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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 2019. The program has been in place since 1991.

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

Rider Responsibility

  • Your bike should be in good condition. You should have two water bottles, snacks and lunch on some rides, a tire pump, spare tube and tools to fix a flat.
  • You must wear a bicycle helmet on all rides.
  • You should have a Road ID or driver’s license, bike lights, flashers, and a cell phone.
  • You should do the Bike A-B-C quick check before riding.
  • Pick a ride that is within your ability, taking into account terrain and distance.
  • If the weather is hotter or colder than normal, be sure you are capable of riding under the conditions.
  • Be at the ride start location 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 where they engage in activity. Therefore, ride leaders will have registration forms available for new members. If you registered last year, a volunteer will be contacting you via telephone to update your application. Registration strengthens the Cycling Senior Program.

Ateaze Senior Center welcomes donations in support of this program. Please make checks payable to Cycling Seniors and mail to:

Ateaze Senior Center
Attention: Cycling Seniors
7401 Holabird Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21222

Colonial Parkway and Capital Trail Two-Day Ride

From Monday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 18, there will be a two-day ride in Virginia. This involves a three-night stay at Parkside Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Check in on Monday afternoon.

Saint Michaels Three-Day Ride

From October 2 to 4, we will have a three-day ride based out of Saint Michaels. You have the option of staying at Saint Michaels Inn. Bud Lippert has arranged a reduced rate of $80 per night plus tax for Cycling Seniors at Saint Michaels Inn for the nights of October 2 and 3. Call 410-745-3333.

Schedule: Late Summer and Fall

Monday, July 15

Ranger Station around BWI and into Kinder Park

Level: This ride has some hills with a shorter flat option.
Meet: Ranger Station, 51 West Earleigh Heights Road, Severna Park, Maryland 21146
GPS: Latitude 39.097253, Longitude -76.569913
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216 (home) or 240-271-8414 (cell, day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: 31-mile mostly flat ride from Earleigh Heights around BWI airport, then into Kinder Park. Shorter option—13-mile option to ride on Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Brown bag lunch at covered picnic area in Sawmill Creek Park (between baseball park and senior center).
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Take MD-2 South to Earleigh Heights Road. Right approximately 0.5 miles to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, July 19

Kent Island Ramble

Meet: Matapeake State Park, Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
GPS: Latitude 38.953110, Longitude -76.351161
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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 hangars 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.

Monday, July 22  

Downs Park and Environs

Level: This is a flat ride.
Meet: Our Lady of Chesapeake Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
GPS: Latitude 39.111082, Longitude -76.453812
Leader: Delores McBirney, call 410-772-0615 (home) or 443-812-8298 (cell), email deloresmcbirney@verizon.net
Description: 22 miles. Explore several waterfront communities in the Pasadena area. A flat, easy ride with some great views of the Chesapeake Bay, including three miles of paved bike path through Downs Park. Brown bag lunch in the park or an optional lunch at the end.
Directions: Take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to Exit 2. Take MD-10 to end and bear left toward MD-100 East toward Gibson Island. Continue straight on MD-100 thru 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.

Friday, July 26

York Heritage North

Level: Flat with a short hill
Meet: Heritage Trail Parking in Seven Valleys, 107 Church Street, Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania 17360
GPS: Latitude 39.63333, Longitude -76.765515
Leader: John Eckard, call 443-286-6819 (cell), email jreckard@comcast.net
Description: 32 miles on the trail, including the newest scenic 4.5 miles north of US 30 to the northern end in John C. Rudy Park. The last missing piece through York was supposed to be finished this spring, so we should not have to ride on the streets between sections as before. Brown bag lunch or snack at Rudy Park, or lunch at Valley Tavern after the ride.
Directions: Take I-83 North to Glen Rock, Exit 8. Go west (left) onto PA-216, right on Susquehanna Trail at T, left to stay on PA-216. Right on Yellow Church Road (becomes Main Street). Turn right onto Church Street and go about 0.4 miles to rail-trail parking on the left.

Monday, July 29

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Dock

Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
GPS: Latitude 39.138204, Longitude -76.608314
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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.

