I like the concept. Riding for riding's sake. Why check in?
I did a solo tour last June, 120 miles on day one, and it was quite enjoyable. I rode down to DC and up the C&O. The most enjoyable part was the route between Balt and DC.
You mentioned multi day rides, any ideas? Besides the annual 4th of July ride, which I can't do as I'll be in The Netherlands.
I have been putting together a trip of 2 or 3 days that “MIGHT” attract all of us; at least I hope it does. It has primitive like feel and an urban slant, spectacular scenery with and without tourist, mid-distant cycling to unlimited miles. Do I have your attention? Mileage will be around 60/day with options for many more miles with numerous turn arounds.
This mini bike tour starts in potholed Baltimore riding south to DC. We knock around the mall, museums and some of the bike trails. When we had our fill we head north on the C&O to a rentable lock house(they now rent these) w/ some amenities (fridge and running water) for the night. If folks are needing more miles they can ride to Cumberland on the C&O if they want; while others sit on the porch and sip a little of the Irish. This lock-house is operated by the NPS and charges $$ but not a lot, sleeps 6. The House keepers are Davey Hearn and his wife(I don’t her name). They were our representatives at the world and Olympic whitewater competitions for many many years. We might need to bring a sleeping bags, I have extras if this is a problem.
If we do 3 days then we can spend a mellow day riding up the C&O, stopping at the Billy Goat trail near Great Falls. Park/lock our bikes and hike this 6 mile trail overlooking the Gorge, check out whitewater kayakers and rock climbers along the way. We then return to our bikes and ride up the C&O to Lock house 49. This is a period type home with no running water and electricity but has a sweeeet looking porch for late night hanging out. Again for those wanting a longer ride they can go 10 or so miles to tour Harpers Ferry and Antietam Battlefield.
Day3 We can bike towards Frederick and head home along Rt40 or 99.
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1)probably sleeping bag but I haven’t read everything so they might give us sheets
2) Cooking stuff: We can often get food along the way with some cooking. I have cooking supplies and we can figure out what we want to cook.
3)Off the bike walking shoes
4)other stuff to figure out
So anyone interested? I can organize this if there is interest.
1st: Is there interest?
2nd: 2 days or 3 days. I know Bob has trouble with Saturday. Would folks be interested in a Sunday-Tuesday trip? If Bob is not interested we can go to a Sat-Mon. or Sat-Sun with only 1 night
3rd Firm up dates. I think Spring or fall are best. If fact I would like to try for the Cherry Blossom time. The Mall will be a zoo but the trees are spectacular. We can also do this tour in reverse so we can tour the trees during Monday or Tuesday.
Harry: I guess this is your ride with the lockhouses as a lure to those needing a mattress;-)
Last edited by balto charlie; 03-03-10 at 10:21 AM.
I posted this in Bike Mechanic on BF, too, but all they want to do is shoot the messenger. Others are coming around, though, saying that it's not rider abuse of the chain (rider abuse in 7 days? one surface application of WD40? some of those guys are butt-wads!)
Spring or fall, hmmmm, cherry blossoms or colorful leaves? Both quite nice. I read that the cherry blossoms are supposed to peak in the first week of April. Something to think about: the process of getting 3 feet of snow to turn into water and evaporate may mean that even as late as early April, the C&O may still be a boggy mess.
I have some backpacking-designed cooking gear (stove, pots/pans) that I could bring along.
You can't win until you're not afraid to lose.
Do you think that it would be possible to do the trip with just a credit card? <j/k>
Anyone up for approximately 120 miles from Essex? (tomorrow 7am)
(LOL! The tinyURL is correct, but apparently I screwed up the spelling putting it in tinyURL. It was suppose to be H O L T wood--as in the Holtwood bridge up by Lancaster, PA.)
Last edited by NoRacer; 03-05-10 at 08:12 AM.
Garsh and shivers me timbers, Olive Oyl, nose body wants to go 120 miles 2morrow! Ahgagagagah! http://tinyurl.com/NotherHotwoodLoop
You can't win until you're not afraid to lose.
Wow, so it's been probably about a year since I have even come by bikeforums and this thread is still at the top. How's all the MD peeps doing? Miss you guys.
Come on folks, we need a few more. Harry?? Barry?? GB?? NR??
The blog entry is not ready yet. I have pictures to go into, too. First, I need to rest a little. BiM says the climbing for this ride turned out to be 7,969ft over 115 miles. Between that and the wind, I'm a little tired.
Hey folks: here's what I am riding tomorrow if anyone is interested. I plan to leave early but not too early. Between 7-8, what suits me and anyone else. I'm on my way out now but post, call or PM me and I'll check back when I return.
I will probably extend the ride down to Deale
Glad to see some more interest in the CC tour;-) We talk about it in more details later. Start checking dates.