I talked to J-Wa (aka Jason Walder) at FreshBikes and he and Scott are thinking about riding up to Baltimore early that morning. Tim, you might have someone to ride with.
Thanks for your patience with all the discussions about Tim Johnson's Ride On Washington. Y'all have been awesome at supporting me as I prepare for TJROW and with my fund raising. Now is the time to talk about some of the details of actually turning some pedals.
Day 5 of TJROW (Baltimore to DC on March 20th) is intended to be much more inclusive than the other parts of the ride. The distance is about 50 miles. It will be ridden at a little more inclusive pace. There are some really pretty sections of the ride. The last 15 miles (from College Park, Maryland to the US Capitol) in particular will be more inclusive.. something that a fit, casual cyclist could join in on. I've even got a friend who will help lead a more casual group of cyclists for the last leg.
Details for Day 5:
The details for Day 5 actually start on Day 4. The TJROW reception in Baltimore will be held at Twenty20 Cycling Co. at 725 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211 from 7-8:30pm... maybe a little longer. http://www.twenty20cycling.com/ These events are entertaining, fun and a great way to support the ride. This local shop in particular is a very cool place to have an event. Come up the night before, come to the event, then ride back to DC with us in the morning.
Our hotel in Baltimore is the Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor, 131 East Redwood Street. We'll be meeting there at 8:30am on Tuesday morning. We're going to be wheels rolling at 9am. If you're going to ride with us, please be ready to roll at 0900. Some of us that have ridden from Boston may be moving a little slowly, but we really need to try to keep to schedule for the last day if we can.
Here is the proposed route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/966811 It may change in the next week or so. It will not be too far off from this.
How can I get to Baltimore? That's a good question. There are many ways. I've heard a few different options so far.
* I've got a few friends who are riding up. A few are riding early with the intent to make it for the start. At least one is thinking of heading backward on the route until they meet up with us, then turn around and ride back.
* Some folks are just riding to College Park and meeting us there.
* Some folks have family or spouses that are driving them up to Baltimore.
* I've even heard that some folks are renting a car to head up. Day rental with return near the hotel nearby would be quite reasonable... especially if split between 2, 3 or more people. 2 people and bikes can fit in a small car pretty easily.
* It might be possible to take the train up, though I think the only Amtrak train that allows baggage (the bike) is the 10pm train. That gets you into Baltimore and your hotel pretty late.
If you need a ride to Baltimore, or have room to give someone a ride to Baltimore, please let me know via instant message. I will try and get people connected so that everyone can make it up to join in the ride.
Why is this ride cool?
1. The organization is awesome. Bikes Belong is one of the driving forces in making cycling better in America. Check them out.
2. You get to ride with some really cool cycling folks like 6-time National Champion cyclist Tim Johnson, 1992 World Champion Jan Bolland Tanner, MTB Hall of Fame Member Pete Webber and Advocacy guru and all-around amazing guy Richard Fries. Trust me, riding next to Richard for a little while is a lot of fun. He's an amazing guy.
3. The reception at Twenty20 Cycling Co. Monday night will be enjoyable and informative. They put on a great event in a really cool shop last night.
4. This will be really, really fun.
Last but definitely not least: GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!!!!! (You knew that was coming, right?)
Here is my fund raising link: https://www.pledgereg.com/27074
For those who already donated, THANK YOU!!!! $25 donations start entering you for the raffle for prizes. For every $50 you donate, you get an entry in the raffle to win a custom Firefly frameset. Trust me, you want this bike. You really want this bike. http://fireflybicycles.com/ Mountain, road, cross or whatever... built in Titanium or Stainless steel. Trust me... you want this bike. I do too.
Thanks for reading! Thanks for supporting this ride. If you have friends who are cyclists, please forward this to them. We'd love to have them join in the ride.
Anyone interested in a group ride to College Park (or further, perhaps) from DC or Rosslyn area? I don't know the route so I don't want to solo it.
Otherwise I'll just take metro.
I'll post up a good route to College Park tomorrow. It isn't difficult.
Thanks, Pete. I had a look at one of the Proteus rides that had a route from DC to College Park, but I get lost easily in new areas especially when there's lots of turns...
Well you've got one of them fancy-pants Garmin bike computers, right? I am picking up a new one tomorrow. My old one is about to die and I'll need one for this ride.
If you haven't used the nav features before, they're really pretty dang good.
Vvill, I might be interested. Would be coming through Roslyn and DC. I could navigate through DC well enough. I will study the map very carefully and possibly a Greenbelt video a couple of times and I could attempt the trail portions of the route. I don't have any fancy navigational devices, unless a smartphone counts.
Haha well yes I finally caved, spent the $ and got a Garmin 500 and took it on my first ride today. I don't think it has nav features though, that's the 800 right? I think Strava is going to be a lot more fun now I won't be relying on a car GPS for my ride logs.
Originally Posted by Dirt
Cool, let me know. A smartphone counts! My cellphone is an old school flip phone. I'm happy to ride whatever pace suits. If we're just going to College Park then I would probably leave from work sometime in the late morning, I'm near 19th + K St NW.
Originally Posted by eminva
One of my favorite past times this winter has been KOM Hunting in Arlington! Isn't that right, americancyclo?
Originally Posted by vvill