Around the Watershed
in 20 Days
CBF staff members John Rodenhausen and Dr. Beth McGee pedaled nearly
1,300 miles through all six Bay watershed states this summer. Their Chesapeake
Watershed Ride took three weeks and raised awareness and funds for CBF,*
the American Diabetes Association, and Johns Hopkins University Pediatric
John Rodenhausen is CBF’s
Discovery Program Manager.
Beth McGee, Ph.D. is CBF’s Senior
Water Quality Scientist.
Following are excerpts from John and Beth’s blog. Read more at http://chesapeakewatershedrideblog.tumblr.com.
A HOT START
7/30/11 | 93 miles | Arnold, Maryland, to Columbia, Pennsylvania
NIKKI DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
The big day was finally here and we got under way from Bike Doctor in Arnold,
Maryland, at 7ish as planned. Amidst the well wishes of friends and family,
we headed up the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. As we got north of Baltimore’s
Roland Park area the temperatures were climbing so we ducked into the shade
of the North Central Railroad Trail. What a relief from the heat island of the city.
We got a nice tree-shaded, traffic-free ride for over 30 miles. The first day was
all about shaking out the bugs and breaking the inertia. Once we got rolling we
finally found our rhythm and it’s all good.
Ready to ride
TOP OF THE WATERSHED
8/3/11 | 65 miles | Hancock to Cooperstown, New York
JOHN RODENHAUSEN/CBF STAFF
After a couple days in very busy, congested areas we ascended into the mountains where it is difficult to imagine a more beautiful place to ride. Wild flowers,
a landscape speckled with lakes, and scenic mountains giving way to deep
valleys. We took every back road we could find and were rewarded with winding
roads that were filled with old barns, cows, and overgrown pickup trucks.
Cooperstown, New York
Marcellus Shale advocacy signage was a fairly regular site from the village
of Franklin all the way up to Cooperstown. From what we saw, the overwhelming
majority of advocacy signs were displayed in opposition to drilling. Unfortunately,
for them, we read in the local paper that a deal had been made to begin
installing gathering infrastructure. Call your local representative to make sure
your opinions on the matter are heard!