Weekend Rides, October 23 & 24, 2010

Dear Friends,

Another beautiful fall weekend is at our doorstep.  Come out and enjoy the great weather while it lasts!  If you can join us on either or both days, please email me directly and request an electronic copy of the cue sheet(s).  I'll only be bringing hard copies for those who advise me that they're unable to print out their own.  Here's the menu:


"OVER THE HILL WITH DOCTOR DISC," starting from the Weis Market on Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, Maryland.  MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.


This little gem of a ride was originally designed to celebrate Chuck's 60th birthday.  Even though he's been "over the hill" for a "few" years now, we still love the ride and will continue to offer it at least once a year until we're both so old and feeble that we can no longer get OVER THE HILL.  The ride heads east from Frederick, with an abundance of scenic views, turns, sweet and squirmy little one-lane roads, and exhilarating HILLS.  Lunch at Tony's Cafe & Pizzeria in Taneytown.  Rest stops in Union Bridge and Libertytown.  We'll be doing a slightly modified route this weekend to avoid the bridge out on Lenhart Road.  100 miles, with several short options.  Estimated elevation gain 6500 feet.

Directions to the ride start:


From D.C. Beltway (I-495), take I-270 north 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 3.7 miles.  Take Exit 16, Motter Ave exit (sign for Frederick Community College).  Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Opossumtown Pike.  In a quarter mile turn right onto Thomas Johnson Drive (traffic light), then left into the shopping center.  Park in the lot just north of Roy Rogers.



"MONUMENT TO MONUMENT," starting from Hains Point, Washington, D.C.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.**  This route is adapted from a Baltimore Bicycle Club ride of the same name.  It's almost identical to the BBC's route except that theirs starts in Baltimore and turns around at the Washington Monument in DC.  This ride starts from Hains Point, passes the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument in the first mile, and turns 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.  Lunch will be 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.

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.