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Eastern Shore, Flat, Snowy, Century.(28 posts)

Eastern Shore, Flat, Snowy, Century.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 3:48 PM
Well a metric Century anyway.

You think you know what flat is? I'll show you flat.

We never get snow on the Eastern Shore. So far this year we've had three major storms. It's been an unusual winter. So I had a chance today to get out for a Metric Century of LSD riding with snow as the backdrop. This first picture is leaving the development. It's 31 degrees with a 10 MPH wind out of the WSW (It freshens to about 15 by the end.
St Michael's Road. Flat.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 3:51 PM
When the wind is out of the West, the only way to start the ride is by going out St Michael's road all the way to Tilghman Island. From my house (with some wandering along the way) I can make it a 64 mile ride.

Here is the view. Notice the shoulders and the lack of traffic. It can be a great palce to ride.
I love that Eastern Shore stuff, one questionbigrider
Feb 10, 2003 11:58 AM
We ride to the ocean every year and pass through Viola, Felton, Wyoming and many other beautiful towns on our 107 mile adventure. I need to get down your way for a weekend getaway with my wife for two reasons

I want to see the Maritime Museum
Always like a weekend getaway

? I want to build a 36 foot deadrise and want to know if there is info on boat designs at the museum
Not sure but.......Len J
Feb 10, 2003 2:14 PM
I would call them & they can point you in the right direction before you come down. Ask for the Boat building school.

Cold Water Views.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 3:59 PM
This is looking out from the base of the Oak Creek Bridge , out Oak Creek to the Miles River. There was a famous battle fought here during the War of 1812. The British came to shell the town at night, the Townspeople learned of this plan & hung several hundred lanterns in the trees just East of town and darkened the town. The British shelled the wrong place.

You get a sense of how cold it's been here. This is the most ice I've ever seen on the Miles.
OK so there are hills.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:02 PM
This is one of the 5 hills in Talbot County. Actually it's the Oak Creek Bridge, a sustained 10 % grade for all of 350 yards. Work that hill. (MB1, and you wonder why I worry when I ride real hills?)
Flat, Flat as far as the eye can see.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:03 PM
This is one of the many farms along the way. It's probably a mile to the trees.
Mc Daniel, MD. It does turn occasionally.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:06 PM
Notice the heavy Sunday traffic and the wide shoulders. This really is a great place to ride. I stayed off the back roads (mostly) today due to the snow, but there is even less traffic there.
Dude, why didn't you invite us???MB1
Feb 9, 2003 4:08 PM
Looks great.

We beat ourselves to death in the wind, cold and hills of Pennsylvania on Saturday (more on that later). A nice flat warm ride like yours sounds perfect. We could have ridden the tandem and you would have had a wonderful wheel to follow.

Of course Miss M would never be satisfied with only 100K.
Wouldn't have wanted to slow you down........Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:25 PM
It's amazing how much fitness I lost dutring my recovery. This is the longest ride I've done since the accident and I really felt it. Probably averaged about 16 but ended with that burn you get at the end of a long endurance ride. Maybe by summer I'll be in good enough shape to ride with you two.

Would have loved the company though.

What, you don't have any bunjee cords? ;-) nmMB1
Feb 9, 2003 5:36 PM
Dangerous wind tunnel.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:09 PM
Occasionally, the trees will pinch the road for a half mile or more. When this happens on a day when the wind is blowing right (like today) it creates a natural wind tunnel. I was riding into about a 25 MPH headwind during this section. Of course, on the way back it was a tail wind. What a ride!!!

Up ahead, just beyond the turn is where my accident occured in September. This is the first time I've ridden back. It's a little spooky.
Returning to the scene of the crimeTig
Feb 10, 2003 8:58 AM
Your mentioning this being near your accident brought back a few memories of my own. For a few years, every time I rode across "my intersection" I'd get a dreaded feeling of anxiety. I still don't even remember that day I got hit so many years ago, but I'd still look at the spot and picture the scene. As time passed the feeling grew weaker, and it has been several years now since I have had any ill affects when riding there. You'll see similar changes as well. Besides, much better scenery surrounds your "spot"!
Returning to the scene of the crimeLen J
Feb 10, 2003 9:14 AM
I hear you......

The last sound I heard before I hit the car was the sound of tires on crushed stone. Every time I hear that sound now I tense.

Drawbridge.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:13 PM
I forgot to take a picture of the Drawbridge going onto Tilghman Island, so I thought I'd do one of the entrance to the Cheseapake Bay Maritime Musuem. After all, this was the old Tilghman Island Drawbridge. Right after I took this picture, I saw the only other cyclist all day, a 9 year old kid on a BMX, carrying a snowboard. Go Figure.
Almost Home now.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:14 PM
This is the Easton Bypass, the "High speed" way around central Easton. Notice the Traffic. During the Summer Weekends, this road is a mess.
Finally, Companions.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:16 PM
The only other life I saw all day......and wouldn't you know it their butts were frozen solid. How do Duck's stand that anyway?
Dirty Bike.Len J
Feb 9, 2003 4:18 PM
Well it had to get christened somehow. Notice the ugly 700 X 28 whitewall tires. I put these on in case I needed a little more traction. I had no idea what the roads would be like.

Thanks for looking.

Dirty Bike.carpe_podium
Feb 9, 2003 6:20 PM
Wow, the more I see that bike the better it looks. Really, really, nice bike.
Thanks. & it rides better than it looks! nmLen J
Feb 9, 2003 6:48 PM
beauty! new? did i miss this? nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 6:25 AM
Must have.......Len J
Feb 10, 2003 7:14 AM
received on 12/21. Replacement for Trashed Trek in Wreck. Thanks to the Insurance Co.

did you do a write-up thread or ride report on it? nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 10:28 AM
Yea. see the attached link......Len J
Feb 10, 2003 11:05 AM

it's ride-able art. very nice. big congrats also on recovery! nJS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 11:38 AM
Thanks, This sight kept me sane while not riding. nmLen J
Feb 10, 2003 2:15 PM
Nice ride report. Thanks nmContinental
Feb 9, 2003 6:41 PM
coolio ....Spirito
Feb 9, 2003 10:55 PM
im glad your all healed and up and riding again.

nice ride pics - most impressed with the wide shoulders on the roads. i only dream of stuff like that here in NYC, but hey .....