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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 2018. 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. Helmets are required on all rides.

Rider Responsibility

  • Your bike should be in good condition. You should have two water bottles, a tire pump and tools to fix a flat
  • 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

St. Michaels Three-Day Ride

From October 10 through 12, we will have a three-day ride based out of St. Michaels. You have the option of staying at St. Michaels Inn, where Bud Lippert has arranged a reduced rate on October 10 and 11 for Cycling Seniors. Call 410-745-3333.

Schedule: Late Summer and Fall

Monday, July 16

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail—New Ride

Note: This ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Level: Flat
Meet: Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
Leader: David Hash, call 410-491-7844, email dhash@jhmi.edu
Description: A casual 22-mile, up-and-back ride (11 miles each way) from Columbia to Bainbridge along the picturesque Susquehanna River. Ride through the river town of Marietta and stop there on the way back for lunch at McCleary's.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway and I-83, this is just an hour's ride. Take I-83 North to York, Pennsylvania, then take US 30 East. After crossing the Susquehanna River, take the first exit right and stay on Linden Street. Turn left on Second Street, then right on Bridge Street, which becomes Front Street. Turn right on Walnut Street. Plenty of free parking (and facilities) at the River Trails Center.

Monday, July 23

Western Maryland Trail Big Pool

Level: Flat
Meet: Big Pool Trail Parking Lot, 11129 Big Pool Road, Big Pool, Maryland 21711
GPS: Latitude 39.623814, Longitude -78.016394
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216 or 240-271-8414 (cell: day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: A 44-mile ride on paved flat trail—beautiful and easy with 20-mile and 30-mile options. Ride leader will start the long ride at a pace of about 14 miles per hour. Lunch at Weavers in Hancock, Maryland, or brown bag in park along river.
Directions: Take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to I-70 West. Take Exit 12 (MD-56) for Big Pool. Travel south 0.25 miles to parking lot on right.

Friday, July 27

Downs Park and Environs

Level: Flat
Meet: Our Lady of Chesapeake Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
GPS: Latitude 39.111082, Longitude -76.453812
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-747-1595 or 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net
Description: A 22-mile ride. 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 I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to Exit 2, MD-10 to end and bear left toward MD-100 East, Gibson Island. Continue straight on MD-100 through two traffic lights to end. Merge onto MD-177 East (Mountain Road). Continue 3.25 miles to Ventnor Road. Turn left into the Our Lady of Chesapeake Church parking lot on right.

Monday, July 30 

Batts Neck Park to Romancoke

Level: Flat
Meet: Batts Neck Park, 415 Batts Neck Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-747-1595 or 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. Ride south to Tanners Point and Long Point. Take a break at the Romancoke Pier before heading north. Lunch at the Kentmorr Marina. Return to Batts Neck Park.
Directions: Take US 50 East to Exit 37 (the first exit after the Bay Bridge). Take MD-8 South 3.4 miles to left on Batts Neck Road. The park is 0.5 miles on the left.

Friday, August 3

Ranger Station to Greenbury Point

Level: Some hills
Meet: Ranger Station, 54 West Earleigh Heights Road, Severna Park, Maryland 21146
GPS: Latitude 39.097238, Longitude -76.569892
Leader: Jane Story, call 410-544-2361 or 410-507-5884 (cell), email jstory765@yahoo.com
Description: A 22.8-mile flat ride down a bike path to Greenbury Point. Pull out available about midway at end of bike path. On return there are two moderate hills. Brown bag lunch or restaurants available in Severna Park center near bike store. Can eat at benches or in a small park.
Directions: Take MD-2 South to Earleigh Heights Road. Go right approximately 0.3 miles to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road at the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Meet in the lot on the right across from the station.                                                                

Monday, August 6

Crab Cake Ride

Level: Some hills
Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
GPS: Latitude 39.138204, Longitude -76.608314
Leader: Rob Maslin, call 410-494-6996 or 410-978-8058 (cell), email rsmaslin@aol.com
Description: A 23-mile ride on the Baltimore and Annapolis and BWI Trails with some hills. Lunch at G and M Restaurant or Olive Grove Restaurant.
Directions: From I-695, travel south on I-97 for 1.7 miles. At Exit 16, take ramp right for MD-648 toward Ferndale and Glen Burnie, 0.2 miles. Turn left onto MD-648 South (Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard), 1.3 miles. Bear right onto MD-2 South (Ritchie Highway), 1.7 miles. Turn right into Marley Station Mall. Proceed to rear of mall behind J.C. Penney.

