90 Miles: D.C. to Patapsco State Park

Riding into the afternoon sun
Riding into the afternoon sun

With temperatures soaring up to 60 degrees this Sunday after a week that could scarcely creep above freezing, it was impossible not to heed the call of the road.

Leaving D.C. Can't remember the name of this building...
Leaving D.C. Can’t remember the name of this building…

Felkerino and I set out on another “from our front door” adventure to Ellicott City, Maryland, via Patapsco State Park with our friend Eric. Car-free. That’s the life for me.

Felkerino's signature shot en route to Patapsco
Felkerino’s signature shot en route to Patapsco

The route to Ellicott City is not the most scenic, passing through plenty of suburban build-up and several industrial areas, but the payoff of Patapsco State Park is well worth it.

Patapsco-bound
Patapsco-bound

The area offers plenty of hills (although we chose the lazy way today via the multi-use path) and views of the river and woods.

Temperatures dipped at least ten degrees as we dropped down into the valley and meandered along the Patapsco River, but even then it was still pleasant. As you can see from the photos, ice lingers on the water.

Patapsco State Park Suspension Bridge
Patapsco State Park Suspension Bridge

Pedestrians, road cyclists, and mountain bikers were out in droves today, stretching their legs in the warm temperatures. It felt fantastic and I could not believe I was riding in a short-sleeve jersey and a base layer. The good life.

Snow on the ground, but it's warm today. Photo by Felkerino
Snow on the ground, but it’s warm today. Photo by Felkerino

Patapsco has always seemed so far away, but in fact, it’s about 40 miles from my door, with Ellicott City just over 45 miles away.

Ellicott City Welcomes You
Ellicott City Welcomes You

I hope we return soon and explore more of the area. I want to see how our tandem does on some of those 18 percent grades people were telling us about.

Today, though, I got my thrills by walking across the pedestrian suspension bridge. Who doesn’t love a suspension bridge?

Taking a million photos of the suspension bridge. I love being a tourist.
Taking a million photos of the suspension bridge. I love being a tourist.

Near the end of the ride we had a close encounter with a determined dog, but we kept our wits about us and escaped safely.

Barely escaped this guy
Barely got away from this guy

Our total ride ended up at 92 mellow miles. Many thanks to Eric for the easy company and good conversation on our D.C. to Patapsco State Park trip. What a great day to be a bike rider.

8 thoughts on “90 Miles: D.C. to Patapsco State Park

  1. That looks like a lovely day. This is the time of year I start envying your temperatures, though I don’t once July arrives. Ellicott City was once a fun, quirky little town. Wonder what it’s like now?

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    1. We were only in the edge of town, but there is definitely a lively scene in Ellicott City on the weekends. In a way it reminded me of Harper’s Ferry. Another day I hope to see more of it.

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    1. So funny, I was just reading your ride report as you commented! Looked like a good ride! Ed and I need to look at our schedules and see about joining you on one of your rambles…

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  2. Sorry I am late commenting, but thanks for the great company on Sunday. It was a fun day on an interesting and different route. As a change of pace, i liked the tour through some scruffier sections of the region, which helped make the run up the Patapsco even more interesting because of the contrast. It was a real cross section of suburbia, land uses, transportation modes, and roads. And tell Ed that my bike feels brand new again after we raised seat post. See you soon, and maybe even on prettier roads!

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