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Old 03-29-08, 08:07 PM   #1
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Roark and the Crabcake Virgin

I've spent the past two days in Baltimore, MD. Friday I visited a friend of mine from Toronto who flies into "Balmer" twice a year on business, and afterwards was the overnight guest of a Bike Forums poster. This fellow, who I will call Windsor Tourist, or WT, to protect his identity, rode across the US on the TransAmerica bike route last summer. Since I plan on a cross country ride in 2009, I was eager to question WT, and he put up with my endless queries much of the night.

Today, Saturday, I got my first taste of riding in Maryland. I was totally unprepared for how hilly the area is. We rode along and around part of Loch Raven, the reservoir that provides water for the City of Baltimore.



I managed to climb the road up the dam, but it seemed there was just one damn hill after another. Two of them defeated me to an extent, and I had to hike parts of them. WT was very kind and chose to dismount to walk with me, although he was capable of riding ahead and waiting for me at the top. I did walk part of a third hill, but that was more because it had entrance ramps for 695, the 'beltway', rather than the hilliness. All told it was about 2300 feet of climbing in a bit more than 25 miles. Fuel was one water bottle and one energy bar - enough food, not enough water. Afterwards WT and I celebrated the ride by dining on real Maryland crabcakes, a delicacy I'd never eaten before. Having consumed them, I confess they make me regret living on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line.

My legs felt very tired during much of the ride, and while some of it can be attributed to the hills, some of it is probably an after-effect of hiking on Friday. I was stomping around on pavement at the Maryland Zoo, and a couple of miles of that really stresses my legs. Also, I get very stiff while driving long distances, and the nearly three hours of driving Friday didn't help.

Roark handled well on the ride. He's now sporting a 36 spoke rear wheel, a concession to my Clyde-status and my use of the bike as a commuter and tourer. The bike didn't seem any slower or heavier with the new wheel.
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Old 03-29-08, 08:49 PM   #2
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Mmmm... crabcakes. I wish we could get fresh seafood here, that is, fresh seafood that isn't catfish or largemouth bass!

What kind of wheel did you go with, out of curiosity? I'm about to just pull the trigger on a set of Deep-V's for my FX, then keep the current wheels around for a (very) possible Surly build.
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Old 03-30-08, 01:46 AM   #3
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OOohh! crabcakes!

I had them for the first time last valentine's day at Ruby Tuesday and discovered how GOOD they are!

Sounds like a fun time.

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Old 03-30-08, 07:04 AM   #4
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OOohh! crabcakes!

I had them for the first time last valentine's day at Ruby Tuesday and discovered how GOOD they are!

Sounds like a fun time.

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I'm paying for it today. Where's the Ibuprofin when I need it?
It was fun. I hope you aren't too sore today.

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Old 03-30-08, 07:16 AM   #6
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It was fun. I hope you aren't too sore today.

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Only in all the usual places - hip flexors, left hamstring, etc. Nothing that didn't need to be stretched anyway. Thanks again for hosting me and leading a ride that kicked my butt.
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Crabcakes...a forbidden treat for me . Like lobster rolls .

But at least other people can enjoy them .

What, no photos except of one of the dam on the reservoir?

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Seafood?

I was raised in RI. Yep a little hole but lots of saltwater frontage.

I always had a skiff and dug quahogs (hard shell clams) for a second job while on the city FD. You could make $100 a day in 4 hrs....it's hard work...very hard work...think huge shoulders...or size XXL shirt and size 2 hat.

I was raised on seafood. Always had a couple of conche and lobster pots out and contrary to the American Indians routine of using them for fertilizer I thought they were just pretty darn tasty!

Shame on you Neil for not eating enough seafood!

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Congrats on the crabcake! I grew up in Delaware so it was a family staple growing up, except they made us go catch our own crabs. Whenever I make the family's secret recipe at tailgate, they are always well received.

Although, I am not sure I would be able to stomach one after long day of bike riding.
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Mmmm... crabcakes. I wish we could get fresh seafood here, that is, fresh seafood that isn't catfish or largemouth bass!

