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Mar-24-20 10:03 pm
For bicycle repairs or parts, check with your local bike shops
Category: Social

     I just want to let you know that Governor Hogan has allowed bike shops to remain open as essential business.  Some people use their bikes for transportation, especially with MTA reducing their operations.  And the risk of catching the virus when you ride your bike on the road is less than being confined in transit.

    While the BBC has had to cancel club rides, it's certainly OK to ride on your own, or with a friend or two.  I rode this evening and found traffic to be much lighter than a normal weekday.  Let's take advantage of the light traffic to do neighborhood rides, see the tulips, greet your neighbors from 6', enjoy spring, and get a little exercise.  With almost no rush hour, Daylight Savings Time gives cyclists a chance to ride after work.

Mar-05-20 10:57 am
See How Maple Syrup is Made, and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast on Sat, March 7
Category: Social

Meet Sat, March 7 at 10:30 am at Oregon Ridge Lodge to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. - cost $8. Support Oregon Ridge Park, where we start many of our rides. Afterwards at 11:30 am join me for a 4 or 5 mile hike.  Be prepared for 3 stream crossings.  Also, if anyone wants to do a bike ride on their own, I'll bring clue sheets for the 37 mile Oregon Ridge to Hampstead ride.  Or just do your own ride from this popular start. Questions???? Contact me below

Jeffrey H. Marks
410-358-1321
jeffreym715@yahoo.com

Feb-19-20 05:36 pm
See How Maple Syrup is Made, and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast on Sat, March 7
Category: Social

Combine a leisurely bike ride with a stop at Oregon Ridge Nature Center to watch how maple syrup is made.  Walking tours show trees being tapped and sap being boiled to obtain maple syrup.  Dates are Feb 22, 23, 29, and March 1.  Time is 11 am - 4 pm each day.  With parking being tight, I encourage cycling to nature center.

  On the mornings of March 7 and 8, OR Lodge will have a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast from 8 am to noon each day.  See pancakes being cooked, along with real maple syrup and turkey sausage. There will be music and entertainment.  My suggestion is to meet for breakfast at 10:30 am and then have an impromptu all pace ride afterwards at 11:30 am.  Later ride start time allows weather to warm up, a relaxing breakfast, and a chance for anyone ambitious to bike to OR..

Jeffrey H. Marks

Aug-25-19 04:22 pm
Park Bikes around side near picnic pavillion. Don't lean bikes against store or posts.
Category: Social

         Please cooperate and don't lean your bikes against store or front posts.  There's plenty of space around the side to lean your bike against the covered picnic pavillion.  Store owners are very welcoming to cyclists.  Please do your part to keep it that way.

         Due to the prediction of bad weather (rain, wind, and possibility of thunder storms); I'm cancelling the April 19 ride out of Glyndon.

May-09-18 07:36 pm
Motorcyclist Killed on Falls Road at Butler
Forum: Road Problems

        While taking a break at Veloccino's around 2 pm, I heard a loud noise took a look, and saw a motorcyclist lying in Falls Rd, next to the coffee shop. A retired paramedic who works across the street in the saddle shop unsuccessfully tried CPR to restore breathing.  County paramedics tried hard but were also unable to restore breathing, and the motorcyclist died.  The County police interviewed someone who saw the crash, and it appears that the motorcyclist was making a right hand turn from the southern driveway near the barbecue to go north on Falls Road, at the same time a motorist on Butler road was making a left turn into NB Falls.  The right hand portion of the car clipped the motorcyclist and sent him airborne, where he crashed into a porch support and landed in Falls Road. This old building comes right up to Falls Road, abutting a narrow bridge.

     Use caution around the area of Falls Road and Butler.  If I'm in Veloccino's and want to go NB on Falls ,or straight across Falls into Butler Rd, I use the shopping center's NB exit.  Remember the Falls Rd bridge has no shoulder.  Also, when I'm heading south on Falls Rd from the fire station and want to enter this shopping center, I purposely go past it, turn right into a driveway, and then make a left hand turn into Falls Road, so I enter the shopping center and Velocinno's from the right.  Incidentally, Marc Lefkowitz said that this was the 3rd crash this week - one involving a motorcycle and the other involving two cars.  Give this dangerous area your undivided attention, pick the appropriate exit, and utilize a U turn to avoid a hazardous left into Velocinno's.... The car driver stopped, was shaken up, and cooperated with police.  Marc called in the crash and supplied gloves and towels to the first medic.  The saddle store across the road supplied cones and directed traffic until the police arrived.  So much for a quiet spring day in the country.

      Due to rain being predicted, I'm cancelling tomorrow's Loch Raven - Gunpowder Ride.  The new ride date will be Monday, May 7.

Apr-24-18 09:38 am
Valley St in Glen Rock is closed as soon as you make left off RT 616 going over the bridge.
Forum: Road Problems

      If the Valley Street Bridge in Glen Rock goes in the north- south direction, the York Heritage Trail that runs through Glenrock would be an alternate route. 

Jeffrey H. Marks

Apr-09-18 01:27 pm
affects all of the Seven Towns/Seven Valleys rides
Forum: Road Problems

         I favor Steve Zeldin's SEVEN VALLEYS VIA BLUE HILL.  I used to ride to Codorus and took Blue Hill Rd north from Linesboro.  Steve's approach picks up Route 216 from the west near Codorus, avoiding the missing bridge.  Be sure to take both the cue sheet and map.

        There are ways to offset the extra climbing via the Blue Hill Route.  I personally like to start from the Manchester P & R and keep things simple by going north on Route 30 and turning right into the residential street that connects with Linesboro Road.Entering Linesboro, One should watch carefully for Blue Hill Rd, which will now be a left from Linesboro Rd.  You will be heading north on Blue Hill.  I follow the Bluehill route all the way to Spooks Hill Rd.  Instead of turning left onto Spooks Hill, I continue straight on Beckeysville Rd through the Prettyboy watershed. Shortly after crossing Falls Rd (RT 25), I turn right onto Brick Store Rd and then turn left onto Maple Rd back to Hanover Pike.  I then turn right on Hanover Pike for about a mile, back to the P & R on the left opposite the Sheetz store.  My easier route is just over 50 miles and avoids having to cross Pretty Boy Dam.
Jeffrey H. Marks

Apr-06-18 11:22 am
Enjoy Music at Evergreen Sat afternoon Apr 7
Category: Social

      With tomorrow's Spring Social having been postponed to late April and Saturday's weather forecast not good for cycling, I want to suggest MUSIC AT EVERGREEN;ZORA STRING QUARTET Sat afternnon, Apr 7 at 3:00 pm. (Sunpaper incorrectly listed 3:30 pm).  Cost is $20. You may purchase your ticket at the door. Evergreen Museum is a special place located at 4545 N. Charles St, between Notre Dome and Loyola College. If you need further information, call 410-516-0341.  I called and was assured that concert with go on; in spite of rain and a touch of snow on the grass.  End Cabin Fever and enjoy a nice concert.

Jeffrey H. Marks

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