A Ramble with syrup on top

The Pancake Interception ride, scheduled for this Sunday 4/12, must be the the most eagerly awaited ride of the year. I’ve lost count of the times I wanted to launch this beautiful romp through Carroll county. We kept getting put off by winter weather.

illustration by Dave Hopkins. (Dave's got a sneaky plan brewing for this ride)

illustration by Dave Hopkins. (Dave’s got a sneaky plan brewing for this ride)

What’s the deal? Well first, I like pancakes and second, I like riding my bike into the rolling hills of the county, snaking along old river ways, between stone farm houses and getting suspicious stares from animals in the fields. For the Pancake Interception, we ride out of Mt. Washington along my well-travelled work commute route, take hilly, woodsy Marriottsville rd west and climb our way up to Sykesville for a quick stop. Then continue further northwest exploring the full length of Sam’s Creek rd (including the beautiful unpaved stretches) and finally up to the Union Bridge Firehouse. Inside you pay $8 cash for an all you can eat breakfast, and it is good, too. Back on the bikes and drunk with carbs, we’ll curve back around to the north and east for another stop near Reisterstown and finally end back in Baltimore.

This is a very pretty ride, but it is HILLY and it has several UNPAVED stretches. The hills are for you and your legs to conquer. The unpaved stuff should be fine on 28mm tires (even thinner, if you’re tough). IMPORTANT: you must bring $8 cash for breakfast.

The Pancake Interception 97 mi., 5900ft. (hilly)
Date/Time: Sunday April 12th 7:50AM meet-up. 8:05 exit
Start: Mt. Washington Starbucks STARTMAP
Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

from way back in 2013

from way back in 2013


About randoramble

long distance bike rider
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8 Responses to A Ramble with syrup on top

  1. Pingback: Pancake Intercept 2015 | bikesncoffee

  2. John Simms says:

    Bob, Thanks for leading the Pancake Interception ride. I made it to Westminster safely and met my wife, for a ride home. Nice weather, scenic route, and great ride.
    Best regards,

  3. randoramble says:

    Great youre coming, Mike. I’d guess we’d be by McKeldin abt. 9:20.

  4. Mike says:

    Hi Bob, I’m planning on meeting the group along Marriotsville Rd near the McKeldin Park where I’ll be parked (1 mile prior to Henryton Rd). What time do you think you’ll be by on Marriotsville? See you tomorrow.
    Mike Harris

  5. randoramble says:

    The unpaved parts are hard-packed, about like the NCR trail but wider. The group typically splits into a couple different paces, 13-16mph.

  6. LD May says:

    Sounds perfect, but my skinny tires and riding-deprived legs have a couple of questions. What is the surface of the unpaved stretches? And what sort of pace do you expect to ride?

  7. randoramble says:

    Glad to have you along. -Bob

  8. Michael Lockard says:

    Hello, i may ride part of the route with you legs recovering from a fall. michael

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