Recreation department parking lot on Carrs Mill Road
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410 218-2242 (cell), email
Description: This is a moderately hilly ride of 26 miles with a lunch break at the 20 mile mark. Most hills are moderate with only a few short hills with a sharper incline. We will ride on some scenic back country roads as well as more developed areas and experience the delight of Howard County’s love of circles.
Directions: Take I-70 West to MD-97 South. Drive 1.8 miles and turn right on Carrs Mill Road. Go 0.2 miles and turn right at park sign. Park in the left parking lot.

Monday, August 18

Ranger Station to Greenbury Point
Level: Casual
Meet: Earleigh Heights Ranger Station B & A Trail
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361, email
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 B & A trail.

Friday, August 22

Tuckahoe Figure 8
Meet: Tuckahoe State Park Lake Picnic Area
Level: Moderate
Leaders: John and Barbara Buchleitner, call 410-647-3917, 443-227-8355 (cell), email
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) 3 miles to T intersection. Make left 0.1 mile to parking lot on right.

Monday, August 25

Western Maryland Trail Big Pool
Level: Casual
Meet: Big Pool Trail Parking Lot
Leader: Barbara Kasemeyer, call 410-744-2071, email
Description: 40 miles paved, flat trail, beautiful, easy with 20- and 30-mile options. Lunch in Hancock, Maryland.
Directions: Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to 1-70 West to Exit 12 (MD-56) Big Pool. Go south 0.25 mile to parking lot on right.

Friday, August 29

Trip of Gratitude
Level: Moderate
Meet: Wilmer Park, Chestertown
Leader: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email
Description: 28 or 36 miles flat country road to Gratitude and Rock. Enjoy several small hills with wide shoulders on the roads. Lunch in Rock Hall at Harbor Shack.
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US 50/ 301. Continue on 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.

Friday, September 5

Cecil County Ramble
Level: Moderate
Meet: Rising Sun Towne Center Shopping Center, Maryland – 273, Rising Sun, Maryland
Leader: Carl Dannenfelser, call 410-569-3052, 410-370-6124 (cell), email
Description: Approximately 35 miles, short route 30 miles. Enjoy scenic vistas and historical sites as you pedal through the rolling countryside of northeastern Cecil County. Lunch at a restaurant along the way. Bring bike lock.
Directions: Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to I-95 North approximately 37 miles to Exit 100 (North East Rising Sun). Turn left (north) onto MD-272 and go approximately four miles to traffic light at MD-273; turn left onto MD-273 West. Stay on MD-273 West for approximately 4.5 miles to shopping center on left at McDonald’s. Park on left side of parking lot. From Route 1, go north and cross Conowingo Dam; continue approximately five more miles, then bear right at the “Y” in road continue onto MD-273E. Stay on MD-273 through the town of Rising Sun; shopping center will be right (at McDonald’s). Park on left side of parking lot.

Monday, September 8

Tour de McMansions
Level: Moderate
Meet: Lisbon Center
Leader: John Eckard, call 443-286-6819 (cell),
Description: 23 rolling miles with some hills through western Howard County. Not just new large houses but farmland and woods also! Bring lunch or buy something at the start to take along. Option to shorten ride by four miles.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take I-70 West for 18 miles to Exit 73 (MD-94) Woodbine Road. Go 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 12

Centreville to Price Back-Roads Jaunt
Level: Casual
Meet: Centreville United Methodist Church
Leader: Bill Rowley, call 703-946-0443, email
Description: 35-mile flat, country, back-roads, ride with shorter 28- 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: Cross Bay Bridge to continue on US 50, 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 the right. Park in the rear.