Friday, August 2

Monkton to New Freedom on the Torrey Brown Rail Trail

Meet: Monkton Train Station, 1820 Monkton Road Monkton, Maryland 21111
Leader: John Ingalls, call 667-786-3071 (cell), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: 29-mile mostly flat ride to New Freedom and back on unpaved trail. Frequent regroupings with average pace of 11-12 miles per hour. Snacks or lunch at Paesano’s in New Freedom.
Directions: From I-83 North, take Exit 27 and turn right on Mount Carmel Road. Turn right on York Road and make a quick left onto Monkton Road. Follow it until it crosses the Torrey C. Brown (formerly NCR) Rail Trail. Monkton Station and parking will be on the left.

Monday, August 5

Lunch on the Bay

Meet: Wilmer Park, 406 Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
GPS: Latitude 39.205726, Longitude -76.067234
Leader: Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521
Description: 32-mile mostly flat ride to Tolchester Marina on the Chesapeake Bay.
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US-50 (US 301). 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 the river). Go around two 90-degree curves on Cross Street and turn left into Wilmer Park.

Friday, August 9

Kent Island Ramble

Meet: Matapeake State Park, Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
GPS: Latitude 38.953110, Longitude -76.351161
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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 hangars 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.

Monday, August 12

Tour de Hanover

Meet: Arbutus Senior Center, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Level: This ride has some hills.
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net
Description: Ride 24 miles from the Arbutus Senior Center through Patapsco Valley State Park. Exit the park at Elkridge. Pass the historic Furnace Inn on the way to Hanover. Ride back through the park to Arbutus. Moderately hilly on bike-friendly roads.
Directions: Take I-695 to I-95 South (Exit 11B) toward Washington. Take the Sulphur Spring Road exit toward Arbutus. Turn slight right onto Sulphur Spring Road. The senior center is approximately one and a half miles down the road on the left. It is attached to the Arbutus Library.

Wednesday, August 14

Cox Creek and Crab Alley Meander

Level: Flat ride
Meet: Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, Maryland 21619
GPS: Latitude 38.973939, Longitude -76.290722
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net
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 and boating marinas and boat launching areas. The 28-mile ride will have a brown bag lunch and at a community park in the middle of the second half of the ride.
Directions: Take US 50 (US 301) across the Bay Bridge. Take Exit 39A, Cox Neck Road. 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.

Friday, August 16

Alpha Ridge to Piney Run Park

Meet: Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104
Leader: Marge Ewertz, call 410-446-4691 (cell), email marge.ewertz@gmail.com
Description: 24 miles with 1,386 feet climbing. Few hills and rolling hills. Enjoy a regroup at the water's edge in Piney Run Park.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29825522     
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 16 (I-70 West). In approximately 8.5 miles take right Exit 83, Marriottsville Road. Turn right on Marriottsville Road for 0.8 miles. Left on MD-99 West (Old Frederick Road) for 0.8 miles. Alpha Ridge is on the left.

Friday, August 16

Middleborough Delight 37

Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center, 1531 Hyde Park Road, Essex, Maryland 21221
GPS: Latitude 39.299400, Longitude -76.438624
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 37-mile flat ride through the communities in the Back River Neck Peninsula. You see views of the Chesapeake Bay, Back River, Middle River, Sue Creek, and other creeks; there are historic mansions, old and new homes, waterfronts, farm fields and wooded areas. Lunch at Sue Island Grill and Crab House.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 36 (MD-702) for about 3 miles to the Hyde Park Roundabout. Look for the Dunkin Donuts. Turn 270 degrees onto Hyde Park Road, turn right into the lot and park on the lot opposite Dunkin Donuts.

Monday, August 19

Western Maryland Rail Trail (Hancock to Little Orleans)

Meet: Hancock Rail Trail Parking Lot, North Church Street, Hancock, Maryland 21750
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216 (home) or 240-271-8414 (cell, day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: 35 miles, mostly paved, mostly flat trail, beautiful, with 26-mile fully paved casual option. Includes scenic, newly opened trail extension to Little Orleans. Trail extension tunnel bypass includes 2.5 miles each way on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal’s rough, crushed stone (sometimes mud) surface. Lunch at Bill’s Place (cash only) or brown bag along the canal in Little Orleans.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take I-70 West to Exit 3, MD-144 West into Hancock. Travel for 1.4 miles; turn left at North Church Street (just past Buddylou’s Eats, Drinks and Antiques), pass first (metered) parking area on right. Cross the Western Maryland Rail Trail where road curves and becomes Canal Road, then park in the second (free parking) area on the right.

