I trust everyone who rode with us last month enjoyed/challenged/surprised/sated themselves on Monument to Monument. Wasn’t that a cool trip on a bike? As much as I want to explore all the other places we go on bikes, I often think to myself: “hmm, maybe we should just go back to DC”. Anyway, I’m glad you came on the ride with us. Ready for more?
We will not be going back to DC this month. In fact, we are barely even leaving Baltimore. We’ll be going around it actually, traveling a nice big compass circle that will circumnavigate the city. To look at the route it seems we’re not really going far, but this one is an adventure to be sure. Circumnavigation of Baltimore is a 103 mile sampler of our region.
We start in Fells Point’s historic waterfront, then down to Curtis Bay’s rough shipping area, west to Ellicott City and Patapsco State Park, circling north to Lake Liberty, Soldiers Delight and up to old Reisterstown where we stop for brunch. After filling up, we continue north into the horse country of Sparks, coming over the top of our circle in Monkton and getting into the sandy farmland south of Bel Air. We begin crossing tributaries of the Chesapeake in Middle River before heading back into town.
This is a harder ride than M2M, so be sure you’re prepared in body and bike. As with all Rambles, we stop for rests and regrouping at the 25 and 75 mile points and a longer lunch at the halfway mark. Since we are on a big circle, there are no easy shortcuts for this route, but you are never too far from home if you need to call for help.