A Chilly Adventure in Hancock, MD

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Articles
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Today, Monday, was the beginning of another week after a nice Thanksgiving break, but my dad, upon seeing how warm and sunny it was today, thought it would be nice to go bike riding at the Western Maryland Rail Trail. We all agreed, because it was about 60 degrees early in the day, the trail is very nice, and we haven’t been in a while. We glanced at the forecast and saw the rain predicted, but thought, “Oh well, if it’s that warm, we won’t mind too much. Besides, it’s only supposed to shower and it’ll feel nice while we ride.”

So off we went, and as we went, we noted that the sky became more and more ominous looking. Eventually, when we arrived at our destination, it was drizzling a little, and when we opened the car doors, we noted that it had grown quite a bit chillier. In fact, we felt that it was probably at least ten degrees colder. We were there though, and there was no turning back, so we plunged ahead. Thankfully, as we rode, it did stop raining, but it was still quite chilly.

Then, after riding about 10 miles, it starting really raining – it was no shower, but a semi-hardy rain. The end of the trail was only 2 miles away though and since we all felt compelled to complete the trail, we forged ahead even though we only had one pair of gloves between four people, and Dink and I had shorts on.

Upon reaching the end, we took shelter hoping that the rain would stop, but we grimly realized that if we didn’t start back, we’d be riding in the dark. So with hats firmly in place and hoods on, we started riding the 12 miles back to Hancock. The ride was a little easier as the wind was behind us, but still, by the time we had finished, we were pretty drenched and for the first time, I shivered and my teeth chattered uncontrollably. Quite an interesting sensation, but in addition, I had also lost a lot of control over my limbs from cold.

When we got to the car, we shakily dismounted, got in the car, and turned the heat up as high as it could go. Thus concluded our “warm” bike ride. On the way back, we noticed the Blue Goose Market, which reminded us of a gift we just received. Our neighbor, the one with the animals, asked us to watch his animals over Thanksgiving, and as usual, he gave us something to compensate for our troubles.

This time, he brought us an apple caramel nut pie from the Blue Goose Market. Personally, I like home made pies better, but it was still good. It was a little overly sweet because of the caramel but other than that I liked it. There are mixed reviews from our family members; some think there were too many nuts, other didn’t like the apples to have texture. But I think we can all agree that it’s the thought that counts 🙂

Anyway, if you live close to Hancock, you probably have been on the bike trail, but just in case you haven’t…. this is a place you should definitely consider visiting.

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