Friday, August 23

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Dock

Level: This is a flat ride
Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
GPS: Latitude 39.138204, Longitude -76.608314
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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 26

Downtown Neavitt and Beyond

Meet: Perry Cabin Park, 710 North Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663
Leader: Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521                                     
Description: Ride the backroads of the Eastern Shore to the Choptank River. Flat 24-mile ride with lunch at Chesapeake Landing.
Directions: From Bay Bridge, remain on US-50 to MD-322 South to Easton; turn right on MD-33. The park is located approximately 0.5 miles after you go through Saint Michael’s on the left side of MD-33.

Friday, August 30

Horse Farm Ride  

Level: Ride has some hills
Meet: McSherrystown Food Lion, 3744 Centennial Road, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331
GPS: Latitude 39.799871, Longitude -77.031414
Leader: John Eckard, call 410-653-3314 or 443-286-6819 (cell), email jreckard@comcast.net
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. 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.

Friday, September 6

Chesapeake City to the Sassafras River

Note: Ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Level: Ride has some hills.
Meet: Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina, 605 Second Street, Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915
GPS: Latitude 39.525886, Longitude -75.810867 
Leaders: David Hash, call 410-491-7844, email dhash@jhmi.edu; Clare Hash, call 443-834-5734.
Description: 36-mile loop down to the Sassafras River and back through horse country, waterfront towns, and farmland. We will have a lunch stop in Fredericktown on the Sassafras River. After returning to the Chesapeake Inn, please stay for a post-ride beverage at the waterside bar. Map and cue sheet will be provided via email a few days prior to the ride.
Directions: Take I-95 North from the Baltimore Beltway to Exit 100. Take MD-272 South toward Northeast, then left on US 40 East to MD-213 South. Go about 6 miles and cross the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal bridge just prior to Chesapeake City. Take the first right onto Basil Avenue, left on George Street then right on Second Street. Go right into the parking lot across from the Chesapeake Inn up on the hill.

Monday, September 9

Three Bridges from Utica Park

Level: Some hills
Meet: Utica Park, 10200-B Old Frederick Road, Frederick, Maryland 21701
Leader: Marge Ewertz, call 410-446-4691, email marge.ewertz@gmail.com                                                 
Description: 28 miles with 1,393 feet climbing, few hills with rolling hills. Begin at Utica Park and ride towards Thurmont to see three covered bridges.
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29081527     
Directions: Take I-695 to I-70 West towards Frederick. Take Exit 53B for US 40 toward US 15 North toward Gettysburg. Continue on US 15 for 6.8 miles. Turn right onto Old Frederick Road for 1 mile. Park will be on the left.

Friday, September 13

Glen Rock to York, Pennsylvania

Level: This is a flat ride
Meet: Glen Rock trailhead parking lot, 50 Water Street, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania 17327
GPS: Latitude 39.794506, Longitude -76.732687
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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 bathroom break. We will picnic lunch in York. Those wanting to leave the ride and lunch in York may do so.
Directions: Go north on I-83, crossing into Pennsylvania. Take Exit 8, PA-216, toward Glen Rock. Turn left onto PA-216—Seaks Run Road. Turn right onto Susquehanna Trail (PA-216). Turn left onto Glen Rock Road (PA-216). Turn left onto North Main Street Extension (PA-216 or PA-616). Continue to follow PA-216. Turn right onto Water Street. Cross railroad tracks and immediately turn right. Follow for approximately 0.1 miles. Rail Trail Parking lot is on the right. There are approximately 16 parking spaces.

Monday, September 16

Western Howard County—Cooksville to Glenelg

Meet: Gary Arthur Community Center, 2400 MD-97, Cooksville, Maryland 21723
Leader: John Ingalls, call 667-786-3071 (cell), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: Hilly 21-mile ride, two loops, with option to leave at our first return to start, Mile 16. Total elevation gain is 1,252 feet.      
Directions: Take I-70 west to MD-97, travel south about 1.5 miles. Turn right at the library sign into the community center and park in the south lot.