Friday, August 10     

Grasonville to Bennett Point—New Ride

Level: Flat
Meet: Grasonville Community Park, Perrys Corner Road, Grasonville, Maryland 21638 
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net 
Description: Beautiful 28-mile flat ride to the Prospect Bay Community. Ride back toward Grasonville and then head south to Bennett Point. Ride on a narrow peninsula with beautiful views of the Bay on both sides. On the return trip, stop for lunch and refreshments at the Bennett Point General Store.                
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US 50 (US 301). Take Exit 43A to MD-18 (Main Street). Turn left onto MD-18. Turn right onto Perrys Corner Road, just past the fire station. Turn left into the park.

Monday, August 13

Ranger Station Around BWI and into Kinder Park

Level: Some hills
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 or 240-271-8414 (cell: day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: A 31-mile, mostly flat ride from Earleigh Heights around BWI Airport, then into Kinder Park. A shorter 13-mile option will ride only on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Brown bag lunch at picnic table overlook on BWI Trail.
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Go to MD-2 South. Follow MD-2 South to Earleigh Heights Road. Turn right and proceed approximately 0.5 miles to the parking lot on the right side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, August 17

Chestertown to Tolchester—New Ride

Level: Some hills   
Meet: Wilmer Park, 406 Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland  21620
GPS: Latitude 39.205726, Longitude -76.067234
Leader: George Drake, call 410-758-8266 or 443-988-8803 (cell), email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: This is a new 32-mile ride going in the opposite direction from our normal cycling route toward Rock Hall, but we don’t go to Rock Hall. Instead, the ride meanders up and down some hills and rolls through Pomona, Langford, Reeses Corner, Delta and into Tolchester Marina Restaurant for lunch at the halfway point. After lunch, the ride follows roads you’ve been on, but in reverse direction to Caulks Field, Georgetown, Fairlee, Woods Edge, Melitota and finally meets with the Chestertown Rail Trail to wind back to the start. Some old, some new. Join us!         
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge on US 50/ 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.

Monday, August 20

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

Level: Some hills
Meet: Parking lot, 205 Bank Street, Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915—north of Schaefer's Canal House Restaurant
Leader: Anne Rosenberg, call 410-583-5369 or 410-812-6652 (cell), email arosenberg852@gmail.com
Description: Mostly casual ride with about four short hills each way. About 32 miles out and back from Chesapeake City to Delaware City. All paved along the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal with beautiful scenery. Lunch at one of several restaurants in Delaware City or enjoy a bag lunch at the Fort DuPont State Park. If interested, enjoy post ride beverages and appetizers at Schaefer's Canal House restaurant. 
Directions: Head north from I-695 on I-95 for 36 miles. Take Exit 100, MD-272, towards US 40. Go left on US 40 for six or seven miles. Go right on MD-213 for 4.7 miles and turn left onto MD-284. Please note, you will not be going over the bridge. Bear right and turn right on Bank Street. The parking lot is two or three blocks down on the right and under the bridge. 

Friday, August 24       

Marley Station Mall to Annapolis Dock

Level: Some hills
Meet: Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
GPS: Latitude 39.138204, Longitude -76.608314
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410-218-2242 (cell), email afriendlich@gmail.com
Description: Ride the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and some city streets around Annapolis to the market. Brown bag or buy lunch in the market.
Directions: Take Ritchie Highway, MD-2, to Marley Station Mall. Use parking Lot E in the rear of the mall adjacent to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.

