Monday, July 27, 2009

Another Patapsco Tour

Another sunday, another tour around Patapsco. En route, I snapped this pic of what used to be the largest section of the Pits, which once housed the 2nd gen dual slalom course and miles of single and double track...



There were several groups heading out, so I figured I would see who I could drum up to head out towards Mckeldin. The plan was to meet Don and his crew, who would be riding Avalon, meeting at CCBC at 8, then heading out to meet up with Steve who would be riding towards Mckeldin, departing from Hilltop road at 8:30. It seemed everyone canceled due to the prior night's rain in Don's group, with the exception of Jason, who had planned to stay in Avalon due to time constraints, and Poz walked up with the dogs and showed off his knee stitches telling us of others who bailed out. At Hilltop we picked up Steve, Art, and Ed and began our journey. This was another picture takin' ride as the pace would dictate. We found the little single track by the farm area which was nice to finally ride. Nothing special, but good to know its there.

Here a rider passes the old car on the way to the dam...



Ed had a leaky tubeless tire so he put a tube in it at the dam and in the process, a brake pad fell out. How many guys does it take to install brake pads?



Under route 40 and down the slow single track, we passed this guy and several of his friends...



Once you pass under interstate 70, there is a huge fern grove which is now beginning to turn brown. Don keeps an eye out for snipers in the bush...



Along the way, Art got a flat while the rest of talked camera gear and techniques for shooting. A less than choice picture while giving advice. Go figure...




Ed crosses to Mckeldin..



Ed bailed at Mckeldin informing us that he has heart issues and needs a pacemaker. If i had known the severity, I probably wouldnt have dont this ride with him. Kind of puts the group in a position of responsibility in the event it gives out. Whatevs, it didnt happen and I enjoyed his company. In an effort to foil doing this ride as a complete out and back, I got us lost. Don pushes on...



Art entered the slum zone once we got lost, but pushed through that and the cramps, finishing in fine style, however not before taking a digger trying to eat a Gu on the move...





Art ridin' the rails...



Monday was back to Schaffer, but I rode "Old Schaff" for a change since I have been hearing so much about the corn out there. I wanted to see what all the hype was about and to my suprise, it was kinda cool. The single track on the yellow loop goes right through the middle of 2 corn fields, where the corn was over head high. I waited for an hour or so to try and capture a pic of someone riding through it, but to no avail. Here are some pictures of corn...








Everyone loves butterflies...

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