Whatcha doing May 7th? Riding M2M!!!

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  • Date/Time: Sunday, May 7th 2017. Meet at 7:45AM. Leave PROMPTLY at 8:10AM
  • Start Location: Baltimore Washington Monument
  • Map/GPS: M2M Map/GPS  (click “export” in upper right for GPS)
  • Cue Sheets: M2M CueSheet
  • Cost:  None. Bring $ for lunch and snacks at local businesses
  • Assistance/Sag:  None. (except help from fellow riders)
  • YOU RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK

WHAT’S THE RIDE LIKE? M2M is a little of everything. There will be fast and slow riders, skinny and fat tire bikes, racers and bike party people. There has been a small group of riders in rain and a big group of 100 in nice weather. We ride a steady average pace of about 13MPH. There are hills, but none more strenuous than a long ride through your neighborhood. The roads to DC are as safe as riding in Baltimore. Most of the route is surprisingly scenic and the DC trail system is very relaxing. We’ll stop 3 times: a break at the 25 mile point, a lunch at Union Station in DC and a break at the 75 mile point. I will bring cue sheets, but mostly you will be following ride leaders.

IMPORTANT! READ THIS BEFORE RIDING M2M

 

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Charm & Grace Cue Sheet is up

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By9qerQIUo-4Z0pxTUpWQ25zemc/view?usp=sharing

Print one for yourself, or I can bring an extra.

MONUMENT TO MONUMENT WILL BE MAY 7TH. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR, TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND START RIDING!

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April 9th: Ramble to Havre de Grace

First, a big thank you to PJ for riding to Frederick with me on the last Ramble. The ride was scenic and kept us climbing all day. It was 21° F at the start and stayed below freezing the whole ride. I won’t argue if you think that’s just too damn cold for a century ride, however, PJ and I remained comfortable the whole ride. I wore: shoes, wool socks and full cover booties (I did not use chemical warmers. my feet were cold but never miserable), bibs/wicking long undies/windproof outer pants, wicking turtleneck/arm warmers/soft shell outer jacket/wind vest, thick ski mittens, balaclava/ear flap hat. These kept me just warm enough, but most importantly, they allowed moisture to evaporate throughout the day. If the same clothing had been damp, I would’ve frozen.

Next Ramble is April 9th. A reworking of my route from Charm city to Havre de Grace.

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the Lighthouse in Havre de Grace

There are a couple of nice improvements to this route: it’s shorter and with a little less climbing, and the lunch stop is well after the half way point. It is still a hilly route and could be made worse with winds in the open areas of Harford county. Like the original version, there’s a little bit of everything: city riding, woodsy stretches, open farmland, paved and unpaved roads, beautiful water views and a beer at lunch.

DETAILS:
Charm and Grace 95 mi., 4700ft. (hilly)
Date/Time: Sunday April 9th 7:50 meet-up 8AM push-off
Start: Canton Waterfront Park parking area STARTMAP
Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

MONUMENT TO MONUMENT WILL BE MAY 7TH. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR, TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND START RIDING!

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March Ramble to Frederick

I’m up for a Ramble this weekend. Let’s make it “To Frederick on Frederick”, a nice, simple winter ride. Mostly one road. Lots of big rollers. Options for short cutting are infinite.

Want to come?

DETAILS:
To Frederick, On Frederick 93 mi., 5500ft. (hilly)
Date/Time: Sunday March 5th 8AM meet-up
Start: Carroll Park. SE corner STARTMAP
Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

NOTE: Lunch stop on the cuesheet may or may not be where we wind up eating.

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B to A to B

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. Way too much driving, so I’m eager to get out on a ride.

