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WAR's 18th Annual Eastern Shore Skate

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EVENT MOVED TO 10/22 (originally 10/1) due to rain.

Please join WAR on Saturday, October 22, for our 18th Annual “So Long to Summer” Eastern Shore Skate. START TIME: 11 AM. If it rains on the 22nd, our rain date is the following day, Sunday the 23rd.

POST-SKATE RESTAURANT, Ava’s Pizzeria. Details below.

RSVPs are optional, but encouraged. You may also sign up at

* WHAT? * Join WAR for a repeat of the So-Long-to-Summer skate near St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The distance will be 29 miles. The roads are flat, have mostly excellent pavement and have wide bike lanes. We plan to skate at an intermediate pace with two planned rest stops (bathrooms and refreshments available). There are usually pace lines for those who want to do that. We will also have a couple of regroup points for people to catch up. If you (or your friends) aren’t up for skating it, you are very welcome and encouraged to join us on your bikes. You may want to have your own copy of the route cue sheet.

* WHERE? * We’ll skate the same loop as we have done in the past: from St. Michaels to Easton, south to historic Oxford, where we’ll cross the Tred Avon River by ferry, and return to St. Michaels. It has taken about 4 hours in the past, including the wait for the ferry boat.

* Afterwards, we’ll be returning to Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, at 409 S. Talbot Street. People enjoyed it a lot the last couple of years. The place has rave reviews, reasonable prices, many foods besides pizza, and great beer and wine. It’s only a few blocks from our parking lot. See .

* MEETING PLACE? * The skate will start at 11 AM from the *Municipal Parking Lot* at the corner of Talbot and Mill Streets in St. Michaels. (If the lot is full, additional parking is available farther down Mill Street). Those who like to caravan or car pool have traditionally left the New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot (near route 50 and the Beltway) at *9:00 AM sharp*. If you want to participate in a car pool please make those arrangements before the day of the skate.

The SOUTH New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot is at
4700 Garden City Drive
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Google Map Directions to the New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot:

Google Map Directions to the start of the skate:


Carry some fluids. Water stops are about 10 miles apart: this isn’t DC, folks!

Bring money for the Bay Bridge toll ($4 if you don't have E-ZPass; $2.50 with E-ZPass), ferry boat ($3 skaters, $4 bike), and dinner. Ava’s takes all major credit cards, but cash may be easier with the group.

It's usually windy on the Eastern Shore, so you may wish to take warm clothing with you (including perhaps some fleece or a windbreaker), and you may wish to change into warm/dry clothing before dinner.

* LOOKS LIKE RAIN? * If the weather looks questionable, I will post an update on the Facebook event page, WAR Facebook page, Meetup, and the WAR email list.

Driving Directions from New Carrollton Metro Station

Leave Metro parking lot via access road.

Turn right on Garden City Drive.

Get into one of the two left lanes and proceed through underpass.

Get onto *Rt. 50 Eastbound *(toward Annapolis).

Stay on Rt. 50 for about 60 miles.

*Bear right* on *Rt. 322* for about 2 miles.

Turn *right* on *Rt. 33* (which becomes Talbot Street in St. Michael's).

Municipal Parking Lot is on the right at the corner of *Mill Street* (across from Highs Dairy store).

If the lot is full, additional parking exists farther down Mill Street in a lot on the left. Parking here is for Crab Claw customers, so you might not want to park here unless you are dining there afterwards, though we’ve never had problems before.

Route Cue Sheet (28.92 mile skate, plus a 0.75 mile ferry ride):

Start from corner of Talbot St. and Mill St. in St. Michaels, MD:
L (S on) Route 33 (N. Talbot St) 8 miles
RGP after passing Rt. 370 (Unionville Rd/Old Bloomfield Rd):
Carroll's Market at Exxon Mobil *

Continue E on Rt 33 (St. Michaels Rd) 1.5 miles
R Route 322 (Easton Pkwy) 1.5 miles
R Route 333 (Oxford Rd) 9 miles
RGP just before High St in Oxford:
Oxford Convenience Market *

Continue NW on Oxford Rd to Tred Avon River
Oxford-Bellevue Ferry * over the Tred Avon River ($3 for skaters, $4 for bikers) 0.75 mile
Continuous Crossings Every 15 - 20 minutes (each crossing takes 7 - 10 minutes)

Continue on Bellevue Rd 3 miles
L Route 329 (Royal Oak Rd) 1 mile
L Route 33 (St. Michaels Rd) 3.5 miles
R Mill St
End at the starting point, by the parking lot,

Those who want to join us for dinner will then head to Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar.

Additional information:

Carroll's Market at Exxon Mobil
27748 Saint Michaels Rd
Easton, MD[masked]
(410)[masked] Oxford Convenience Market
203 S Morris Street
Oxford, MD[masked]
Phone: (410)[masked]

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry
27456 Oxford Road
Oxford, Maryland 21654
Phone/Fax: (410)[masked] Days a Week (November - Fri, Sat, Sun only)
Continuous Crossings Every 15 - 20 minutes (each crossing takes 7 - 10 minutes)

Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar
409 S. Talbot Street,
St. Michael's, MD[masked]

One more thing: This skate is a continuing memorial to Ed Irmler.

"For those who didn't skate with Ed Irmler, he led the St Michael's skate, led every year, and it continues in honor of him. Ed was killed several years ago while cycling in MD by a motorist who ran a stop sign. Those who've been with WAR for XX years miss Ed very much and remember him for the phenomenal friend, skate leader, and person he was. It's so wonderful that WAR continues to honor him with this skate." -- Meg Peters

"Ed was one of the first skaters in WAR I met. I can honestly say I can call him a mentor in the regards of street skating. He knew how to have fun but was smart about it too. I had the fortune of teaming with him and his wife on one of the CAM triathlons and i still cherish and remember that day. He was truly a great human, skater, and inspiration. Ed, we miss you." -- Chuck Opperm