The 2014 Schedule has been announced !!!
For 8 succesive Wednesdays, there is a guided history tour on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, which I think most of us know as the NCR Trail. Each tour will cover the specific history of both the trail and the surrounding area of the stated location. Each tour starts at the indicated NCR stop and "bites off" roughly 10 miles for that evening. What a great way to eventually experience the entire trail in bite size portions. The Maryland Park Service volunteer in Monkton couldn't stop praising this series when I asked her about it. The leader is a "local" who is very passionate about the history of his "hometown". There is no charge.
Just to be VERY clear. This event is open to anyone; it is not dedicated to this Meetup group. We are not the ones in charge of the start time; the Guide is. So please do not be late. We can't ask him to wait.
Also, Here's a link to the DNR website which gives directions to each of the 8 locations (also with a nice map of the Trail).
The "kick off" tour is on June 4 at Paper Mill Rd. Hope to see you all there!
As we get closer, I'll revise the write up to include more detail.
Bike Through History
Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail
2014 Schedule . . .
June 4 - Paper Mill Road
June 11 - Bentley Springs
June 18 - White Hall
June 25 - Monkton
July 2 - Freeland
July 9 - Sparks
July 16 - Parkton
July 23 - Phoenix
All rides begin 6:30 P.M. and continue for about two hours.
Volunteers guide the group on a 10-mile round trip.
The entire trail will be covered in the program, including some mileage in Pennsylvania.
Bring your bicycle, helmet, light & water.
Program is free with no pre-registration.
For more information call[masked]-2897.
To check on weather-related cancellation on the day of the event, call[masked] between 4PM and 4:30PM.
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('Bike Through History' is conducted by volunteer members of the NCR/Hereford Volunteers Association.. The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail - formerly the Northern Central Railroad Trail - is located in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, and extends for nearly 20 miles from Ashland to the Pennsylvania state line.. Its route is the former right-of-way of the Northern Central branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad.. Passenger train station stops along the route included Ashland, Phoenix, Sparks, Glencoe, Corbett, Monkton, Pleasant Valley, Blue Mount, White Hall, Graystone, Parkton, Walker, Bentley Springs and Freeland.. The trail is maintained as a portion of the Gunpowder Falls State Park.. Northward into Pennsylvania, the trail is known as the York County Heritage Rail Trail, maintained by York County.)
Allen Brougham, chairman Bike Ride Committee