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Scenic Biking by the Bay in Annapolis

This is a wonderful ride through the Bay Ridge community that our SHR group did last spring.  The views are fantastic, the homes by the water are impressive, and the roads are peaceful and generally flat. The entire area is simply a beautiful place for biking, and it's just a short drive from Eastport and downtown Annapolis.  I plan to make the Bay Ridge ride a regular event for our SHR group because it's so interesting and convenient.

Directions to the Meetup Spot

Don't trust your GPS because it will probably take you through the crowded streets of central Annapolis. Here's a much better and faster way to our meetup point at Peninsula Park.

Take Rt 50/301 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.  Continue going straight for three 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.  

If the lot is full, there are additional parking areas on the other side of the playing fields. 

See the link below and the Google Meetup map above for details:

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

Biking Through Bay Ridge

From our meetup point 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.  Our route will then head towards the shoreline avenues of Bay Drive and River Drive which follow the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.  We'll also explore Lake Drive and the interior avenues of the Bay Ridge community to get some quality biking miles through this scenic area.

During our ride, we'll get excellent views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Annapolis skyline, lots of beaches and boats, and wide expanses of the Bay itself with the large cargo ships going up to Baltimore.  There's very little traffic since Bay Ridge is mostly for residents. 

The total ride distance will be approximately 12-14 miles, depending on how many side streets we take. It's suitable for all bikes and riders.

Post-Ride at Sam's on the Waterfront

After our ride, we can head over to Sam's restaurant at Chesapeake Harbor. It's located off Edgewood Rd just 1.5 miles from our meetup point.  Chesapeake Harbor is a gated community, so you'll need to stop at the gate, tell them you're going to Sam's, and they'll show you the way.  

Sam's has a nice outdoor waterside bar on the dock that's perfect for post-ride refreshments.  Anyone is welcome to join us there around 4:00 pm or so.  Check it out:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-on-the-waterfront-annapolis

Final Details

We'll need good biking weather for this event. I'll post an update and send out an email by 10:00 am on Sunday if we need to change plans or cancel.  Call Jake at[masked] with any questions.

I hope to see you there!


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  • Andy M.

    Very scenic, but short.

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • Peggy

      I should have ridden on your handle bars to give you more of a work out !

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed the fun. I am seeking to buy used/bike until I make my major purchase. I am 5'4".

    August 26, 2013

  • Peggy

    Met the group at SAM's . So good to see everyone and meet some new SHR members.This is a terrific group.Thanks Jake for making this FUN possible !

    August 26, 2013

  • Gloria

    What a COOL bike ride! I loved the easy pace so I could take in the beautiful bay views and look at all the gorgeous houses. Sam's was excellent! Thanks Jake! I had a great time.

    August 25, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful !!!

    August 25, 2013

  • Al

    Fun ride... perfect weather... Nice hanging out with everyone. Thanks Jake!

    August 25, 2013

  • Julia

    Thanks Jake, for being our fearless leader. It was a perfect day. Next time, maybe we could offer two options - a 10-12 mile version, and a 16-18 mile version, all to meet up at Sam's cafe. The ride on to the point was gorgeous - very little traffic, and part of the ride was through another gorgeous neighborhood near the point on the water. Andy was a great guide. Enjoyed meeting lots of new folks, too. ;)

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride with beautiful views of the bay. This was my first meetup with this group and everyone was very welcoming. Thanks Jake and eveyone else!

    August 25, 2013

  • Jake

    We had a perfect day for a beautiful ride. Lots of new people. Thanks to everyone who made it fun.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Gail T

    Beautiful sights!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eas relaxing day.

    August 25, 2013

  • Julia

    I am running late too Which Direction do we go in?

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late. Will try to catch up.

    August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    After yesterday kayaking needs to walk straight... ;-) Ah, next time on bike.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for backing out at the last minute. I was really looking forward to my first meet up.

    August 25, 2013

  • Peggy

    See you all at Sam's

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No bike available

    August 24, 2013

  • Peggy

    Change in plans.

    August 24, 2013

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