Sat, Apr 17 2004 - Bike Ride Around BWI Airport (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Ryan Meadows, Joanne Milne, Rob Copeland, Allyson Green, Holly Rawson, James Cavanaugh, John Putman, Rob, Brian Grimm, Martin J. San Juan, Amanda Bowen|
First, thanks everyone who came out and made the ride such
a pleasure. What a weekend to get out and bike, let me tell
you. The weather was unbelievably beautiful, the sun was out
with few clouds in the sky, and the temperature reached well
into the 70s. MOC, let the good times roll!
I arrived plenty early, got my bike ready, and waited for
everyone else to show. Other MOC bikers rolled in with
reports of severe traffic backups, so I waited longer than usual
to get the ride going. While waiting, the talk of the morning
was Chih's really awesome party the night before.
Once one other person arrived whom I knew would show, we
did introductions and I led the way onto the trail (without my
digital camera). I had some catching up to do since it was
been so long since seeing some friends. One quote by Rob
Copeland: 'Boy, it's great to feel alive again.' I know just what
I led the way down the trail at a comfortable pace and
everyone found someone else to chat with. We passed
through neighborhoods of Glen Burnie and crossed busy
After a few miles we came to the BWI Loop. The group got
spread out after I doubled back once to help with a flat. The
trail being well marked, everyone found their way
The group waited at a fork in the path and everyone was
socializing while having a snack. One topic of conversation
was about bike clubs in the area. The gist is that they thought
many in another club were 'serious' cyclists and didn't do as
much socializing, and that's where the MOC definitely excels.
If I remember correctly, another topic was about boating and
sailing, and that someone in the group might like to organize
a boating tour as an event. Sounds cool!
After a rest and some snacks we continued on the BWI Loop
toward the Amtrak/Marc station. With varying skill levels
among the bikers the group spread out some as we made our
way around the loop. The miles rolled away as we talked
about how long it's been since we biked and the crazy stuff
we dared to when we were younger (and not when we were
We came to the Dixon Observation area where planes come
into BWI. We kept going and didn't stop to see any come in
very low. Soon we came back to the point where we got onto
the BWI trail and headed back to the B&A trail, tracing our
way back through Glen Burnie to Marley Station.
We had two obvious choices for a late lunch, Ruby Tuesday's
or Rocky Run Tap & Grille. Despite its reputation we decided
on Rocky Run because of the outdoor patio. We were
promptly seated and enjoyed a great lunch outdoors. Another
future event idea discussed was a pool party and a slip-n-
Friends, conversation, food & drink, good weather... A good
time was had by all. What more can you ask for? More
friends, conversation, and good weather!
With the rest of the gorgeous day left to kill a few of us drove
down to Annapolis, led by Danny. I wanted to scout out where
a good place to eat would be should I lead a bike ride on the
B&A. I've talked about such a ride since September. To cut
this story short, more good times were had by all.
I'll see some of you on next week's ride! If anyone is
interested in scouting Gettysburg, Annapolis (strictly on bike),
or York, PA, let me know!
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