Meet at 9:15 a.m. for wheels down at 9:30 a.m.
Changes or cancellations will be announced NLT 7 a.m. on day of ride.
The B&A is a scenic, paved, 13-mile trail along the route of the Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line which started running freight and passenger service in 1880 and runs between Glen Burnie and Annapolis. Today, the 112-acre linear park winds through parks, neighborhoods and natural wooded areas. It features several pocket parks along the way, the local bike shop Pedal Pushers is in the Park Plaza Shopping Center near Severna Park (intersection of Baltimore Annapolis Road and W. McKinsey Road), historical markers, and drinking fountains along the trail. For the history buffs, there is the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, which also has those all important restrooms. We can decide at the start if we'll do the entire length as a down and back. Then we can stop for lunch near the start after the ride.
Directions from Frederick: I-70 E for approximately 34 miles (from Routes 15 & 40). Take Exit 87A onto Rt. 29 South and continue for approximately 3 miles. Use the left 2 lanes to take Exit 22 for MD-100 E toward Glen Burnie and continue for 9 miles. Take Exit 11 Rt. 170/ Telegraph Road towards Odenton/Linthicum and use left lane on ramp to turn left to head north towards Linthicum. Proceed a mile or so and turn right onto Rt. 176 East/Dorsey Rd towards Glen Burnie. Continue on Dorsey Road for approximately 4 miles, passing Sawmill Creek Park. Turn right onto Central Avenue, continue approximately 5 blocks, and turn left onto Greenway NW (pass the fire station on the right and look for the flag on the left) to get to the parking lots beside the trail. Note: If you need a rest stop, take Exit 10B instead of 11 and head north on Rt. 713/Arundel Mills Blvd and take the first right onto Rt. 176 East/Dorsey Rd from there. There's a couple gas stations and a Dunkin Donuts in this area.
You can use 8 Central Avenue, Glen Burnie for GPS and look for the Parking signs to park in one of the lots beside the trail but it's a little tricky since there are multiple lots and some are for the businesses beside the trail. Travel time should be just under an hour from Frederick.