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Brief history of the Flatlands Ride

Brief history of the Flatlands Ride

If we want to celebrate a classic BBC event, we should look a little deeper into the Flatlands Ride.

It was started by Bob Mayer, one of the original members of the BBC.   I read about the event in the Baltimore Sun and did it for the first time in 1973 or 1974.   I know it had been around for some years before that but I am not sure how many.

Bob Mayer ran it until about 1981 or 1982 when I took it over because the BBC president at that time was going to let it drop if no one stepped forward to organize it.   I have no idea how many years I kept it on but believe I was immediately succeeded by Ken Philhower and Dave Coder.  Ken is running it to this day, which is probably a record for longest continuous leader of any single event.

In the 70's and 80's the 50 mile route was the main event.  It went through the historic town of Odessa, where Bob would arrange for a little dairy there to sell a special item for our event.  It was an "orangesicle" made with vanilla ice cream in orange soda. Yummy.

After the ride most of the group went to the Chesapeake Inn on the west side of the canal for drinks, snacks or dinner and to listen to a steel band, while we watched the bay pilots switch out at the MD-Delaware line. 

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