Tuesday, September 17

Capital Trail

Note: First day of a two-day ride. For more information see above.
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: Beginning at Jamestown. Head west for 15 miles and return.

Wednesday, September 18

Williamsburg to Yorktown

Note: Second day of a two-day ride
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com

Friday, September 20

Batts Neck Park to Romancoke

Meet: Batts Neck Park, 415 Batts Neck Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net
Description: Ride 28 miles from Batts Neck Park to explore the east side of Romancoke and Stevensville. Beautiful views of Shipping Creek and Cox Creek, then ride south to Tanners Point and Long Point. Take a break at the Romancoke Pier before heading north. Return to Batts Neck Park.
Directions: Cross the Bay Bridge on US 50 (US 301). Take Exit 37 (the first exit after the Bay Bridge) to MD-8 South. Go 3.4 miles to left on Batts Neck Road. The Park is 0.5 miles on the left.

Monday, September 23

Ranger Station around BWI and into Kinder Park

Level: Mostly flat
Meet: Ranger Station, 51 W Earleigh Heights Road, Severna Park, Maryland 21146
GPS: Latitude 39.097253, Longitude -76.569913
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216 (home) or 240-271-8414 (cell, day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: 31-mile ride from Earleigh Heights around BWI airport, then into Kinder Park. Casual 13-mile option to ride on Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Brown bag lunch at picnic table at overlook on trail.        
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Go to MD-2 South to Earleigh Heights Road. Right about 0.5 miles to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, September 27

Patapsco Valley State Park to Elkridge with Tour of Relay

Meet: Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon Area, 5120 South Street, Halethorpe Maryland 21227
Level: Some hills and off road
Note: Admission to the park is $2 or by passcard (https://www.shopdnr.com/GoldenAgePass.aspx).
Leader: John Ingalls, call 667-786-3071 (cell), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: 25-mile casual ride with frequent regrouping, starting with a  tour of Saint Dennis and Relay, then up the park’s reopened Grist Mill trail and return along River Road to Avalon, and finally to Elkridge and Stoney Run. Variable paving conditions within the park favor hybrid bikes, although with care and possibly dismounting a few times, a road bike will do.
Directions: From I-695: Take US 1 South. Turn right onto River Road and make a quick left into the state park entrance. Turn left onto Gun Road, then turn right onto River Road and make an immediate right into the Avalon Area parking lot. From Anne Arundel County: Take I-97 North to MD-100 West. Take US 1 North, turn left onto River Road and make a quick left into the state park entrance. Turn left onto Gun Road, then right onto River Road and make an immediate right into the Avalon Area parking lot.

Friday, September 27 

Tour de North Point

Level: This is a flat ride
Meet: Food Lion Plaza, 7404 North Point Road, Sparrows Point, Maryland 21219
GPS: Latitude 39.235976, Longitude -76.442148
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 20- to 25-mile flat ride through the lower North Point Peninsula traveling through the communities of Edgemere, Lodge Forest, Chesapeake Terrace, Fort Howard and Millers Island. Bike through Fort Howard County Park and North Point State Park.
Directions: Coming from AA County or West Baltimore, take I-695 across the Key Bridge to Exit 43. Take Bethlehem Boulevard to North Point Boulevard; cross North Point Boulevard at traffic light onto North Point Road towards Fort Howard; travel about 1.5 miles. Turn left into the parking lot. From Towson, take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to Exit 42; ease over to the left lane before the next light; turn left onto North Point Road; go about 1.5 miles. Turn left into the parking lot.

Monday, September 30

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Note: Ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Level: This is a flat ride
Meet: Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
Leaders: David Hash, call 410-491-7844, email dhash@jhmi.edu; Clare Hash, call 443-834-5734.
Description: 22 miles (up-and-back) via paved trail along the north shore of the picturesque Susquehanna River, with a lunch stop at the famous McCleary’s Pub in the river town of Marietta.
Route: http://www.susquehannaheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NW-River-Trail-2017.pdf
Directions: Take I-83 North to just south of York. Take exit for Mount Rose Avenue (PA-124), cross it and follow Haines Road (which becomes Memory Lane) to PA-30 East. Cross the Susquehanna River and go right at the first exit. Stay on Linden Street and turn left on Second Street. Turn right on Bridge Street which becomes Front Street, then right on Walnut Street. Plenty of free parking (and facilities) at the Trails Center.

