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Ellicott City

Ellicott City

I rode Marg's ride in Ellicott City on SA because it was early and the weather forecast was rainy.  The ride was a good one, the group was nice and the pace comfortable.  Thanks Marg!

I needed to stay close to home Sunday so I re-road the route without the cue sheet since I enjoyed the ride and to see if I could remember it (no problem).  I heard the rain Saturday night and did not look at the news and the internet.  The first issue I encountered yesterday was my inability to ride through Patapsco State Park because a large tree was down on the main road in and the road had about 2 inches of mud.  I rode around the park and re-joined the cue sheet finding several more issues from the rain -- a sinkhole on Montgomery Road, a small section of road washed away on Beechwood. and River Road was a muddy mess with a tree and electric line down.  Then I made it to Frederick road and found the damage to Ellicott City and was shocked by what I saw.  The road was a muddy mess, the Patapsco river was muddy and high and there were probably 10 cars in the river.  Several cars looked like they has been in a demolition derby.  I rode to the bridge in EC and it was closed by the police.  Lots of damage could be seen though.

I rode home, cleaned the bike and then looked at the news about EC.  It is terrible what happened.  My sympathy to everyone affected.  It sounds like the county, state, etc. will help with the rebuilding of this wonderful little town.

Jim Guild

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