Entries Tagged as Maryland
Great for beginners! The Torrey C. Brown Trail and the The Heritage Rail Trail Park connect Ashland, MD and York, PA, making for the perfect rail trail, overnight excursion.
So, I’ve been sent by my employer to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, for a three-week course. What should I do over the weekends while at school? Hhhmmm, let’s see, I could ship my bike and finally get to do some of the rides I’ve read about in Adventure Cycling magazine and at BikeOvernights.org. That’s it! But Since I live in Arizona, the first thing I have to figure out is how to get my bike there.
One of my favorite destinations is Trap Pond State Park in southern Delaware. The pond was dammed in the late 18th century to power a saw mill. In the 1930s the area was developed for recreation by the Civilian Conservation Corps and it has been a Delaware State Park since 1951.
High on my 2013 list of adventures was a bike overnight – my first since our 2008 three-day trek from Boston to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Though I was longing for an extended trip, an overnight was much more manageable with our busy schedule. The Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Overnights page really pushed the point further with the tagline “Don’t wait to go cross country. Go overnight."
I had hoped that a nice, sunny day and cool spring temperatures would combine to help make my first-ever bike overnight memorable. And, while my companions and I did get a remarkable trip up the C&O Canal Towpath from Washington, D.C., the weather we wanted wasn't what we got. It started raining the moment we left our starting point, the downtown D.C. building where I work. It rained as we cycled through trendy Georgetown, where we got a little lost and I almost got mowed down by a big delivery truck in rush hour traffic. And, it rained long past the time when we shivered ourselves to sleep.
Salisbury, Maryland, is known to many cyclists as the home of the Sea Gull Century. However, with at least five state park campgrounds within a 30-mile radius, it is also an ideal base for an overnight or other short tour. One of my most memorable trips was a night spent at Assateague State Park timed to coincide with a launch from the NASA Flight Center at Wallops Island, Virginia.
I wanted my nine-year-old son to enjoy our trip, and enjoy the ride, but not have it be so tough that we “mis-educate” him. In other words, ruin him for life on the thing we love most, touring on the bike. Our family cannot be described as sedentary, nor are we over-the-top workout fanatics (anymore). Well, maybe we are, but we’ve cut back a lot. We jokingly refer to our family, by the name of our favorite bull on the PBR circuit, “House of Pain.” But, that needs to stay a joke ... well, most of the time.