Starts at Myersville Park and Ride. This ride visits the important sites associated with an axe murder from the early twentieth century. To get the full effect you need to ride it with with Doug Stull, our amateur historian. Doug frequently leads the ride around Halloween. The ride is 44 miles long with options of 37 and 22 miles. Submitted by Doug Stull. cue_sheet
October 31, 2015 (Sat) 9:00 AM CC pace (12-14 MPH) 44 miles Myersville Park and Ride
Back by popular demand, the Axe Murder Ride will pass through the communities of Myersville, Pleasant Walk, Smithsburg, Cavetown, Funkstown, Smoketown and others. This scenic ride will be hilly. No one will be dropped, and I would like to regroup at key places on the route that are mentioned in the newspaper article.
I will post the article on the Frederick Pedalers Yahoo Group as a reading assignment before the ride. The headlines are “THE SHOCKING DEED OF AN INSANE MAN” and below that is “THE ENTIRE BODY REDUCED TO SMALL BITS.” Read the article and think about the transportation, communication and crime scene investigation techniques of today versus 1908. These changes are the real theme of the ride, not the crime that occurred in that one room cabin.
There is a bail-out point at about 10 miles into the ride for anyone who doesn’t want to ride into Washington County. The cue sheet also has a 36 mile option and the bail-out option would be about 21.5 miles.