What kind of wheel did you go with, out of curiosity? I'm about to just pull the trigger on a set of Deep-V's for my FX, then keep the current wheels around for a (very) possible Surly build.
I don't know. I'll check the specs and get back to you.
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Sounds like you had a ball, Neil!

MMMMMMMM, Maryland is a great place to get the crabs (in cake form )
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I've spent the past two days in Baltimore, MD. Friday I visited a friend of mine from Toronto who flies into "Balmer" twice a year on business, and afterwards was the overnight guest of a Bike Forums poster. This fellow, who I will call Windsor Tourist, or WT, to protect his identity, rode across the US on the TransAmerica bike route last summer. Since I plan on a cross country ride in 2009, I was eager to question WT, and he put up with my endless queries much of the night.

Today, Saturday, I got my first taste of riding in Maryland. I was totally unprepared for how hilly the area is. We rode along and around part of Loch Raven, the reservoir that provides water for the City of Baltimore.



I managed to climb the road up the dam, but it seemed there was just one damn hill after another. Two of them defeated me to an extent, and I had to hike parts of them. WT was very kind and chose to dismount to walk with me, although he was capable of riding ahead and waiting for me at the top. I did walk part of a third hill, but that was more because it had entrance ramps for 695, the 'beltway', rather than the hilliness. All told it was about 2300 feet of climbing in a bit more than 25 miles. Fuel was one water bottle and one energy bar - enough food, not enough water. Afterwards WT and I celebrated the ride by dining on real Maryland crabcakes, a delicacy I'd never eaten before. Having consumed them, I confess they make me regret living on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line.

My legs felt very tired during much of the ride, and while some of it can be attributed to the hills, some of it is probably an after-effect of hiking on Friday. I was stomping around on pavement at the Maryland Zoo, and a couple of miles of that really stresses my legs. Also, I get very stiff while driving long distances, and the nearly three hours of driving Friday didn't help.

Roark handled well on the ride. He's now sporting a 36 spoke rear wheel, a concession to my Clyde-status and my use of the bike as a commuter and tourer. The bike didn't seem any slower or heavier with the new wheel.
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I've spent the past two days in Baltimore, MD. Friday I visited a friend of mine from Toronto who flies into "Balmer" twice a year on business, and afterwards was the overnight guest of a Bike Forums poster. This fellow, who I will call Windsor Tourist, or WT, to protect his identity, rode across the US on the TransAmerica bike route last summer. Since I plan on a cross country ride in 2009, I was eager to question WT, and he put up with my endless queries much of the night.

Today, Saturday, I got my first taste of riding in Maryland. I was totally unprepared for how hilly the area is. We rode along and around part of Loch Raven, the reservoir that provides water for the City of Baltimore.



I managed to climb the road up the dam, but it seemed there was just one damn hill after another. Two of them defeated me to an extent, and I had to hike parts of them. WT was very kind and chose to dismount to walk with me, although he was capable of riding ahead and waiting for me at the top. I did walk part of a third hill, but that was more because it had entrance ramps for 695, the 'beltway', rather than the hilliness. All told it was about 2300 feet of climbing in a bit more than 25 miles. Fuel was one water bottle and one energy bar - enough food, not enough water. Afterwards WT and I celebrated the ride by dining on real Maryland crabcakes, a delicacy I'd never eaten before. Having consumed them, I confess they make me regret living on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line.

My legs felt very tired during much of the ride, and while some of it can be attributed to the hills, some of it is probably an after-effect of hiking on Friday. I was stomping around on pavement at the Maryland Zoo, and a couple of miles of that really stresses my legs. Also, I get very stiff while driving long distances, and the nearly three hours of driving Friday didn't help.

Roark handled well on the ride. He's now sporting a 36 spoke rear wheel, a concession to my Clyde-status and my use of the bike as a commuter and tourer. The bike didn't seem any slower or heavier with the new wheel.
Oh, in addition I now have a single-wheel trailer. I'm calling it the Wussy Wagon..... photos to follow.
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