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Run to the Shore
Mountains to the Shore Run, a trip across my state in my Sky.
A sights, smells, sounds and taste tour of my past that has been missing from my life recently.
It has been many years since I have visited one of my favorite places to go for me at least here in my home state.
Everyone that does live in this state, goes to Ocean City, MD. at some point in their lifetime or driving career.
I have made this run many times before, but not recently for me. Been almost ten years since my last visit, in the 2009.
This will be the first time in the Sky, with the Go-Pro 1080HD in car dash cam.
I have planned a 3 day, 2 night stay at Fenwick Island, MD. right at the state line with Delaware. I have stayed at other
places & hotels along the coast, but I come back to this place for a reason. Now for some facts and figures about this run.
Leave time: 10:30am Arrive time: 2:30pm.
Travel time: 3 1/2 hours one way give or take depending on the traffic during this run.
Mileage: 400 plus round trip.
Gas: Expensive. At least 2 fill ups @ appox. $ 30-35 dollars worth each. $ 70.00 will revise this after I return.
Hotel: Quality Inns & Suites Oceanblock 14502 Coastal Hwy. MD. Use to be an Econo Lodge. Not the best or most expensive, works for me, I'll explain why later.
Route: Some interstate travel, with some back roads when possible. Always looking for a new twisty section to try in the Sky.
Fastest route vs the journey. It is not always about the destination, more about the journey getting there and back for me.
Food: Nick's Original House of Ribs. Next to my hotel. On site is Rio Grande Cafe, poolside bar for breakfest/lunch. Live music at night.
Expenses: Hotel rates for now, $166. per night x 2. $ 332. plus taxes.
MPG: Unknown will update upon return. 26.6 was the last reading I have on the DIC. Hwy. interstate travel will increase this
with the cruise control. 30.1 is expected from my run to Lexington, KY. for the National event in 2017.
Traffic: Not good. There is always traffic when heading to the beach here. The I-95 corridor of Hell around the Wash. D.C./Balt. MD is not to
be missed. Yes it is, so I avoid it when I can. The famous or infamous Chesapeake Bay Bridge back up around Annapolis, MD or on the Kent Island side is always a
fun thing... not. Most people would take the obivous route, US 50/301 east, across the Bay Bridge to Wye Mills, then south past Easton to
Cambridge, then east to Salisbury, MD. The by-pass takes you east towards the split near the town of St. Martin. Here you can stay on US 50 which leads you
into the older part of Ocean City, near Caroline St. Once there the Coastal Hwy looms before you from 1st St. to 146th St.
The other route is Rt.90 Ocean City express way, if your staying in a hotel in the northern part of O.C.
I have something different planned here for my run.
Route: After leaving my home, I will start out on MD Rt. 64 east towards Smithsburg, MD. There I turn left onto
the now famous Rt. 77 east heading towards Thurmont, MD. From there I head south on Rt. 15 towards Frederick, MD. Once there we have to get on
the interstate for a short blast, Rt. 70 east towards Balt. MD.
At the town of West Friendship, which takes about an hour from my home to this point. I will be getting on Rt. 32 east passing by I-95, Rt 1, Rt 295 & Rt 3 to get
to Rt 97 south towards Rt. 50/301 east. Once on Rt 50/301 we head east to the Bay Bridge. Toll here, $2.50 per car last time I was there. One way charge. The view looking up & down the
Chesapeake Bay is spectacular. After crossing the bridge we stay on Rt 50 until the town of Wye Mills. Everyone continues south on Rt. 50.
Not me however. Here I take a left turn onto Rt 404 heading east towards the town of Denton, MD. Much quiter ride less traffic and mess
than the southern Rt. 50 route. Still it can be crowded as a lot of people do take this route towards the Delaware beach resort towns.
Now we have crossed into the state of Delaware pasting the town of Bridgeville, DE. Here it gets tricky as Rt. 13 heads south, but you have to make a left onto
Rt. 404/Rt 18 Seashore Hwy. towards the town of Georgetown, DE. Here we change roads again to Rt. 113 Dupont Blvd. heading south. Follow Rt. 113 towards
the towns of Millsboro, DE. & Frankford heading towards Selbyville, DE. right at the state line of DE/MD. Making a left turn on to Rt. 54 Lighthouse Rd.
we travel the last few miles to the ocean from here. At the end of this road, the Coastal Hwy, Rt 528 is before us. The state line is 146th St. here.
I will be making a right here and go past my hotel, to make a U-turn at 144th St. then back to 145th St. and my hotel. Done park the car and unload.
This evening I will stay close, as there are things to do within walking distance of my hotel, normal stuff, putt-put golf, movie place, walk along the beach maybe.
