Saturday, November 2, 2013, was beautiful day. I woke up to the sun shining and the temperature in the high 60’s, low 70’s. A look out of the window was welcomed with an abundance of color and brightness. Yes, it is the peak of Fall and yes, it is one of the most beautiful times of the year. There was only one thing to do during a Saturday so beautiful…
You guessed it, time to bring out the bike. Apparently, my riding buddy Mandy had the same idea because after a few text exchanges, we were packing up the car and heading to the trail. Mandy and I had completed a 40 miler in September. Though we were very proud of the accomplishment, neither of us has been on a bike since (I promise it’s just a coincidence). We had considered riding from BWI to Annapolis (the actual city, not the end of the trail) for a while and Saturday seemed like the perfect day. Unfortunately that would have totaled almost a 30 mile bike ride….remember, we aren’t in 30 mile shape.
No worries, we drive a little further up the Baltimore Annapolis trail and park at the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, located in Severna Park. As expected, the scenery was beautiful. Leaves colored different shades of yellow, orange, and red lined the trail. Some trees were so pretty, we had to stop and take pictures. We finally reach the B&A Rail Trail end and followed the signs, which take you along a highway, into Annapolis.
It was the first time either of us had visited the city. Annapolis is a quaint city with a lot of charm and a unique look. If I had to describe it in one word it would be patriotic. The US Naval Academy as well as the Maryland State Capitol are all located in Annapolis. Brick roads lead you into a vibrant area along the water were there are Naval Academy students dressed in uniform scattered around. We could only stay a short time and had to head back after hanging out for about an hour. I will definitely visit Annapolis again soon (sans bike) and spend little more time there.
All in all, we still managed to bike 22.2 miles in our state of questionable fitness.