Monday, September 15

Three Points Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Hyde Park Shopping Center
Leader: Allen Slutsky, call 410-998-9255, email
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 road 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, which 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 19

Cox Creek and Crab Alley Meander
Level: Casual
Meet: Kent Island United Methodist Church
Leader: Barbara Kasemeyer, call 410-744-2071, email
Description: 14- 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 ride will have lunch at a restaurant at the end of their ride. The 28-mile ride will bring a brown bag lunch and eat it at a community park in the middle of the second half of their ride.
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US 50/ 301. Take Cox Neck Road 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, September 22

Middleborough Delight
Level: Casual
Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center; 1531 Hyde Park Road, 21221
Leader: Kim Kodenski, call 410-375-2299, email
Description: 20 miles or more depending on weather.
Directions: I-695 to MD-702. Stay on 702 for 3.5 miles. Take 270 degree turn in roundabout onto Hyde Park Road. Right turn into shopping center.

Friday, September 26

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,
Description: This 34-mile casual ride will start at the restaurant parking lot and will initially meander through horse country south of Chesapeake City, 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 adjacent deli (with facilities) on George Street right before the bridge; otherwise carry a snack and wait until 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 is the map of the route
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take 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. Take the first right to MD-286/ MD-342, then right on Basil Ave, 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.

Monday, September 29

Jones Station to Baltimore Washington International (BWI) with Pot Luck after ride at Catharina Brauer’s
Level: Casual
Meet: Jones Station
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email
Description: Ride from Jones Station to and around BWI, followed by Pot Luck at Catharina’s. Check with Catharina as to what to bring, 410-647-0734.
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, October 3

Kent Island Ramble
Level: Casual
Meet: Matapeake State Park
Leader: Barbara Kasemeyer, call 410-744-2071, email
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 Metapeake State Park at the end of the ride.
Directions: From the west, 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.

Wednesday, October 8

Tilghman Island
Level: Casual
Note: There is an option to stay overnight after the ride at the Best Western Hotel in Saint Michaels so that you can do the Thursday and Friday ride. Call 410/745-3333 for reservations and identify yourself as part of the Cycling Seniors group. The rate is $79 plus tax, double occupancy. Brian Mitchel is the manager. Best Western Hotel, 1228 South Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland, 21663
Meet: Claiborne Landing, Claiborne, MD.
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email
Description: Flat ride 28 to 40 miles with lunch in Tilghman, bring or buy.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-97 south to US 50/ US 301 over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 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 9

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
Level: Moderate
Meet: 2145 Key Wallace Road, Cambridge, 21613 – Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center
Leader: William Maupai, call 410-667-0477, email
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: From I-695 take exit onto I-97 south for 18 miles. Merge onto US 50/ US 301 for 24 miles. Bear right, turn right onto US 50 (Ocean Gateway) for 34 miles. Right turn onto MD-16S (Church Creek Road.) Remain on MD-16 for 7 miles. Left turn on MD-335 (Golden Hill Road, Church Creek) for 4 miles. Left turn on Key Wallace Road for 0.8 mile. Right turn into Blackwater Visitors Center.

Friday, October 10

Easton-Oxford Delight
Level: Casual
Meet: Tred Avon Shopping Center, Easton
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email
Description: Delight in this ride on mostly flat and lightly traveled roads in scenic Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The basic ride is 37.9 miles with a shorter 33.4-mile option available. Both rides include 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 2013 was $4 which covers bike and rider. Lunch will be at park on bank of Tred Avon River in Oxford. Brown bag or buy it at country store across from park. There are rest rooms available at start and end of ride as well as at lunch.
Directions: Take US-50/301 east across bay bridge and stay on US-50E at US 50/ US 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.

Friday, October 17

Covered Bridge Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company #22, Frederick
Leaders: Dick and Diana Voelkel, call 410-744-6941, email
Description: Rolling ride with (hopefully) beautiful fall foliage. Lunch at Kountry Kitchen.
Directions: I-695 exit 16 to I-70W. 40 mi on I-70 to exit 53B, US-15N. 12 mi on US-15 to right onto Fish Hatchery Road. 0.5 mile to right onto Hessong Bridge Road. Fire company is 200 feet on left.

