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    DC to Coast Route Suggestions/Help

    Good Afternoon,

    I am currently involved in a cross-country charity ride from Seattle to DC that will end on August 2nd at the Capital. However, I'd like to keep biking by myself from DC to the Atlantic, but have no idea what kind of route would be the best. I'm looking to keep it as relatively short as possible, but would like to end in a nice oceanfront city/town.

    Would anyone have any suggestions on routes, who to contact regarding routes, or how I could plan a route for myself?

    Thank you kindly for all the help.

    Best regards,
    Evan Eshelman

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    I can't really answer your question, but the major obstacle to getting from DC to the Atlantic is crossing the Chesepeake Bay. The only bridge crossing is US 50 (William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge) and bicycles are not allowed on the bridge. 2009 thread. The State of Maryland Website lists a contact number for a serivce that can take cyclists across the bridge.

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    realistically google 'bike 2 the beach' that's an annual ride on august 1 that follows a good route to the coast on local roads, but again, you'll have to figure a way across the rt50 bridge.

    otherwise going northward to get to go around it and make waterfall somewhere near baltimore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Consularrider View Post
    The only bridge crossing is US 50 (William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge) and bicycles are not allowed on the bridge. 2009 thread. The State of Maryland Website lists a contact number for a serivce that can take cyclists across the bridge.
    The phone number in question is not connected. Anyone have another number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by northerntier View Post
    The phone number in question is not connected. Anyone have another number?
    You could try the Kent Island Express:

    Chesapeake Bay Bridge Drive-Over Service, Bay Bridge Drive-Over Help, Parcel Services

    Not cheap, though; I think they charge $30 to go across the Bay Bridge. For the past several years my s/o and I have done an annual 4th of July trip to Ocean City, MD. We live in the Baltimore area, and have always driven across the bridge and started the ride from Kent Island or the US 50 / MD Route 404 park-and-ride. On his own, my s/o has ridden to Ocean City from his home (northeast of Baltimore) using the "over-the-top-of-the-Bay" route and crossing the Susquehanna River, but that's like 180 miles.

    If you use Google's "biking" (or, even, I think, "walking") directions from Stevensville, MD to Ocean City, MD, you'll get, essentially the route we've used a few times. It's basically Maryland/Delaware Route 404 to State Road 20 to Delaware 54. About 90 miles from Kent Island, about 77 miles from the park and ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emeshelman View Post
    ...I am currently involved in a cross-country charity ride from Seattle to DC that will end on August 2nd at the Capital. However, I'd like to keep biking by myself from DC to the Atlantic, but have no idea what kind of route would be the best. I'm looking to keep it as relatively short as possible, but would like to end in a nice oceanfront city/town...
    I have no suggestions but in 1977 my wife and I cycled from LA to DC, and I still tout it as a "cross-country ride." We were time-limited and had to catch a train to Boston, arriving in DC with about two days to spare.

    We had lost a day on the Friday before our arrival due to a storm, and rode into DC in Monday rush hour, rather than Sunday AM. You might want to check into a good way into DC, becuse traffic was terrible as I recall. Best wishes.

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    you might also check out the ACA Potomac loop, this route uses two ferries to cross the Chesapeake

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