The Lighthosue is always a cool thing, I might visit, see if I can get some video's/photos from there for the sunset/sunrise.
** I might try a new route at Millsboro, DE. I saw this backroad, Rt. 20 just south of town that takes me to Fenwick Island. Worth a shot, you only live once.
Plan to do breakfest of Belgin waffes, O.J. bacon & fruit with coffee. Then off to the beach early 8:30am-11:30am with the locals before it gets crowded by noon time.
Back to my room, then some lite lunch at poolside bar & grill. Crab cake & beers.
Early dinner is planned at Nick's at 4pm. Then the cruise with the Go-Pro down the Coastal Hwy. to the Boardwalk of old Ocean City.
Hitting the boardwalk is always fun, lots to do for the kids. Being older now the carnival rides don't interest me much. The Ferris Wheel stands
out, lighted up in all it's glory. There is a train/tram that rides up/down the boardwalk if you don't feel like walking here.
Few things I do want is Thrasher Fries. Different and unique. Another might be Fisher's popcorn. Salt water taffy, the odd T-shirt purchase, but the real thing here is
people watching along the boardwalk. The strange and bizzare happens, wait for it.
For those adults not wanting to deal with children there are adult places to go. Bars... a few I can recomend.
Near my hotel way up the coast is: Harpoon Hanna's, on Rt. 54. Not bad worth it but it gets crowded. Decent food menu. Other local places near here too. Seacrets Jamaica is another
good spot for food & drink on the bayside at 49th St.
Here on the boardwalk you have your choice depending on your style. A search on google maps brings up many locations and genes of food for your tastes.
The Purple Moose Saloon is a popular place. Brass Balls Saloon and Bull on the Beach come to mind. Big Pecker's is an infamous place just for the name alone.
Now finished with the boardwalk tour, it's back up the Coastal Hwy. with 2 stops planned before returning to my hotel for the evening at the poolside bar for late night refreshments.
Go-Karts anyone? Jolly Rodgers Amusement Park at 32nd St. Rides, bungee sling and Karts. Worth a few bucks.
Ice cream to cool down after? Dumser's Ice Cream is a popular place at 125th St.
Other things to do: Renting bikes on the boardwalk, watercraft rentals, even boat towed parachute glider is available. Fishing can be had
at many locations. Just south of O.C. is Chincoteague/Assateague Island St Parks, known for it's famous wild ponies.
North of my hotel location is Fenwick Island State Park, DE. Not bad when the crowds are small. Worth a visit.
Shopping: Everywhere. Gold Coast Mall, Ron Jon Surf shop, Sunsations locations, plus many other options here.
If golfing is your thing, Ocean Pines Course is a great place. There is a race track for horses close by. Yes an airport for small planes is near by too.
Food where to eat what. Many options here for you to chose from. Phillips Seafood is a good place at 141st St. & the Crab Cake Factory another at 120th St.
Many other options to choose from. Hotel choices, from the very least expensive to the most expensive Hi-Rise, shop and compare, with your options of must haves during
your stay. Price, location, amenities available, beachfront, or on the bay side where it is quieter. Check the site of OC Webcams live too. One other note is when to go?
During the summer Memorial Day to Labor Day is busy. Expect crowds of 350,000 on a holiday weekend crush. The town population year round is about 7,000.
More expensive during the weekends. I go in the middle of the week, Tuesday to Thursday. Cheaper with less crowds. In the off-season, before Memorial Day or
after Labor Day, savings can be had here. Prices drop, and the crowds are not a factor when selecting a hotel that is still open, the beach is almost empty.
Quick breakfest, then we leave this place with our quick exit from my hotel around 10:30am, one left turn onto Rt 54 west, and we are gone heading home. Traffic & the Bay Bridge crossing await me.
4 hours and we are home once again around 2:30pm. Back along the Little Antietam Creek, no place else like it.
Totals for the trip:
Money spent: Too much.
Gas money: Thank you Shell Oil
Miles: Butt factor long ride
Enjoyment factor: Permagrin factor 10.
To give you some scope to this beach town, there are 3 parts to consider. Old O.C. is from the inlet harbour enterance at S. 2nd St. up to 66th St. Beyond that
you encounter the developed section, the Gold Coast area, 66th St. to 96th St. Hi-Rise city, can't miss it from anywhere on the coast. Past that is northern O.C.
from 96th St. to the state line at 146th St. Keep this in mind when selecting your choice of hotels, beachfront. The other option and cheaper is the bayside of the Coastal Hwy.
The famous Boardwalk runs from S. 2nd St. up to 27th St.
