Scenic Biking by the Bay in Annapolis

What could be better than a relaxing afternoon bike ride along pretty shaded lanes lined with beautiful houses facing the Chesapeake Bay? How about flat paved roads and very little traffic the whole way? Well, Rev. Jake's got ya covered on this ride...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a new bike ride idea I got from exploring neighborhoods and looking at houses in Annapolis.  While driving around, I discovered a lovely community named Bay Ridge located right on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.  These photos were taken in February, so you can just imagine how nice the greenery and views will be when April arrives...

The Bay Ridge neighborhood is located on a scenic peninsula filled with impressive homes and a network of wooded avenues that all lead to gorgeous water vistas of the Bay.  The entire area is simply a beautiful place for biking, and it's just a short drive from Eastport and downtown Annapolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions and Parking

Don't trust your GPS for the best directions!  From the I-495 Beltway, take Rt. 50 East to Exit 22 onto Artis T. Allen Blvd (Rt 665).  As you exit, keep going straight past the signs for Riva Rd. and Rt. 2 (Solomons Island Rd).  Going straight will keep you on the main road which changes its name after the traffic light to Forest Dr.  Keep going straight several miles on Forest Dr. as it becomes Bay Ridge Rd. after passing Quiet Waters Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue on Bay Ridge Rd. until you pass the traffic light for Arundel on the Bay Rd. and the Bru-Mar Garden Center.  The public parking area where we'll meet is on Bay Ridge Rd. at Peninsula Park about 100 yds. beyond the intersection.  See the link below and the Google Meetup map above:

http://annapolis.patch.com/listings/peninsula-pal-park#photo[masked]

Biking Through Bay Ridge

From our meetup point at the public lot at Peninsula Park, we'll head right on Bay Ridge Rd. using the dedicated bike lane.  Bay Ridge is a 2-lane road with marked bike lanes on both sides.  It's not very busy since the road leads to the end of the peninsula.

After a mile or so, we'll enter the Bay Ridge community and its lovely streets.  Our ride will then head towards the shoreline avenues of Bay Drive and River Drive which follow the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.  We'll explore Lake Drive and the interior avenues of the Bay Ridge community to get some quality biking miles through this beautiful area.

During our ride, we'll get excellent views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Annapolis skyline with the State House, beaches and boats, and wide expanses of the Bay itself.  The roads are generally flat and there's almost no traffic since it's a peninsula known mostly to residents.

The total ride distance will be approximately 18 miles, depending on how many side streets we take.  It's suitable for all bikes and riders.

No, Rev. Jake can't afford to live in Bay Ridge, but I do know a top quality destination when I see one.  And I also know it's FREE to ride through this scenic neighborhood even if I don't live there.  We've done that many times enjoying the fine neighborhoods at Mason Neck, and this time we'll do it at Bay Ridge in Annapolis.

Post-Ride Socializing in Eastport

Eastport is one of our favorite areas to eat, drink, and have a good time in Annapolis.  We can easily hit Davis' Pub or the Boatyard Bar & Grill after we end our Bay Ridge bike ride.  Great pub grub at both places, and outdoor seating too!  Check them out below:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-boatyard-bar-and-grill-annapolis

http://www.yelp.com/biz/davis-pub-annapolis

Meetup Details

As this is an outdoor event, we'll need good biking weather to make it a success.  Check here on Saturday morning.  I'll post an update and send out an email by 10:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel.  Call Jake at[masked] with questions or to find us.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be forced against my will to miss this great event. Ask Bobbe-- she saw the text msg :)

    April 21, 2013

    • Bobbe

      Wishing you a great weekend....and oh... you are welcome! signed LC (aka Lucky charm)

      April 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ...still recovering--thanks LC!

      April 29, 2013

  • lori h

    Beautiful day, nice ride and great company, Thanks Jake!

    April 29, 2013

  • Linda

    Well organized (but not too organized). Jake, you do a fantastic job researching and putting together Meetups. Thank you so much.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy ride ... always a fun group

    April 28, 2013

  • Janet

    Truly a beautiful day with a relaxing afternoon bike ride and lunch. Felt like I was on vacation...! Thanks, Jake!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Barb

    Riding along the bay was beautiful. A perfect day for a bike ride and then socializing over food at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the bay. Thanks for org

    April 28, 2013

  • Ron

    Perfect day for a bike ride, it was fun. Thanks Jake for putting this together.

