Sat, Apr 24 2004 - Bike Ride on Nothern Centrail Railroad
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|Participants:||Ryan Meadows, jim fabrizio, Allyson Green, Trish Dorsey, Rob Copeland, Ted Hellen, Kate Scherr, vic bisignani, Jeff Rowe|
I knew the day was going to be great from the moment I got
up. I was worried the rainstorms the night before were going
to postpone the ride, but they passed and Saturday was
gorgeous. Beautiful weather, barely a cloud in the sky, and
the trail was dry.
I got my bike onto my car and headed over to the Papermill
Road parking lot to find there was plenty of parking available.
I was in shock. Pulling in I immediately recognized MOC
members congregating for the ride. I said hello and took
attendance. A few more members pulled in while we put on
sunscreen, pumped tires, adjusted brakes, and made
introductions before heading out.
We were on the trail by 10:30 and I was surprised by the lack
strollers, dogs being walked, or kids meandering out of
control. I must have picked the perfect time to hit the least
traffic. Where could everyone else be?
The nine of us broke into smaller groups that spread out as
everyone biked at their comfortable pace. While rolling along
past old buildings and metal structures, Ted told us about
some of the history of the railroad and how the trail has
changed over the years into the bike/hike trail we enjoy today.
I wasn't all too talkative, but I was very happy to be on my
favorite bike trail with friends along.
Rolling through Sparks I noticed the snack trollie wasn't there
Sometimes I'll stop there for a banana split and a frozen
later. Maybe later in summer I'll get together another ride and
we can stop for ice cream.
While biking along the river we saw fisherman and some
canoers. I heard that the Gunpowder River is too cold for
tubing at this time of the year, but on the really hot days of
August it feels really good. Hmm...sounds like another event I
could organize, summer tubing. (Joanne, are you
The miles rolled away and we made a stop at Monkton for
water. Some people let me know they would be turning
around early and not biking the full 40 miles. I was fine with
that and bid them good farewell at White Hall. Just randomly
Kate ran into her uncle, apparently also an avid bicyclist. After
leaving Monkton we continued to White Hall, about 10 miles
from where we started. We talked for a few minutes about
other plans before the few members headed back. The
remaining five of us went the distance.
We continued on and while talking to Kate she told us about
the Moveable feast charity ride coming up really soon (see
the non-MOC events page). It is a two-day, 160-mile ride from
Rehobeth Beach, DE to the Inner Harbor. That would be an
awesome trip I'd love to do if I had known sooner.
A few miles north of White Hall we came to the falls. Not a
impressive falls, but it was flowing well because of the recent
Further along the NCR trail Allyson and I came to a hiking trail
off to the side. Into the woods a little bit was a kiosk I hadn't
before. We were both curious to see it. It turns out there's a
church-maintained Bee Tree Reserve with trails and places to
camp. Ted had a few ideas for biking, hiking, and camping to
explore the area. For those that might be curious I took close-
up pictures if you would like more information. After reading
about the reserve we got back on our bikes and continued
toward the Mason-Dixon line. The whole time I couldn't help
noticing how lush and green everything was. As we went
farther north some of the trees were just beginning to bud and
the woods weren't as dense with foliage.
The last five miles or so seemed to go by slower. Of course,
this is the gentle up-river slope I was talking about that makes
the ride seem more difficult then it really is. It's a subtle slope
where you don't notice you're working harder to maintain
speed. Finally we reached the Mason-Dixon line, parked our
bikes in racks, and h
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