During the early period, the appeal of Ocean City as a resort was largely in its natural beauty, and many came just to watch the waves breaking on the shore,
view the sunset over the bay, or feel the winds of the sea rustling the dune grass. The first beachfront inn was made available to visiting guests in 1869.
Shortly after this, the town was surveyed and the decision was made to develop 250 beachfront lots.
The Atlantic Hotel, for many years the northern-most attraction in Ocean City, was opened on July 4th of the year the resort was officially founded: 1875.
It offered 400 rooms, billiards, and entertainment for gentlemen and offered the natural beauty of a small coastal town along the Atlantic Ocean.
A railroad from Berlin was developed in 1878, which allowed travelers to cross the Sinepuxent Bay directly to the resort and the town was incorporated in 1880.
In 1952 and 1964 respectively, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel were completed. This increased access to the resort from the south and west and the fame of Ocean City
as the Mid- Atlanticís premier resort grew. The importance of these two gateways to the shore cannot be underestimated as prior to their completion the only access to the peninsula
was by skirting the bay and descending on the resort from the north.
From humble beginnings as a quiet ocean getaway, the resort has now grown to a booming vacation destination with a year round population of just over 7,000 residents and a transient population
of over 300,000 on weekends during the summer season. The history of Ocean City is one of growth but also one of small town roots and Eastern Shore culture.
Ocean City is the small town by the sea reborn as the famous resort destination in an endless cycle of summer and winter.
The heart of the town is the ocean and its future is bound with the waves and winds that blow off the sea and its people.
UPDATE: 8/7/18 Returned with Permagrin plastered all over my face.
Facts & Figures: 3 Days
Cost: $ 675 total
Gas: $ 56.+ Price range 3.49 to 3.29 per. for 19 gals. bought.
Mpg. 28.2 Back roads, Hwy cruise control, stop and go beach traffic conditions.
* Traffic was heavy at times, including " 1 1/2 hour wait " to get across the
Bay Bridge on Sun.at noon time. Tues nite at 2am would have been better!
In town beach traffic was heavy for White Marlin Tourney.
Odo reading: Start 40564 Finish 41038
Travel time: 10 hrs. 6 hrs. down normally is 4 hrs. Left at 10am. got there 4 pm. Not good.
Got lost once trying to find a back road to Fenwick. Add extra 20 minutes there and a few miles too.
Saved it on the return run as I used Rt 20 and it cut miles and traffic for me going back home.
Left at 730am arrived home 1130 am. Not bad with some light to moderate traffic.
Hotel: 2 nights for $418 total. More than normal for this hotel except I went on the
week of the White Marlin Fishing tourney. Added to the traffic and prices during my stay.
Record catch for a Blue just before I left. 881 lbs. That's a BIG fish.
No Kappas. Not one. It was just me there at the beach plus the cruise down and back!
Comments were positive. Attracted lots of attention almost everywhere I went! People at the hotel including the staff loved it.
Nice hotel & staff. Good food, good times, great weather, crappy traffic. Such is life.
Enjoyed it after 9 years. Missed it, nothing beats a good beach spot. I got mine.
What would I have done different? Not in August, during a major fishing tourney, during a
Sunday afternoon Bay Bridge crossing, on 3 of the hottest days of the year, other than that.. not much.
Didn't check off all the boxes I wanted to do on my bucket list this time around, but it will do for me on this trip after 9 years. Go in the off peak season,
during the weekdays, big price drop plus less crowds and traffic. I drove the entire coast line beautiful scenery.
Fenwick Island is the most "eastern point" in my home state.
This is part 2 of the 4 Runs in my home state series. West & East are completed. North & South are next up.
I did the most "western point" one with "DCL
Run to Lake" in 2015. See album text read of that trip.
For the "northern most point" I plan to do that run in October 2018," Run to Conowingo Dam"
Should be good video for that in the fall time.
The "southern most point" in my home state "Run to Point Lookout" will have to wait until spring of 2019.
Nothing else put's smile on your face like good run in the Kappa. I am smiling now as I type this out.
Run to the Shore: August 5th to 7th 2018 Fenwick Island is Completed. 9 out of 10 rated.
Would have been a 10 rating except for Bay Bridge back up wait of 1 1/2 hrs delay. 4 car accident was what the toll attentant
told me while I paid. It's always something when out and about among the masses with
ALSO.. the couple in mini van from Ontario on Rt 15n, plus a camper through Catoctin Park on Rt 77w
with Florida plates doing 30 mph like "forever".
Hit the gas, feel the boost let the Kappa loose Ö and homeward bound we go!
|1||08-08-2018 05:08 AM|
Well after a long wait, I felt the urge to return to this place. From my childhood, to bringing my own daughter here for vacations.