Monday, August 27 

Edgewater to Galesville

Level: Some hills
Meet: South County Senior Center, 27 Stepney Lane, Edgewater, Maryland 21037
GPS: Latitude 38.929149, Longitude -76.558414
Leader: Claudia Seelig, call 301-984-3216 or 240-271-8414 (cell—day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.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 in a restaurant or bring your own picnic.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-97 South to US-50 (US 301). Go left toward Annapolis. Take immediate exit on the right to MD-665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard). Carefully follow signs to MD-2 South (Solomons Island Road) toward Edgewater. Drive about 2.3 miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Mayo Road. Drive about 0.8 miles and turn right onto Stepney Lane. Drive about 0.1 miles and turn right into South County Senior Center. Park in the rear parking lot.

Friday, August 31

Ashland Road, Monkton or Farther North to New Freedom 

Level: Flat
Meet: North Central Railroad (NCR) Torrey C. Brown Trail at Paper Mill Road parking lot, or meet northbound riders at 10:45 a.m. at the Monkton Road parking lot on the trail
Leader: John Ingalls, call 410-740-2114 or 667-786-3071 (cell, day of ride), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: The entire length of the NCR Trail plus 1.5 miles into New Freedom, Pennsylvania, where we will have lunch. Bring your own or dine at one of the eateries there. This is a flat ride comparable to the full Western Maryland Rail Trail, but unpaved and closer to home. Option Two: Take 14 miles off the route by meeting the group at Monkton station as they continue north. Option Three: Take 20 miles off the route for a ride total of 23 miles by getting on at White Hall. Contact the ride leader by the evening before to arrange location and time.
Directions: Option One: Take I-83 to Exit 20B, Shawan Road East. South on York Road to left onto Ashland Road, which becomes Paper Mill Road. Cross NCR Trail and turn left into parking lot. Address: 1320 Paper Mill Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030. Option Two (for 10:45 a.m. meet-up): Take I-83 to Exit 27, Mount Carmel Road East. Go right onto York Road followed by immediate left onto Monkton Road. Trail parking will be on the right. Address: 1900 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111.

Friday, September 7

Wooden Jesus Ride

Level: Some hills
Meet: Middleborough Memorial Park, 143 West Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Maryland 21787
GPS: Latitude 39.6633191, Longitude -77.1808195
Leader: John Eckard, call 443-286-6819 (cell), email jreckard@comcast.net
Description: A 27-mile ride to the west from Taneytown. Mainly rolling hills after crossing the Monocacy River twice. Approximate elevation gain of 1015 feet. Bring a snack for when we regroup at the Wooden Jesus. Optional lunch at Country Kitchen or your choice when we return to Taneytown.
Directions: From I-695, take Exit 19, I-795 North 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. Turn left at first entrance and go to parking lot on right.

Monday, September 10 (rescheduled from earlier flood cancellation)

Patapsco Valley State Park to BWI Trail and Relay

Level: Some hills
Meet: Avalon Area, Patapsco Valley State Park, 5254 South Street, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
GPS: Latitude 39.227214, Longitude -76.725771
Leader: John Ingalls, call 410-740-2114 or 667-786-3071 (cell), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: The first part is 20.2 miles with 932 feet of climbing from Patapsco Valley State Park through Elkridge and onto the BWI Trail to circle the airport and return. Bring a snack or brown bag to lunch at either the Dixon observation area at Mile 9 or the BWI overlook at Mile 13.7. Following our return to the Avalon Area parking, those wishing to may continue out the park's south entrance for a scenic tour of Relay, Maryland, adding 6.3 miles with 173 feet of climbing.
Directions: From I-695, take US Route 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 Route 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 14            

Cross Kent Island to Prospect Bay Ride

Level: Flat
Meet: Terrapin Nature Area Parking Lot, 247 Log Cabin Circle, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
GPS: Latitude 38.989978, Longitude -76.321270                                                 
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410 356-3585 or 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.
Directions: After crossing the Bay Bridge, take the first exit (Exit 37). Make a left turn at the top of the ramp proceeding across US 50 on MD-8. At the first stoplight, turn left into an industrial park. Go 0.2 miles to the T and make a right onto Log Cabin Circle. Go 0.7 miles to the Terrapin Nature Area on the right. Enter and park.