Friday, October 24

Taneytown Picnic Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Taneytown Memorial Park
Leader: Gordon Peltz, call 410-823-0037, email
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 MD-140 through Westminster to traffic circle to Taneytown. Cross MD-194 and go 0.4 mile to Taneytown Memorial Park on left. Use second entrance and meet at pavilions on left.

Monday, October 27

Williamsburg, Virginia Three-Day Ride
Level: Casual
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email
Note: Parkside Williamsburg Resort: 1827 Merrimac Trail, 23185. It is located near Busch Gardens. I reserved five two-bedroom suites; master bedroom and non-master; king-size and queen size beds; two bathrooms; full kitchen with full size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave oven. Large living room. Laundry in the unit. $180 for the 3 nights per bedroom. You will have suite-mate; you will have your bedroom to yourself unless you bring your spouse. First nine will be served; others on the wait list in case one of the nine opts out. In case someone really wants a one-bedroom suite to themselves, the Parkside Resort phone number is 1-757-345-5573.
Tuesday, October 28: Williamsburg Visitors Center to Yorktown Visitors Center via the Colonial Parkway; round trip approximately 26 miles. Additional mileage touring Yorktown. Lunch at Restaurant in Yorktown, several to choose from. Return to Williamsburg and Parkside; happy hour, dinner.
Wednesday, October 29: Williamsburg Newport Street entrance ramp to Jamestown Visitors Center: Round Trip is 20 miles. Additional mileage riding the loop at the Jamestown. Picnic lunch at the park. Return to Williamsburg and Parkside; happy hour. Dinner.
Thursday, October 30: Check out is at 11 a.m.

Friday, October 31

Horse Farm Ride
Level: Moderate
Meet: Food Lion Parking Lot, McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
Leader: Rose Eicker, call 410-242-2850, email
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 I-795 to MD-30 Hanover Pike. Go through Hampstead and Manchester. MD-30 becomes PA-94. Go 0.7 mile 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.

Friday, November 7

Hillsmere Quietwaters Bay Ridge Ride
Level: Casual
Meet: Annapolis Neck Library Parking Lot
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361, email
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-50 East. 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 Neck Library Parking Lot.

Friday, November 14

Railroad to Glatfelters Station
Level: Casual
Meet: Heritage Trail in Railroad
Leader: Lillian Baumann, call 410-472-3476, email
Description: 26 miles with approximately 13 miles on the Heritage Trail and 13 miles 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 PA-851 (do not follow truck route) and go about 2 miles to rail/ trail parking on the right.

Friday, November 21

Ranger Station to Greenbury Point
Level: Casual
Meet: Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361, email
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: Take 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, November 28

Tour de Chase
Level: Moderate
Meet: Eastern Regional Park, 11723 Eastern Ave, 21220
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email
Description: 28 miles with 23-mile option. 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 5 miles. Right turn at entrance into Eastern Regional Park. From Towson; I-695 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-95S to Exit 67A, merge on MD-43 and south for 3 miles; left turn on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles. Right turn at entrance to park.

Friday, December 5

Tour de Wilson Point
Level: Casual
Meet: Wilson Point Community Park. Cypress Drive, Middle River, Maryland
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 410-686-8504, 443-570-0542 (day of ride), email
Description: A 25-mile trip with rolling hills. Route takes us through the communities of Wilson Point, Maple Crest, Victory Villa, Aero Acres, North Essex, Hawthorne, Kingston Park, and on the MD-43 bike-hike paved path.
Directions: I-695 to Exit 36 (MD-702) to Eastern Boulevard (Chase) for about 4 miles. Right on Wilson Point Road for 1.6 miles. Turn right on Cyprus Drive for 0.1 mile, turn right in parking lot. From Towson, take I-695 to MD-43 for about 5 miles. Turn right on Eastern Boulevard for 0.5 mile. Merge to the left lane. Turn left on Wilson Point Road for 1.6 miles, turn right on Cyprus Drive. Turn right into parking lot.

Revised August 12, 2014

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