finished baltimore - phili
I had to leave from Baltimore as I had an AM soccer game that delayed my departure and I knew I wouldn't have enough time to do the whole ~140 mile ride in one day.
17mph headwinds and sidewinds made the trip much slower than I would have liked, but I completed the slightly less than 120 miles in ~8.5 hours, averaging 14.1 mph. Temps were perfect at 70f and it was a beautful blue sky day.
Overall it was a very nice ride. Leaving Baltimore wasn't nice due to the neighborhoods you ride through. After about 15-20 miles you leave the city and the route becomes quite scenic. There were a few great descents at 45mph. The crossing over rt 1 Oswigo (sp?) dam was as inhospitable as I had been told. It was certainly the scariest part of the ride. Overall, (aside from the dam) I never felt it was a dangerous ride and I only had a couple of ppl honk at me the whole trip. Some parts of the countryside were very scenic. I had to do the second to last hour in total pitch black suburban back roads which wasn't fun, and the last hour wasn't too bad once streetlamps lit the road. Hills were tolerable. There weren't any huge ones, but the constant up down of 200 ft climbs over rollers definitely took their toll.
Never bonked which was nice. Carried a handful of gels and powerbeans, a cliff bar, banana and a couple of peanut butter & honey sandwiches and refreshed water twice (carried four bottles).
Spent the best $40 bucks ever on my bike with a set of specialized gel bar wraps/tape. First ride ever of more than 75 miles where my hands never went numb.
I'd definitely do the ride again. If anyone wants the cue sheet or garmin file let me know.
I was able to download the route from mapmyrun.com and upload it into my garmin forerunner 305. This made the route a total breeze. I never had to look at the actual cue sheet or printed maps except for confirmation about where I was. I simply just glanced at the watch to make sure I was on the route. SO EASY! I brought a garmin nuvi as well and used that for a short bit where I ran into a closed road and had to detour. It worked well.
Last edited by littlewaywelt; 09-24-07 at 08:51 AM.