2011 Charm City Garden Tour: The rain was hard, the bikers were harder

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Charm City Garden Tour riding up Newington Ave. (8/13/11)

On a Saturday afternoon that couldn't decide whether it wanted to rain or just pour, approximately 40 of Baltimore's most committed supporters of urban greenery went on a two-wheeled tour of West Baltimore's community gardens. For those who weren't able to join us, may these pictures inspire you to try recreating the route on a sunny day.

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Bike Route Handout FINAL JPG

Starting the tour at German Park on the 900 block of Whitelock St. in simpler, drier times:

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Howard Bike Tour 1

2:15 pm

(Photo credit: Howard Fink)

Waiting for the deluge that never quite stopped:

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Howard Bike Tour 2

2:30pm

(Photo credit: Howard Fink)

Arriving at Druid Park City Farm (103 S. Tyson St.):

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2:50pm

Touring Druid Park City Farm:

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2:52pm

Riding through Druid Hill Park on the way to Clipper Mill:

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3:18pm

Making sure everyone's brakes could still grip the tires on the Druid Hill Park switchbacks:

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3:20pm

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Continuing On Ash St.:

3:22pm

Touring Roosevelt Park City Farm (36th St. and Falls Rd.):

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3:31pm

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3:34pm

At Ash St. Community Garden (3519 Ash St.):

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3:48pm

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4:07pm

A pumpkin so big it needed its own hammock:

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4:08pm

Freshly picked tomatoes:

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4:09pm

Down Ash St. toward Clipper Mill Rd.:

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4:14pm

Up the Old Falls Rd. switchbacks to Wyman Park Rd:

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4:19pm

Riding around Druid Hill Park Reservoir toward Reservoir Hill:

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4:30pm

Entering Reservoir Hill through the Madison Ave. archway:

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4:36pm

Continuing on Madison Ave.:

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4:38pm

At Lennox St. Community Garden (728 Lennox St.):

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4:45pm

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4:48pm

Picking up some new riders on Newington Ave:

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5:08pm

At Newington Ave. Community Garden (730 Newington Ave.):

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5:09pm

Returning victoriously to Whitelock St.:

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Howard Bike Tour 3

(Photo credit: Howard Fink)

At Reservoir Hill Community Garden (946 Whitelock St.)

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5:16pm

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5:19pm

At Whitelock Community Farm (930 Whitelock St.):

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5:22pm

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5:25pm