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  1. #7976
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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    Lot's of long riding options this weekend. I'm planning to roll Baltimore to DC, keeping it nice 'n easy on the Surly SS.

    The Monument to Monument Ride:
    Monument to Monument, the little big ride. | The Rando Ramble

    My plan this year is to keep the riding slow and the stopping short.
    I've been enjoying the pics posted to Facebook by several riders -- looks like it was, as usual, a great ride! (Despite what I hear were headwinds in BOTH DIRECTIONS!)

    NoRacer and I rode the Six Pillars Century on the Eastern Shore on Saturday (my first century since . . . um, last July ), so I wasn't even looking at my bike on Sunday.
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    A belated 'well-done' to Max and NoRacer. There was a DC rider, John, who rode 6 Pillars and on Sunday briefly intersected with our ride. Last year, he rode M2M as DC-Balt-DC, but this year he said he was too pooped to do the whole thing after Saturday. M2M was a ton of fun for me this year. Took it easy and hung out with new peeps and old friends.

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    2013: quit counting2012 FG century count: 42011 century count: ~202010 mileage: 10,2392009 mileage: 81272008 mileage: 7157

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    4130 on 28's at 15 greaterbrown's Avatar
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    My (not-cancelled) B2WD was not too bad this AM.
    Did not see a single other rider on my way in.
    Got coffee and bagel at my local haunt and off to work, lights blazing and slicker on.
    I remember meeting NR up in Towson many years ago on a rainier morning.

    My ride home might actually be in pleasant weather.
    Best, y'all.
    2013: quit counting2012 FG century count: 42011 century count: ~202010 mileage: 10,2392009 mileage: 81272008 mileage: 7157

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterbrown View Post
    My (not-cancelled) B2WD was not too bad this AM.
    Did not see a single other rider on my way in.
    Got coffee and bagel at my local haunt and off to work, lights blazing and slicker on.
    I remember meeting NR up in Towson many years ago on a rainier morning.

    My ride home might actually be in pleasant weather.
    Best, y'all.
    Seriously, I was wishing I was in an ark or a kayak at least. The biggest rain I rode in this year by far. I left before 6:30 and got hammered. You must have left much later. I was riding a flooded street(yes flooded) when a truck going in the opposite direction sent a huge wave at me. Got drenched.
    DCs B2WD was held. Poor turnout. Some of the pitstps were not manned, others had few cyclist.
    FWIW: Catonsville was ready to ride B2WD but many others caved so BMC caved as well. After this AMs commute felt it was the right call. I was part of the group that was trying to make the decision, kinda funny to witness. Some stories best shared over a beer.

    I will agree that ride home was sweet.

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    Checking in. Looking for riding partners for 20-50 mile weekend jaunts at ~15mph. Either from North Bethesda or Catonsville. Cheers,
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    check out the 10 am saturday ride at the hub in catonsville. usually around 15 mph (depending on who shows up) but it's no drop and a nice group.

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    Gettysburg Campaign Ride Report

    I was really looking forward to this ride. Bob first scheduled this ramble a couple of years ago, but, having a newborn at the house, I simply did not have time to ride the entire route back then.

    Fast-forward a couple of years and I was still having scheduling issues. Bob scheduled the ride for July 20, but my wife is out of town that weekend. I’ll have the kids for 4 days straight (this adventure maybe the subject of another report on a different forum).

    So, I planned to ride the ramble a week early, as I did with the Chesapeake Beach Ramble a month earlier. I spent the Saturday before the ride washing the bike, cleaning the chain and scrubbing the rims. It may not make much of a difference, but it gives me peace of mind.

    Mike agreed to ride part of the route with me and we met up at the corner of Park Heights and Slade Avenues around 6:45 a.m. I wanted to get an early start because of the heat and impending rain and Mike had to get back to his house early as well. The air was saturated.

    Off we went heading north on Park Heights Ave. and then working our way toward Reisterstown. Once we hit Route 30, I could feel the wind at my back. We rolled along the Hanover Pike at a pretty good clip. We saw some chickens and almost ran over them. Traffic was busier than I expected for a Sunday morning and I wanted to get through the traffic circles as quickly as possible.

    There was so much sweat dripping from the bill of my cap that I thought it was raining at one point. I was completely drenched with sweat (and would be for the duration of the day).

