I wanted to end my ride at the Atlantic Ocean and would have continued on the RAAM route to Annapolis had it been possible to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on a bicycle. However, it is not allowed. Instead, when Joan designed this route, she found a crossing over the Susquehanna River on the Conowingo Dam. Each day, there seems to be one element of the ride that causes me worry, and that is what worried me today. I had read that there was no shoulder. That was true and there was a lot of construction going on, but traffic was light and drivers were respectful. Here’s a video of the crossing.
What would have been worth my worry was the hill after crossing the Octoraro Creek on Dr. Jack Road.
It was another 15% grade hill. With all the mountains out west, the highest pitch I remember was 12%. I pedaled with all my might until it flattened somewhat, and then I rested and got my heart rate down and breathing settled. That makes two 15% hills in a matter of days. I asked myself if I still had the fight in me to do this monster hill.
Otherwise it was a pretty ride on country roads in Maryland ending on Red Toad Road where we heard roosters crowing in the middle of the afternoon. Here’s the video.
Then I turned left onto Route 40 for the final piece to Elkton. There was a dedicated bike lane on a wide shoulder. It’s a good thing because the traffic was intense, noisy, and fast. I was extra vigilant for drivers turning left from the oncoming lane, so I was ready when one turned and didn’t see me. I swerved to give the driver time to notice and maneuver and he swerved in time. Susie saw it in the rear view mirror. We reflected on it together.
Our destination was Elkton that is also served by trains.
Here’s a video of the approach to the town where you can see at least four modes of transportation on the bridge.
I am now in countdown mode. I have a little over 100 miles to ride and will take three days to pedal them. On Friday, we will cross into Delaware, the final state of the ride, and get to Dover. On Saturday, we will get to Dewey Beach poised for the finish. On Sunday, we will pedal only about 12 miles to Bethany Beach where I will complete my ocean to ocean journey by dipping my wheel in the Atlantic Ocean.
Start location: Bel Air MD
End location: Elkton MD
Distance: 36.1 miles
Cumulative distance: 3050.9 miles
Elevation gain: 1968.5 feet
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/750847266