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eminva
02-04-2014, 09:53 PM
(at the suggestion of acl, I'm giving this contest its own thread. Please post your contest entries on this thread. Thanks!)


Press Release: For Release on February 4, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Maryland, USA (give or take six miles)

****Announcing a new, Maryland-centric Pointless Prize! ****

****Team and Individual Prizes to be Awarded!****

This prize challenges you to ride on as many unique Maryland mixed use trails or rail trails for the duration of the Freezing Saddles competition period (yes, you can count rides going back to 1/1/14). Prizes will be awarded for the individual who rides on the most trails and for the team that collectively rides on the most different trails. For the team competition, there is no limit to the number of trails any individual can contribute, but each trail only counts once.

Paved, gravel and hard packed trails are okay but mountain bike trails are excluded -- e.g.:

C&O: Yes
Northwest Branch Trail: Yes
Torrey C. Brown Trail: Yes
Rosaryville: No

Prize is TBD -- could be a contribution in your name to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. If I can get them to provide some without thinking I'm crazy, maybe I can also award some RTC socks or something to the winners.

To be consired for an individual prize, near the end of the competition period, post a message to this thread identifying the trails you have ridden on. To be considered for a team prize, have one team member post a message to this thread identifying the trails your team has ridden on. You will be on the honor system; no proof is required although trail reviews are VERY welcome and may be rewarded.

(Yes, this is a self-serving competition. My love for rail trails is well known and I'm always looking for new ones to check out).

Enjoy! Also, don't make me award this to my own captain.

Liz

Rod Smith
02-05-2014, 06:12 AM
January 1,
1) Levee Trail
2) Northwest Branch Trail
3) Anacostia Trail
4) Northeast Branch Trail
5) Trolley Trail
6) Paint Branch Trail
8) Indian Creek Trail
9) Washington Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
10) Gladys Noon Spellman Overpass

January 11,
11) Lake Artemesia Trail

January 20,
12) Little Paint Branch Trail
13) Capital Crescent Trail
14) Georgetown Branch Trail
15) Sligo Creek Trail

eminva
02-05-2014, 11:07 AM
That's excellent, Rod! But don't feel constrained -- you can supplement your entry as you add more trails throughout the remainder of the competition.

Liz

Amalitza
02-05-2014, 11:49 AM
although trail reviews are VERY welcome and may be rewarded.

(Yes, this is a self-serving competition. My love for rail trails is well known and I'm always looking for new ones to check out).

Liz

Clearly I will not be in the running for the prize (that's a lot of trails, Rod!), so I'll try my hand at trail review.:)

Indian Head Rail Trail: Charles County, MD; 13 miles Indian Head to White Plains; lots of nature, including a couple of (good? -or at least regularly used) fishing spots; flat, straight, wide, paved in excellent condition. Light to moderate pedestrian and bike traffic. Many park benches, a couple of nature overlooks, and a covered picnic table or two along the way. Port-o-potties (clean, but, you know, still port-o-potties) at regular intervals, real bathroom (possibly closed for the winter, though) at the White Plains end of the trail plus at Bennsville Park about ½ mile off the trail (with paved sidepath). A couple water fountains but I think they also might be off for winter. Well-maintained: fallen trees, branches and leaves are quickly cleared after storms, but it's not treated or plowed after snow. Watch for kamikaze squirrels and do NOT trust cars to stop for you at road crossings. (Crosswalk, what’s that?)

consularrider
02-05-2014, 01:21 PM
Rod,

Don't forget the BWI Trail and the Gywnns Falls Trail from February 1.

Rod Smith
02-05-2014, 05:41 PM
February 1,
16) BWI Trail
17) Gwynns Falls Trail

eminva
03-10-2014, 04:09 PM
***Reminder***

Thanks to the big thaw, trails are clearing up and ready for action. Just a couple of more weeks to rack up those entries. Just post your entries here at the end of the competition. May the best (Maryland loving) team and individual win!

Liz

ShawnoftheDread
03-10-2014, 04:16 PM
I was once having dinner in L.A. with a friend from British Columbia. She asked if I could name all 50 states. So I started rattling them off and when I got Maryland she stopped me.

