Here are the details for this sunday’s Ramble:
Date: March 20th, 2011. meetup at 7:50AM, pushoff at 8:10AM (firm)
Start is at the Conservatory at the Maryland Zoo. click here
Bikely map: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/In-Search-of-Liberty-102-miles
Download your own cue sheet here: liberty cue
(email me if you would like me to print a copy for you)
This ride heads west from The Baltimore Zoo. After only a couple miles of city riding we’ll be into the forest-lined Franklintown blvd. Several miles on Dogwood rd. takes us to the morning wake-up call which is Dogwood rd. hill. This is a real beast at almost 20% grade at the beginning. This hill is the worst of the day, but there is still a fair amount of climbing in the morning. We head down Marriottsville rd and up Henryton hill near the Liberty reservoir, a beautiful area. After the 1st rest (25 miles) we’ll drop down to old Sykesville’s Main st. and then up some more hills to get out. Each hill we hit gets a little easier. Lots of lovely farmland along Harrisville, Gillis and Dollyhyde roads. We skirt historic Libertytown and up to our lunch stop at the New Windsor inn. After lunch, more lovely farmland across Carroll county. We will be in flatter (not flat, but flatter) terrain. A long flat stretch of Nicodemus and Deer Park rds. We stop into Reisterstown for our 75 mile rest stop. Then pretty Baltimore county rollers back to Druid Hill. There is a 79 mile short version of the ride also.
Weather is supposed to be very nice, but it is smart to bring some warm clothes for the morning chill that you can later peel off. Lights would also make sense, just in case mechanical problems slow you down. Please read this before coming: ramble notes
Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this or any of the rides in the Ramble series. Hope to ya this Sunday.