Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Land of Pleasant Living
Bikes: Trek 630 • Jamis Quest • Bilenky Tourlite and various others
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Hey Matt, not a bad choice for short tour. There’s a Delaware State Park five minutes from the ferry. There are also quite a few state parks between Lewis and the bridge. Martinack and Tuckahoe come immediately to mind and they’re about the right distances from Lewis . They’re both right outside of Denton, MD. The back roads from Lewis to the Chesapeake Bay bridge are lovely and flat. Don’t (like so many others) ride on Rt. 50 when you have a choice. there are so many better backroads. Or, you could go over the top of the Bay, but that would mean going North for a ways. If you decide to go over the bridge, you’re going to have to get on Rt. 50 for a couple of miles past Queenstown, that and stop at one of the quickie marts or a gas station to get someone with a pick-up truck to give you and your bike a lift across. That shouldn’t be hard at all. There are plenty of rolling and scenic backroads from the bridge to DC. Get a map that shows the secondary roads and stay on ‘em. The winds are (unfortunately) generally from the West to North quadrant of the compass. I sail an awful lot, so I tend to pay attention to these things and I live in Easton and am always checking the prevailing winds. But don’t let that dissuade you. You’ll have a great tour.
I’ve ridden from Gloucester City, NJ (Philly, essentially) to the ferry and across to Lewis and from O.C., MD to Queenstown and everywhere on the Eastern Shore of MD, but have never gone across the bridge. You’ll have to be careful about your road choices on that side as well (more people = more traffic).