I deceided this trip was just for me. I had to put this trip off, by about a month, but it was worth the wait, on this trip of mine. A month later, and we pulled the trigger on this vacation.
I had planned out a special route for this trip. Not the interstate, get there as fast as you can. The shortest route, quickest time, saves on gas,
less time on the highways. Not what I had in mind for this go round for BSA ( Blue Sky Adventures ) I had no photos of this place. None.
We sure had to change that on this trip. Lots of photos. Not sure when I will make it back here.
Leaving on a Thursday afternoon, to avoid some of the daily traffic, the skies were only partly sunny. Oh well! Not going to ruin it for me.
Top was down, the camera's were " rolling" as they say. A 1:15pm get away, had me stopped at 1:30pm. Great now what? Road repaving. Brand new asphalt.
15 minute delay to start this trip off. Nope not going to ruin it for me I thought, just relex and drive the car and the roads.
A quick flight through the outskirts of Hagerstown, a jump on to I-81 south, for a 2 exit blast, and we are on Old 40 west. The road west before the interstate.
Early settlers kinda go forth to the Ohio Valley. Through the town of Clear Springs, up along the hillside the road winding along, got me out of my funk,
with the delay from the road paving start.
I made the jump back on to I-70 west, for short period around the town of Hancock. Been awhile since I had gone this way. Nice country side. By now it was time to get off
on to Old 40 again. The National Turnpike. Exit 72 the scenic version. Oh boy turn the camera on. What a great road and drive. Quiet and fun twists and turns
for the Sky and me. Enjoyed this strech of road, cause there was no one else out there. Had the road to myself! The smile on my face never felt so good. Now I know
why I made this trip. Here was the road, here was day, me the car, the cameras. Worth it so. After the scenic 40 west, you have to continue on, Rt144 which is the ATL. for 40W/I70 interstate
traffic. I wanted to follow this route, for the historical sense, and peace and quiet from the drone of 18 wheelers. Through the town of Flintstone, ( where's Fred? ) on to Plesant Grove,
just above the town of Cumberland. Back to I-68 west time around Cumberland and Frostburg, then back to the side roads. This part of the state is special as it is different. Rolling mountians,
with the red brick buildings of old Cumberland town. Rough and gritty, by nature and man, but the view out of town past Frostburg is true Maryland at it's best.
The weather was much cooler now, most fo the sun was gone. Not a problem, still smiling. Time to leave the traffic, finish the last leg of this journey to the lake.
Exit 22 off at Chesnut Ridge. I have no idea. Never been here before, but saw it on the map, as another way to get to the lake, the non tourist route. Another great road'
for the car and me to explore. Great choice, as I ran to down through twisty sections. New Germany State Park Rd. That's the one for me. Wonerful scenery. Fun road! It was over too quick.
On to Bittenger Rd and to Glendale Rd for the final drive to the lake. It sure was nice. Low speed cruise in. Brought back some memories for me. A quick right on to Rt 219, Oakland Hwy
brought some new and old images for me. Short run up to Will O' Wisp condos I was shutting down the car before I knew it. It was a great run, top down to the lake in the mountians.
Unpacked the car, and check in. 4:30 pm. Not bad. 3 hours. 1 bedroom/loft condo, 3 days, lake front. Tough I know. Money for was worth it. I would not have stay elsewhere.
I walked around the place, getting to know it again for me. Out to the boat dock. Down to their beach. Yup, all comming
back now. 1/2 hour later and I was hungry. Let's try the Pub and food. Ace's Run . Nice place. Crowd was older set. Some from the condo's and some locals. Not bad. Had a beer
and burger, and relaxed some more. After that I took another trip down to lake front. Nice. Now what? Cooler and cloudy. A movie maybe. Saw MI Rouge Nation. Ok hollywood and
Tom Cruise. 2 hours and were done. Did it. Went for Ice cream, and they had just close. I'll be back, as Arnold would say. Back to the condo for some video editing and sleep.
By 1 pm I was down. Quiet. Peace along the lake front. End of Day 1
The Run to Muddy Creek Falls & around the lake.
Well got up and going around 7am. Slept good. Coffee and a balcony view of the lake. What a deal. Tough job but someone has to do it. Planning on a loop around the lake through
Deep Creek Park, along the shoreline, then down to Swallow Falls State park. Been here before, but again no photos. Should be good start to Day 2, then I think maybe Uno pizza and few beers
at the Honi Honi bar. Late night Ice cream run too.
The run around the lake: Day 2
Started off with bright blue sunshine. No clouds. Cool but a nice kinda cool. Got rolling out about 11am Top down loop around.