The Ramble is doing an “on again-off again” of the Baltimore & Annapolis trail this Sunday. I’ve made a few changes to the old route. We won’t get a lot of daylight this time of year AND, there’s a Ravens game downtown from 1PM-4PM. So I’ve made the route shorter, omitted the lunch stop and moved the start to Middle Branch park. We’ll begin promptly at 8AM. The route takes Belle Grove and Camp Meade down to the B&A trail. Then a long diversion over to Sandy Pt. park and a quick rest stop. South through Annapolis and down to Thomas Point park to get another big view of the Chesapeake. Returning north, we’ll have our 2nd rest stop and get back on the trail for the return to BWI. I’m hoping for arrival back into Baltimore by 2:30PM which should give us a safe window for getting home while the game is still going and the sun is still up. Beers will have to come afterwards.

Middle Branch park has easy parking and porta-pots, but no water. Rest stops are 30 miles apart.

 

DETAILS:

  • The B&A 87 mi., 3000ft.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, December 4th. 7:45AM meet-up. 8:00 exit
  • Start: Middle Branch Park STARTMAP
  • Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
  • Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

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We had great weather and great riding on last month’s Olde Roads ride. Thanks all.

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The B&A

Next Ramble will be Dec. 4th.

A nice winter roll down to Annapolis with diversions to Sandy pt. and Thomas pt.

Details to follow but similar to the version we did in 2014
https://randoramble.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/the-ba-route/
https://randoramble.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/a-quick-hello-to-the-capital-city/

 

-Bob

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Gettin’ back to it.

Next ride, Olde Roads, will be on Sunday, Nov. 13th.

The route is a rough, hilly, beautiful tour of unpaved roadways above and below the Mason Dixon. It’s 75mi. and hilly. We’ll climb nearly 100ft. per mile on at times, loose rocky surfaces. The Rambles always have a easy pace, but you’ll still need the stamina to haul yourself up those grades. I haven’t ridden over 20 miles in 3 months, so I’ll be slow and easy on this one. Come and keep me company. Start is in Manchester, MD. Lunch is in Glen Rock, PA at Mignano Bros.

You’ll definitely want a bike with minimum width of 32mm tires and LOW gearing for climbs. Be sure everything on the bike is tight or it’ll rattle loose on this route. Ask questions if you’ve got ’em.

DETAILS:

  • Olde Roads 74 mi., 7400ft.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, November 13th. 8:15AM meet-up. 8:30 exit
  • Start: North Carroll Plaza in Manchester STARTMAP
  • Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
  • Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

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And now for something completely different– the ride report from a dream I had a while back:

I am leading a ride that is going thru some industrial city. I don’t know where, but there is rough concrete and old dilapidated buildings. After a few miles of riding I notice up ahead that riders are stopped at a railroad track. When I get there I see that there’s no more roadway, no trail- just loose rocks. I realize there must be something really wrong with my cue sheet, so I start fumbling for maps, trying to figure out where to go. Soon, the other riders get impatient and start walking their bikes along the tracks. I try to keep up behind them, still looking at paperwork and walking with difficulty on the rocks. We step up onto a railway platform. A train pulls up. Without hesitation, the group gets on the train like it was next on the cuesheet. I guess it could happen on one of my rides, right?  I’m really confused at this point, but quickly shove my way onto the train having no idea where it, or the ride, is going.

The train is crowded and chaotic. I can barely see the other riders. I’m still fumbling with maps and my bike, but now I’ve got gloves and hats, extra helmets, and other accessories I don’t even remember bringing. My stuff is falling all over the place and I’m bumping into commuters with my bike. I hook my bike to a railing. The train pulls up to a stop and riders begin getting off. What?! How do they know where they’re going? I better get off before the door closes.

I try to gather up my stuff but its too much to hold in my hands. The bike is tangled up in the railing. When I pull on the bike, the bars break off at the stem. Dropping gloves and papers and a broken bike, I get to the door just as it closes. All the other riders are on the platform with their bikes. I see them outside the window yelling at me to get off, but the train rolls forward. I get out at the next stop alone with a broken bike and half of my stuff.  

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See ya on the 13th. 🙂

 

 

 

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