I started out the weekend with an 8 mile kayak paddle on Rocky Gorge reservoir, but then pretty much spent the rest of the weekend being a groupie/roadie for the Biker Chix. After kayaking I headed out to the boat to take them (plus Biker Chiklet Tara) out on the water. Not a bad way to spend a warm, hazy Saturday - skippering five hot women on the South River, out on the Bay a bit to the Thomas Point Lighthouse, and then south onto the West River down to Galesville. It actually started to rain a bit, and the Biker Chix all covered up. But we then went onto the Rhode River for a bit, and the sun came back out - and the Biker Chix all broke out the string bikinis again and life was good.
The Camp Letts kids were out canoing and it was tempting to pick a few of them off but I refrained and we circled back out onto the Bay and back to the South River. I stopped at the gas dock to fill up and once again the normally cranky old man who operates the pumps was all smiles when the Biker Chix pulled up and flashed acres of skin at him. You can see a map of the Biker Chix boat ride here.
Sunday was the "Tour dem Parks, Hon" bike ride in Baltimore. It is a unique ride that goes through lots of interesting neighborhoods in Baltimore - some that are interesting as in the old Chinese saying "may you be cursed to live in interesting times." The ride also (oddly enough) goes through many parks like Druid Hill, Clifton, Patterson, and Federal Hill - which every year points out how many neglected gems there are in Bawlmer. The Biker Chix minus Christine, but including Chiklet Tara, did the 25 mile ride while I did the 36 mile ride. The weather was pretty much perfect and about 1,000 riders showed up - seemed less crowded than last year, but organizers claimed more riders.
The road markings for this ride are never great and I ended up adding some extra mileage on by missing some turns, but just like last year I pulled in to the last rest stop at the same time as the Biker Chix did. From there it was a 6 mile ride around the Inner Harbor, up to Federal Hill and then back to Carroll Park for the finish and some refreshments and a jazz trio playing. None of us went up to the famous Hon Fest afterwards, which would have been interesting this year because there were tensions over the Hon Fest somehow trademarking the term "Hon" - who'da thunk it? You can get an idea of what that the Hon Fest is like by looking here.