They can’t all be pretty. This ride is mostly city and industrial parks that were thankfully quiet on this Saturday morning.
I’m working up to a ride from downtown Baltimore up to York, PA (50 miles, 80 km, one way). The past new rides have scouted sections of the the NCR Trail. Today was the final link, establishing a route from my front door to the NCR. And after this ride, the whole mission feels possible, especially since the route is downhill from the MD/PA border into York.
This ride mostly follows the East Coast Greenway (ECG), a continuous bike route from Key West up to Maine. Surprisingly, that prestigious path takes you through this Old Navy parking lot in Lutherville. On the way back, in addition to the shopping center, you’ll get a tour of Lutherville’s one-way streets. There is a shortcut through an apartment complex parking lot. Look for the “No Thru Traffic” sign :)
After riding it, I made a couple changes to the route:
ECG avoids Charles Street until it’s absolutely necessary. Initially I thought I knew better, but now understand why: there’s not much shoulder on a fast section of road. Reverted to ECG’s routing.
ECG accesses the NCR trail via Paper Mill Road, which doesn’t have a shoulder and locals drive fast. OpenStreetMap Cycling layer shows the NDR trail joins up to a local trail that gives access via a residential street. That looks like a much better option.
Here’s the revised route: