@ Harry: We hiked, biked, and canoed. I tried to post a nice picture of my bike and the rocky shoreline but failed...again. I have some books on the Maine coast your welcome to borrow should you go. I really like the coast from Acadia up to Canada. Everything north of Acadia is really rural. Small towns, little cell phone action. I heard a teen moaning about the poor cell service. Good biking in this area. Areas south of Acadia can be a little trafficky. Portland is an excellent biking town. We biked all over Portland. Drivers were very respectful, almost too much. I often felt they should pass us. Finally 1 car did pass us and it was a tourist from Maryland:-) A few bike lanes but mostly just nice drivers. Rude awakening this AM on the commute into work.
I too felt twang of addiction w/out computer access. I almost went into a Portland library to get onto a computer. Withstood the urge. Glad I did. I had to buy a phone card just to touch base w/ my kids and mom.
@Max: Sorry Max, checked the calendar and I have a birthday party (80th) for my wifes cousin. Trap pond is a beautiful place to start. I've paddled some of the small creeks and ponds in that area. In fact I did a bike tour of the same area a few years back, Crisfield ,Janes etc. Very nice roads with almost no traffic.
@GB: roads I've ridden in that area which are fine for biking: Dorsey Run Rd, Wigley, Forest, Guilford, Snowden, Dobbin, McGaw, Columbia Gateway(max has ridden this 200 times;-), Robert Fulton, Broken land, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, some of the small roads around Savage. Not a fan of: Rt 198(doable but not fun), Wash blvd(Rt1), Rt32 circle near 175/32 merge(often lots of NSA traffic), some of the little Columbia paths. Very Very confusing. You almost need to know where you are going, few signs, twisty , mossy, narrow paths. I try to avoid. I only know the bigger roads around NSA/Ft Meade so I'll defer to Max for her info here. Some of the bigger roads around Laurel suck, Van Dusen, Virginia Manor and Contee are some. Old Gunpowder should have a bike lane these days but have not tried. It is between Laurel and Beltsville. Big trafficky road though. Some of the roads west of Columbia are pretty but narrow and high traffic like Clarksville Pike, Cedar ln., Little Pax. Lots of folks ride here though.
So what are you planning? I'm looking at this map and thinking you want to make a 4 leaf clover for St. Patrick's ride! This is one of the leaves:-)
Happy anniversary GB and Harry. I too missed the MM ride. All of my kids descended onto our home tonight. Hadn't seen them in quite awhile. Bob, I may join you this wknd. I'll let you know. How do you plan on catching Carl?