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    Quote Originally Posted by komorebi View Post
    One other thing to note is that the tracks at Penn Station are one level below the station, so you'll need to carry your bike up the stairs to exit the station.
    I rode MARC to Penn Station in October, and there was an elevator on the platform where my train arrived. The elevator is small, so I waited a few turns to let all the people go first. Not certain if every platform has one, but there should be some accommodation for accessibility (that's how I usually find it -- look for the wheelchair signs).

    Also, we took MARC from Brunswick to DC on the return trip. There were no racks, instead we were pointed to a handicap space (otherwise empty) where the seats folded up and our bikes leaned against them. That was the only place I thought the bungees were really necessary.

    Since all trains have bike accommodations, all you really have to do is roll onto the platform and let the conductors point you to the right space. If there are steps up into the car it gets tricky, but they might be persuaded to help you.

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    Ride report:

    - 9:15am MARC at Union Station was fine. The platform attendee was not at all helpful, when we walked up and asked he just said "look for the sign" which was on a locked door. When we came back and told him it was locked he said "use another door and move your bikes to that area." This is impossible in a double decker car with passengers. He finally reluctantly unlocked the specified door on the 3rd attempt. It was one of the cars that required bungees, which we had. The entire train would only really fit two bikes but no one else had a bike so we were good.

    - Biking through Baltimore was neat. Stopped at Doobys cafe for coffee and lunch. Would definitely recommend and go again!

    - Towards the outskirts of Baltimore part of the trail was washed out with debris from a previous flood (or three) and after walking our bikes through a lot of trash the trail ended in large impassible fencing. No signage indicated the closed trail nor a detour but we managed. Detail of area in question attached.

    - A pretty considerable amount of the ride between the Baltimore and DC region was on uncomfortable roads with a good amount of traffic at high speeds. Even early afternoon on a week day. I found it rather unpleasant and would probably seek alternate routes next time. No close calls or anything and the drivers were considerate but it was loud and stressful always being on high alert.

    - Weather was windy and cold but very sunny. Grateful for layers and multiple pairs of gloves.

    - Rolled through Proteus in College Park at 3:03 and sadly their cafe closes at 3. They felt bad for me and gave me a free cup of what was left from the coffee pot. Grabbed dinner to go from the Naked Lunch counter at Moms Organic next door.

    - Met two others for camping at Greenbelt and that was a delight. Got there at 4pm and had about an hour of daylight to setup camp and gather wood. Lows in the mid 20s overnight but we were well prepared and because the park has been closed for a while there was an abundance of dry wood everywhere. We built one hell of a fire. Never woke up with frost on my sleeping bag before.

    Thanks Komorebi for the detailed RideWithGPS that was immensely helpful!!!


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    Sweet bikes for the trip. And someone was ready for rain.👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2k1 View Post
    Ride report:

    - Towards the outskirts of Baltimore part of the trail was washed out with debris from a previous flood (or three) and after walking our bikes through a lot of trash the trail ended in large impassible fencing. No signage indicated the closed trail nor a detour but we managed. Detail of area in question attached.

    - A pretty considerable amount of the ride between the Baltimore and DC region was on uncomfortable roads with a good amount of traffic at high speeds. Even early afternoon on a week day. I found it rather unpleasant and would probably seek alternate routes next time. No close calls or anything and the drivers were considerate but it was loud and stressful always being on high alert.
    Thanks for the ride report! Sorry to have misled you about the state of the trail -- that's a part of the Middle Branch trail that I haven't ridden before. There's another section of that trail that has the same problem -- no signage in advance, no marked detour, no information online to indicate that the trail is partially closed. I find that baffling.

    I was a bit surprised to hear about the heavy traffic. I usually ride that way on weekends, but I also took that route on a random Monday this past October, and the traffic wasn't bad at all. If you find a better route, please let me know. I've tried a few different variations on the DC->Baltimore route, and the route I gave you is the best one I've found so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komorebi View Post
    Thanks for the ride report! Sorry to have misled you about the state of the trail -- that's a part of the Middle Branch trail that I haven't ridden before. There's another section of that trail that has the same problem -- no signage in advance, no marked detour, no information online to indicate that the trail is partially closed. I find that baffling.

    I was a bit surprised to hear about the heavy traffic. I usually ride that way on weekends, but I also took that route on a random Monday this past October, and the traffic wasn't bad at all. If you find a better route, please let me know. I've tried a few different variations on the DC->Baltimore route, and the route I gave you is the best one I've found so far.
    It may have just been more about my expectations. I suppose I was expecting more country roads but instead it's a lot of industrial access roads and highways. I think my expectations were off considering it connects two nearby major metropolitan areas.

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