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    I live outside Philadelphia, so Frederick would be out of my way. I'm open to suggestions for rides located between Philadelphia and Baltimore. And I'd like to ride on the Eastern Shore again.

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    i won't be back until july 1st at the absolute earliest, so don't wait up for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I live outside Philadelphia, so Frederick would be out of my way. I'm open to suggestions for rides located between Philadelphia and Baltimore. And I'd like to ride on the Eastern Shore again.
    Where did you ride on the eastern shore? My wife and I rode a few weeks back through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and then along the eastern shore a a bit west of Cambridge Md. Nice rides, lots of country rides that are well paved for riding skinny tires.

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    just needed to post:

    i finally broke the double digit mileage barrier. it was sprinkling all day and i cut my early ride short, so i said screw it and threw on my water repelling hoody and went out. i found a path and just went with it and ended up a lot further away from my house than i had ever dared to go. the rain was my motivation because i figured the longer i dilly dallied the more likely it was to start pouring so i didn't take breaks. i heard 11 miles from my phone and did an extra lap around the block to get it up to 12.

    i ended up with 12.36 miles in 1 hour and 4 minutes and i couldn't be more pumped right now.

    to anyone starting out and nervous about mileage/speed, don't sweat it at all. i was doing 1 ride a day around the block twice less than a month ago.

    i will say though, don't let your mind tell you how far you're riding. when i ride my set path it's too easy to stop where i know i can and get tired right near a bench, but when i take random rides where i kind of get lost i ride way more mileage because i have to to get back home. now i don't have a ride home right now if something happens, and i highly recommend that you have a plan B if something goes wrong that far away from home so you don't have to walk your bike 2 1/2 miles back to your house like i did a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin_nj View Post
    Where did you ride on the eastern shore? My wife and I rode a few weeks back through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and then along the eastern shore a a bit west of Cambridge Md. Nice rides, lots of country rides that are well paved for riding skinny tires.
    I agree. As part of a longer tour in 2009, I rode from Kent Island to Trappe, then over the Choptank to Cambridge, and took US 50 to Delmar, MD.

    Here's the detailed account, from Baltimore to the PA/DE border....

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...a-Winding-Road

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger187126 View Post
    just needed to post:

    i finally broke the double digit mileage barrier. it was sprinkling all day and i cut my early ride short, so i said screw it and threw on my water repelling hoody and went out. i found a path and just went with it and ended up a lot further away from my house than i had ever dared to go. the rain was my motivation because i figured the longer i dilly dallied the more likely it was to start pouring so i didn't take breaks. i heard 11 miles from my phone and did an extra lap around the block to get it up to 12.

    i ended up with 12.36 miles in 1 hour and 4 minutes and i couldn't be more pumped right now.

    to anyone starting out and nervous about mileage/speed, don't sweat it at all. i was doing 1 ride a day around the block twice less than a month ago.

    i will say though, don't let your mind tell you how far you're riding. when i ride my set path it's too easy to stop where i know i can and get tired right near a bench, but when i take random rides where i kind of get lost i ride way more mileage because i have to to get back home. now i don't have a ride home right now if something happens, and i highly recommend that you have a plan B if something goes wrong that far away from home so you don't have to walk your bike 2 1/2 miles back to your house like i did a few weeks ago.
    Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Bravo!
    thanks, and glad you enjoyed Kent Island. I actually grew up on the island and was living in Annapolis before i moved out to the midwest for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger187126 View Post
    just needed to post:

    i finally broke the double digit mileage barrier. it was sprinkling all day and i cut my early ride short, so i said screw it and threw on my water repelling hoody and went out. i found a path and just went with it and ended up a lot further away from my house than i had ever dared to go. the rain was my motivation because i figured the longer i dilly dallied the more likely it was to start pouring so i didn't take breaks. i heard 11 miles from my phone and did an extra lap around the block to get it up to 12.

    i ended up with 12.36 miles in 1 hour and 4 minutes and i couldn't be more pumped right now.

    to anyone starting out and nervous about mileage/speed, don't sweat it at all. i was doing 1 ride a day around the block twice less than a month ago.

    i will say though, don't let your mind tell you how far you're riding. when i ride my set path it's too easy to stop where i know i can and get tired right near a bench, but when i take random rides where i kind of get lost i ride way more mileage because i have to to get back home. now i don't have a ride home right now if something happens, and i highly recommend that you have a plan B if something goes wrong that far away from home so you don't have to walk your bike 2 1/2 miles back to your house like i did a few weeks ago.
    Good job - and keep going. Keep building up the confidence to go further and longer. Being 20 miles from home or the car doesn't bother me at all anymore. Keep a spare tube and a co2 inflator or pump with you and keep your bike in top shape to avoid other brake downs!

    Another way to help you go longer and further is to buddy up with a friend or go on a club or cycle shop ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger187126 View Post
    thanks, and glad you enjoyed Kent Island. I actually grew up on the island and was living in Annapolis before i moved out to the midwest for work.

    ugg - why wouuld you ever leave Annapolis. It's one of my favorite cities in the country!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin_nj View Post
    ugg - why wouuld you ever leave Annapolis. It's one of my favorite cities in the country!
    i love it, but i had to move to Minneapolis for work. i went to school at Ohio State so i'm familiar with the Midwest, but this winter was just too much. we got a foot of snow in April!

    luckily i'm wrapping up my projects out here and will be moving back to Maryland this summer. i'm moving to Baltimore though, so i can live in somewhat affordable housing (for Maryland standards anyway) until I'm ready to buy a place.

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    gotta do a little 6/7 month bump here. took a lot of time off between moving, being out of town for work, and pneumonia which lasted a month (i can't think of a time i've felt worse for that long).

    anyway, since the weather has been rainy i've been doing a lot more jogging. it sucks way worse than bike riding, but thanks to buying a pair of "barefoot" shoes (not the toe kind) i learned a midfoot strike and it stopped the problems i was having with my back while running. i'm looking to run a 5k in the spring, no matter how slow.

    i'm down 13 lbs, but my bike is hanging on the wall looking depressed. i decided to take it out today, not checking the weather and was pushed sideways twice. had to basically ride around in a short circle to return home. checked the wind and it was 30+mph. i don't know how anybody could do that. i put a lot of pressure down on the wheels, but my bike moved sideways twice and it was a scary feeling on the road.

    anyway, i obviously still have a long way to go but the reason i'm posting here again is i've found a charity ride i want to do:

    http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=9356&pg=entry

    it's an hour away and i want to do the 35 miles. i've never been on the bike for more than 13-14 miles, but i know i can do this. the cause also means a lot to my wife, so there's some extra motivation in that.

    just wanted to share with you guys in case any other DMV guys/gals were looking to test themselves. there's also a 10 mile ride, but i want to go big. not 63 mile big, but still more than i've ever done.

    so here's to having a mild winter so i can get these miles in!

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