Bob’s taking a vacation from the rambles for July, but did post 2 << unofficial rides >>. The first was last Sunday and with everything else going on, this is the first time I had to write about it.
The shove-off time was later than usual at 9, but I was still up early for other stuff and even further behind schedule than usual. Since I was traveling on the ‘bombed out’ roads south of the city I decided to take the Trucker and its fat tires out for a cruise and didn’t bother to check the pressure before I left. Getting to the starting point a good 15 minutes after 9 or so I stopped for a quick break at the BK across the street and set off to try and play catch-up. I had my gps with me with some random tracks loaded in, but no basemap. Even after riding down that way a bunch of times I still wasn’t sure of the route, so I made a wrong turn off of Hollins Ferry Rd. I corrected by turning on to Annapolis rd. and riding parallel to the normal route for a few miles and heading back over at Nursery.
Once finding the trails at the airport even I could figure out the route since it’s all trails. I kept pushing the pace and finally caught up with the group who had stopped close to the end of the Baltimore/Annapolis trail. Rob turned back here so I got to ride with him for a total of 0 minutes (sorry Rob). When we shoved off, the guys peeled off and I rode along behind Rod & Lenora on their tandem over the bridge and into Annapolis. We stopped past Rams Head first and then went down to the water looking for the finish.
After seeing a finish, we half-rode-half-walked up to Rams Head Tavern for lunch and a few beers. We hung out for an hour and finally had to hit the bricks for home. Coasting past the families on the trail I watched Bob and PJ sailing off in the distance. Every time I looked down at the gps it said somewhere between 16 and 18mph, and with the Fordam Tavern Ales I had at lunch that was just fine with me. The beer had me a little dehydrated, but I made it home around 5 suffering nothing worse than a severe case of empty bottles and drymouth.
Great time and can’t wait for the mid-month gravel ride out of Glen Rock!
Numbers: time on bike – 5:00’ | miles – 70.4 | average – 14.0 | elevation – flat as it gets for around here.
Data: garmin connect