Monday, September 17  

Ranger Station to Sandy Point State Park

Level: Some hills
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 or 240-271-8414 (cell—day of ride), email seeligcas@aol.com
Description: Approximately 28 miles on Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and roads including some without shoulders. Brown bag lunch in Sandy Point State Park.
Directions: Take I-97 to MD-100 East. Go to MD-2 South. Follow MD-2 to Earleigh Heights Road. Go right approximately 0.5 miles to parking lot on the right side of Earleigh Heights Road.

Friday, September 21

Talbot River Vistas

Level: Flat
Meet: Hog Neck Golf Course, 10142 Old Cordova Road, Easton, Maryland 21601
GPS: Latitude 38.825070, Longitude -76.041002
Leader: George Drake, call 410-758-8266 or 443-988-8803 (cell), email georgerdrake@yahoo.com
Description: Terrific 32-mile ride on the east side of US 50 on back roads. Two regroups: One on the Tuckahoe River and the other on the Choptank River, both with port-a-potties. Pass through the hamlets of Lewistown, Kitty's Corner, Matthews and Walkertown. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the regroups; no food or water stops on the ride. Return to the golf course for lunch at the Hog Neck Golf Course Cafe or brown bag in the pavilion.
Directions: Take US 50 East 0.5 miles past Mile 59. Turn left on Rabbit Hill Road. Proceed 1.1 miles. Turn right on Old Cordova Road. Proceed 1.2 miles. Turn right into Hog Neck Golf Course. Go to the end and make a hairpin right turn into the parking area. Port-a-potty available.

Monday, September 24

Chesapeake City to the Sassafras River

Note: Ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Level: 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: This 33.6-mile loop has some rolling hills. We will start at the restaurant parking lot and will initially meander through horse country south of Chesapeake City, then down MD-213 (wide shoulders), crossing the Bohemia River at Hack Point, then through rolling farmland around Earleville, south via Sandy Bottom Road to MD-213, then north. We plan to have lunch at the Pizza House in Cecilton. After lunch, we head east on MD-282 to Warwick, then north along the Maryland–Delaware line via Old Telegraph Road back to the canal, then west to the finish. Great time for post-ride beverages at the Chesapeake Inn.
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 to MD-286 (MD-342), then right on Basil Avenue, left on George Street and right on Second Street to the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant.

Friday, September 28

Kent Island Ramble    

Level: Flat
Meet: Matapeake State Park, Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, Maryland 21666
GPS: Latitude 38.953110, Longitude -76.351161
Leader: Alvin Friendlich, call 410 356-3585 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 Kentmorr 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 find the parking lot.

Monday, October 1

Glenwood Tour          

Level: Hilly
Meet: Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine, Maryland 21797
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net 
Description: A 21-mile ride on biker friendly roads in beautiful western Howard County. This ride is hilly but not overly challenging.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take I-70 West to Exit 76. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto MD-97. Turn right onto Carrs Mill Road. Turn right into Western Regional Park. Meet in the first parking lot on the left in front of the port-a-potties.

Friday, October 5

Ranger Station to BWI with Pot Luck After Ride at Catharina Brauer’s

Level: Some hills
Meet: Ranger Station, 54 West Earleigh Heights Road, Severna Park, Maryland 21146
GPS: Latitude 39.097322, Longitude -76.570010
Leader: Bob Carson, call 410-828-8604, email bikebob@comcast.net
Description: Ride from Ranger Station to and around BWI, followed by a pot luck at 1 p.m. at Catharina’s. Call Catharina at 410-647-0734 to find out what to bring.
Directions: MD-2 South to Earleigh Heights Road. Right approximately 0.5 miles to parking lots on either side of Earleigh Heights Road. Pot luck location: Catharina’s, 244 Joyce Lane, Arnold, Maryland 21012.