Left the condo for quick trip down RT 219. Left turn and we are on Glendale Rd. Over the bridge, and along the shore line, I just tooled along. Houses and boats. Waterfront property. Real nice driving here. Turning left on to State Park Rd. Well I didn't really stop into the park. Pay to park for a few minutes, and it was to nice out, to stop driving. Along the waterline I saw homes and boats that were something else. Big bucks. Few for sale, for for rent/lease. Summer time and the lake, no problem. Winter time, it is sking at Wisp. Lot of snow up here in the winter. Crowds are light, few places busy. Stopped at a spot. Few photos, little break. Nice view. I would build there too!
Made a left turn, onto Rock Lodge Rd. back along the waterline we go. 30 mph, no cars, easy cruising. More nice homes. More for sale. Boy has this place changed. So much for the state secret about this place. Real nice road for quick blip of the go pedal. Whoosh, and your around another turn. Way on the other side of the lake, I could see my condo. Another mile and it began to turn more open, more new townhomes. Sure was nice to see the lake, on this road, top down, slow rolling cruise. Blue Sky Adventures.
Out on to RT 219 down past all the tourist stuff, to Mayhew Inn Rd. Another fun road for the Sky, and me. Slow in fast out. On and off smooth on the throttle. Car sticks. Need newer tires.
Right turn onto Swallow Falls Rd. 1/2 mile right turn again Muddy Creek Falls and Swallow Creek Falls State Park, is at your doorstep. Nice. Park the car, streched out my back, grab the camera, and away I went. 1 mile loop trail. Tolliver Falls first, after about a 10 minute walk. Water level was low. NOt much falling, but was a cool place. Down the trail, next spot up. Swallow Falls, Upper and Lower. Better more water flow. Opened up
to allow me to go to waters edge. Took photos, down onto the water. Back to the trail. Walked for go ways. Some guy was fishing in a little cove. Great sound of the water, rushing by. Old trees, 300 yr old hemlocks. Last grove around. Tall and straight. Some snapped in half, storms and snow. More water sounds. Must be getting close. Yup there it is. Muddy Creek Falls. Not real big, but better than the other 3 combined. Few people swimming. More photos. Now the long climb up the stairs.
50 or was it 60 steps later I stopped. Catch my breath yes, but great photo op was at hand. Walked to the edge, stuck the camera over, and snapped away. Straight down. Turned out good,from the photo preview. Could be in a 9 x 12 frame later. Off to the car. Something caught my eye. Two deer, young fawns 20 yards away. Camera up, got um. Ran right by me. You never know.
Back to the car, one more stop to make yet.
Day 2 was off to a pretty good start. Now for something I wanted to do for a very long time. More photos. Off to Wisp. Parked up the car, off to the chairlift ride to the top of the mountain. 3100 ft give or take. Slow ride up. Great views. Worth every second. Strolled around the top. Water park up there. Running out of battery power on one camera, and I was getting hungry. Riding down the lift, got "THE" lake photo shot. Put that one in a frame too. Long walk back to the car. Need to cool off, after it got warmer this afternoon. I know just the thing. Another box to check off the list. Did the chairlift, now have to fix something from last nice. ICE CREAM.
Lake Side Creamery. Rt 219. Good stuff. Missed them last night, but not this time. Had the place all to myself. What to get?
Why, all of them ofcoarse. Four scoops later. Let's see I had one of coffee, one chocolate, fudge ripple, and mint chocolate chip. Job well done. Mission accomplished! Back to the condo, for some feet up rest. Nap time. 1 1/2 hr later it was close to 7 pm. Dinner time. Pizza. Uno is close by. Shower and go. Waited a few minutes, but had deep dish, 3 or 4 slices and beer. Not bad. Going on 9 pm. Now what? One last thing to check off another box, on my list.
Smilie's. Go-karts. Yup. Had to. Watched a few groups of kids go at it. Joking and laughing, but I was not here for that. Talked to guys, who worked there. Gonna get some hot laps all to myself. 5 quick ones. Full on out go for it. Before the next group got here. Out I went. Never lifted. Flat out run what you brung. Not bad for an old man. Few looks and smiles. I was getting it. Worth it. Guys and I laughed about after, as a new group was ready to go. Had to show them the car, for their hot laps donation to me.
Brought the car around, guys waved then their jaws dropped. The mexican family was whoa, what is that pappi? Had them talking as I drove back to the condo. Not a bad ending for Day 2. Did some video editing, and typing for this blog. Time for sleep around midnight.
BBQ and Lake regatta.
