MORE THAN 1,000 bicyclists will be gathering in Solomons on Sunday for the third annual Cycle Across Maryland Tour, a human-propelled vacation covering about 350 miles in a big rolling horseshoe around the Chesapeake Bay.
Riders depart Solomons Monday morning, and the six-day tour has overnight stops in Annapolis, Essex/Rosedale, North East, Worton and Centreville. The Talbot County seat of Easton is the finish point on Saturday, Aug. 3.
"Cycle Across Maryland is a rolling festival, and part of the allure and charm is interacting with people along the way. Many riders will never have been in the areas they're riding through, so we urge people to come out and meet these folks and introduce them to their communities," says CAM Tour director Pat Bernstein.
And in this unusually hot summer, she suggests, "a wonderful way to interact is to put out something to drink for riders."
About 950 people rode the tour in 1990, a north-to-south route from Havre de Grace to St. Mary's City. And in 1989 about 500 pedaled west-to-east from Hagerstown to Snow Hill. Pre-registration for this year topped 1,000 last week.
For the benefit of motorists who need to be alert to the presence of hundreds of cyclists in their areas, as well as any resi
dents who would like to welcome the tour, here's a brief look at CAM Tour '91, whose principal sponsor is again First National Bank of Maryland:
Sunday -- Registration and a variety of activities from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the Solomons bulkhead and the Naval Recreation Center. Walk-up registration is permitted on Sunday.
Monday -- A ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 8 a.m., followed by a mass start at 8:30 at Solomons. The destination is Annapolis, with the overnight site at St. John's College.
Tuesday -- On this and subsequent days, riders will be leaving at intervals up to 9 a.m., and the fastest may arrive by late morning at the next site -- in this case Essex Community College in Rosedale, via a route around the west and north sides of Baltimore City.
Wednesday -- The day's ride goes from ECC to North East Middle/High School in Cecil County.
Thursday -- The "Special 100 Day," with riders choosing between 100-mile and 100-kilometer routes. The destination is Kent County High School in Worton.
Friday -- A roundabout route on the Eastern Shore takes riders to Queen Anne High School in Centreville.
Saturday -- The ride concludes at St. Peter & Paul's School in Easton, with closing ceremonies scheduled at 2 p.m.
For more information about CAM-Tour, call (800) 842-BANK or 653-8288.