Friday, October 8

York Heritage North

Level: Some hills
Meet: Heritage Trail, 107 Church Street, Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania 17360
GPS: Latitude 39.63333, Longitude -76.765515
Leader: John Eckard, call 410-653-3314 or 443-286-6819 (cell), email jreckard@comcast.net
Description: A 32-mile ride 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 is finally under construction, but there is a short stretch on streets to make the connection if it’s not finished this year. Brown bag lunch at Rudy Park.
Directions: Take I-83 North to Glen Rock, Exit 8. Go west (left) onto PA-216, right on Susquehanna Trail at the T then left to stay on PA-216. Go right on Yellow Church Road, which becomes Main Street. Turn right onto Church Street and go about 0.4 miles to rail-trail parking on the left.

Wednesday, October 10

Chesapeake Views

Note: First day of three-day ride. Ride starts at 10:45 a.m. See reservation information above.
Level: Flat
Meet: Claiborne Landing, Claiborne, Maryland 21624.
GPS: Latitude 38.837493, Longitude -76.279629
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 433-590-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 28- to 40-mile ride with lunch in Tilghman, bring or buy.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-97 South to US 301 (US 50) East over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Remain on US 50 to MD-322 South to Easton. Turn right on MD-33 towards St. Michaels. Go slow through the town of St. Michaels. Bear right on MD-451 to Claiborne. Turn left on Claiborne Landing Road.

Thursday, October 11

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Note: Second day of three-day ride. Ride starts at 10 a.m. See reservation information above.
Level: Some hills
Meet: 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613, at the parking lot for bike route
GPS: Latitude 38.446319, Longitude -76.091561
Leader: Bud Lippert, call 433-590-0542, email blippert21221@yahoo.com
Description: A 34-mile ride. 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 Old Salty's Restaurant, either bring or buy. If you bring, you can sit at the picnic table overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Directions: From the Bay Bridge, turn right on US 50 and go 34 miles. Turn right onto MD-16 (Church Creek Road). Remain on MD-16 for 2.7 miles. Turn left on Egypt Road, left on Key Wallace Drive and right on Wildlife Drive to parking.

Friday, October 12

St. Michaels to Oxford Ferry

Note: Third day of three-day ride. Ride starts at 9:15 a.m. 
Level: Flat
Meet: St. Michael’s Inn, 1228 South Talbot Street, St. 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. It 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 2016 was $4, which covers bike and rider. Lunch will be at the park on the bank of the Tred Avon River in Oxford. Brown bag or buy at the country store across from the park. There are restrooms available at start and end of the ride as well as at lunch.
Directions: Crossing the Bay Bridge, remain on US 50 to MD-322 South to Easton. Turn right on MD-33 towards St. Michaels. Turn left into parking lot behind St. Michaels Inn.

Monday, October 15

Alpha Ridge Park

Level: Hilly
Meet: Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104
Leader: Delores McBirney, call 410-772-0615 or 443-812-8298 (cell)
Description: Beginning at Howard County's Alpha Ridge Park, this 26.9-mile ride is a trip through farm lands of western Howard County. Some rolling hills on low-traffic roads but there are several challenging hills. There will be a rest stop and places for purchasing lunch at milepost 19.1 in Glenelg.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 16 (I-70 West). Go about 8.5 miles to Exit 83 North, Marriottsville Road. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto MD-99 West (Old Frederick Road). Go 0.8 miles and turn left into Alpha Ridge Park. Please park near the restrooms.

Friday, October 19

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Note: Ride starts at 10:30 a.m.
Level: Flat
Meet: Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
Leader: David Hash, call 410-491-7844 (cell), email dhash@jhmi.edu
Description: A casual 22-mile up-and-back ride (11 miles each way) from Columbia to Bainbridge along the picturesque Susquehanna River. Ride through the river town of Marietta and stop there on the way back for lunch at McCleary’s.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway and I-83, this is just an hour’s ride. Take I-83 North to York, Pennsylvania, then take US 30 East. (Follow your GPS for a shortcut before reaching US 30.) After crossing the Susquehanna River, take the first exit right and stay on Linden Street. Go left on Second Street, right on Bridge Street, which becomes Front Street, then right on Walnut Street. Plenty of free parking (and facilities) at the River Trails Center.

