Why didn't anyone ever tell me the roads in the Western Maryland Panhandle were so good?
buffaloare I took our sport touring bikes (he on his 2009 BMW K1300S and me on my 1992 BMW K100RS) and rode out from the DC area to exit 34 on route 68 just past Cumberland Maryland. I had see Savage River Road on a map another member here posted and wanted to check it out. I thought it might turn into gravel but it turned out to be just a wonderful little twisty hilly tree covered mountain road that went on for a good ways along a mountain stream. In higher elevations the leaves were already starting to turn so some corners appeared treacherous.
This went on for quite some time and that road is worth the trip out there alone. It just a stunningly beautiful area. Duncan had never seen Deep Creek Lake before so we made our way out there and had lunch at the Pine Lodge Steakhouse. I had been there last year.
From there we took Sang Run Road to White Rock Road and once again found ourselves in just wonderfully hilly tree covered mountainous terrain. This trend continued to the Westernmost border of Maryland and through West Virginia as we made our way South.
We took Route 7 east. This was a bigger less interesting road which eventually turned into 39 and then 135. Once we turned off on 38 the roads got good again and this trend continued on until we reached 220 at which point it was time to head back home.
All told our loop was just under 420 miles and we hardly noticed the distance. Over the last few weeks we've just had the best luck finding great roads, but this area around the Western Panhandle will need to be explored a little more thoroughly.
This was arguably the best day long ride we have ever had anywhere around Washington DC. We slabbed it up 85 miles from North of the City to Mont Alto, PA where we picked up Route 233.
Route 233 is simply a fantastic twisty hilly mountain park road that goes one for quite some miles in tree covered beauty. We continued on to Pine Grove Road which was more of the same.
From Mount Holly Springs where we had lunch we continued on to Route 74 which we short circuited to ride route 944 West which was a surprisingly fun hilly curvy farm country road. From there we picked up 233 to head over the mountains. Again 233 is just fantastic with tree covered serious inclines and all kinds of corners. We turned left on route 850 for more cornering fun all seemingly devoid of traffic.
From there we found our way to Black Log Road which was this lane and a half wide endless road that went through isolated little mountain settlements in the middle of nowhere for so long we began to worry about fuel.