Best Bike Rides in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., & West Virginia
by Trudy Bell (The Globe Pequot Press)
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This was a fantastic ride. I strongly suggest this trip. A few notes.
-The ferry has increased its rates, around $7 per rider.
-The martime museum is worth the money. Budget an hour to walk around and talk to the skilled boat builders.
- The ride back to Easton is on a semi busy road but it has a very large shoulder. Capable of holding two bikers riding abreast.
I created a variation of this trek for my "Geared Up" club members. We started at The Inn At Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, rode to Bellevue and took ferry ride to Oxford and trekked up to Easton, then back down to the Inn for an end-of-the ride cocktail. 25 miles round trip and worth doing another time when migratory birds are in full movement.
The roads seem to have gotten a little busier since this was originally written so we encountered a heavier traffic than I would prefer. I also found the directions hard to follow at times. There are detours for ice cream, a musuem and a seafood restaurant, all of which, through us off track. I also don't think the trip is 29 miles without the ice cream detour, which added a few extra miles to the tour.
All that being said, we had a great time. The ferry ride was a relaxing break, the ice cream was tasty, the ride was flat and easy, and it made for a great day of relaxing riding.
We stayed at Hampton Inn on Route 50 East near Easton and a 5 minute bike ride from a 4 mile shaded rail trail. Then we biked from Easton to Oxford after enjoying lunch in a tavern near the courthouse in Easton. Real treat was dinner at the Inn at Easton. Next day drove to Oxford to ride to the Oxford-Belleview ferry, biking from there to Saint Michaels which has a great maritime museum. Each days ride was about 22 miles, curtailed because it was pretty hot and we got quickly dehydrated. Recommend riding in any of the eastern Maryland towns backroads. Light traffic, appealing water views, flat roads.
We had a great time on this trail. The map was a little surprising - it led us to originally believe the entire mapped route was 30 miles, when in fact it was 60. The smaller, 30 mile loop would still have been a great ride. The "extra part" out to the island was not as scenically diverse, but was relatively flat (as is the whole ride), and gave us a good sense of accomplishment when we crossed the bridge onto the island. You ride through some really idyllic towns that I didn't even know existed along the shore - and really get a chance to take in a lot of local charm. The short ferry ride is a nice break and gives you a great view. I recommend the trail, and may even ride it again.
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