Got up around 6:15 am. Sun just comming up, lake mist. Coffee and view over the balcony. I could get use to this. Sure is nice here. The plan for today is relax before the return trip home tomorrow. Want to try Archie BBQ, and down to Deep Creek Lake Yatch Club for their races at noon. Well that's the plan for the day. Few boxes left to check off on my list.
Finding out where and how to get to the races, proved a little more difficult as I got lost. After the right directions, from a local I found it. Got there around 12:30 and watched the regatta of Flying Scott class make several passes around the course. Nice day for it too. Good breeze made for some close racing. Enjoyed my time there. Fun to watch, and film. Getting close to 2 pm before I left. Back road drive to Rt 219, and then on to lunch.
Wanted to try this place to eat for awhile now. Archie's BBQ. Sure did smell good when I got there. Had a beef brisket sandwich, cole slaw, medium ice tea. Not bad. More on the menu that I would like to try there. Worth a visit if your in the area. On the drive back down Rt 219, I felt the need for some dessert. Where and what? I know another round of Ice Cream.
Lakeside Creamery for two scoops. Very busy when I got there. Had choclate and coffee mix. Man is that stuff good. Saw the same guys from the BBQ place, that I had lunch with having a round of ice cream there too. Heard a few comments about the car, from some guy at the yatch club, and at the ice cream place.
Back to the condo for the last night here. Enjoying the view from the balcony at sunset. Full moon over the water now. I could live here.
Glad I made this trip now. Wish I had visited this place more than once every 10 years. Special to the state of Maryland. Worth a vacation if your considering some place new. Lots for adults to do here, and kids will love the water features and Wisp adventures park. Looking back on the places I visited here, the things I checked off my list, brought back many memories for me. This place, is still the top spot to go for me. Fenwick Island Md, and maybe Broomes Island running a close 2nd and 3rd. Then there is tomorrow and the return to LAC. Little Anteitam Creek. Home for now, but I would consider buying a place here, if that chance came to pass. After driving around here, seeing the waterfront property, mountain homes, boats, parks, nature at its finest in these mountain, would change alot of peoples minds. Met a few people during my stay. Many were first time vistors here. This place is great they said. They will be back again, that I am sure of. As will I. Forgot how nice it was here.
Stay in for the night. Did a nice nap after I got back. Had left over pizza from UNO's and a few beers for dinner. Edited the video and photos. Watched a movie. Thinking about the drive home tomorrow. Hate to leave here now. Very relaxed. Very late now, time for sleep as it is 1230pm. End to Day 3.
One last look around, and the return trip home
Up at 6:45am. Coffee is brewing up now, and it looks like the weather is partly sunny.
Enjoying the view out my balcony. Slow morn*ing. Not wanting to leave just yet. Really
relaxed. Thinking about the drive home. Pack up things, clean up around here.
Packing up the car. Leaving out of here around 10:00am. Drive up Rt. 219 Heading down
the I-68 east towards Cumberland. Traffic is light for a Sunday morning. Cruise control is set, enjoying the
scenery. No police so far. Couple of speed demons out at 85mph. Have to get some gas after Cumberland.
Stopped in Hancock for gas. Met a couple from Indiana. Driving a ZR1. Corvette's at Carlise. That explains
the number of corvette's out on I-70 I saw. Not far from home now. Traffic is picking up, the closer I get
to the farm. Still relaxed. Remembering the view from my balcony just a 2 hours ago.
Off the interstate. 6 miles up Rt 66, take a right and 3 more miles to the farm. Pulled in around 12:30. Not bad.
2 hours at hwy speeds. 332 miles round trip travel. $40.00 in gas. Spent about $200 during my stay. Plus the cost of
condo for 4 days, came to just under $1000. Was it worth that much? Yup would have not had it any other way.
Well worth the time I spend there. Enjoyed it. Easy than having to deal with the beach traffic on the way to Ocean City.
Not sure why it took me so long to return to my number 1 getaway spot. Must visit again soon. The trip, the roads, the scenery
brought back many memories for me. Deep Creek Lake and the journey continues.
|4||09-03-2015 07:07 PM|
Run to Conowingo Dam
About that time again gang for another Run in my Sky. This is Part 3 of the compass
points series I have been doing. See DCL Run 2015 Western most point, Run to the
Shore 2018 Eastern most point in this series. This next one I'm doing is the Northern
most point. I had wanted to do this run last year, but... things did not go according
to the master plan. However now it is time, the route is set, car is good to go, weather
should be near perfect as they say. Go-Pro and hand cam charging up, You-Tube posting soon
to follow. Stay tuned for 2 other updates to the You-Tube account on the Back Roads of
Washington County series too later this summer.