"Wait, Maryland? There's a state called Maryland?"

"Yes, of course."

"Are you sure?"

I love Canadians.

dkel
03-10-2014, 05:32 PM
I was once having dinner in L.A. with a friend from British Columbia. She asked if I could name all 50 states.

If your friend is a female from Canada, would that make her a Canadienne?

Steve O
03-17-2014, 04:07 PM
1) Capital Crescent

How'm I doing?

Rod Smith
03-18-2014, 12:38 AM
Elite riders don't ride MUPs.

cvcalhoun
03-18-2014, 12:50 AM
Is it impolite to notice that you used the very same MUP?


Elite riders don't ride MUPs.

Rod Smith
03-18-2014, 07:13 AM
Is it impolite to notice that you used the very same MUP?

No, not at all. And I did copy Karen's Oxon Hill, Woodrow Wilson, Henson Creek ride with the sole purpose of beating your team in this challenge. ;)

Amalitza
03-18-2014, 09:14 AM
No, not at all. And I did copy Karen's Oxon Hill, Woodrow Wilson, Henson Creek ride with the sole purpose of beating your team in this challenge. ;)

Maybe I should have titled the ride something more sneaky, like "totally no trails in MD being ridden today, none at all"?;)

Rod Smith
03-19-2014, 08:06 PM
I rode on these trails and my teammates rode on some of them too. TrishN and possibly other French team riders rode some of these and maybe other trails as well. If they let me know, I'll edit the list.

Anacostia Trail (Karen, Mary)
Brock Bridge Trail
BWI Trail (Mary)
Capital Crescent Trail (Karen, Mary)
College Park Trolley Trail
Georgetown Branch Trail (Karen, Mary)
Gladys Noon Spellman Overpass
Greencastle Trail (Mary)
Grist Mill Trail (Mary)
Gwynns Falls Trail (Chris, Mary)
Henson Creek Trail (Mary)
ICC Trail (Mary)
Indian Creek Trail
Lake Artemesia Trail (Chris, Karen, Mary)
Levee Trail (Karen, Mary)
Little Falls Branch Stream Valley Park Trail
Little Paint Branch Trail (Mary)
Matthew Henson Trail
Northeast Branch Trail (Chris, Karen, Mary)
Northwest Branch Trail (Karen, Mary)
Oxon Hill Trail (Mary)
Paint Branch Trail (Chris, Mary)
River Road Trail (Mary)
Rock Creek Trail
Savage Mill Trail (Mary)
Sligo Creek Trail (Mary)
Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail (Mary)

Amalitza
03-20-2014, 08:32 PM
French team totally kicked our butt on this one. For the record, Sloppies rode...

1) Capital Crescent Trail-Carol, Laurie, Emma
2) Georgetown Branch Trail -Carol, Laurie, Emma
3) North Bethesda Trolley Trail -Carol
4) C&O Canal Trail -Carol, Jake
5) Rock Creek Trail -Carol
6) NE branch-Laurie
7) NW branch-Laurie
8) Paint Branch-Laurie, ChrisR
9) College Park Trolley Trail-Laurie, ChrisR
10) Sligo Creek-Laurie
11) Anacostia River Trail-Laurie
12) Levee trail- ChrisR
13) BWI trail- ChrisR
14) Gwynn Falls Trail- ChrisR
15) Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail- Terp, me
16) Henson Creek Trail, me
17) Oxon Hill Farm Trail, me
18) Indian Head Rail Trail, me

... which really I don't think is too bad, if you don't look too closely at that post right above this one.:D

Rod Smith
03-20-2014, 08:57 PM
Not too shabby, Karen.

I forgot about Rock Creek Trail. Added to list. :p

eminva
03-21-2014, 10:05 AM
Excellent work, Slowly but Surely and Sloppy Seconds!

Any other team or individual entries? Any further trail reviews? Get them in by April 1st to be considered for a fabulous prize!

Liz

consularrider
03-21-2014, 10:15 AM
You can add the Indian Creek Trail for me for Sloppy Seconds. For some reason I thought Laurie had already listed it.