Tour Dem Parks, Hon! organizers expected Sunday's ride to pull in somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,300 bicyclists yesterday after final walk-up registrants were tallied. The casually paced 11th annual event garnered more than 1,100 online registrants this year — a Tour Dem Parks, Hon! record.
The recreational ride offered several treks, including a 64-mile Metric Century for the strong of heart, a 36-mile Le Grand Tour, a 25-mile Le Petite Tour and a 12-mile Family Ride.
The 36-mile ride — the most popular — hit five major Baltimore City parks, including Carroll Park, Druid Hill, Herring Run, Clifton and Patterson.
I actually tagged along with Baltimore Heritage on their 25-mile sub-event and took in a few mini-history lessons as we looped around the city. Big thanks to Baltimore Heritage field director Eli Pousson for putting together the ride, as well as Ed Orser, who literally wrote the book on the Gwynn Falls, and David Gadsby, who shared a brief history of the Jones Falls steam and local mills.
Among the hidden teasures disovered along the way is the small dam in the above photo on the Gwynn Falls Trail near Winan Meadows. Hard to believe it was all inside the city limits.