Why, What, Where:
As to the Why part: Summer time fun with the top down cruise, to a place I have never visited
before here in my home state of MD. I got interested in this place for several reasons, PBS TV show,
the state history of this place, the Bald Eagles, photography to name a few here.
The What part:
Conowingo Dam from Wikipedia gives some info to the causal observer here. I first took interest
when I watched a local PBS special ( Maryland Public Television aired its documentary,
"Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna" for Chesapeake Bay Week in April 2016, )
about it's construction, and benefit to both states and the economy and jobs just before the Great Depression happened.
A search in any of the browsers will bring up more info and some wonderful photos of this place.
I hope to capture my own special moments during my visit.
Just this last week a local fisherman who was fishing for brook trout in my creek mentioned this place,
I told him I was about to make a trip to visit it soon. Bald Eagles was a topic about fishing for floaters
after knocking themselves out from the spillway. Large groups of great blue herons and bald eagles,
sometimes well over 100 of each species, have been observed at the dam.
The eagles swoope in to a feeding frenzy, while the shoreline is filled with photographers snapping away at this site.
I have a few Bald Eagles visit my creek, Little Antietam Creek = "LAC" from time to time here.
The Where part:
Location is in the north eastern corner of Maryland, near the PA border, as the Susquehanna River dumps
into the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Since I live about 5 minutes away from the PA border here at home, I had
to choose a location as near north as I could find. I had been looking at this route for some time now.
Back roads only, no interstate travel, less dealing with the masses out there. No overnight stay, not really a
vacation, just a day trip, few photos/videos, lunch & return home all in 6 hours, pretty much.
* Quick Facts:
One of the largest non-federal hydroelectric dams in the U.S.
9,000-acre reservoir which today " covers" the orginal town of Conowingo.
Old Conowingo bridge the orginal U.S. Route 1 crossing was demolished in 1927.
Construction began in 1926, completed in 1928.
John Smith English explorer in his 1612 map this area was known as, Smyth's Falls.
94 ft. in height, 4,648 ft. in it's lenght.
5,000 workers + were involved to bring power to the city Philadelphia.
Encountering poisonous snakes, tumbling from high elevations, managing or not managing explosives among other things.
11 turbines contribute to 548 megawatts, 1.6 billion kilowatt hours and is the black start to the power source PJM
power grid ever had a widespread emergency shutdown.
53 flood gates. During Hurricane Agnes, in 1972, all 53 flood gates were opened, for only the second time, and
explosives planted to blow a section of the weir,...
AND... At this time, the flow sensor in the dam recorded its record discharge of 1,130,000 cu ft/s (32,000 m3/s)!
The route, the day, the weather:
Follow along here on Google maps when tracing this route I took. Avoiding big cities and the interstate travel
was my major concern. None of that for this Run. From my home near the town of Smithsburg, MD we will be going east
taking the now famous Rt. 77 to Thurmont, MD heading towards the town of Westminster. From there we continue east
on Rt. 137 & Rt. 138 past the towns of Hampstead, Hereford, Blackhorse, Jarrettsville, where Rt. 23 takes us to the
town of Bynum Bridge, where we pick up U.S. Rt 1 to the dam. Just before reaching the dam we make a right onto
Shuresville Rd. to Shures Landing Rd. to the Conowingo Fisherman's Park landing.
The Day: Wed. June 26th 2019.
The weather: Near 90 degrees.
Leave time: 10:30 am
Arrive time: 1:00 pm
Mileage start: 43,849
Mileage finish: 44,060
Costs: Gas & lunch: $27.00 for gas ($3.19 price per gal. 91 octane), lunch $10. $37.00 total
MPG : 28.7 for 204 miles.
Permagrin factor: All smiles 10 out of 10.
Return route: Speed Run Interstate + back roads.
Leave Time : 2:15 pm
Return Time: 5:45 pm
Update: You-Tube postings. Soon. Check for link on profile page/forum.
Results: First impressions. Wow pretty cool place. Talked to a few photographers there, early
morning is the time to come view the eagles. An hour before... sunrise was what one
guy told me. He also said... in early November is the real time to see them there.
Over 300 birds, bald eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Huron, Turkey vultures occupy the
two tranmission towers, rocky island cliffs, even the spillway of the dam itself.
The hum of the genrators, the rush of the water, the high pitch chirps of the eagles
gives this place, a peace all unto itself. The dam is pretty impressive. Old US 1
north to Philidelphia. Made good time on the roads, got lost once. Traffic was ok
except for the Baltimore beltway 695. Took a different way home, had a road closure
detour that took extra time & mileage coming home. Hot day close to 90. Car ran well
temps never got above 205 all day long. Only one idiot among the masses. Almost no police
either, that was strange they are always out and about. Took 23 videos, 10 photos during
the trip. Was worth it to me, box checked off my list for now.
