Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, May 7 2006 - Annual Bay Bridge Walk (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Katie Stofer, Tracey Wagner
Participants:Amy Grossman, charles lewis, Joanne Milne, Alvin Liem, Laura Loughery, Ricardo Bulala, Erin Green, Ruwan Alwis, Katie Stofer, Tracey Wagner, Ali Badii, doug hanford, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Sandra Gendleman, Terrick Khan, Jen A, Chuck Hildenbrand, Maureen Wingfield

Write Up:
Given all the fabulous weather this spring, you'd think that an event expected to draw 40,000-60,000 might get rained out, just given the law of averages. Quite the contrary, however, our intrepid group of MOCers and 40,000 of our closest strangers were welcomed to the 2006 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk by fabulous sunshine and blissful temperatures.

We met up around 8:30, about a mile from the shuttle stop at Anne Arundel Community College. After a half-hour ride (yes, to travel about a mile) to reach parking at the college, we boarded some of a reputed 500 WMATA buses to cross the bridge to the starting point.

After grabbing some freebies (politicians and advertisers were out in full force) and hitting the port-a-potties, we set off on the 4.3-mile trek. Some highlights of our conversation were the best way to off oneself on the bridge, how to remove a man's chest and back hair, and speculation as to whether we were walking on the span of the bridge still needing reconstruction. Some of the group witnessed a car accident on the other side of the bridge, some of us took many pictures, we marveled at the other walkers (including the kid who walked the whole thing backwards) and we all cursed the golf carts that rudely beeped at us to make way. One of us even took steps (pun intended) to overcome his fear of not only heights but also bridges. He made great strides ...

As we finished the walk, we marveled at the long lines to the Stadium shuttle stop and Steve Sims told us he hoped we had a great walk. Everyone got a certificate congratulating us on our achievement!

Shuttles took us back to the parking lot without much fuss, and we chatted with other walkers on the way back, including several people who'd been doing the walk since the early days in the 1980's (and had the t-shirts to prove it).

Some of us continued to enjoy the beautiful weather with a picnic on the college grounds, where conversation ranged further to tofu preferences and pesticides.

Here's hoping that we can make it another great event next year (p.s. the details are pretty much done for you already ...)

-Katie Stofer

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