When Opposite Sides of the River Clash, The Ferry is Stuck in Between

Here in the DC/MD/VA area (what we call the DMV) the Potomac River separates VA from DC and MD. On the MD side of the Potomac, the C&O Canal was built in the 1800s and its towpath is a very scenic path that runs along the Potomac for 184 miles from DC to Cumberland MD. … Continue reading "When Opposite Sides of the River Clash, The Ferry is Stuck in Between"

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Happiness is Putting An Old Form of Transportation on an Even Older One

For some reason, putting a bike on a ferry makes me really happy. Even putting a car on a ferry is fun, but biking onto a ferry just always seems to make me smile. Recently, my wife and I spent a long weekend in Burlington VT and I rode the Island Line Trail, an awesome … Continue reading "Happiness is Putting An Old Form of Transportation on an Even Older One"

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Indian Head MD Trail Trail: July 4th or Groundhog Day?

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails – the Indian Head Rail Trail. We’ve done it before but not for several years. It is only 13 miles long but a beautiful surface, great views of wetlands and the Mattawoman Creek. We saw several … Continue reading "Indian Head MD Trail Trail: July 4th or Groundhog Day?"

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If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise

There are four or five large group club or charity rides I do each year that have all been cancelled this year. Through the magic of RideWithGPS storage of their route files, I’ve been able to ride most of them on my own. This past Saturday we had temps in high 60s with bright sunshine, … Continue reading "If You Do a Group Ride but There is No Group, the Rest Stops Make No Noise"

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Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs

Over the past few weeks here in the MD/DC/VA area we have had heavy rains move through that caused localized flooding. Not bad where we live, but where we may have gotten 2″ just a few miles away may have gotten 6-8″. That happened earlier in the week but by Saturday there had been a … Continue reading "Empty Roads, Unless You Count the “Road Closed” Signs"

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An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut

Yesterday I rode a 38 mile loop that connects several trails and roads closed to cars in the Maryland/DC area: Rock Creek/Beach Drive – there is a paved bike path that that parallels Beach Drive through Rock Creek Park from Garrett Park MD down to Georgetown in DC. On weekends, much of Beach Drive is … Continue reading "An Empty Field, Once an Empty Parking Lot for an Empty Mall, Now a Nice Shortcut"

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A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

In place of a “normal” fall vacation week, my wife and I did two short outdoor getaways. First we drove to Staunton VA, stayed at a B&B, did some car touring while it rained, and hiked Crabtree Falls when the rain finally ended. We came back home, did a few chores and then headed out … Continue reading "A Two Day Cycling Getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore"

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Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding

For many years here in the Baltimore Washington area, one of my favorites rides has been the Thurmont MD Civil War Century put on by the Baltimore Bicycling Club in mid September. I generally do the 65 mile metric century, which takes you through 4 different covered bridges, through the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park and … Continue reading "Quad Covered Bridges Metric Century – with Bonus Wedding"

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The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches

My road bike is having its rear wheel rebuilt – actually, the Trek rear wheel is sitting around waiting for the supply chain to deliver spokes to the bike shop that will eventually re-build the wheel. So, I’ve been riding my Jamis gravel/light touring bike and doing some local rides with more mixed surfaces. The … Continue reading "The Weather Changes, Local Rides Still Have Some Arches"

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Teeny Tiny Arch Between the Blue Goose and the Bat Tunnel

Much hiking and biking over Labor Day weekend here – the weather gods must have forgotten about the holiday weekend and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. On Monday, managed to get a ride in with my wife, who has been doing much more running than biking in recent years. We drove out to Hancock … Continue reading "Teeny Tiny Arch Between the Blue Goose and the Bat Tunnel"

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Same Old Lunchtime Route – Suddenly Transported to Kansas or Maybe South Dakota

I’ve been working from home for 20+ years and can often sneak in early lunchtime rides nearby – like the Lumpy Deer route I’ve posted here. Yesterday, as if by magic, a big field of sunflowers appeared twisting their faces to the sun’s radiation. I don’t know if Lisbon, Portugal is known for sunflowers but … Continue reading "Same Old Lunchtime Route – Suddenly Transported to Kansas or Maybe South Dakota"

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A SANS Ride: SANS Return, Sugar and Shade at the End

I work for a cybersecurity company called SANS. A few decades ago it stood for System Administration and Network Security but over time it just became SANS. I never thought of the “SANS:without” definition until I ran across a small company called SANS (no connection) offering samples of their new meal bars. A sample of … Continue reading "A SANS Ride: SANS Return, Sugar and Shade at the End"

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Riding the Rail Trail With a Mid-ride Bump to View the Blue Ridge Mountains

I’m not very good at taking pictures on rides, or remembering about challenge subjects, but this ride had a natural stopping point at a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Leesburg VA. My daughter and her husband live in a Vienna VA neighborhood that has a short connector trail to one of the … Continue reading "Riding the Rail Trail With a Mid-ride Bump to View the Blue Ridge Mountains"

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Dodging and Drawing Deer

I live in the outer suburbs, or maybe “exurbs,” of the Baltimore Washington area. I’ve now lived here for 42 years and development has of course increased and what was once woods or farms has turned into “edges” – neighborhoods of single family homes and occasional “new town centers” with mixed residential/commercial use that abut … Continue reading "Dodging and Drawing Deer"

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Just Felt Like a Ride Through the Trees: C&O Canal From Sharpsburg to Milepost 92

The Friday of the July 4th holiday weekend brought typical July 4th hot, humid weather to the Washington DC area. On early morning outings Friday I got in a nice 4 mile hike with my wife and her friend and on Saturday a 61 mile road ride along the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Maryland. By … Continue reading "Just Felt Like a Ride Through the Trees: C&O Canal From Sharpsburg to Milepost 92"

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Back on the Rail Trails: Freeland MD to York PA Rail Trail Out and Back

I do mostly road riding and some touring, but over the years I’ve done lots of miles on local rail trails in the Baltimore Washington area – especially during the years when my now adult kids were growing up. As far as serenity, scenery and surface, my all-time favorite has been what used to be … Continue reading "Back on the Rail Trails: Freeland MD to York PA Rail Trail Out and Back"

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Another Close to Normal Ride: Chesapeake Beach/North Beach MD

Back to doing long rides on Saturday, I did a favorite 61 mile loop from Harwood MD down to Chesapeake Beach and back up again. This is a standard Potomac Pedalers ride called “The Express Train to Chesapeake Beach” but still no PPTC group rides. There was a good number of cyclists out on the … Continue reading "Another Close to Normal Ride: Chesapeake Beach/North Beach MD"

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An Almost Normal Sunday Ride: 52 Miles Around Sugarloaf “Mountain” in Maryland

The weekend weather was perfect here this weekend – low humidity, mostly blue skies and temps in the 60s and 70s. I had done so many local short loops I decided it was time to throw the bike on the car and do an old favorite ride: a 52 mile loop around a local attraction, … Continue reading "An Almost Normal Sunday Ride: 52 Miles Around Sugarloaf “Mountain” in Maryland"

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