Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day ride

Michele dropped me off at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County south of Annapolis at 8:15 am for a metric century 100k (62 miles) organized by the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC). The plan was to do the ride and then ride the roughly 20 miles back up to Severna Park.
These roads are also on the Bay Country Century ride and feature miles of single-lane paved roads with little traffic.
Advertised as a "B" ride. I spent some time at the front to insure that I wasn't out riding all day. After the second rest stop I decided to go it alone and pulled the tattered cue sheet from my pocket to wrap up the last 20 miles of the club ride. Back at Southern HS on Route 2, I headed north to Annapolis pretty much a straight shot with a few rollers.
Downtown Annapolis was pretty busy. I rode down to "Ego Alley" to grab an espresso.
There was a persistent headwind for most of the day - especially crossing over the bridges.
This is the view out toward the Chesapeake Bay from the Naval Academy Bridge.
I spent a few miles on the Baltimore - Annapolis rail trail on the way back to my in-laws house.
Finally this private path takes me from the rail trail over to Old County Rd. where they live.
Here is the view after 81 miles - pulling into the driveway for some wiffle ball, frisbee, hot dogs, fireworks, and family time.
The best Father's Day so far.

4 comments:

Todd said...

Sounds like it was a good ride, once you dropped the group. ;) What was your total ride time?

pabiker said...

4 hours ride time.

Rob said...

Sounds like a great fathers day D. Great photo's, especially of the river/bay. Nice shot of you and the kids!

12th Man Training Table said...

I wanted to bike on Father's Day ... but was out hiking in Argentina.