New National Road Permanent

Bill Beck and Rick Carpenter got out this weekend to ride Lynn Kristianson’s new, 150-mile National Road Permanent. From the photos, it looks like a terrific fall ride. I often take US40 when traffic is backed up on 1-270 between Frederick and Hagerstown, Md., and have thought it would be a scenic (if very challenging!) ride.

Bill at the junction of I-68 and US40 (courtesy Bill Beck)

Bill at the junction of I-68 and US40 (courtesy Bill Beck)

Rick and Bill on Town Hill  (courtesy Bill Beck)

Rick and Bill on Town Hill (courtesy Bill Beck)

Here’s Bill’s note to the DC Randonneurs list today, with links to his photoset and GPS track. Congratulations Bill and Rick for being the first to complete this big ride.

Rick Carpenter (from the PA Randonneurs) and I had the fun of being the first official riders of Lynn Kristianson’s new National Road Permanent. The route follows the historic National Road for 150 miles (and 11,000 feet of climbing) from Cumberland to Catonsville and includes climbs over 6 named mountain ridges in Western Md., beautiful scenery, and lots of historic points of interest. The fact that we rode on the day after Halloween made it even more interesting. For example, the Denny’s where we ate breakfast was full of costumed party goers, so for once our bike clothes were NOT the most conspicuous outfits in the restaurant.

I highly recommend the route and hope to submit a more detailed report to Ed for The Daily Randonneur, but in the meantime you could see pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/sets/72157608597657590/ (or the captioned slide show Here). The GPS track and elevation profile are at http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7081265.

Rick at the top of Green Ridge Mountain (courtesy Bill Beck)

Rick at the top of Green Ridge Mountain (courtesy Bill Beck)

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