WEEKEND RIDES, September 12 & 13, 2009

Dear Friends,

Here's what's up for this lovely fall weekend:


"MONUMENT TO MONUMENT," starting from Hains Point, Washington, D.C. MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.  We are repeating this ride that we scheduled back in August because Chuck and I turned around early that day and now we want to do the ride in its entirety.  The route is adapted from a Baltimore Bicycle Club ride that was led a few months ago.  The route is ALMOST identical to the BBC's ride except that their ride started in Baltimore and turned around at the Washington Monument in DC.  This ride will start from Hains Point, pass the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument in the first mile, and turn around at the Washington Monument in Baltimore!  We'll be traveling on lots of city streets, with many stop signs, traffic lights, some  funky neighborhoods, and a couple of bike paths.  Those who did the entire ride in August really had fun, as you can see from the photos that Maile took that day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcn7/sets/72157621999674802/.   We will have lunch at the hoppin' Little Havana in Baltimore.  Some points of interest include the Jefferson Memorial, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington Monument, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Lake Artemesia, Baltimore's Washington Monument, American Visionary Arts Museum, Peabody Institute, and Catholic University.  99 miles.  No cued shortcuts but you can turn around at almost any point on the ride and pick up the cues for the return route.   This will be a touring ride, not a training ride, and we won't be getting anywhere fast. 

Here are the directions to the ride start:


1100 Ohio Drive, S.W., 202-619-7222

Take I-395 north into Washington (over 14th Street bridge) and take the first exit for Potomac Park/Park Police.  Turn left at the T intersection (Buckeye Drive, unmarked), then left into the parking lot near the tennis courts.



"PAVED WITH GOOD INTENT," starting from Silo Hill Parkway in Emmitsbug, Maryland.  MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.  The first half of this ride features some beautiful climbs up to Mount Hope and South Mountain PA, a gorgeous stretch through the Michaux State Forest, and some very scenic riding through the high orchards of Adams County.  It's a little early for apple harvesting up there but the trees are beautiful to look at nonetheless.  After lunch at Claudio's in Aspers, the terrain gradually moderates and we'll visit a part of the Gettysburg battlefield that isn't included on many rides before an easy cruise back to Emmitsburg on very familiar roads.  101 miles, with short options of 53 and 86 miles.  The 86-mile ride follows the century route all the way to lunch and then shortcuts back.

Here are the directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway go North on I-270 about 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 for about 25 miles, then exit onto MD140 West (AFTER the Seton Ave/Bus.15 exit).  Turn left at the stop sign onto MD140 West.  In about a quarter mile turn right onto Silo Hill Rd at the traffic light (McDonald's on R).  Make your 1st right onto Silo Hill Parkway and park beyond the car wash.



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