The original plan had been to lead Duncan and Bruce down to the area where I had accompanied Wayne, of America Rides Maps, as he scouted routes for his new Virginia and West Virginia maps. Those roads were nuts. But due to circumstances well out of our collective control, a multi-day trip this year isn't in the cards. We had gone on a short-ish ride in the damp and cold on Saturday. I hadn't slept the night before so was absolutely stupid tired. Nevertheless, it was a good ride but the weath ...Read More
We ended up heading down into Southern Maryland for what turned out to be a gorgeous day of riding all the way down to Point Lookout, the Southernmost point in the state of Maryland. As evening approached. we were presented with one of the most dramatic sunsets we've seen in quite a while. The photos we attempted just don't do it justice. 248 miles
An optional add on loop to the main southern Maryland route. This takes you down to the St. Clement's Island Museum and some nice bay views. A fairy to St Clements Island is available here daily during the summer season.
This is a roughly 160 mile loop through southern Maryland. It's a nice mix of water front, forest, farm land, and small towns.The maine route starts and ends (waypoints #1 and #28) in California, MD at the Starbucks on route 235, but can obviously be started and stopped from anywhere along the way. I'm adding optional extra loops to various additional places along the main route, as well as more POIs as I have time.
Duncan and I rode out North and West on a freakishly warm December day to find yet another set of truly wonderful roads. Especially the roads heading North from 68 and then west along 30 were just wonderful.
It was an intensely cloud covered, dark, yet cool ride through The northern sections of Maryland. Of particular note was route 17 from 340 just around Harpers Ferry to the end of Route 77 West of Thurmont Maryland. This is a beautiful rolling wonderful road that wends it's way along a valley.
Also of note is the Catoctin State Park Central Road that runs North from where it intersects 77. It traverses a sylvan green landscape under a thick forest as if it was something straight out of Tolkien.
Proposed, weather dependent, route for a longer all-day ride. This basically starts in Front Royal and ends in Winchester, with the routes to the start and end points TBD. This route assumes leaving Front Royal NLT 10am, lunch in Elkins, WV and probably dinner in Winchester or somewhere East of Winchester post the main ride depending on time.