This the " Northern run "as the 3rd part of the Compass Points Run in my series. The next one is a Big one
long day trip, to the "Southern" most compass point run here in my home state. Run to Point Lookout in St. Mary's County, has
some unique history, Civil War prisoner of war camp, haunted house so they say, look at the southern end of the famous
Chesapeake Bay. Later this year Sept/Oct maybe? I will try to make this trip, visit the place, and family daughter/older brother stops
more photos/videos, another Run for Fun in the Sky.
Run to Conowingo Dam 2019: Completed.
Wednesday June 26th 2019.
Time: 7 1/2 hrs.
April/May 2017: Pre-flight before take off. Few things to do on the car before this 1000 mile BSA journey. Tires balanced & rotated, air pressures set. Oil & filter change, fluids checked. Cleaned inside and out.
April 2017: All things are done as for the registration for the event. Hotel booking registration done today 4/21/17. Run registration done too. 2 months to go.
May 2017: With about a month to go before the Nationals Run I am getting things done on the car, cleaning and maint.
Day 1 The Getaway: June 21st 2017 Part 1 Hagerstown, Md. to Morgantown, W.Va.
Leaving at 4:30 am for this run. Dark and cold at that time of the day, so the Top will be up for now. No traffic heading out, west on 270 past Hagerstown, toward Hancock. Hoping to be in Cumberland, Md. by 7am. Past there I-68 west and rolling along, passing the state line, heading
on to Morgantown from here on out.
Mileage 142 miles Time : 2 1/2 hrs. Not bad got past Morgantown by 8am. Fog was heavy at times.
Part 2: Morgantown to Charleston, W.VA. I-79 South
Mileage : 152 miles Time: 2 hrs. 30 minutes Stop for gas at Flatwood $25.
Part 3: Charleston W.VA. to Lexington, KY. I-64 west
Mileage: 171 miles Time: 2hrs. 45 minutes. Long ride in. Top down run in after mile marker 37 rest stop. Weather was better at this point.
June 21st Day 1 Arrival: 12 noon ETA. 115pm was when I did get there. Gas $20. at that "crazy" Shell station. PITA place. I did a walk around of the main hotels and parking lots. My legs felt better after that. Took some photos of the cars, DDM and Norm's vendor area.
The car needed some cleaning up, spent some time at the wash area and parking spot removing bugs and slime. Met some real nice owners there.
The BBQ was crowded and tight. Food was pretty good. The parking lot scene afterwards was the place to be. Found the bar later had a quick cold one. Went to bed about 1130pm. Almost a 20 hr. day for me.
The Place : Lexington, Ky.
Beautiful countryside. Horse farms everywhere. Serious $$$ there.
Hotel: FairField Inn & Suites
Nice place friendly staff. Met quite a few owners there.
The event: North American National Meet Sol/SKY 12th annual.
June 22nd Day 2 : The " Run "
Adrenaline 1: KY227 (Short) #609 9am
Wow! What a cool road. Nice section of new asphalt too! Twisty and fun, had us all smiling and talking when we did stop. The loose "cow" by the roadside as we went winging past it!
Great group of owners. Elk Creek Vineyards was a special place, stopped for a group photo shot. Thanks Diana.
The car show went on despite the rain. The banquet was nice, good food and drink. Well attended.
June 23rd Day 3 : The return home:
Lexington, KY. to Hagerstown, MD.
Left at 930am. Home at 6pm. Stops at mile marker 37 and Flatwood again! Saw a Black Sol on the way back. Think we took pictures of each other before they zoomed off.
Rain and construction delayed me by 1 1/2 hrs. More delay when I got off the interstate, on Rt.66 near home, broken down tanker truck in my lane, I was the last car thru before they shut down the road by the state trooper and the tow truck.
The totals: Time: 3 days
Cost: Budget was $600 for this trip. Spent $462.00
Fuel: Budget was $125 for this. Spent $130 Gallons Price per: 2.75 to 2.95
Speed: Cruise control 75-77 mph for the most part. Boosted when needed... above that range.. ticket territory!
Had a great time. Well worth the long ride to and from. I would do it again if the event is held here on the east coast, less than 500 miles or so. Boy was I tired when I finally got out of the Sky after this trip.
The next adventure for LAC and B.S.A. Blue Skies Adventures I hope will be a short run to the beach and ocean for Happy Hour. Across the state to Fenwick Island, MD. Stay tuned for that one gang should have some great photos and another post about it.