Baltimore has always been a town that embraces the “alternative” styles, and the local’s fondness of Hairspray speaks volumes to the city’s roots. So once a year, an event is held at the local American Legion hall to celebrate classic cycles and a celebrated battle dating back to the early 60’s and 70’s all the way from London: Mods Vs. Rockers.
We started the morning off at 9:30 sharp to head out and meet the rest of the group. Chris, Lean Angle‘s resident GSX-R guy, and Ben both decided to join on this one as well. We fueled up at the local Shell station, checked tire pressures, and grabbed a Red Bull before putting the kickstands up and heading North. On our way out of the city, we decided it was ample time for everyone else to be awake in our neighborhood as well, so we gave them a nice wake up alarm on our way to the highway. Our first stop would be Druid Hill Park to meet up with a few other riders and the ride’s organizers.
We arrived at the park and were greeted by Andrew from BMoreMoto, along with the folks from CafeRacerXXX and DCMotobabes. That certainly wasn’t our limit though as we also joined a slew of Triumphs, and a sprinkling o just about every other make on the road. We held an initial meeting before heading out going over hand signals and what our day would include. After the meeting, one group headed out to get fuel while the rest of us waited about 15 minutes before meeting them and heading out to begin the official ride. Our trek was set to be “slab” the whole way. Interstate 83 to 695 and out 70 before a stop in Frederick for lunch.
Our stop was at Fredericktown Yamaha where they welcomed us with open arms (and an open parking lot) and even bought us a whole bunch of pizza, soda, and water. They even let us poke around the shop for about an hour before DC the folks from CafeRacerXXX let us know they would be starting a raffle for everyone who came on the ride and began picking names out of the hat. They had arranged so many donations from folks at VETMotorsports, Fredericktown Yamaha, 515 Moto, Lowside Magazine, DCMotobabes, and many more, that everyone walked away with some pretty sweet swag. .
We left Fredericktown Yamaha and kept West on 70 towards Hagerstown. The group actually got split in two at one point and Lean Angle actually ended up leading the ride out for a bit. We stopped on the highway just before our exit to wait for the rest of the group, as they had gotten split up from us at one of the lights in Frederick. Then we exited onto the surface streets which lead us to Hagerstown Speedway. We parked, got some eat pictures of the group, and looked around for a bit. Unfortunately, the races weren’t slated to begin for a few hours, and Chris and I had to head back home.
We decided on the ride home that we were sick of the highway and would need a more fun, yet still fast route. Being familiar with the already, we blasted down 70 before getting off in Frederick and taking 144 for a large portion of the ride until Mt. Airy. But not without a quick detour out rt. 75 and rt. 80 before coming back to 144 via Barthollows Rd. and Bill Moxley Rd. where I had to stop to pay respects to an old friend. From Mt.Airy, we took rt. 40 to river rd before crossing over 32 to get back to 144. We jumped onto the beltway before ending our day with some grilling ad swimming at the High-roller Hideout. By the time we finished, our day was between 150 and 200 miles, but who’s counting? The real measure of a good morning is the time spent with friends and taking in the experience.
Until next time friends, keep it shiny side up. And remember, when life throws you a curve, lean into it.