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    Help From MD & VA Folks Pls. - Assateague Island

    Will be staying in a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland for a few days next week.
    We've never been in the area and I would like to ask a few questions for the locals:

    1. Decent place to eat. Nothing fancy; just a place that serves tasty seafood/local cuisine.
    2. Will bring my folder with me. Any recommendation for a scenic path?
    3. Assateague Island; are there showers for beach goers? Can beach goers use the showers
    for campers?

    Thanks for any leads.

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    There are showers for use by day-trippers to the beach on Assateague. Note that there are actually two parks on Assateague -- Assateague State Park, and Assateague National Seashore. The national park is, IMO, nicer/quieter, but beware, the showers are cold-water only.

    Some more info:

    http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands...guedayuse.aspx

    Where are you staying in Ocean City, what street?
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    Thanks for the info, my brother was the one who booked the hotel.
    Will find out in a bit.

    PS, the park had a warning on it's site that it can get buggy.
    Is it really bad? I know by the Jersey shore sometimes there are horse flies.

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    There are biting flies (painful!!) on Assateague; it seems kind of hit or miss as to whether they will be bad on any given outing. I used to do an annual three-day camping trip in the group site area of the national seashore, usually in mid-July, and I don't recall the flies being too bothersome, and most years we didn't notice them at all. I've only camped in the state park once, and that was in October, and wasn't actually at the campsite much (I was staying there while riding in the Seagull Century.) As I recall, the group camping area at the national seashore seemed a bit more barren, in terms of vegetation, than the state park individual sites; maybe that had something to do with the seemingly few flies we experienced? Anyhoo . . . I would advise being prepared for those nasty buggers.
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    @maxine , I appreciate all of the info. Especially the link.
    It would have taken me hours to stumble on this info on the net by myself.
    We are staying by Econo Lodge on Baltimore Av.

    Getting my bike ready; looks like I may have to go off road if I want to explore
    more of Assateague Island. Will swap out the slick tires(Primo Comets) on my
    folder for tires that have more thread(Schwalbe Marathon Plus):

    Van Cortland Park, da Bronx by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

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    Nice bike. I like the matching turtle, too.

    I'm not sure how much there is in the way of exploratory opportunity on Assateague Island, if you're on foot or on a bike. I've never hiked (walked) on any of the trails, but a few of my camping friends who did were kind of underwhelmed by the experience.

    You mentioned "scenic paths" in your initial post; are you not comfortable with road riding? There is some pretty road riding in the Assateague area -- many roads that are quiet and/or have nice shoulders. The very nice little town of Berlin is about 8 miles from Assateague. Here is a link to the "View Trail 100," which highlights some of the area roads that are pleasant to bike on:

    Visit Worcester County Maryland!

    Riding directly from your hotel would require you to cross the Route 50 bridge, which I would not recommend unless you are fully comfortable with taking the (metal drawbridge!) lane with hordes of impatient motorists. (There is a pedestrian bridge you can walk across, but it's usually clogged with folks fishing, and it can still be a bit of a challenge to make the left turn to get off Route 50.) However, you could drive to the West Ocean City Park & Ride (12848 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City). Work your way south through the parking lot, and you will get to a "T" at Old Bridge Road (Route 707). Turn right, and ride up to the traffic light at Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611) and make a left. (611 is the road that runs all the way to the Assateague parks.)

    Some other random thoughts: You can also ride your bike on the Ocean City Boardwalk, up until 11:00 a.m. There is a bus/bike lane on main Coastal Highway; not what I would call "scenic" but it's not a bad way to get some riding in, earlier in the morning before the buses start running. From 17th Street, you can get onto Saint Louis Avenue, a quieter side road that has a marked bike lane (no buses!) that will take you down to the Inlet area.

    I'm not a good source for restaurant recommendations. When NoRacer and I did this year's edition of our annual bike ride to Ocean City (which due to mechanical catastrophes ended up being a "drive to Ocean City with our bikes" ) we were heartbroken to discover that our old standby, Hall's Buffet, was closed. It didn't have much to recommend it other than being all-you-can-eat, and a half-block walk from our hotel, but still . . . it was like losing an old friend, LOL! In search of other walkable places, we found Bad Monkey on 58th Street, and liked it.
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    There's little riding on the island. Google map shows trails(or at least did) but they are better for hiking. Often wind blown sand covers them. As Max said, road riding is wonderful inland a bit. Quiet, flat roads are everywhere.
    This map has many of the better roads.
    Biking on the Delmarva Peninsula

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