Monday, October 22

North Central Railroad (NCR) Torrey C. Brown Trail—Sparks Road to Mason–Dixon Line

Level: Flat
Meet: Sparks Road (NCR Trail Mile 3.8)
Leader: Marge Ewertz, call 410-446-4691 (cell), email marge.ewertz@gmail.com
Description: Beautiful 30-mile ride along the Gunpowder from Sparks Road to Pennsylvania and back. Lunch after the ride at The Filling Station, 14910 York Road, Sparks Glencoe, Maryland 21152
Directions: Take Exit 24, Belfast Road off I-83. Turn right (east) on York Road. Turn left on Sparks Road. Park at the Sparks Nature Center. A spot-a-pot is available near the parking lot. Restrooms are available at Monkton Station (NCR Mile 7).

Friday, October 26

Covered Bridges        

Level: Some hills
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: Rolling ride with (hopefully) beautiful fall foliage. Restrooms are available at the fire station.
Directions: Take I-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, October 29

Howard County Apple Orchard Ride

Level: Hilly
Meet: Park and Ride, Lisbon Center Drive, Woodbine, Maryland 21797
GPS: Latitude 39.348403, Longitude -77.068111
Leader: Delores McBirney, call 410-772-0615 or 443-812-8298 (cell)
Description: There are several challenging hills on this ride of 29.1 miles through beautiful western Howard County. The roads are lightly traveled. Pack a snack since there are no food sources on the ride route. Lunch is available at the end of the ride at Lisbon Center.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 16 (I-70 West). Go 18 miles to Exit 73 (MD-94). Go north on Woodbine Road. Continue north on MD-94 about 0.2 miles to the traffic circle at Old Frederick Road (MD-99). Take the first right off the traffic circle onto Old Frederick Road heading east. Take the first left (about 200 feet from the circle) and then turn left again into the park-and-ride lot.

Friday, November 2

Glen Rock to York, Pennsylvania

Level: Flat
Meet: Heritage Rail Trail parking lot in Glen Rock, 32 Water Street, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania 17327-1011
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 cue sheet but riders can pick up park information if they want. There are no restroom facilities in Glen Rock so our first rest stop will be at the Hanover Junction station (about 5 miles). We will picnic lunch in York. Those wanting to leave the ride and lunch in York may do so.
Directions: Take I-83 North, crossing into Pennsylvania. Take PA-216 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 and PA-616). Continue to follow PA-216 (PA-616). Turn right onto Water Street. Cross railroad tracks and immediately turn right. Follow for approximately 0.1 miles. Trail parking lot is on the right, with approximately 16 parking spots.

Monday, November 5

Horse Farm Ride 

Level: Some hills
Meet: Food Lion Parking Lot, 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: A 31-mile ride through rolling terrain on mostly country roads. 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 Avenue 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 9

Howard County Ride

Note: Ride starts at 11 a.m.
Level: Some hills
Meet: Columbia lakefront fountain (down steps toward Lake Kittamaqundi), 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044. Parking at the Columbia lakefront parking lot (left of Whole Foods—do not park in front of Whole Foods).
Leader: John Ingalls, call 410-740-2114 or 667-786-3071 (cell, day of ride), email jing106653@yahoo.com
Description: This is a 22.3-mile ride with 992 feet of climbing to Savage Mill and back, looping around Lakes Kittamaqundi and Elkhorn, and along Blandair Park. We'll take time for lunch or snacks at Savage Mill before returning. There’s a short riverside path excursion into the woods beyond the Mill, crossing the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge and featuring fine views of the Little Patuxent cascading across the fall line. Most of the ride will be on paved pathways, except the stretches between Guilford and Vollmerhausen Roads and beyond the Mill, which are no more difficult than the NCR Trail. There will be frequent regrouping, which along with numerous turns and stops, will keep the average pace down to 10 to 11 miles per hour. The only major hill, which can be safely walked on footpath, is the short one up Vollmerhausen. Upon returning to Whole Foods, we’ll have the option of adding another lake and 3.5 miles to the itinerary.
Directions: From Baltimore, take I-70 or US 40 to US 29 South, then take Little Patuxent Parkway East. Note: Frederick Road, Main Street, in old Ellicott City may still be closed.

