Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ride Invite--Washington, D.C./Baltimore Metro area

Chasing down the Goat Man – Saturday Oct. 27.

What: Come ride through the haunts of the Goat Man, a homespun legend of the Prince George’s County, Md. Our satyr may be escaped from a government farm, a science experiment gone awry. Or he may just be a human wildman, displaced from a now abandoned sanitarium and left to roam the countryside. Does he hide under the Crybaby Bridge? If you scooter stalls there, it may never start again. Travel the scenic and sometimes surreal backroads of Prince Georges and Anne Arundel counties tracking down Goat Man sightings and pieces of the legend. The 60-mile ride will take 2-3 hours depending on what the groups wants to do for lunch. It includes a few stretches of country highway, but is mostly winding back roads.

Who: Motorized two-wheeled enthusiasts of old and new stock are welcome. Your rides should be able to maintain 45 mph. Many 50 cc scooters may be inappropriate. Maryland has a helmet law so please abide by it.

Where: IKEA in College Park. Ride will meet up near the Starbucks in the new condo-strip mall at the front of the IKEA complex on Route 1. It is just north of the Beltway interchange and south of Beltsville. It will end there as well (though feel free to peel off for home where you wish). If you would like to trailer or van your scooter, please drop a line for directions to an appropriate side street or driveway, not far away. From D.C. drive straight out Rhode Island Avenue for just over 10 miles.

When: Meet up beginning at 10:30. Ride leaves at 11 a.m. sharp.

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