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    Best Route from Baltimore to Frederick/Brunswick, MD?

    Hey all,

    I live in Baltimore City and my parents live in Brunswick (SW suburb of Frederick) and I wanted to do a ride out there to see them (about 65 miles or so) and then ride back the next day sometimes in april/may.

    I wanted to know if anyone had done it and if so what is the best route to atleast get into frederick (which is a great bike city i hear).

    I'm looking for roads with shoulders (obviously) and if not that, then the least traveled roads. Prolly going to do it on a saturday and then come back sunday (least amount of cars).

    I know MD-26 is decent (how decent i DO NOT KNOW), but it will take me 10 miles north out of the way. but I was thinking of taking 40 until it runs parallel with 70 and then just taking those roads that go south of 70 into brunswick.

    Anyone done this? let me know as i'm going to drive it tomm. and I don't really want to waste my time with a crappy route. THX in advance!

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    Rt. 26 is definitely a good route , wide shoulder, traffic not too bad. But it will definitely take you out of your way. Where exactly are you starting from?

    I would use Rt. 144 a.k.a. Frederick Road. Runs from Batimore/Catonsville all the way to Frederick. Not always the widest shoulder but usually enough room to feel comfortable and the traffic isn't bad, especially on the weekends. Plenty of options to stop to reload on water or food too. Once you hit Frederick take Rt. 180/Jefferson Pike down to Brunswick. Or take New Design Rd. down to the C&O canal and then take the canal to Brunswick.

    I definitely would not take Rt. 40.
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    Aw yeah thx so much! I didn't zoom in enough on google maps to see this road. Awesome road indeed!

    I'm starting in Charles Village (25th & Charles). Yeah riding to Ellicott City then taking 144 looks awesome. Thank you so much. Should be a nice ride. Going to drive it tommorow to find out.

    Thanks again man, hopefully one day I can repay you!

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    Hmm,

    I haven't dont all of that, but I have biked and driven a fair amount of roads along the way.

    My recommendations. First off 26 is NOT that fun in certain spots. It is bikeable, but as it takes you a bit out of your way I wouldn't bother.

    I would probably consider RT 144 over 40. 40 is tons of strip malls, no good shoulder and overall probably not that much fun. I have biked 144 from downtown Ellicott City west. It is part of my commute to/from work. The only semi annoying part is a section where 144 merges onto Rt 40. It is pretty short (maybe .5 mile) and what I do is take the far left turn lane. When I get on Rt 40 I actually ride on the "shoulder" section between the left lane and the grass median between the roads. That sets me up for the left turn lane to get back over to 144.

    From there you can probably take 144 for a good bit. I don't mind it at all.

    Here is my likely route

    Keep in mind I haven't biked all of those roads, but there are plenty of other smaller roads that could be substituted.

    Looks like a really fun ride. I did something similar last summer. My wife and I had a party on a saturday night. So I dropped the kids off at my parents and biked home taking this route

    Then the next morning I biked back down to pick them up. It was pretty awesome, mostly the feeling of not just riding, but getting somewhere that was a decent distance away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derath View Post
    The only semi annoying part is a section where 144 merges onto Rt 40. It is pretty short (maybe .5 mile) and what I do is take the far left turn lane. When I get on Rt 40 I actually ride on the "shoulder" section between the left lane and the grass median between the roads. That sets me up for the left turn lane to get back over to 144.
    Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Here's what I've done on that stretch in the past: Right before 144 hits Rt. 40 there is a service road on your left. Hop the curb and take that past the liquor store, etc. and then ride the grass/shoulder against traffic for 1/4 mile. Let's you avoid getting on Rt. 40 at all.


    Quote Originally Posted by derath View Post
    Here is my likely route

    Keep in mind I haven't biked all of those roads, but there are plenty of other smaller roads that could be substituted.
    That's a bit more direct than what I suggested. I'd personally avoid Rt. 80 though, it's pretty heavily traveled at high speeds with no shoulder on most of it. It's OK for quick stretches when linking routes together, but I don't take it for extended distances. Same with Rt. 85. New Design Rd is a good substitute for that piece, less traffic. Or Park Mills to Lily Pons to New Design.
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    What's your plan for getting to Ellicott City? Finding a decent route through the west side of the city can be a pain.
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    Derath - I'd take 99 instead of 144 and then cross over at Watersville Rd. 99 has much less traffic and for some bizzare reason, its flatter on that side of 70.

    I just looked at google maps. Here what i'd do

    Druid Lake Drive to Liberty Heights to Gwynn Oak to Woodlawn to Security Blvd to Old Frederick (rt-99). Once you on rt-99 stay on it all the way to Mt. Airy and pick up Deraths route from there. The roads on the north side of 70 are a little more biker friendly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    What's your plan for getting to Ellicott City? Finding a decent route through the west side of the city can be a pain.
    Here's my bikely route from Catonsville to N. Balto county.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/newreply.p...eply&p=6340624
    Just look at the middle area that goes across the 41st st. bridge. Thats my way to the westside. I've done a lot of them. You can cut across Druid hill park via the Jones Falls trail if you prefer, then hook up to my map at Gwynnfalls Rd. Follow and stay on Edmondson rd. DO NOT TAKE LEFT at Overbrook to Frederick. Edmondson ends at the Trolley Trail that dumps you into Ellicott city which is Frederick rd(144) then follow the previous posts.

    RT99 if memory serves does not have much of a shoulder at times but can't recall where the poor shoulders are. I prefer rt144

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
    Here's my bikely route from Catonsville to N. Balto county.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/newreply.p...eply&p=6340624
    Just look at the middle area that goes across the 41st st. bridge. Thats my way to the westside. I've done a lot of them. You can cut across Druid hill park via the Jones Falls trail if you prefer, then hook up to my map at Gwynnfalls Rd. Follow and stay on Edmondson rd. DO NOT TAKE LEFT at Overbrook to Frederick. Edmondson ends at the Trolley Trail that dumps you into Ellicott city which is Frederick rd(144) then follow the previous posts.

    RT99 if memory serves does not have much of a shoulder at times but can't recall where the poor shoulders are. I prefer rt144

    Rt-99 really doesnt have a shoulder past rt-32, but its so lightly traveled that its not an issue. I like it mainly becauses its less extreme on the rollers than 144.
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