View Full Version : Sunday Jan 22 ride in Beltsville Ag Research Center and Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

01-15-2012, 06:07 PM
I know it's sort of short notice, but I've been enjoying our casual group rides so much that I'd like to try another. I've checked my magic eight-ball, which says the weather next Sunday should be good.

This time a 20-ish mile loop from Proteus bikes around the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (http://vimeo.com/28866911)to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge visitors center. We'll take a moderate pace, and may split into groups of different paces. No one will be dropped.

Here's the announcement (http://www.proteusbicycles.com/2012/01/sunday-jan-22-bike-ride/) and
Here's the route (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/896301).

Here are approximate directions from DC to the bike shop and Dirt's route maps:

This is roughly the route there: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/784592
And roughly the route home: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/797417

From downtown DC, I take the MBT to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road -- beware unmarked speedbumps)
Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you'd be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road (beware the construction/cyclocross challenge)
Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)

And here are directions from U of Md: Take the Paint Branch trail north from the campus (near the Comcast center). The trail goes under University Blvd and around the Paint Branch golf course. After the golf course, there's a spur off to the right that goes up to Route 1 near the bike shop, and there's a new traffic light to cross over at Hollywood Road.

Finally, I found an old video of the ride from DC out to the shop that I took one Thursday night, which gives the feel for the ride out to distant Maryland (this was a roundabout route that stayed mostly in bike lanes):



January 22nd, 2012 Join us for a fun ride from the shop to the Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center and back.

It’ll be a 22 mile paved loop through the Beltsville Ag Research Center. Relatively flat, with hills that are generally gradual or short. Shoulder riding on Edmonston Road and Powder Mill Road. Restrooms at Patuxent visitors center.

All abilities welcome, no-one will be left behind. Helmets required!!

We’ll leave the shop at 1PM, Sunday.

Hot Chocolate, tea and pre/post ride snacks at the shop.

Proteus Bicycles
9217 Baltimore Blvd. College Park, MD 20740 301.441.2928

01-15-2012, 07:26 PM
Wish I could come, but I'm out of town. You'll have to find someone else to help you lead the ride:( -- Laurie

01-19-2012, 09:33 AM
Weather's still looking OK for Sunday -- Saturday looks lousy, but Sunday should be dry and warm-ish (for January) by 1pm.

Saturday: Rain and sleet likely, becoming all rain after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 46. East wind around 6 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: Cloudy, with a high near 45.

I used this ride to blog about my concerns about the proposed Beltsville site for a new CSX truck terminal on Greenbelt Patch. Hoping to get some folks who may not know much about the proposal (MDOT hasn't publicized it in Greenbelt or College Park, only in Beltsville, although we would be affected too!) to come out and ride past the site in the farms.


01-19-2012, 10:11 AM
Keep the invites coming. I can't make this one. I've already got plans for a Sunday ride.

01-21-2012, 09:02 AM
Well, my magic weather crystal ball has had a sucky week. Last weekend they were predicting sunny 50s today.

I'll go ride the course first thing tomorrow morning and see if the shoulder sections are snow- and ice-free. I'll report back around 10am hopefully.

01-22-2012, 08:58 AM
I just rode the course -- the roads are dry and in good shape, and the wind was light, so an OK day for winter riding. The shoulder is a little narrower than usual because of the plowing on Powder Mill road up by the wildlife refuge, but still plenty wide. That said, it is chilly out there! Warm gear essential. After a 90 minute ride, my toes were cold -- going to switch out my pedals and wear warm hiking boots for this afternoon.

01-22-2012, 09:26 PM
It turned out the be a fine day for a ride, and, of course, here are the obligatory video clips of the brave winter warriors and their fine winter bicycles.

PS. All modesty aside, I thought today's cookies were excellent. Even though we didn't have any flour and I had to substitute pancake mix. -Jeff