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Old 11-18-05, 01:29 PM   #1
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question Philly-Annapolis

Anyone in the maryland/pa area know of any routes that would help me cross the state borders.
Any alternative routes for a bike to go on?
I am on my way to grandmother's house for the turkey day and need some suggestions.
Also any gear that would be recommened.

I am more of a road rider and I do about 40 miles in about 2 hours.
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Old 11-18-05, 01:56 PM   #2
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You may want to get a copy of the Maryland Bike Map from here:

http://www.sha.state.md.us/SHAServic.../OPPE/maps.asp

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Use the Bicycle Map to enjoy Maryland's bicycle trails. This map also classifies roads to assist you in selecting potential bicycling routes in Maryland.
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Old 11-18-05, 03:40 PM   #3
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If you don't mind going through Baltimore -
best route to US 1
to MD 24 (near Bel Air)
south to US 40 (although MD 7 might work better)
west on 40 (or 7) into Baltimore (I haven't ridden the parts up to here, so I can't vouch for them)
left at Highland, right on Baltimore Ave (these are the roads I have ridden)
left on Patterson Park Ave (at the far corner of Patterson Park)
right on Eastern and to the harbor
take the paths around the harbor to Light St (or right on President, left on Lombard, right on Light St)
right on Lee St (next to the harbor near the Visitor's Center), left on Hanover
stay on Hanover across the bridge (caution on bridge) and switch to Pottee at the split
bear right to stay on Pottee
Pottee rejoins Hanover and turns in to Governor Ritchie Highway
where MD 2 and MD 3 split, stay right on MD 3 / Crain Highway
just past Baltimore - Annapolis Blvd, MD 3 crosses the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail
take the trail south / left to Annapolis
not sure about crossing the Severn River bridge, but you'll be close.

Or the Eastern route -
best route to MD 213
west on 18 at Centreville
gets you to the east end of the bay bridge
someone will have to pick you up to take you across

Have fun.

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Old 11-18-05, 10:18 PM   #4
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Pottee rejoins Hanover and turns in to Governor Ritchie Highway
where MD 2 and MD 3 split, stay right on MD 3 / Crain Highway
just past Baltimore - Annapolis Blvd, MD 3 crosses the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail
take the trail south / left to Annapolis
not sure about crossing the Severn River bridge, but you'll be close.
I recommend the following because Ritchie Hwy is very dangerous between this point and the Glen Burnie Mall. At the AA County line where it becomes Ritchie Hwy, turn right on Belle Grove Road (MD 170). Follow several miles until Andover Rd. Turn left on Andover Rd until it ends at Aviation Blvd, Turn left and you'll see a paved bike trail next to this road. This is the BWI bike trail follow that until it passes Dorsey Rd and then it will be either a left or a right. Take the left and this will take you directly to the B&A rail trail. Follow until ends then simply go down a huge hill to the Old Severn River bridge. The site at the link below will give you detailed directions. Over that bridge, you'll need to make a left on King George St, go over another bridge and that will pretty much put you in downtown Annapolis.

Websites with maps
BWI trail - http://www.bikewashington.org/routes/bwi/index.htm
B&A rail trail - http://www.bikewashington.org/trails/ba/ba.htm

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Or the Eastern route -
best route to MD 213
west on 18 at Centreville
gets you to the east end of the bay bridge
someone will have to pick you up to take you across
Public bus transit runs two buses a day that have front bike racks that will take your bike across the Bay Bridge. Kent Island cab companies can also do this with mini-vans.
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Old 11-19-05, 09:20 AM   #5
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thanks alot everyone, another question:
with all these directions, how do i have these handy in front of me and stuff.
also recommened gear for this trip. i would be leaving at 8am. the weather should be mid 40's.
i have tights and thats about it. i am really really new to cycling.
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I recommend the following because Ritchie Hwy is very dangerous between this point and the Glen Burnie Mall. At the AA County line where it becomes Ritchie Hwy, turn right on Belle Grove Road (MD 170)......
Agree with you on Ritchie Highway. I've never tried your way, but it sounds much better than mine. Looks good on the map.

There is also a nicer alternate to the Hanover Street bridge, but the route is more complicated. Uses the Gwynn's Falls trail along the waterfront.
http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/imag...e_Back_701.pdf

A lot of tourers use a handlebar bag with a map holder on the lid. Good place for a phone, camera, snacks.

Go out early, when it's really cold, and try out combinations of clothes. Do something for hands, face and feet.

Do you have something to carry your stuff in?

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Old 11-19-05, 01:08 PM   #7
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i have a small saddle bag and sometimes a backpack.
i know i shouldnt use the backpack. but i'll look into a bar bag and see what else the bike shop offers.

i really appreciate all this help
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i have a small saddle bag and sometimes a backpack.
i know i shouldnt use the backpack. but i'll look into a bar bag and see what else the bike shop offers.

i really appreciate all this help
Backpack not the best idea.
Is there someone who you can borrow panniers from? Maybe an adventure/ourdoor place has some for rent.
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i'll look into that. i mean its not that i have a lot of stuff. just me and my bicycle and some assorted essentials, tubes, food and a pump.

also is there a way to rig something as a map holder? i dont want to spend 12 bucks at the lbs for something that i could create myself.

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For just one or two sheets, you can use a small binder clip to fasten the map to your cables. Keep a zip-lock baggie to put it in if it rains.
Prep your maps and/or directions ahead of time. Photocopy them on both sides of 8 1/2 x 11's that cover a good chunk of the route on each page. Lay it out in 1/4 or 1/2 sheets so you can fold it to a nice, compact shape. As one map ends, stop and flip it over, or change maps. Mark the route in colored marker.
And bring a couple of duplicate sets. Sucks to loose your only map.

ADC maps are probably the best for Baltimore and the Maryland counties. ADC also has maps for Philadelphia area and Delaware.

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okay thanks, i got all my stuff ready for wednesday.
wish me luck
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also is there a way to rig something as a map holder? i dont want to spend 12 bucks at the lbs for something that i could create myself.

Try spring loaded paper clips(clasps?) and attach to you cables. Any CVS or staples will have these and they are cheap.
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I do not recommend Route 7 at all. It has no shoulder in some places. This is shown on the FREE BIKE MAP that I pointed you to earlier.

Route 1 has a wide shoulder (8 feet) and has an Average Daily Traffic count of 2,000 vehicles or less, all of the way from the state line to the Baltimore City limits EXCEPT for in the Fallston area where the shoulder is 4 feet or less.
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Old 11-22-05, 04:58 PM   #14
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Maxknee, I have 2 hopes for you--
1. I hope you have a safe ride and a good holiday
2. I hope you let us know what route you followed and what you experienced
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So I did it.
I went down route 1
bonked out at baltimore city limits. and my grandparents picked me up.
it was cold but i handeled it just fine.
thanks for all the tips and routes.
i had no qualms about any of the roads except the conowingo dam.
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