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Sep-13-21 08:34 pm
Great Riding, historical towns, and a spectacular Naval Academy Concert
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

       Five people who prefer rides closer to home came out for this fun, 30 mile ride The first leg, using a combination of wide shouldered Hanover Pike and Old Hanover Pike, followed a historic RR still in use.  After enjoying sticky buns at Snickerdoodles in historic Hampstead, we zoomed down  " racetrack like" Blackrock Rd, and then continued south on a scenic stretch of Falls Rd.  Instead of regrouping on the road, faster riders stopped at Veloccino's. Then we headed west on Butler Rd, and did a challenging climb up Piney Grove (actually not bad on an e bike).  Then we took a scenic stretch of Old Hanover Pike and passed by a Boring town.  Lastly we retraced a couple miles of Hanover Pike - quite pleasant in light Sunday traffic - to return back to Glyndon. People brought or purchased lunch to eat at a park across the street from the historic train station.  We rode 4 blocks on RR Ave, arriving just in time to hear the Star Spangled Banner,  and enjoyed the outdoor Naval Academy Concert, in honor of Glyndon's 150th Anniversary, and in memory to the people who died in 9 - 11.

      I  thank Gene Bayer for helping me get the right GPS coordinates.  I added the Glyndon - Hampstead -Butler Ride to the BBC Cue Sheet Library (Baltimore County rides under 50 miles).  I  encourage club members to also focus on good riding opportunities near home.

Sep-05-21 05:19 pm
After hurricanes, torrential rains, floods, and tornadoes; riding in light rain isn't so bad
Category: Social

        I enjoyed a 32 mile ride with intermittent light rain.  After reading about hurricanes, floods, downed trees and powerlines, heatwaves,  and tornadoes in AA County; I found it pleasant to ride in a little intermittent  light rain.  I took advantage of the lighter traffic to ride from home in Pikesville, and to use better designed roads (Park Heights, Butler, Hillside, etc). 

        Snickerdoodles has added a lot of outdoor seating.  The staff is very nice.  They  welcomed me, and said that the bakery plans to add some add'l outdoor seating in back, along with cold water.  Pastry was good, and many customers are glad to be back.

Jul-04-21 11:49 am
Updates on Linesboro Road and Simpson Rd
Forum: Road Problems

       I wish to suggest newly repaved Linesboro Rd - which now has 3' smooth shoulders - as an alternative to York St and Water Tank Rd.  To access Linesboro Rd, instead of turning right at York ST, continue straight on Hanover Pike.  At the TL just before Linesboro Rd, turn right.  This wide residential street goes into Linesboro Rd, where you make another right. 
    Now for the bad.  At mile 14.8 there's construction at Simpson Rd.  Be cautious on traversing about 2 miles of gravel, etc.

     I'm concerned about the diagonal RR tracks on well travelled RT 216 (just after mile 18.4).  To avoid these hazardous tracks, I turn right just before the tracks.  This level, paved side road makes a semi circle , crosses the tracks at a 90 degree angle, before returning  to the main RT 216.
     Lastly,  Walt showed me a pleasant back Rd that bypasses a stretch of Freeland Rd.  After turning left at mile 42.0 onto Oakland Rd, turn right onto Miller Rd.  Miller Rd will connect to Freeland Rd, where you turn right to pick up the route.

May-24-21 09:06 pm
Limited Outdoor Seating Now Available
Category: Social

   With the pandemic having eased, Palmissano's has re-opened the covered pavilion and has also provided picnic tables in the adjacent field, provided it's not too wet. Coffee bar is also open all day. Remember not to lean bikes against building, and to wear a mask inside.

      Website shows owners smiling.  After a tough time in the food business, things have improved, and we can enjoy eating outdoors in scenic Baldwin.

Mar-14-21 05:35 pm
Saw Many Riders on the Glyndon BBC Ride that I led today
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

     Although due to wind only 1 other person (Sonny Morstein) showed up on today's 30 mile BBC ride that I led out of Glyndon; we saw about 30 - 40 riders.  Yes, we encountered wind that slowed us down at times.  But nevertheless we had a good time.  And it was great seeing so many enthusiastic cyclists, and talking to some of them at Veloccino's.  With spring approaching, COVID-19 cases having leveled off in Maryland, and many people including myself having been vaccinated; I would like to see more people leading and participating on BBC rides.  Naturally we should adhere to the protocols that the Board has implemented.  Let's get outside, enjoy cycling, and celebrate spring. 

Glyndon Ride is ON.  Winds will make temperature feel lower.  Dress layers.

If winds turn out to be sustained at over 15 - 20 MPH on March 14 Glyndon Ride, then I will cancel ride.  An occassional wind gust won't be sufficent reason to cancel ride. If I need to cancel Sunday's 11 am ride, then I will put a notice on the BBC website by 9:30 am.  If there's no notice, then ride takes place.  On plus side; dry, sunny, mild weather is predicted for tomorrow.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Steve, thanks for the reminder.  The time change is one reason I scheduled tomorrow's ride to begin at 11 am.

Feb-19-21 09:31 pm
Couple road a Tandem, self contained, from LA to Boston at age 74
Category: Social

After retiring from Headmaster at McDonough School in the 1970's and working on education until the early 1980's, Bob Lamborn and his wife Barbara Kessler, embarked in 1984 on a cross country bicycle adventure they dubbed "Lamborn & Lamborn". Between 1984 and 2006 the couple rode a tandem 48,000 miles in 42 states; and in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Mexico, and Scotland.  Bob also became a speaker, writer, instructor, advisor, consultant, mapmaker, and event planner for the bicycling fraternity.  He and his wife designed a 2,500 mile route on the Delmarva Peninsula called, "The Great Delmarva Bicycling Trail". 
       Besides bicycling, Bob Lamborn chartered McDonough through stormy times in the early 1970's, when the military was unpopular. Bob changed the school from a Military Academy to a more inclusive school that began admitting blacks and women.  Colleagues credit Bob's changes with saving the school.  For more information, see the Obituary on page 8 of the Feb 19 Sunpaper.

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