Minnesota’s Baltimore-D.C. Corridor

Those of us who are experts in urban classification terminology know that the area that surrounds Baltimore and our nation’s capitol is technically called the Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area. (It’s true, look it up.) Good god, I can’t be repeatedly typing that ridiculously long name here. I’d be writing all day and I’d get painful cramps in my fingers. For the purposes of this post, I’m just going to call it the Baltimore-DC Corridor.

The Baltimore-DC Corridor is where one of our Cycle-365 colleagues lives, and, surprisingly enough, MY Town has a robust community of immigrants from the Baltimore-DC Corridor. (Okay, that does it. Even that abbreviated term is starting to irritate the nerves in my fingers. Hereinafter, I am going to use the even more abbreviated B.D.C.C. Wait! To heck with those periods . . . I’m going to shorten it even more to just BDCC.

Today I am going to lead a guided tour of Minnesota’s BDCC. Thanks to its many grand monuments, its museums, its government buildings, its Chesapeake-like bay on Lake Rebecca, and its famous crab cakes, our local BDCC gets more tourists than all of the other neighborhoods I’ve featured here combined.

So, please put on your face masks, maintain a six-foot distance from your fellow tour takers, be careful as we breeze our bikes right through stop signs, and follow me down to the BDCC. Most importantly, feel free to interrupt my presentation at any time with any questions that come to mind. Thank you. Now lets get this tour underway.

Here you can see the Chesapeake Bay of Lake Rebecca. It’s beautiful and it contains some of the world’s best seafood — like sunfish and crappies. (No, those geese out there cannot walk on water. They’re standing on ice.)

I know it’s probably a little early, but I think we should stop for lunch. Maybe we can find a restaurant that serves crab cakes. That reminds me of a story.

For years I had been hearing about the great Chesapeake Bay crab cakes that Baltimore is so famous for. I love trying uniquely special regional cuisine and I had dreamed about trying a crab cake for years and years. Finally, when I drove my dad to Baltimore last year so he could attend the funeral of his childhood best friend, I saw my opportunity. At the post-funeral reception, I spoke to the blind woman who sat next to us at the church. When she learned my dad and I came all the way from Iowa and Minnesota, respectively, she asked if we had tried any crab cakes yet. I said “no” and asked if she had any recommendations as to where we could find the very best. She confidently named three places we should try. One of them was on the south side of town not too far from where we were staying. Oh man, my mouth was drooling.

My dad wasn’t quite sure what I had gotten him into.

Here is a picture of my very first crab cake. It was heavy. It was weird. I was underwhelmed. Sorry Baltimore.

Thank you for listening to my story from the past, folks. I hope you enjoy your crab cakes here at The Lock & Dam Restaurant . . . if they even have them on the menu. As for me, I think I’ll just order a deep fried crappie fillet.

Are you done eating? Great! Let’s ride our bikes from MY Town’s Baltimore over to MY Town’s Washington D.C.

Let’s stop by the Washington Monument and we can all pose for goofy pictures.

Hey, there’s the Smithsonian Museum of Minnesota. Thumbs up to that place.

Minnesota’s replica of our nation’s capitol building. Thumbs down to most of the people who occupy that place.

Here is the Martin Luther King Memorial. I’ll stand with Martin any day.

You’ve been a great tour group so far. There are other great monuments coming up, but I should warn you that if I see a “collection” of some kind, I might have to make an unscheduled stop. Hey, speak of the devil, there’s one now.

It’s two collections in one: mailboxes and sandbags.

Hmmm, that’s interesting. A collection of tractor tires. That seems so out of place in the BDCC.

Stay with me people. Don’t be gawking at the tractor tires ‘cuz we’ve got a lot more to cover.

The National Zoo of MY Town has this cute panda bear.

It also has two crazy monkeys.

I’m glad you enjoyed the national zoo. I don’t like zoos myself. I feel very sorry for animals in enclosed areas. Now let’s move on to another seriously enclosed area.

Okay people, gather ’round while I explain what this place is. The Minnesota White House is where the president stays when he comes to this great state. Armed guards and impregnable fences keep regular folks like us at bay.

Perhaps if we maneuver our bikes through these gates, we’ll be able to have a nice face-to-face conversation with the Prez.
“May we get in to have a serious conversation with Mr. Trump regarding Covid-19, and false accusations about election fraud?” I asked the security personnel.

“No,” the Secret Service guy replied tersely.

That concludes our tour of Minnesota’s BDCC. I thank you for your participation and I hope to see you on my last few Cycle365 tours. I think that includes tours of Minnesota’s Oregon and Coastal California and Singapore.

[Somehow, a bunch of pictures from my family trip to Washington D.C. in 2014 got intermixed with my pictures from today’s tour of Minnesota’s Washington D.C. I can’t explain the reason, but I suspect it was interference from the right-wing media.]

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

8 response to "Minnesota’s Baltimore-D.C. Corridor"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 6, 2020

    Yea, that right wing messes up a lot of things. You got through quite well I must say. I grew up with Maryland crab cakes and they are a favorite still. Made right that is.

    Thanks for yet another grand tour of someplace.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 7, 2020

      Sorry I was so hard on crab cakes. I guess part of the problem was the high expectations I had due to so many people telling me I HAD to try them. Maybe that’s also why you didn’t see anything special about pasties when you were in England.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 6, 2020

    Another excellent tour!
    I saw how crab cakes are made on an episode of Dirty Jobs — self explanatory. Sorry Nancy!
    And in a MD restaurant, people were pulling the lungs out of crabs before devouring the remainder — this is why the Good Lord gave us cattle, hogs, and chickens.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: December 6, 2020

    Okay, so I must ask… what is up with the mailboxes? Why are they not stuck in the ground? Do mobile homes get mobile mailboxes?

    Wait, I thought it was mainstream media that was the problem – I thought they were the ones perpetrating child pornography rings with the Democrats, or something like that? Whatever the case, it is concerning that it started with alternative facts and now there are entire alternate realities!

    • By: Laura Posted: December 7, 2020

      Em, I’m going to have to borrow that last statement. It’s a jewel of a way to put it.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 7, 2020

      The mailboxes are just temporary mailboxes. The road behind me was all torn up, so the the mailman can’t drive up to the regular mailboxes in front of the people’s houses.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: December 8, 2020

    Maybe you forgot to put ketchup on your crab cakes, Greg. Lots of ketchup. That would have made all the difference.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 8, 2020

      Very funny, Suzanne, very funny! Really, it was a good joke, but I’ll have you know that I don’t put ketchup on EVERYTHING. Just pasties, french fries, and, occasionally, hamburgers.

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