    April 28, 2013

  • Peggy

    Thanks Jake for organizing this event. Great time.

    April 28, 2013

  • Jean

    What a great kick of to spring. Lovely day, fantastic people, relaxing end at Sam's. Can't wait to do more events with SHR! Thanks Jake!

    April 28, 2013

  • Bobbe

    REVEREND JAKE! How do you do it!! Hallelujah & Amen to a perfect storm of people, weather, beach ride, food....they dont call you Reverend for nothing! Sam's waterfront tiki bar at the end of the ride was the icing on the cake! The Annapolis lifestyle is very SHR style...you are in your element! THANK YOU Jake!

    April 28, 2013

  • debbie

    What a perfect day for a waterfront ride and lunch. Had a great time. THANK YOU Jake:-)

    April 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    Beautiful

    April 27, 2013

  • Melissa

    Great day all round...nice folks, beautiful weather and scenery, good food to top it off! Thanks all!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today was a perfect day for the ride

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jake, every time I think you can not top the previous meetup, you do.....once again great job putting together a great group of people having a lot of fun.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Only went to Sam's which was very nice.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride today! Thanks Jake. I can see why you like it there so much.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jake

    This ride in Bay Ridge turned out just like I hoped it would. Perfect weather, great views of the Bay, nice roads, and a great group of fun people. We'll do it again! Afterwards, we had a good time at Sam's Cafe on the waterfront. Lots of sun, good food, and even free Margaritas from a friendly boat owner with the right equipment. Ya gotta love the lifestyle in Annapolis!

    April 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    Had a great time today! Thanks for a great ride. Look forward to next time

    April 27, 2013

  • M M

    Thanks, Jake , for organizing the Bay Ridge Bike Ride!
    Great workout.. great people.
    Appreciated it!
    Mania

    April 27, 2013

  • Asha

    So sorry I can't make it.

    April 27, 2013

  • martha

    so sorry to miss this, but my son made it to a baseball tournament which is a double header and doesn't leave me any time!

    April 27, 2013

  • Stephen C

    Sorry. Car repairs for daughters car trump...

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got sick ! What a shame

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just getting out of hospital, so can't make it. Hopefully, next one though.

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So disappointed I can't make this ride. Will you be doing it again in the near future?

    April 25, 2013

  • Julie S.

    Sorry to change my RSVP but conflicts with my sailing bootcamp. See you next time.

    April 25, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Going on the covered bridges ride instead - hope you all have a good time!

    April 24, 2013

  • Jean

    Much appreciated! Thanks

    April 23, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    Something else got rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday that I must attend! Have fun! I was really looking forward to this!

    April 22, 2013

  • Jake

    I opened up the RSVP's so everybody who want to come can attend. See ya there!

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, I have never been in Annapolis !

    April 21, 2013

  • Gloria

    The Tiki Barbarians are playing at the Democratic Club! Gotta love Eastport!

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss. OOT.

    April 15, 2013

  • Jane

    Found I have to work. Plus I don't really have a bike. Ha ha. Was going to Jake to go tandem. LOL

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there Revend Jake, I notice that there are spots available for this fun plan and RSVPs are closed. Could I join your fun group for this fun plan? I always enjoy joining your events!

    April 13, 2013

  • raaj

    Hi Jake,
    If a spot opens up ,I would like to join in the fun.
    I can only plan for a wk or 2 in advance.:((

    April 9, 2013

  • Christina L.

    Conflict - have fun.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Reverend Jake, if you have an open spot, I'd be glad to join this fun event with your fun group!

    March 30, 2013

  • Julie S.

    Sorry Jake did not mean to RSVP no...

    February 11, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    I live in Eastport if anyone wants to park here and ride over. Two blocks fro Davis and Boatyard.

    February 10, 2013

  • martha

    I'd love to as long as my son doesn't have a baseball game...

    February 9, 2013

  • Donna M

    Too bad you can't afford to live there Jake - oh, the parties you could have :)

    February 9, 2013

  • Kaisha

    That gives me a deadline ... got to buy a bike by 4/27!

    February 9, 2013

  • Claudine M.

    I discovered this area by car a couple of years ago, went back and parked right outside Bay Ridge and biked in. It is beautiful.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great location

    February 8, 2013

  • Gloria

    Excellent!

    February 8, 2013

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