Ramble routes, to me, are like a collection of artworks. Some routes are exciting no matter how often I check them out, others get tired and less interesting. 3 Glens was a nice enough ride last year, but the more I recollected the ride, the more I remembered the bad parts. I moved on to developing other routes (like a route up to Gettysburg I’d like to launch in June). Winter makes me want to not stray far from home, so I kept going back to 3 Glens. I tweaked it, making it worse. Gave up on it again and tweaked it again- this time giving it a Baltimore start. My friend Charlie reviewed it, giving parts of it better routing and suggesting a much better lunch stop. Voila! – a great March Ramble covering Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, Montgomery and Howard counties. 3 Glens is now a ride I’m excited about it.
There are two separate starting points. The first, leaving at 7:30AM from Carroll Park in south Baltimore, heads southeast, stopping briefly at the alternate starting point- the Dixon Observation park on the BWI trail in Glen Burnie (our 1st Glen). From here, we’ll all continue south along the WB&A rd through Millersville and Crownsville, making a right turn on to Defense Hwy. Westbound, we’ll pass the Bowie Race Track and onto Beaver Dam rd. in the preserved land of the Department of Agriculture in Glenn Dale (Glen #2). We duck south into Greenbelt for a nice lunch at the New Deal Diner. After a little digesting, we take the bike routes north along Rhode Island ave up to Briggs Chaney rd. The hills will start getting steeper as we head up Triadelphia and Ten Oaks to Glenelg (the 3rd Glen). From here, we roll mostly downhill into Ellicott City. The BWI starters head down River road through Elkridge and back to the airport. The rest of us climb back up to Baltimore using the Trolley Trail and Edmondson and Frederick roads. The Baltimore city start is 100 miles long. The BWI version will give you a little over 90. Both routes have moderate climbing (abt. 5500ft.), much of it being in the afternoon.
Please be prepared with proper lighting, appropriate clothing, dependable equipment and good fitness to comfortably complete an 8-9 hour ride.
Date: Sunday, March 4th
1st Start: Carroll Park Time: 7:15AM meet up. 7:30AM push off
2nd Start: BWI/Dixon Observation Park Time 8:30AM
Cue Sheet: Carroll Park Cue BWI/Dixon Cue
Map/Metrics/GPS: 3 Glens Map