    We arrived at the first rest stop around 8:15 or so. Mike recalled that this was the Burger King that was the launching pad for Bob’s Old Roads Ride last fall. I remembered seeing a group of elderly friends having breakfast there last time. They were there again today. This time, someone showed up with a cake. A birthday party at BK on a Sunday morning? I was tempted to stay, but we knew we had to move on.

    Mike had designed his own route back home and we parted shortly after breakfast. He kindly reminded me that I had 100 miles more to go. No pressure. Thanks for riding with me, Mike.

    Crossing into PA, I spotted the sign where 2 years earlier I stashed my bike and took pictures of the other riders as they crossed the Mason-Dixon line. Now, the real adventure began. I’d never ridden Impounding Dam Road before. The roads into Gettysburg were relatively free of traffic and downhill for the most part. But, the temperatures were rising. Because of the humidity, 83 degrees felt oppressive.

    After crossing US 15, I made a wrong turn on Knight Rd. mistaking it for Wright Ave. No problem. Once inside Gettysburg National Military Park I slowed down to take a look around. I’m glad I did. I came across a reenactment of a group of soldiers firing cannon. The fuse didn’t catch and the ball never left the cannon. The leader said that they would have a full demonstration in an hour. Oh well, I had to “soldier” on. OK, that was bad.

    Once inside town, I headed for Subway instead of the Garryowen Irish Pub. It was before 11:00 a.m. and the pub was closed. I wasn’t in the mood for heavy food, anyway. Subway let me bring the bike inside while I scarfed down a 6” Italian sub. Just what I needed. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been eating too much at Ramble lunches. Thinking that I need a lot of calories to sustain me on the ride back, I gobble huge amounts of food and, sometimes, more than a couple beers. By late afternoon, I tend to regret it. I end up feeling nauseated and miserable. It’s frustrating when your legs are fine, but it’s your stomach that slows you down. So, I was hoping a little sub would get me through.

    After lunch, I headed south through the park, taking in the sites and dodging the other tourists. I came across a larger road on guessed that it was US 15. Glad I checked or else I would have been running around in circles. The wind was coming up from the south, which was fine because it helped move the sweat off me. I came across the old cement post making the Mason-Dixon line. I dismounted and took another picture. Now I have one in both directions.

    The little town of Harvey was kind of depressing. The dilapidated buildings depicted hard times. In Taneytown, a little boy rode with me for a block on his BMX bike. By the time I reached New Windsor, I was ready for a break. I had ridden over 90 miles. I nearly missed the next rest stop. Seeing the 7-11 at the last minute, I gave the brakes a quick squeeze and fishtailed into the parking lot. I grabbed a Coke, water, and some Pringles and chilled out the best that I could under a tree.

    Now things started to get more difficult. The temps were hitting the high 80s and the climbing began. The climbs weren’t difficult, but I was working hard. Deer Park Road offered some relief and I cruised down to the Liberty Reservoir. I took another break on Ivy Mill Rd. to eat a granola bar. I was feeling pretty good, but I was ready to get off the bike. After only 20 miles since the 7-11 stop, I had only a little bit of water left. Yikes! I took it easy through Randallstown. Once I hit Reisterstown Rd., I had to stop. I was only a few miles from home, but I didn’t want to risk riding further without water. I stopped at the Rite-Aid on the corner of 140 and Seven Mile Lane. I scratched the bike locking it to a sign. Ugh. But I needed fluids. Inside, I quickly found some bottled water and a Dr. Pepper and got in line. The lady at the counter was having an issue with her coupons and was holding everyone up. I just wanted to check out and go. I’m sure the people in line wanted me to go too, because I must have been pretty ripe after 125 miles. It seemed like eons had passed before I eventually to the counter. Afterward, I refilled the water bottles and slowly headed for home.

    I was happy to reach Mt. Washington. It then dawned on me that I had to climb up the ridge to Roland Ave. Lake Ave.? or Bellemore? I decided to quickly “rip the Band-Aid off” as opposed to just slowly peeling it off. I made a right on Bellemore. It was a snail-paced climb. I then made a right on Roland Ave. where I promptly dropped my chain. OK, it was time for me to get off the bike.

    I made it home around 4:45 p.m., thankful of completing this ramble without any major issues. One minor one, though. It must have been the way the wind was blowing but my teats were screaming at me by the time I got home. I’ll have to figure that one out.

    133 miles in 8:36:05. Climbed 6,954 feet and apparently burned 4,898 calories.
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    Links to pictures from the Gettysburg Campaign: https://www.flickr.com/photos/891772...7645282609839/
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