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High-Low HoCo11-20-2021 08:0010 Registered

11-20-2021
08:00
EST
11-20-2021
14:40
10-23-2021 13:07
11-19-2021 12:00
100
RUSA 100
Hilly
6:40
Sunrise at 6:55:47 AM Sunset at 4:52:54 PM

William BECK
Email William

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McDonalds Woodbine
702 Lisbon Center Dr
Woodbine, MD 21797

$7.00
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HIgh-Low HoCo is the second in a series of fall DCRand populaires. 

High-Low HoCo is a loop around Howard County, MD that passes by the highest point in the county near Mt. Airy and one of the lowest points at the Patapsco River in historic Ellicott City. Although staying mainly in Howard County, it passes through five counties (Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, and Frederick), four of them within a half-mile near Mt. Airy!

Starting at the Woodbine Highs, the route heads east and trends downhill over moderate terrain to historic Ellicott City at mile 20. After a fast descent into and through the town, the route crosses the Patapsco River into Baltimore County and turns around at a Highs Store (no restroom). What goes down must come back up, so riders climb back out of the Patapsco valley through old Ellicott City on the old National Road, this time at a slower speed, allowing plenty of time to admire the old town. At mile 23, the route joins US40 for a half mile, before making a left back onto Frederick Rd. There’s a wide shoulder in this section so riding along there is fine; just be careful when you move over for the left turn.  The best option for resupply or lunch is at mile 31, just after the overpass over MD32, where there is a Royal Farms Store on the right (with a Subway slightly farther to the right) and then, after a traffic circle, a Highs Store on the left. The Royal Farms Store has a restroom with exterior entrance at the left end of the building (no key required!). At mile 34, the route follows MD97, which has a wide shoulder. But be prepared for a bridge crossing at mile 35 where the shoulder briefly disappears. After MD97, the route makes its longest excursion out of Howard County, crossing the Patuxent River into Montgomery County, and then recrossing back into HoCo a few miles later. As you might guess, each river crossing includes a decent and then climb. The final resupply/restroom option is a Shell station at mile 56, but this is only 6 miles before the finish. After you pass the gas station look to your right and you’ll see a pond – the headwaters of the South Fork of the Patapsco River. The headwaters of the Patuxent River are just 0.6 miles south. A final one-mile descent takes riders around a traffic circle to the finish.

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