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The good, the bad, and the ugly of Baltimore Ride I
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The good, the bad, and the ugly of Baltimore Ride I - July 13, 2008, 05:46 PM

Spacenotes version. Good people and fun time, hot and sunny, grannies in cars everywhere, red lights, ghetto, Loch Raven, boyfriend throws water bottle, longer and slower than expected, ride cut short.

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Ride didn't go quite as I had hoped, but it wasn't terrible. Didn't make it to Prettyboy. I'll be brief and just hit the major points.

The bad:
-Hot.
-First leg had a lot of urban and suburban riding.
-Hit just about every single traffic light on red (see above).
-Sooo much traffic.
-Sooo many sub-limit drivers. BOOOO!
-I messed up trying to get us onto 695 and over to Loch Raven.
The UGLY:
-Girl is driving about 3 to 5 under the speed limit on a very nice road. I follow pretty close to hopefully prompt a pull-aside. Instead, angry jock boyfriend opens sunroof and chucks a water bottle at me. Angry gestures exchanged. Douchebag threatens to toss another. We come to our next road and turn off.
The GOOD:
-Old friends and some new faces. Good meeting you guys and gal!
-Everyone came to ride and have a good time.
-Lunch was good.
-Picked up another rider along the way who decided to join us. Great meeting you, Mike!
-Great roads that we occasionaly got enough room to enjoy.
-No mishaps. No trouble with the law.
-Home before the worst of the rain. I hope dodge and Blue-R got home before getting too wet too. Looked like folks heading south of DC were in the clear (hopefully the case).
The Conclusion:
Trim the ride down a bit and not be over ambitious with the route. Apply KISS to the next plan. Will be thinking about this more. Suggestions welcomed.

The Question:
Do you guys know how I teleported ahead of you one 295?

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July 13, 2008, 05:51 PM

We got soaked! As in jumping in a pool with our gear on! Will add more when I dry out!


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...Will add more when I dry out!
No, please don't. I have enough bad press here on dot net already.

Seriously, sorry man. Ride was kind of a bust and you got wet on top of it. I can only apologize. More and more it seems like WV is the only place to go.


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Spacenotes version.
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July 13, 2008, 06:10 PM

I made it back dry. I'll tell you the temp dropped off about 5 degrees once a got a bit farther down route 4. It was a nice cool ride back.

The ride wasn't a bust. Have to expect all the traffic anymore, especially on a nice weekend around that area.


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July 13, 2008, 06:11 PM

What road did you take to get ahead of us?


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July 13, 2008, 06:23 PM

All said and done, I was on two today, so I was happy

Could've been less traffic and fewer retards throwing bottles, but that's what WVA is for...

Thanks for setting it up John! Did you teleport along 95 to 195?
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Sorry but the water bottle part was funny
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July 13, 2008, 06:48 PM

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No, please don't. I have enough bad press here on dot net already.

Seriously, sorry man. Ride was kind of a bust and you got wet on top of it. I can only apologize. More and more it seems like WV is the only place to go.
No no no, you just got unlucky. I'm planning some urban-ish routes, but I imagine they don't work with large groups. Anyhow, I'll be running something like this once I know exactly where I'm going.


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July 13, 2008, 09:38 PM

Sounds like an adventure.

Did you get a plate on that car? Purposely throwing a water bottle at you would be assault and possibly "throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle." I'm being serious. This stems back to the case where a women threw her cup of ice at another driver. She actually was sentenced to 2 years in jail (but the judge reduced the sentence to probation).

At any rate, that idiot put you in danger and should have to face some repercussions for those actions--not necessarily jail but at least some sort of record in case he pulls that sh*t again. He might actually hit a rider next time (and maybe with something heavier than a water bottle), and who knows how that would play out?

Anyway, it hacks me off. People are idiots...
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July 13, 2008, 10:08 PM

Good times ya'll... lunch was great and worth the ride out there... after lunch w/ the whole water bottle thing was another story. I was beat by the time I got home... and I wish I could have teleported with you to 295... Sandy and I took the LONG way! (Sandy... I hope you made it home safely )
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July 13, 2008, 11:17 PM

Sounds like a slow.. yet intersting ride.. good you broke out your SIPDE on the watter bottle chucker.. fucker.

Nice write up and keep it up!


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July 14, 2008, 05:13 AM

Thanks for putting this together John. I was just happy to get the bike out and ride with you guys/gals. Dodge, thanks for riding to the meet spot and back to VA. The rain, wow it came down and of course right after I washed my bike. My new Mesh jacket was perfect for the hot weather but not so good for the rain.

Nice meeting everyone and hope to ride with you all soon.

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Thanks for setting it up John! Did you teleport along 95 to 195?
Yup. Sandy, Norma, and I took 95. Sandy and I were planning to take it all the way down, but I didn't know Norma was going to. I thought she wanted to get back to the group so I tried to get her to follow me on 195 because I knew we'd beat you guys west. She followed Sandy though. As I was exiting 95, I saw that traffic was piling up so I was happy to get off. 295 was moving along pretty good. The 295 run was fun too.


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July 14, 2008, 08:40 AM

I had wanted to go to this, but opted for a short (1.5hr) loop through Columbia that ended up taking me through old town ellicott city to 695 lol.
I may or may not have known where i was really going. there was a lot of elevation in that area, which leads me to believe there could be some good roads around there.

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