Bike The Delmarva Peninsula
This six day cycling tour of Maryland's Eastern Shore area offers easy bike ides for beginners and long distance routes for experienced cyclists on scenic flat roads. Cue sheets and maps are provided as a service to our readers. State of Maryland cycling map for the Eastern Shore
"In the heart of the bustling East Coast there is a place where cyclists can find over 2,000 miles of rural roads through a picturesque landscape of small towns, farms, inlets, coves, and beaches. Flanked on the west by the Chesapeake Bay and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean , the Delmarva Peninsula (named for its geographic confluence of Delaware, Maryland , and Virginia ) is filled with superlative cycling on low-traffic roads through tidal marshes and coastal forests. "-- Adventure Cycling
Day 1: From the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), A 1.5 hour drive takes you across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to quaint Oxford in Talbot County Maryland, were we stay at the Sandaway Waterfront Inn. After 2 pm check-in, take time this afternoon to explore this quaint town a bit . Your tour this week will follow safe flat roads, with morning and afternoon rides of approximately 20 miles each.
Day 2: St Michaels and Tilghman Island : In the morning take the Oxford ferry to historic St. Michaels, home of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. From there continue on a less-traveled road to hidden coves on Nelson Point where we can visit the Sheahan Audubon Sanctuary, and to the end of Tilghman Island .
Day 3, Easton and Trappe: Today's rides explore the countryside west and north of Oxford . Ride out to nearby Trappe to enjoy peaceful roads in this less-traveled section of Talbot County, with several distance options. The longer route continues to Easton where you'll want to spend some time in it's charming downtown.
Day 4, Blackwater and Hoopers Island : From the Sandaway Inn . drive half an hour, crossing the Choptank River at Cambridge MD and continuing to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This major stop on the Atlantic flyway, hosts 150 bald eagles which nest at Blackwater in winter. Add an extra 20 beautiful miles to Hooper's Island , a narrow spit of land surrounded by the sea. Today's rides offer the most outstanding scenery of this tour. After the ride, drive one hour to Berlin , Maryland, one of "America’s Coolest Small Towns" and stay at the Atlantic Hotel. Cambridge boasts many small museums, including one devoted to Harriet Tubman of Underground Railroad fame and another to the craft of wooden boat making in the Chesapeake region (The Richardson MuseumThursday, Day 5, Snow Hill and the ViewTrail 100: Today enjoy some peaceful, scenic cycling on the very quiet roads between Berlin and Snow Hill, with 25, 35 or 50 mile options. Our route generally follows the northern section of the "ViewTrail 100", while avoiding busy highways. Sleepy Snow Hill has changed little during since the mid-20th century, and you will encounter very few cars along this route.
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