From Beall to Belward
SLEEP IN AFTER THE FEAST, THEN JOIN US FOR A NICE RIDE TO WORK OFF SOME OF THE TURKEY AND PIES.
This ride is built around two interesting landmarks, one from the past, the other from the future. From the 18th-19th centuries, the Beall plantation house: much of Rockville was part of the pre-civil war Beall plantation. From the 21st century, Belward Farm, the last large piece of undeveloped land in central Montgomery County, where Johns Hopkins is about to break ground on a massive hi-rise, hi-density ‘Science City.’ The project is being challenged in court by the family of Elizabeth Beall Banks, who left the property to Hopkins in exchange for a mere pittance, on the condition that it be used for a tranquil college campus. It is also opposed many county residents, who are concerned about the added traffic congestion and the impact on air quality, schools, parks, and other public services.
We’ll start in the Rockville Town Center, cross I-270, and ride up to the ‘Top of Rockville,’ (which I’ve unofficially designated as the highest point in the city) with nice views. (There’s a flat detour for those who don’t want to do the hill – tho it’s really not that bad.) Then out to some of the mansions of west Potomac (complete with horses and pastures) and onward to Belward Farm. On the way back, we’ll ride thru Fallsgrove (formerly Thomas Farm) and King Farm, which were both undeveloped farmland just a few short years ago. Finally, we’ll ride by the Beall plantation house (now known as the Beall-Dawson House, home of the Montgomery Co. Historical Society) before returning to our starting point at the Library.
We’ll gather for lunch/refreshments after the ride at one of the restaurants / bars in the town center.
I’ll ride a comfortable C pace; slower uphill. No one will be left behind.
Helmets mandatory. Bring a lock and lunch money.
No go if forecast temperature at start time is below 40° or rain/snow expected. If weather is doubtful, check PPTC web-site ‘MD Forum’ page 2 hours before start time.
Route map: www.runningmap.com/?id=417374
Starting point at the main Library entrance, facing the plaza. Plenty of paid parking around the Town Center, or come with your bike on Metro.
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