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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    Hey I hate to be a curmudgeon old man but I never(well almost never, ok rarely) ride a route at night that I haven't ridden during the day. This is especially true for city streets because of potholes and storm drains in the gutters. If you really want to ride I would try the subway/bike combo. Light rail might not allow bikes during games. I know DCs metro is not bike friendly during busy times(rush hours, mall events). Not certain about baltos subway. Barry knows the NW corridor really well so I would trust his route.
    Yea mostly my desire to metro+ ride is distance. I would have already biked 30miles to work in the morning, so a 30 mile ride home in the middle of the night would be a good bit more.

    I checked the MTA website and they state:

    "Bicycles are permitted on all MTA Light Rail and Metro Subway service except on crowded trains. If the train is crowded due to morning or evening rush hour, sporting events or special events, please wait for the next train."

    I would be sure to print this out. I kinda figured if I ducked out of the game early I might have a chance of catching a train before the crowds. Or at least bike to a stop further out and catch a train.


    I just hate the metro so much. Worst experience ever of any metro system I have used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    I’ll be working the registration table and I will probably be sweeping a route which means I’ll probably only get to say hi when you check in. But I encourage everyone to come out we do some cool park/bike things with the money we raise.
    I was gonna give this ride a try but the Hon fest lured me away. What a hoot. If you've never been I highly recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    Yea mostly my desire to metro+ ride is distance. I would have already biked 30miles to work in the morning, so a 30 mile ride home in the middle of the night would be a good bit more.

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    Also you'll need a long burning light.
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    Since I'm in a chatty sort of way this evening I'll post a semi non biking Q. Has anyone been to the Thursday night concert in the park. It's at Mt Vernon place put on by WTMD. I just bought a used folding bike and after work plan to take it on the MARC to the Mt Vernon place concert. It's close to the station. I could then hop back on the train to BWI or Halethorpe and bike home from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    Also you'll need a long burning light.
    not a problem there. My headlamp will go 6hrs on low. Otherwise I also run a Dinotte 5w AA on the front, which will do 2-3 hours on low, plus I carry a second set of AA for 4-5 hours on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath
    Yea that would work, but wow, still 30 miles

    Here would be the whole thing

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Home-from-Orioles

    How long are baseball games usually? I guess if I ducked out by 10pm I would be home by midnight or so.

    [edit]

    So is the trail part the section in the beginning going through the golf course and recreational areas? Is it lit?

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    The trail is not lit and it starts out between the golf course and I-95. If you want to do city streets here is this option:

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/45145

    But I have not traveled this late at night so I really cannot vouch for their nighttime characteristics. Also I have not been on Windsor Mill Rd in ages but if you like this under rather then over route to home, from my other route you can take Park Heights to Slade/Milford Mill, Scotts Level Rd (just after 695,) Winands Rd and join this route. I’ll close with so far my favorite routes out of the city late night with the possibility of drunks on the road are the Gwynns Fall Trail and Guilford Ave. If you want a route using Guilford just let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    I was gonna give this ride a try but the Hon fest lured me away. What a hoot. If you've never been I highly recommend.
    Tour dem Parks Hon was really good this year. There was (and is) an art exhibit along the Gwynns Fall Trail, home made cookies and a lots of barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. After the ride some of us got together at Dizzy Izzy’s for a little post ride celebration, all of which was a lot of fun. On the way home I passed through the Hon Fest and it did look like a lot of fun but I was parted out for the day so I did not stay long. Oh FWIW for those of you who did go on the TDP I was the guy making announcement standing in back of the pick up truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    Since I'm in a chatty sort of way this evening I'll post a semi non biking Q. Has anyone been to the Thursday night concert in the park. It's at Mt Vernon place put on by WTMD. I just bought a used folding bike and after work plan to take it on the MARC to the Mt Vernon place concert. It's close to the station. I could then hop back on the train to BWI or Halethorpe and bike home from there.
    I haven’t been but I have yet to be disappointed with any free event in the city. Let me know when you go and I might meet you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    Tour dem Parks Hon was really good this year. There was (and is) an art exhibit along the Gwynns Fall Trail, home made cookies and a lots of barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. After the ride some of us got together at Dizzy Izzy’s for a little post ride celebration, all of which was a lot of fun. On the way home I passed through the Hon Fest and it did look like a lot of fun but I was parted out for the day so I did not stay long. Oh FWIW for those of you who did go on the TDP I was the guy making announcement standing in back of the pick up truck.

