Sunday ride canceled

Hi all,

We're canceling Sunday's ALL ABOUT ABBOTTSTOWN ride due to the weather forecast.  Hope to see you next weekend!



Dear Friends,

Here's our plan for the weekend:


We're not scheduling our customary Saturday ride because Chuck and I need to ride a permanent to clinch our R12s.  But if you'd like to join us, our plan is to ride the "Funky Monkey Business" permanent starting from the Rock Creek Village Shopping Center in Rockville, MD, starting promptly at 7:00 a.m.  You'll need to email me today (NO later than tomorrow) and let me know, then I'll send you the registration and waiver form, which you'll need to complete and return to me before I can send you the cue sheet, control card and map.  Note that you must be a RUSA member and must be registered for the permanent in order to ride with us on Saturday. 

"Funky Monkey Business" is a very hilly and scenic ride, heading north from our home turf through Carroll and Baltimore Counties to the Over the Moon Cafe in Hereford for a yummy lunch.  It's a mostly out and back route with
intermediate controls in Mount Airy, Finksburg, Hereford, and Lisbon. 


"All About Abbottstown," starting from McDonald's in Thurmont, Maryland.  **LATE MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m.**  Aaah, a mellow ride today, one designed by our beloved bard, William Shakespeare Smith.  The route is a slight revision of one of Bill's Frederick Pedalers Century routes--I think it was 2004.  It's a delightful valley ride that heads east into Carroll County, MD and north into Adams County, PA, passing through Taneytown, Littlestown, and New Oxford on the way to lunch at the "new & improved" Emig's 81 Diner in Abbottstown.  On the way back we will have a brief encounter with Mt. Misery Rd but will elude the "miserable" molehill!   We'll also pass through Taneytown a second time, so you'll have two opportunities for a Sheetz fix on this ride if that's your kind of thing.  100 miles, with short options of 40 and 72 miles.  IF  YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING US FOR THIS RIDE, PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AND I'LL SEND YOU THE CUE SHEET.  NOTE THAT I'LL ONLY BE BRINGING HARD COPIES TO THE START FOR THOSE WHO ADVISE ME THAT THEY'RE UNABLE TO PRINT OUT THEIR OWN CUE SHEETS!!

Directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway, go north on I-270 to Frederick.  Continue North on US15.  In 14.9 miles, take the exit toward MD806/Thurmont (the last of three exits for MD806, the FIRST Thurmont exit).  At end of ramp turn right @SS, then QR @ traffic light onto Catoctin Furnace Rd, then QL at "Weis Entrance."  Park in the first lot on the left, across from McDonald's.



Dear Friends,

This weekend we're headed out to Deep Creek Lake where the temps are forecast to be in the 80s!  We spent 4 days riding in the Deep Creek Lake and Laurel Highlands area over Memorial Day weekend and it was total bicycle heaven.   If you haven't signed on for this adventure, it's not too late.  You'll just need to make your own hotel reservations and advise me that you're coming by no later than Noon on Friday.  Then I'll email you the cue sheets and logistical info and we'll see you on Saturday!  It's going to be a long day of riding, so we want to start no later than 7:00 a.m.  Sunday's ride will start somewhat later, after a good night's sleep and a leisurely breakfast -- exact time decided by consensus.  

Our group is staying at the Oak-Mar Motel in Oakland, Md. both Friday and Saturday nights  
If for any reason they've filled up, there are other lodging accommodations available in the area.  Please make your own reservations.  If you're a single male and interested in sharing a room let me know, as one of our riders has reserved a room with two beds and is willing to share.

Oak-Mar Motel
208 North 3rd Street
Oakland, MD 21550-1326
(301) 334-3965

On Saturday, July 24, we'll be riding the Diabolical Double Metric, and on Sunday we'll do a 42-mile "recovery ride."  Both rides will start at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center.  I'll send detailed logistical info to all participants.  The Diabolical Double Metric is an extremely challenging ride purported to have 15,000 feet of climbing in 128 miles.  This route, designed by Kyle Yost , includes a climb up the infamous Westernport "Wall" in Westernport, Maryland.   For a tantalizing description of the ride, see:

It's going to be a long day of riding, so we want to start no later than 7:00 a.m.  Sunday's ride will start somewhat later, after a good night's sleep and a leisurely breakfast -- exact time decided by consensus. 

Kyle also designed Sunday's "recovery" ride.  He promises that it's very scenic but not so punishing as Saturday's torture-fest.  The short distance will afford us a later start and still leave us plenty of time to drive back home Sunday afternoon.

Hope to see you Saturday!