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    The Perfect Birthday ride

    So this weekend is my birthday weekend. My wife went out of town. So friday night I took the kids to my parents (3 and under 1). Partially just to visit. Partially so I could get a nice long block of ride time (hard to find for me these days).

    So at 8am, I headed out. 24deg and WINDY. I rode from the house, and up the B&A trail, about 18 miles to meet up with BF.NET members NoRacer and Maxine. Since it was the first time we all met, we did the usual quick introductions and we were off.

    The plan was to ride back down the B&A, cross into annapolis by the Naval Academy bridge, go through annapolis and down to Thomas Point Park.

    We all rode together, having a great time getting to know each other. Maxine had to turn around at the end of the B&A trail. She had to get home for something. It was great meeting you Maxine. Love that Airborne.

    NoRace and I continued on.

    Now it has to be said that NoRacer has done more miles so far in 2007 than I did all of 2006. So he could have turned it up and smoked me easily. But he kept pace with my sorry butt the whole time. Helluva guy overall.

    So all was well until we hit the bridge. The climb on the bridge plus the wind made it feel like I was almost going backwards. I had already bitten off more than I could chew when planning this ride. And I hadn't factored in high wind. By the time I got over the bridge my legs were burning. They had that twinge of cramps coming on. 25 miles to go.

    We made it to downtown Annapolis. Man something smelled AMAZING coming from one of the restaraunts, but no time to stop (get to that later). We pass through annapolis and onward.

    Then we got to Thomas Point Park. At which point I remember I had brought my camera

    Dueling Giants at the Park


    NoRacer and his TCR.



    Me and my OCR.



    A few minutes at the park (didn't want to cool down) and we were on our way back. By this point I was fighting off cramps in my quads, hamstrings and calves. Pretty much if it was a muscle in my leg, it was cramping. But I managed to keep going ok. The way back was into the wind again and the bridge was no easier. We finally arrived at the split, at which point he headed back home and I did as well.

    Now for some of the best post ride parts.

    I got home, where my dad had already heated the sauna (they have one in the basement). I went straight down and chilled in there for a bit. Then a shower and layed on the table where my mom, a certified massage therapist, worked on my legs.

    Then the day was topped of with dinner of Prime rib and birthday cake for dessert.

    Pretty awesome day overall. 58 miles travelled. I would post my Garmin data but Motionbased is down for maintenance.

    -D

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    Thats awesome. Which person is you the Giant bike or the Blue Giant? Lol woops. Happy birthday.

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    Nice report, great photos! Thanks for lettiing me hang (barely!!) with you guys for a while. Sorry I had to leave early. I was wondering how you made out for the rest of the ride . . . as soon as I turned around to head back north, the wind hit me right in the nose, and I was pretty much hatin' life all the way back to the airport.

    Happy Birthday!!!!
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    My ride to meet up with derath and Maxine at BWI was uneventful. I had no problem, as usual, getting through the city, even though there's plenty of construction going on. What I really like about riding in the city is:

    - the streets are very clean; not much chance of picking up a nail or glass

    - I can keep up with traffic

    For anyone interested, here's the outbound map for the route that I took:

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...-outbound-only

    The return route differed slightly, in that I turned down Wolf St just before Patterson Park and hit Alicianna with the goal of going down Boston St and riding home through a portion of Dundalk, thus by-passing the uphill I-95 interchange on Eastern Avenue where there is no shoulder and lots of speeding traffic coming off of I-95.

    Getting back to the trip with darath and Maxine, once I made it to BWI, I saw Maxine unloading her Airborne. I introduced myself at that time. derath hadn't shown yet, so I attempted to give him a call on his cell. No answer, so I left a voice mail. By the time I hung up the phone, I could see a lone rider in the distance approaching. Since there were no other crazies out for a morning jaunt in mid-twenty degree temps with a 10-15 MPH wind from the north-northwest, I assumed it had to be derath. Once he reached us, we did the introduction thing, and were off--with a tailwind much of the way.

    The BWI trail, leaving from the Dixon observation parking lot heading east toward the B&A trail, had a few large ice patches that almost spanned the entire path. We were able to navigate through streaks in the ice where bare pavement shown through.

    At the B&A, we slowed down a little so we could hear each other's conversations and get to know each other a little more. Before we knew it, we were at the end of the trail. This is where Maxine paid her farewells as she needed to head back due to other obligations. derath and I pushed on.

    I always have fun going over the Naval Academy Bridge. I love pushing the pace hard and flying down the other side nearly matching the speed of the motor vehicle on the descent. Today was no exception. I stopped at a parking lot across from one of the academy's entrances and waited for derath to catch up. As he approached I asked if he wanted to take a break, but -D said it was ok to continue.

    We passed through Annapolis, navigated the roundabout to head south toward the park. As derath stated, there was an overpowering aroma, coming from one of the restaurants, that filled the traffic circle. It smelled like well prepared steak on a grill to me.

    We reached our turn at Arundle on the Bay Rd. This road led to a pretty impressive neighborhood. Lots of pricey, beautiful homes... on the Bay. Not too much further down the road, we made it to the park. The pavement ended at the sign for the park, so we decided not to venture any further.

    Upon the return trip, headwinds. As -D stated, he was already having problems with cramping, so the winds just compounded his problems on the way back.

    Back in Annapolis; across the Naval Academy Bridge; take a break and make a decision--go with derath to his parents place for a quick stop, continue down the road where derath could ride flatter grounds and could turn off towards his parents' home from the B&A. We chose the latter.

    At -D's turnoff, we said our goodbye's and I wished him a happy birthday. Then I pushed on into the winds.

    During the return, I met many other cyclists on the trail. People (skaters, walkers, runners, cyclists) were trying to make the best of what was available for the day approaching the warmest part of the day.

    The rest of the trip was a lonesome one, but I'm not one to give that much thought. The shining gem in the horizon was my ride back through the city. There was lots of traffic and that means easy stop-and-go to each light. And it means that I can take advantage of my size and navigate through many of the construction areas along Pratt. Before I knew it, I was passing the Inner Harbor. It was as busy as ever with people enjoying the downtown atmosphere. Another couple miles down the road is where I made my right hand turn on to Wolf St, yada, yada, yada.

    It was great riding with derath and Maxine. We'd read each others posting on BF.net and now we can place a face (sort-of, considering all of the winter headwear) with the post.

    -D, I owe you a birthday beer. I'm sorry that I wasn't feeling too well. I'd like to have stopped, but a "cold one", yesterday, wasn't that appealing.
    Last edited by NoRacer; 02-25-07 at 04:53 AM.
    2009 mileage = 14,738 miles; 2010 mileage = 15,234 miles; 2011 mileage = 17,344 miles; 2012 mileage = 11,414 miles; 2013 = 12,169

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    awesome report and pics!
    Happy birthday!

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