Wednesday, October 2

Chesapeake Views

Level: Flat ride
Note: First day of three-day ride. Ride starts 10:45 a.m. For registration information see above.
Meet: Claiborne Landing, Claiborne, Maryland 21624 
GPS: Latitude 38.837493, Longitude -76.279629
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 Bay Bridge, remain on US-50 to MD-322 South to Easton; turn right on MD-33 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 3

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge 

Note: Second day of three-day ride.
Meet: Parking lot, 2145 Key Wallace Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
GPS: Latitude 38.446319, Longitude -76.091561
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
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 Bay Bridge, remain on US-50 for 34 miles. Right turn onto MD-16 South (Church Creek Road). Remain on MD-16 for 2.7 miles. Left on Egypt Road. Right on Key Wallace Drive to left at Visitors Center.

Friday, October 4

Saint Michaels to Oxford Ferry 

Note: Third day of three-day ride. Ride starts at 9:15 a.m.
Level: Flat ride
Meet: Saint Michael’s Inn, 1228 South Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663
GPS: Latitude 38.769640, Longitude -76.206501
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. Ride 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 is $5 for a single bike and $7 for a tandem, which covers bike and rider. Lunch will be at a park on the bank of the 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: From Bay Bridge, remain on US-50 to MD-322 South to Easton; turn right on MD-33 towards Saint Michaels. Turn left into parking lot behind Saint Michaels Inn.

Monday, October 7

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Ride

Level: Some short hills
Meet: Parking lot at 205 Bank Street, Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915
Leader: Anne Rosenberg, call 410-812-6652 (cell), email arosenberg852@gmail.com
Description: Out and back casual ride on a paved bike trail, along the north side of the canal. The trail ends at Delaware City where there is a park to brown bag it or grab a bite at a restaurant. Total mileage out and back is 32 miles. If interested, stay for post-ride beverages and appetizers at Schaefer’s restaurant.
Directions: From I-695 take I-95 North for 36 miles to Exit 100 (MD-272). Merge onto MD-272 for 2 miles, left turn on MD-40 for 7 miles, right turn on MD-213 and travel 4.7 miles. Please note you will not be going over the bridge. Turn left onto MD-284 to Hemphill Street (MD-285). Bear right and drive almost to the end and turn right onto Bank Street. The parking lot is two to three blocks down on your right before you are under the bridge.

Friday, October 11

Pot Luck and Ride

Note: George Drake and friends have agreed to host the Pot Luck Party and ride on October 11 at Symphony Village in Centreville.
Meet: Symphony Village Parking Lot, 100 Symphony Boulevard, Centreville, Maryland 21617
Leaders: George Drake, call 443-988-8803, email georgerdrake@yahoo.com; Charles Anderson, call 410-977-5521; Lloyd McAtee; Bill Rowley, call 703-946-0443, email wrowley@mac.com     
Description: Two ride options of approximately 20 and 25 miles. The 25-mile route includes a couple of hills. Pot Luck follows at approximately 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Symphony Village Pavillion. Burgers, veggie burgers (grilled), hot dogs, rolls, and condiments provided. No glass permitted. No smoking. Pot luck food items should be kept in your ice chest, as needed. Hot items can be plugged into outlets or put on the grill to warm them. Our spouses will watch over items while you are cycling.
Email: An email will be sent out prior to or on October 7 asking of your intention to attend so that we have an approximate count of the number of people to provide burgers for. Please RSVP to that email. Thanks!
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US 50 (US 301). Continue on US 301 toward Wilmington, Delaware for approximately 12 miles to MD-213 North toward Centreville and Chestertown. Take first right turn off of MD-213 onto Taylor Mill Road. Take first left onto Symphony Boulevard. heading toward the clubhouse. The parking area is to the left of the clubhouse by the tennis and pickleball courts and the pavilion is behind the tennis courts.

