Originally posted by Isaias ODaniell from his blog here: http://bimactive.com/ba/journal/
A Randonneur’s Ramble from Baltimore’s Washington monument to DC’s Wash. monument. As you expect, roads are trafficky in and out of the cities – but they are relatively safe and well tested. In-between there’ll be nice long stretches of country roads and numerous paved trails. If you want the full century, you will have to go around the block a few times.
This is the missing portion of the Monument to Monument II ride. Apparently during the ride my cell phone battery died.
Monument to Monument II
25 May, 2009 23:34
The first stop for a “mechanical”–Barry had to replace his rear derailleur cable.
Bob? What are you doing? Now, is not the time for calisthenics.
…and in the pasture, just beyond the rise, we find Velo Giantus Commuterracious (a.k.a, Giant Racing/Commuter Bike) lounging lazily in the bright sun light.
Mechanical #2 – Josh gets high points for scoring a double blowout, dinging two rim braking surfaces and miraculously staying upright during a 30 mph descent after running over…
…this! Not once, but twice!
Rest stop. Time for some refreshments/fuel. Bob may have had the best idea–popsicle.
While riding along the Capitol-Crescent Trail, we passed Glen Echo Park.
Our journey comes to a peak at the National Mall:
Below the Washington Monument
We enjoyed lunch sitting outside of the Reagan Building where inside resides a food court with just about anything one would want. I enjoyed a serving of sushi.
It was starting to get late and the skies to the north were getting ominously dark, so we headed out of DC.
Before we reached the outskirts of the city, it started to drizzle, then rain followed by flashes of lightning and the sound of thunder. Finally, it started to come down hard enough that I stopped to put on my raincoat.
We passed by College Park Airport and Lake Artemesia. At the lake, Bob and I got separated from Josh and Barry. We waited patiently by the exits to the Lake Artemesia Park for them to emerge.
Together again, we headed toward the Beltsville area. Upon crossing over Laurel Bowie Rd to Brock Bridge Rd, we ran into conditions like this–it was bad enough where someone had abandoned their vehicle in one flooded area.
After crossing that “river” (actually more than one) on our bikes, we came upon a couple of law enforcement officers who used their vehicles to block traffic from going through. In passing, we proclaimed victory over the floods. Shortly, a minivan driver who had followed us through stated, “You guys got balls!”
The remainder of the journey was pretty calm. We made one more rest stop somewhere between Jessup and Hanover. I was longing for a hot dog after passing through the scents of various barbecues throughout the day, so I had one–from 7-Eleven. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers. Oh, and Josh bought me an Oreo cookie covered ice cream on a stick! (thanks again!)
Once we reached Baltimore I noticed our pace starting to increase a bit–the “horse smelling the barn” affect.
At Light and Pratt, Josh and I bid Barry and Bob good-bye, they heading north and Josh and I heading northeast towards Dundalk and Essex.
Apparently, somewhere around mile 80 the battery ran out on my cell phone, so the remainder of the route can be seen here:
Monument to Monument P2
It was a great day… and a long one. I didn’t get home until 8pm. But, I’m not complaining. Not at all. Total climbing = 6,656 ft.
Here’s the Monument to Monument video recorded and posted by Barry on YouTube:
|Route:||—||Elev. Avg:||213 ft|
|Location:||Essex, MD||Elev. Gain:||+76 ft|
|Time:||03:21 PM||Difficulty:||4.2 / 5.0|
|Pace:||4′ 29 /mi|