    I had a blast on this ride, I did the Medium route in just a hair over two hours. I would love to get a road bike and do the 35 next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    I haven’t been but I have yet to be disappointed with any free event in the city. Let me know when you go and I might meet you there.
    Sounds like a plan. I found out that it starts at 530, I think serves Brewers Art brews but is only on the first Thursday of the month. We must remember for July. Charlie

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    Anyone else riding the Flatlands Tour this weekend?

    http://www.baltobikeclub.org/uploads...latlands07.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    Anyone else riding the Flatlands Tour this weekend?

    http://www.baltobikeclub.org/uploads...latlands07.pdf
    Wish I'd known about it sooner. I guess I'll try to do the HoCo ride from Princeton and not die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    Anyone else riding the Flatlands Tour this weekend?

    http://www.baltobikeclub.org/uploads...latlands07.pdf
    Sounds like a nice ride. Unfortunately I am booked up this weekend. My saturday ride will be starting at 5am so I can be done by 9am.

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    Well yesterday started out like any other day with me checking my email and I noticed an old email from Greg about the East Coast Greenway “Close the Gaps” tour which he was supposed to send me the press release for. Wait, that’s today and I frantically Googled the web trying to find more info. Well I finally found it and I had a half hour to get downtown for the sign unveiling. Well since I just replaced the drive train on my bike and finally fixed my “in the wrong position” cleat I decided to give it a whirl.

    I get there in time and have fun meeting every one. After the little ceremony we take off along the ECG. I will note that in leaving Baltimore the Potee St bridge has a bike lane (one direction only) so that was a nice crossing. The people were interesting but there was a lot of stopping for picture taking and interviewing trail users, so as a bike ride it was a bit lame. Getting near to Annapolis Greg needs to go back home and get his car so I decide to ride with him to the light rail stop. A train pulls away from the station just as we get there so we decide to bike all the way into Baltimore. Greg takes me over the Hanover St bridge and that was a little intimidating and I’m not sure if I will do that again especially since Angelo’s route is more direct and not near as intimidating.

    Ok Greg and I part ways and it’s now 5pm at the Inner Harbor and there is an ECG event at 6pm. Hmm can I get back down to Annapolis in hour? Well once I am back on the BWI trail the wind picks up and it was really threatening to rain but for some unknown reason I kept going. Well after fighting the wind and riding for an hour and a half I made it down to the event which seemed to just be taking off as I get there. Nice conversations and good food and then headed home now very, very tired.

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    http://www.baltimorespokes.org/admin...70613075255249
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    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ECG-Wanderings

    I slept real good that night.
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    Any ideas for Sunday rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    Well since I just replaced the drive train on my bike and finally fixed my “in the wrong position” cleat I decided to give it a whirl.
    Sounds like you got some good mileage in.

    So, after fixing your cleat, does your knee feel better--if that was what's wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by donhaller
    Any ideas for Sunday rides?
    The 15-17 MPH BBC ride on Sunday is turning into another 100 miler if you are interested. I believe there's options for something shorter (the original 61 miles), though.

    Check the link below for other BBC rides occurring this weekend.


    http://www.baltobikeclub.org/index.pl/schedulea

    15/17 MPH - 9 am – 61 miles - w/39 more being added by the ride leader, Bill
    START: MTV – Mt. View Middle School
    The Mildly Mountainous Metric Modification of Gary, Rick and Ron's Ride with 3800 feet of climbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    Well yesterday started out like any other day with me checking my email and I noticed an old email from Greg about the East Coast Greenway “Close the Gaps” tour which he was supposed to send me the press release for. Wait, that’s today and I frantically Googled the web trying to find more info. Well I finally found it and I had a half hour to get downtown for the sign unveiling. Well since I just replaced the drive train on my bike and finally fixed my “in the wrong position” cleat I decided to give it a whirl.

    I get there in time and have fun meeting every one. After the little ceremony we take off along the ECG. I will note that in leaving Baltimore the Potee St bridge has a bike lane (one direction only) so that was a nice crossing. The people were interesting but there was a lot of stopping for picture taking and interviewing trail users, so as a bike ride it was a bit lame. Getting near to Annapolis Greg needs to go back home and get his car so I decide to ride with him to the light rail stop. A train pulls away from the station just as we get there so we decide to bike all the way into Baltimore. Greg takes me over the Hanover St bridge and that was a little intimidating and I’m not sure if I will do that again especially since Angelo’s route is more direct and not near as intimidating.

    Ok Greg and I part ways and it’s now 5pm at the Inner Harbor and there is an ECG event at 6pm. Hmm can I get back down to Annapolis in hour? Well once I am back on the BWI trail the wind picks up and it was really threatening to rain but for some unknown reason I kept going. Well after fighting the wind and riding for an hour and a half I made it down to the event which seemed to just be taking off as I get there. Nice conversations and good food and then headed home now very, very tired.