Monday, October 14

Taneytown to Mayberry

Level: This ride has some hills
Meet: Taneytown Memorial Park 143 West Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Maryland 21787
GPS: Latitude 39.6633191, Longitude -77.1808195                                                      
Leader: Leader: Marge Ewertz, call 410-446-4691, email marge.ewertz@gmail.com
Description: 26 miles with 1,000 feet climbing through Carroll County farmland.
Directions: From I-695, take I-795 North (Exit 19) to Exit 9B and follow MD-140 through Westminster to Taneytown. Take first exit from traffic circle. Cross MD-194 and go 0.4 miles to Taneytown Memorial Park on left.

Friday, October 18

Hydes Park—Loch Raven—Palmisano’s Loop

Meet: Hydes Park, 5447 Hydes Road, Hydes, Maryland 21082
Leader: Bob Amsel, call 410-967-5989 or text with questions
Description: New Ride. Ride rating is 7.5 on a zero to ten scale. Challenging and exhilarating. A 24- or 18-mile tour of the enchanting Loch Raven Pines and environs. You will climb 1,670 feet over 24 miles (less on the 18-mile route) and enjoy several long restorative descents. Lunch or snacks at Palmisano’s at Mile 20. Rest stops as needed; this is a no-drop ride. Porta-Pots are available at Hydes Park.
Directions: From I-695 take Exit 27, Dulaney Valley Road, north to terminus at Manor Road. Turn right, then a quick left on to Hydes Road. Follow 2 miles to Hydes Park.

Monday, October 21

Tour de Wilson Point—Victory Villa—Aero Acres     

Meet: Wilson Point Community Park, Cypress Drive, Middle River, Maryland 21220
GPS: Latitude 39.322799, Longitude -76.425532                                                                              
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 25 miles with rolling hills. Route take us through the communities of Wilson Point, Victory Villa, Aero Acres, North Essex, Hawthorne, Kingston Park, and on the MD-43 bike-hike paved path.
Directions: Take I-695 to Exit 36 (MD-702) to Eastern Boulevard (east towards Chase) about 4 miles to Wilson Point Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot. From Towson: Take I-695 to MD-43 for about 5 miles. Turn right on Eastern Boulevard for 0.5 miles. Merge to the left lane. Turn left on Wilson Point Road for 1.6 miles; Turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot.       

Friday, October 25

Kent Island Ramble

Meet: Matapeake State Park, Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
GPS: Latitude 38.953110, Longitude -76.351161
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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 hangars 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, November 1

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Dock

Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
GPS: Latitude 39.138204, Longitude -76.608314
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-356-3585 (home) or 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, November 4

Tour de Chase 

Meet: Eastern Regional Park; 11723 Eastern Avenue, Middle River, Maryland 21220
GPS: Latitude 39.345046, Longitude -76.390226
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 23-mile or 28-mile ride with some inclines through the communities of Chase, Cunningham Cove, Oliver Beach, Harewood Park and other waterfront communities. Route takes us through Marshy Point Nature Center, Gunpowder State Park, and if weather permits, down the MD-43 paved bike trail. Lunch either at Kelly's Kitchen and Bakery or Dundee Creek Marina.
Directions: From Key Bridge: Take I-695 to MD-702. Take second exit and merge on Eastern Boulevard for 5 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. Turn left on Eastern Boulevard for 1.6 miles; Right turn into entrance

Friday, November 8

Covered Bridges

Meet: Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company Number 22, 11101 Hessong Bridge Road, Frederick, Maryland 21701
GPS: Latitude 39.538210, Longitude -77.413642
Leaders: Dick and Diana Voelkel, call 410-744-6941, email voelkeldi@verizon.net
Description: 32 miles, rolling terrain with beautiful fall foliage and three covered bridges. Restrooms are available at the fire station.
Directions: TakeI-695 Exit 16 to I-70 West. Drive 40 miles on I-70 to exit 53B, US-15 North. Go 12 miles to right onto Fish Hatchery Road, then 0.5 miles to right onto Hessong Bridge Road. The fire company is 200 feet on the left.

