Weekend Rides, November 27 & 28, 2010

Dear Friends,

Here's hoping that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and come out to work off some of your excesses with us on the weekend! 

Please download and print out your own cue sheets and GPS files for the weekend rides directly from the DCCenturyRides blog,
Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of the page), and you'll find them there!  When you open a pdf file, just click on "Print" to print the cue sheet.  If you're unable to print the cue sheet yourself, let me know and I'll bring a hard copy to the ride start for you.  I won't be bringing extra copies of cue sheets to the ride start unless you email me directly and advise me that you're unable to print out your own.

Here's the post-pig-out menu:


"DOCTOR DISC'S CENTURY OF CENTURIES," starting from McDonald's in Thurmont, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 am**  This is one of our favorite good ol' rides, beginning with the pretty climb up MD550 to Blue Ridge Summit PA.  We'll descend via Mentzer Gap, then visit "Ewetopia" as we continue west through the Cumberland Valley to our lunch stop at Flannery's Tavern in Mercersburg.  After lunch we'll pass by Anderson's Mill and Homestead, ride through the Witherspoon "Red" Covered Bridge, and cross over the Hays double-arch stone bridge over Conococheague Creek.  The scenery is lovely and the terrain moderate for a good part of the day, but keep in mind that the big climb up PenMar awaits us in the afternoon.  We have to get back over South Mountain one way or another, after all.  After a last rest stop in Cascade, we'll ride the length of scenic Foxville-Deerfield Road and then return to Thurmont via the lovely swoopy descent on MD77, but if you're in a hurry to get back or just don't want to climb anymore, you can high-tail it straight down MD550 back to the parking lot.  101 miles, with many short options.

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.



"TOUR DE TINY TOWN," starting from Springfield Middle School, Williamsport, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.**  We first discovered Tiny Town (OK, so it's really called "Tiny World") (see http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11165) on a Tom Burns bicycling weekend out of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania a few years ago.  It's particularly nice to visit the miniature village during the holidays when it's all decorated for Christmas.  SO, it's time for this pretty little ride that starts in Williamsport and heads up to Shippensburg for lunch, with an obligatory stop at Tiny World.  The terrain is typical Cumberland Valley, gently to moderately rolling with lots of bucolic farm scenery.  Only 4300 feet elevation gain.  100 miles with short options of 43, 64, or 80 miles.

Directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway, take I-270 north approx. 32 miles to Frederick.  Take I-70 West to 81 south.  Take the Williamsport exit #2 onto US11 South.  Turn left onto S. Clinton Drive at the first traffic light.  In 0.8 mile the road turns right and becomes Sunset Avenue.  Springfield Middle School is 0.1 mile on the right.