Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis (WB&A)
On April 30, 2018, Norma, Daphne, and I parked at the Piney Orchard trailhead parking lot on Sandy Walk Way. Then we biked on the paved Lone Wolf Trail to Strawberry Lake Way. Within a stone's throw to our east was the northern section of the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis (WB&A). We caught this and then biked south.
The [WB&A] trail is constructed on the old WB&A Railroad alignment. This railroad operated between 1887 and 1935.
- from Bike Washington - WB&A Trail
This was Daphne's first real bike ride (outside of Savage). We wanted to keep it short. Just prior to this, we did a hike to tire her out. We were hoping that would keep her calmer for the bike ride. It did not. She complained a lot sitting in the bike trailer. Perhaps she only sees the mesh screen in front of her and doesn't see beyond it. Maybe next time we will try lowering it some. We let her run alongside our bikes. She's amazingly fast for a dog with such short legs. Norma was concerned that running on a paved surface would be bad for her developing limbs. She's probably right. Since it was a Monday, there were very few people out so we let her off leash unless we saw someone approaching.
Norma and I last biked this trail about seven years ago. Since then, things have changed a lot with all the development at the Two Rivers community. We were hoping they would have completed the bridge over the Patuxent River so the two halves of the WB&A could be linked. But they haven't even started on the bridge. At least there is funding for it. On January 19, 2018, the following was released:
About a month ago, we learned that the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail will receive $4.7 million for a bridge over the Patuxent River, connecting Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties!
- from Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) - A New Trail Bridge over the Patuxent
The three of us biked to 39.025827, -76.743276 and could get no further. So we explored the Patuxent River on foot. It looked kayakable, though I don't know where one would put in.
Daphne enjoyed exploring around the river. See her ears flop as she leaps from a stone in the first photo. She walks across a tall log in the second photo.
Just south and to the west of Patuxent Road are some beautiful wetlands, surely full of wildlife. Maybe next time we can made a side trip to Patuxent Ponds Park.
It was a very short trip. But Daphne would have probably preferred if it was even shorter.
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