Contributed by Nate Evans
If ever you’re planning a long distance bike trip from Baltimore, talk to Bob Wagner. Bob’s famous for The Rando Ramble, Monument to Monument Ride and a catalog of route sheets that would rival the Library of Congress. When the time came for putting this year’s two wheeled adventure together, I turned to Bob. He supplied 3 (count ‘em) routes from Baltimore to Ocean City, all taking 2 days. The overcast departure morning arrived and I wove with packed panniers through town taking the bike lanes on Walther (not as treacherous as previously pedaled), a country ride through Clifton Park and down Chester Street where Mark joined the journey. We headed south outta town around the Inner Harbor (of course there was a van parked in the bike lanes) and took the Gwynns Falls Trail to Brooklyn. A coffee stop and short time later we were watching Southwest jets land at eye level off the BWI Trail. The heat and humidity increased as we crossed numerous bridges on the B&A Trail to our bay bridge shuttle pickup at Angler’s.
After a 8 mile cheat, we were on the Eastern Shore’s Cross Island Trail winding through pine trees, marsh and boardwalks to the old Kent Narrows Bridge. The “easy” route was over as the next day & a half were nothing but country roads. Passing through quiet Grasonville & Queenstown, there wasn’t much shade passing through cornfields to Tuckahoe State Park to camp.
Day 2 started off with 10 miles before breakfast at the Greensboro Restaurant. Over the sleepy Choptank and into Delaware where few people offered quality directions or small talk. The agricultural landscape continued only interrupted by the much appreciated convenience store and villages of Georgetown, Millsboro and Dagsboro. The last miles were along the bike & bus lanes from Fenwick Island south past Anthony’s. (Hey, there’s a Grotto Pizza in North OC. No need to go to Bethany now).
No mechanical issues. No close calls. Overall, one fun ride. Thanks to Norman for the tires, Paul for the panniers & my wife for picking up the unneeded gear!
Enjoy the film…
The best way to save the 10 bucks on car parking at the Baltimore Ravens free open practice at M&T Bank Stadium (and park closer to the gates)
Dundalk Avenue is a major collector road connecting Baltimore City with Baltimore County. This 3 mile, fairly level road is fed by a host of winding side streets that developed as the area boomed in the early 20th century. The neighborhoods of Bayview, O’Donnell Heights, Graceland Park, and St. Helena all access Dundalk Avenue to travel into the city or the county. With the upcoming streetscape in Baltimore City, a new bike lane will be added to the length of the avenue from Eastern Avenue to the county line at the railroad overpass, just south of the Holabird Avenue intersection.
With improved pavement quality, “Share The Road” signs and shared bike & parking lanes, Baltimore County is already encouraging bicycle traffic along this section of Dundalk Avenue. The latest improvements to Dundalk Avenue included bump outs for pedestrians. These bump outs only extend 6 feet from the curb line, allowing ample room for bike lanes at intersections. The major flaw in this design is the interpretation of the parking lane. Motorists construe the wide lane as extra parking area and park further from the curb. Adding the extra white line and ‘bike’ pavement marking will encourage motorists to park closer to the curb, allowing more road space for cyclists.
As Baltimore County looks for low cost, low impact ways to improve bicycle infrastructure, Dundalk Avenue presents the perfect opportunity.