After breakfast at an Einstein’s Bagels near the hotel, we made our way a little southward to pick up the ACA route going north to Pennsylvania. The route rolls out into the lush farmland of Harford County, Maryland and I mean roll. Rolling up and down valleys, with lots of elevation change, much more elevation change than I expected. On my fully loaded bike I’m feeling quite slow, but the scenery is beautiful with many working farms and old country houses that probably date from the Civil War or even earlier. The roads are narrow, without much shoulder, but with much less traffic than Baltimore.
We stopped for a lunch of peanut butter sandwiches by the side of the road. The day was cloudy, making it a bit cooler than our first day, but the humidity was still high, in advance of the storms we encountered in the afternoon. Around mid-afternoon, we stopped for a slice of pizza in Whiteford, MD, just south of the Mason-Dixon line. As we pulled out of the parking lot to make the final push to our camping destination, it really started raining. After crossing the state line, we came across a motel right on the ACA route. We had a paid reservation waiting at a campground twelve miles down the road, but at that point, rain and fatigue got the better of us and a dry night at the Peach Bottom Inn was irresistible. After unloading the bikes and hot showers, we had dinner at the adjoining Peach Bottom Lounge and a good nights sleep.