Monday, November 11

Hydes Park—Loch Raven—Palmisano’s Loop

Meet: Hydes Park, 5447 Hydes Road, Hydes, Maryland 21082
Leader: Bob Amsel, call 410-967-5989 or text with questions
Description: New Ride. Ride rating is 7.5 on a zero to ten scale. Challenging and exhilarating. A 24- or 18-mile tour of the enchanting Loch Raven Pines and environs. You will climb 1,670 feet over 24 miles (less on the 18-mile route) and enjoy several long restorative descents. Lunch or snacks at Palmisano’s at Mile 20. Rest stops as needed; this is a no-drop ride. Porta-Pots are available at Hydes Park.
Directions: From I-695 take Exit 27, Dulaney Valley Road, north to terminus at Manor Road. Turn right, then a quick left on to Hydes Road. Follow 2 miles to Hydes Park.

Friday, November 15

Tour de Bowleys Quarters

Level: Flat ride
Meet: Red Rose Farm Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 24-mile flat ride through the communities of Bowleys Quarters and Carroll Island. You will see a mix of old and new homes, marinas, and panoramic views of the rivers and creeks, woods and farm fields.
Directions: From the south: Take I-695 to Exit 36 (MD-702) to Eastern Boulevard. Take the second ramp on to Eastern Boulevard towards Chase for 4.5 miles. Right turn on Carroll Island Road for 0.5 miles, right turn on Bowleys Quarters Road for 0.9 miles, right turn on Red Rose Farm Road (Saint Mathews Church on the corner) for 0.3 miles. Turn right into parking lot. From Towson: Take I-695 East and merge onto White Marsh Boulevard (MD-43) for about 5 miles. Turn left towards Chase at the traffic light onto Eastern Boulevard for about 1.5 miles. Turn right on Carroll Island Road for 0.5 miles and turn right on Bowleys Quarters Road for 0.9 miles. Turn right on Red Rose Farm Road, go 0.2 miles and turn right onto dirt lot.

Monday, November 18

Middleborough—Bauernschmitt Delight 25

Meet: Hyde Park Station Shopping Center, 1542 Hyde Park Road, Essex, Maryland 21221
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 20 to 30-mile flat ride through the communities in the Back River Neck Peninsula. You see views of the Chesapeake Bay, Back River, Middle River, Sue Creek, and other creeks. There are historic mansions, old and new homes, waterfronts, farm fields and wooded areas.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 36 (MD-702) for about 3 miles to the Hyde Park Roundabout. Look for the Dunkin Donuts. Turn 270 degrees onto Hyde Park Road, turn right into the lot and park on the lot opposite Dunkin Donuts.

Friday, November 22

Worthington Valley

Meet: Santoni's Marketplace, 4854 Butler Road, Glyndon, Maryland 21071
Leader: Ralph Markus, call 410-370-0228 (cell), email mark8@aol.com
Description: Approximately 22 miles starting in Historic Glyndon and meandering through the scenic horse country of Worthington Valley including a segment through Sagamore Farm. Rolling hills with a few challenging hills. Lunch choices available at the end of the ride include Santoni’s MarketPlace (outside seating only), J and P Pizza or Subway.
Directions: From Beltway, take I-795 North about 8.5 miles, staying left at the end towards the exit listed as Hanover. This becomes Butler Road. Continue on Butler Road for about 1.5 miles, crossing the bridge. Turn left immediately after the bridge (Glen Morris Lane) into the parking lot for Santoni's Marketplace. Park in spots towards Butler Road.

Friday, November 29

Tour de Wilson Point—Three Bears

Meet: Wilson Point Community Park, Cypress Drive, Middle River, Maryland 21220
GPS: Latitude 39.322799, Longitude -76.425532
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 443-570-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: 25 miles 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: Take I-695 to Exit 36 (MD-702) to Eastern Boulevard (east towards Chase) about 4 miles to Wilson Point Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot. From Towson: Take I-695 to MD-43 for about 5 miles. Turn right on Eastern Boulevard for 0.5 miles. Merge to the left lane. Turn left on Wilson Point Road for 1.6 miles; Turn right on Cypress Drive. Turn right into parking lot.

 
Revised July 15, 2019         

 

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