The Pylesville Winter Warmer

Our next Ramble will be a little later in the month than usual: March 20th.

The route is a shortened version of the Pylesville Winter Warmer heading northeast into Harford county. Our start will be at Lake Montebello. We’ll head north out of the city, crossing the Loch Raven reservoir on Dulaney Valley and continuing northeast to our first rest stop in Jarretsville, MD. The next stretch will be through Rocks State Park, though Pylesville, our northernmost point. From here we drop down into Bel Air for lunch at MaGerks Pub. After lunch, we head back to the city passing south of the reservoir.

This route will cover a lot of interesting terrain: beautiful suburbs, dense forest, old farms and wonderful stone buildings. I’ve shortened it to 91 miles and, like last month’s ride, I’ve eliminated one of the stops. We’ll have three 30 mile stretches which should get us home a little sooner. The first stretch is the hilliest and the whole ride has about 5600′ of climbing. I not hoping to kill anyone on this, but I am ramping up for harder rides in the spring.

Here’s a map of the route:
I will be making a proper cue sheet and posting it soon.


Last month’s 3 Glens ride was a fun, though chilly ride. We had a couple new faces: John and Ron. I loved the newly paved Beaver Dam road leading up to Greenbelt. New Deal Cafe served great food and friendly service once again. Thank you! I must admit, I was a little disappointed that we still aren’t able to ride on that crazy switchback ramp over the Amtrak trax north of College Park. This newly routed version is a good one. Here’s some pics:


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