Friday, May 2, 2008

Bike Route

As many of you know, Eric and our brides and groomspeeps plan to bike the three-ish miles from the chapel to the reception site, via the University of Maryland Campus and the Paint Branch trail.

We finally got the chance to do a test-run in beautiful springtime weather when Mel and Rick came down to visit last weekend. We improvised an awesome route through campus, past the main malls and the big flowery "M" on a downhill coast to connect with the Paint Branch biking and running trail on the other side of campus. We meandered on the trail for about two and a half miles to get to Cherry Hill road.

As Rick says, 95 percent of the ride is easy and beautiful. Until you get to the last half-mile, the route is a breeze. I have to admit, though, that the home stretch neccessitates on-street riding on the two-lane Cherry Hill road, and a semi-wicked hill.

I figure if I warn you in advance, guarantee safety in numbers, and offer that we can walk up the hill if it seems too daunting, then I can still in good conscience encourage you to participate.

It took us about 28 minutes from chapel to reception site, and I'm guessing it will take a bit longer on the day of. Definitely get in touch if you want to be part of our bike parade. If I can't scrounge up a bike for you among my friends, then we'll rent bikes overnight from E's Bike the Sites.

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