Monday, April 30, 2012

This Leg "Went South" Today!

I almost felt like I had the day off today!  Jill took Glenn north to Havre de Grace, MD,
and he rode south to BWI airport on his own with no visitors or support.  The first thing I 
realized after they left was that Glenn had forgotten to take his bike computer/gps! It was a little 
disconcerting but not the end of the world.  He forged on with just his cue sheets and 
cell phone to guide him the 78 miles he rode in the Day 4 leg .   He began at 
Havre de Grace, MD which is at the point where the 
Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay.

Havre de Grace on the Susquehanna River 

Jill provided the SAG today, Support And Gear,
and also took these departing shots.  Thanks, J

I gave Glenn my camera today so he is the official photographer for Day 4

Biller's Bikes in Havre de Grace provided transportation for cyclists
across the Hatem Bridge over the Susquehanna River from
2006-2012 since the bridge has a "no bikes allowed" policy.   Just this year the
Hatem Bridge Authority started running public buses with
bike racks on the front to solve this problem :)

Glenn traveled inland to reach the town of Monkton which is known for
thoroughbred horse breeding and sprawling horse farms.  From here
he rode on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail along a creek and through the
countryside.  Sounds like a more relaxing route than most!

A picturesque farm along the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail.

Glenn rode through the towns of Cockeysville, Timonium, and Towson.
Eventually he reached the Baltimore City area and found some
less than savory areas but he kept pedaling with a few stops for
directions.   When he told one group of cyclists that he was riding to
BWI airport and asked the best way to get there they replied, "take 
your bike and hop on the Light Rail Line"!  Of course, he didn't do that!
He rode past the Baltimore Zoo and near the Inner Harbor and
eventually met me at the Amtrak Station at BWI airport at 4:30 PM
We seem to be meeting at a lot of Amtrak Stations these days :)

The Bromo-Seltzer tower was the tallest building
in downtown Baltimore when it was built in 1911.

As Glenn rode this weekend he reflected on where is was 11 years ago.
Most of you may know that Glenn had a heart attack in October, 2000.  He then 
had a double bypass this weekend in 2001.  He has come a long way since then both
medically and in bike miles!   There was a point recently when he realized that he had 
more miles on his bike than he had on his car this year.  

We will take a few days off to celebrate Benji's 6th birthday and begin babysitting
duties here in MD.  We'll be back on the road on Saturday morning with the
ride from Havre de Grace to Wilmington, DE.  On Sunday, Glenn will ride from
Wlimington, through Philly and end this leg of the ride in Trenton, NJ.
Benji and Evan will join me in the SAG vehicle!

I got a report today from the administrator from I Care I Cure and she related
that $322 in donations in honor of Uncle Glenn's ride have come in to them.
Thanks so much to those of you who have contributed!

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