Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jul 30 2005 - Moderate Bike Ride to Sandy Point Park (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Rita Fabian
Participants:Rita Fabian, Vera Bjurstrom, George Kohutiak, Eric Bjurstrom, Joanne Milne, Carol Middleton, Timothy Orner, Rhonda Orner, H. Tran, Alvin Liem

Write Up:
So, here I am. My first officially organized MOC event. And it’s going to rain! Before the bike riding I watched the Weather Channel and checked the forecast at least five times every day. First they predicted sun. Then rain. Then thunderstorms with rain. Help! We can’t ride our bikes in the rain!

Two days before the event I called John and in hysterics asked him what should we do? Should I cancel it or just wing it? Well, thanks to his advice we stayed with the plan. We got perfect (and I mean perfect) weather on Saturday. Not too sunny, not too hot, not too humid – with no rain at all. Unfortunately, the previous forecast scared many people away, but 10 brave MOC members showed up to participate anyway.

The seven-mile ride to Sandy Point was divided into three parts. The first one was from the B&A Trail Parking lot to the WWII memorial. We stopped for five minutes to enjoy the nice view of the Naval Academy and the river, then it was back to our bikes to the rolling hill area. Fortunately, we made it to the not-so-scenic third part – which was the parallel road with Rt. 50 – and at 11:30 our group arrived at Sandy Point.

Sandy Point State Park is at the edge of the Bay Bridge, next to the Chesapeake Bay, providing beautiful views of the bridge and a lighthouse. After our lunch, everybody played ball. Little balls, volleyballs, flat balls, big-huge balls – we had a selection, so we played football and baseball. They even tried to teach me how to throw a football the American way – thanks guys!

When H.Tran, George, Rhonda, and Timothy went back to the trail, the remaining six of us joined two kids – who actually had the right volleyball – for a game. Nobody won, because with the exception of Eric and Alvin no one else knew how to play volleyball. But that was fun!

Later on we headed back to the trail, and everybody made it back to the parking lot safe and sound. Thanks to those who joined me; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

--Rita Fabian

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