Monday, November 12

Queenstown Meander

Level: Flat
Meet: Shore Christian Fellowship Church, 7401 Main Street, Queenstown, Maryland 21658       
Leader: Lloyd McAtee, call 301-318-8015, email ltmbjm@yahoo.com
Description: A 29-mile ride with options to shorten the route. Visit several waterways around the Chester and Corsica River. Lunch at Doc’s Riverside Grill or brown bag at the Corsica River Centreville Landing. Cue sheets will be available at the beginning of the ride. 
Directions: Cross Bay Bridge. Drive about 12 miles on US 301 toward Wilmington, Delaware. Turn left onto MD-18 East (Main Street).Go about 0.6 miles then turn left on Old Wharf Road. The parking lot for Shore Christian Fellowship Church will be on your right. Park in the church parking lot.

Friday, November 16 

Alpha Ridge to Streaker

Level: Hilly
Meet: Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road (MD-99), Marriottsville, Maryland 21104     
Leader: Rose Eicker, call 410-242-2850, email dblbikes@aol.com
Description: Very pretty 30-mile ride through rolling farmland of western Howard and southern Carroll counties. The roads are low traffic and in good condition but mostly without shoulders. There is one challenging hill and short stretches on busier roads (MD-94 and MD-97) on the second half of the ride. Option: To cut off six miles, most of the hills and numbered roads, do an out-and-back at Mile 12.4, Hoods Mill Road.
Directions: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take Exit 16 (I-70 West). Go about 8.5 miles to Exit 83 (Marriottsville Road North). Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto MD-99 West (Old Frederick Road). Go 0.8 miles and turn left into Alpha Ridge Park. Please park near the restrooms.           

Monday, November 19

Horses and Hills

Level: Hilly
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. An alternate segment is available to eliminate a hilly section. Lunch choices available at the end of the ride include Santoni's Marketplace (outside seating only), J and P Pizza or Subway.
Directions: From the Baltimore 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.  

Monday, November 26 

Fort Smallwood—New Ride

Level: Some hills
Meet: 9001 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
Leader: Pat Payne, call 410-978-2979 (cell), email pjpayne1984@verizon.net 
Description: A 24-mile ride around the neighborhoods surrounding Fort Smallwood. There are a few small hills but nothing challenging. For the most part, this ride is flat. Midway through the ride, we will take a break in Fort Smallwood to enjoy the beautiful view of Baltimore City.
Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway, take MD-97 South to Route 100 East toward Pasadena. Turn left on Magothy Bridge Road. Cross Mountain Road to Hog Neck Road. Turn right on Fort Smallwood Road. An abandoned bar (Willy D’s) is on the left on the corner of Fort Smallwood Road and Water Oak Point Road. Park in the parking lot behind the building.

Friday, November 30

Schooley Mill Park—New Ride

Meet: 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, Maryland 20777
Leader: Jack McWatters, call 443-710-1360 (cell), email jmcwatters@gmail.com
Description: Approximately 16 miles exploring Maple Lawn, Maryland. Gain of 770 feet in elevation overall, no major hill challenges and several rest stops as needed. 
Directions: Take US 29 South from Columbia to MD-16 (Scaggsville Road). Go left at the light onto Hall Shop Road and turn left into the park. Drive all the way into the park and park near the restrooms.

 
Revised July 11, 2018         

 

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