Sat, Jun 6 2009 - Eastern Shore Bike Ride (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Tom Reichelderfer, Amy K, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Boramy Hengbuoy, Sandra Stabler, Lisa Methratta, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chris B., Thom Lieb, Ali Badii, Glenn Peddicord, Mark Winters, Paula Singer, Nils Olson, Bill Parlock, Patrick Haas, ADRIAN JACKSON, Maureen Wingfield, sandras guest, John Meagher, Jennifer tekin, maria cavallaro, KC Yi, Brian Hand, Christine Larsen|
Wow, what a turnout! I had asked the event coordinator to accommodate those on the wait list anticipating that there would be some cancellations and/or no shows. Well, there weren't any!
We had great weather for the ride. After our rendezvous in Easton and introductions, we set out for Oxford on the first nine mile leg of our journey. The group quickly spread out with people finding their own pace. We arrived in Oxford and reassembled the group to catch the ferry across the Tred Avon River. At this point a group of bikers decided they wanted more mileage from the ride so they opted to ride back to Easton and then to St. Michaels. These high mileage bikers promised to meet us in St. Michaels for lunch. The remaining bikers boarded the ferry "Talbot" which, after a delay due to a truck on the ferry having its keys locked inside, delivered us safely to the mighty metropolis of Bellevue (don't blink or you'll miss the town!). After disembarking from the ferry, we started out on the second nine mile leg of our trip which included riding through the little town of Royal Oak on our way to St. Michaels. We rode into St. Michaels arriving at a local park where we locked up our bikes and headed on foot to our lunch spot, the St. Michaels Crab and Steakhouse restaurant. When we got there, we found that the high mileage bikers had already arrived. We had a fun lunch sitting at the outdoor tables overlooking the water. Following lunch, some of the group started back to Easton. Others went into town to check out some of the shops and get ice cream before setting out on the final 11 mile leg of the ride back to Easton.
The ride was mostly through farm, wooded, and residential areas. We were on wide shoulders of the roads or where there was no shoulder on the actual road. The vehicle traffic was generally light except for the return trip but the wide shoulder made for plenty of room for all.
A great day, wonderful biking, and a superb group! Thanks to everyone for coming out. Special thanks to Christine for helping out with sweep duties.
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