It’s finally here. The RideLugged Spring Opener.

Ah the spring opener.  Where we get to see how fat everyone got over the winter and how annoyingly slim Joe stays, regardless of the season.

Spring Opener.  Get it?

Spring Opener. Get it?

Yeah so, I thought 45 miles was a decent place to start.  Now: for the fat asses, (me) and the ladies (me) there will be a short cut back to the beer, making the ride roughly 30 miles.  That said, this ride is flatter than Kansas after the tornado season: 2700 feet of climing, with the largest hill being a 400 foot climb spread over a number of miles.  Where is this opener you ask?  Well, it will start in Union Bridge, which is sorta out where Big John lives.  A bit of a drive but not too far.  Why Union Bridge?  Well, this area is pretty close to a BOAT LOAD of roads that we havnt ridden but are charted via the Dirt Road Database.  In fact, there are about 12, count em 12! dirt roads on this route, comprising about 25% of the ride.  As they are all farm roads, they should be nice and packed down, with decent vistas and all that farmy zoo smelling goodness.  I reckon we can bring lunch and find a decent spot to gnosh it.  Did I spell gnosh right?  i assume its spelled like gnosis or gnome, or gnat, but frankly, I don’t know!

Len-E, sass-E, shad-E and stash-E, oxford comma not included.

Len-E, sass-E, shad-E and stash-E, oxford comma not included.

Now… When?  Christ not this weekened, I am not in shape yet!  How about… the first weekend in May.  It will be warmer, more leaves on the trees, and I will be marginally less fat.  Always a bonus!  Saturday or Sunday, lets put it to the vote.

Oh yeah, the map!  Here.  & the elevation profile, below.

see, look at that hill! you cant even see it!

see, look at that hill! you cant even see it!

spoke card forthcoming.  don’t get your knickers in a bunch.

11 Responses

  1. Saturday, May 2 is the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race and Charm City Velo (aka Jim) MIGHT be putting on a Baltimore based ride to make a full day of it. I’m free on Sunday, May 3.

  2. Ugh! I don’t understand why you won’t use the bling bottle openers as the spoke card. I’ll be the first to volunteer to lead the short cut to the beer.

  3. Sunday would make me very happy. Very, very happy.

  4. obviously the votes are swinging toward sunday. anyone else?

  5. We should do a Ride Lugged/SSO co-production Kinetic Sculpture Race ride. We have a sort of tradition of riding down to that event, following the course on bikes and mid-way through stopping for lunch/beer, then picking the course back up. It’s always a good time. Remind me to tell you about the time Paul got taken out by the duck sculpture.

  6. it’s clear what needs to happen: a ride on saturday in b-more and a ride in union bridge on sunday. note: i havnt driven any of those roads, ever, in carroll county, so someone bring a GPS or a good map.

  7. Sunday would work for me. I’ll help Mel with the short course.

  8. Can’t make Sunday, but of course will be down for Saturday in Baltimore.

  9. Where are we meeting?

  10. union bridge community (communist?) park, 9.30, sunday.

    more details at

  11. ok ok its gunna be shit weather tomarrow. lets reschedule