    Info on the Close the Gaps Ride:
    http://www.baltimorespokes.org/admin...70613075255249
    My route for the day:
    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ECG-Wanderings

    I slept real good that night.
    Sounds like you've been hanging around No Racer(who really is a racer) with that many miles. I also escorted the ECG riders through Ag research yesterday(Thursday). First I had a nooner bike club meeting w/ MNCPP on the Paint branch trail, then the ECG ride from Old Bowie to Beltsville. It was only a 12 mile ride but w/ my meeting and criss-crossing Ag research I ended up logging in over 50 miles. I had to haul a$$ to make my train at the end of the ride and burned 3 hrs leave time. I didn't stay for dinner since I was to make dinner for the family. That and the fact I didn't know about dinner until I dropped off the riders. it would have been nice as they seemed like a decent group.

    Barry: I am going to try to make the Bike advisory meeting on Tuesday, are you going and can anybody come(not that I am just an anybody). I plan to take my "new" folder on the Penn line, bike the Jones Falls trail. Do you think that's best way to Madison street or run through the neighborhood Bolton Hill? When I leave I might take the light rail or the Penn line. Timing is everything.

    Angelo: Please repost your route if it's easy if not I'll search BF archives for it. Thanks.

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    The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting is open to all (and especially Charlie ) and bikes are welcomed inside the building as well. I look forward to finally meeting you. Agenda items:
    1. MTA meeting notes
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    3. College Bike Network
    4. East Coast Greenway Alliance update

    It’s hard to say what’s the best route from Penn Station would be. The Jones Falls Trail and adjacent roads are all nice and scenic but you have the switch backs (ADA complaint) to get up out of the stream valley and over to Druid Hill Park. Dropping down to Mt Royal then finding your way over to Eutaw Pl is also a nice to a not bad ride.

    Before Noracer came along I was known as the long distance dude but he just had to show me up. Seriously I do appreciate him for inspiring me to do more, not to mention being one swell of a guy.

    My knee is no worse for the wear after my ride, which is a good sign as I did push things a bit. I am also experiencing some moments when it does feel a lot better, so I am hopeful that the cleat thing was the major issue.

    Angelo’s route: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...from-the-South (Just take 170 to get to the BWI trail)
    (FWIW On the Draw tab you can click the ‘>’ which moves the route pointer ~1 mile and re-centers the map so you can zoom in and follow the route.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    I also escorted the ECG riders through Ag research yesterday(Thursday).... It was only a 12 mile ride but w/ my meeting and criss-crossing Ag research I ended up logging in over 50 miles.
    I just noticed that my ECG route was ~25 miles (~double yours) and my total mileage sans to/from home was a 100 (double yours.) Hmm….
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    Before Noracer came along I was known as the long distance dude but he just had to show me up. Seriously I do appreciate him for inspiring me to do more, not to mention being one swell of a guy.
    Whoops!

    Barry, I'm glad to hear that your knee is doing better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoRacer
    Whoops!

    Barry, I'm glad to hear that your knee is doing better.
    In case you missed it I made the 10 mile ride downtown in half hour and that includes lights and rush hour traffic. You should be ashamed of yourself for being such a bad influence on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting is open to all (and especially Charlie ) and bikes are welcomed inside the building as well. I look forward to finally meeting you. Agenda items:
    1. MTA meeting notes
    2. Ride with the Mayor event
    3. College Bike Network
    4. East Coast Greenway Alliance update

    It’s hard to say what’s the best route from Penn Station would be. The Jones Falls Trail and adjacent roads are all nice and scenic but you have the switch backs (ADA complaint) to get up out of the stream valley and over to Druid Hill Park. Dropping down to Mt Royal then finding your way over to Eutaw Pl is also a nice to a not bad ride.



    Angelo’s route: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...from-the-South (Just take 170 to get to the BWI trail)
    (FWIW On the Draw tab you can click the ‘>’ which moves the route pointer ~1 mile and re-centers the map so you can zoom in and follow the route.)
    Hope to see you tonight. I am trying out the "new to me folder", a new route and a new train line. Too many news for a guaranteed success but we'll try. Thanks for Angelos route directions. Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie
    Hope to see you tonight. I am trying out the "new to me folder", a new route and a new train line. Too many news for a guaranteed success but we'll try. Thanks for Angelos route directions. Charlie
    What time are you getting in at Penn Station? I could meet you. I’ll PM my cell phone # just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Human Car
    What time are you getting in at Penn Station? I could meet you. I’ll PM my cell phone # just in case.
    I PM'd you

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