Eastern Shore / Ed Irmler Memorial Skate

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Rain date: Sunday Oct 18

Join WAR for a repeat of the So-Long-to-Summer skate near St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The distance will be 29 miles. The roads are flat, have mostly excellent pavement and have wide bike lanes. We plan to skate at an intermediate pace with two planned rest stops (bathrooms and refreshments available). There are usually pace lines for those who want to do that. We will also have a couple of regroup points for people to catch up. If you (or your friends) aren’t up for skating it, you are very welcome and encouraged to join us on your bikes. You may want to have your own copy of the route cue sheet.


We’ll skate the same loop as we have done in the past: from St. Michaels to Easton, south to historic Oxford, where we’ll cross the Tred Avon River by ferry, and return to St. Michaels. It has taken about 4 hours in the past, including the wait for the ferry boat.

Afterwards, we’ll be returning to Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, at 409 S. Talbot Street. People enjoyed it a lot the last couple of years. The place has rave reviews, reasonable prices, many foods besides pizza, and great beer and wine. It’s only a few blocks from our parking lot. See http://avaspizzeria.com/.


The skate will start at 11 AM from the municipal parking lot on the Corner of Talbot and Mill Streets in St. Michaels, MD. (If the lot is full, additional parking is available farther down Mill Street)

Google Map Directions to the start of the skate:


Or arrange carpools to meet at 9AM at the New Carrollton Amtrak/Metro station. Those who like to caravan or car pool have traditionally left the New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot (near route 50 and the Beltway) at 9:00 AM sharp. If you want to participate in a car pool please make those arrangements before the day of the skate.

The SOUTH New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot is at

4700 Garden City Drive

New Carrollton, MD 20784:

Google Map Directions to the New Carrollton Metro Station Kiss-and-Ride Parking lot:



Carry some fluids. Water stops are about 10 miles apart: this isn’t DC, folks!

Bring money for the Bay Bridge toll ($4 if you don't have E-ZPass; $2.50 with E-ZPass), ferry boat ($3 skaters, $4 bike), and dinner. Ava’s takes all major credit cards, but cash may be easier with the group.

It's usually windy on the Eastern Shore, so you may wish to take warm clothing with you (including perhaps some fleece or a windbreaker), and you may wish to change into warm/dry clothing before dinner. We're doing this skate almost a month earlier than last year, so the warm clothes may not be as important.


If the weather looks questionable, I will post an update on the Facebook event page, WAR Facebook page, Meetup, and the WAR email list.

RSVPs encouraged:

RSVP on Meetup

RSVP on Facebook

Route Description:

The Autumn skate is a 28-mile loop through the scenic, mostly flat Eastern Shore, including a ferry ride (bring sandals and $3 for the fare) culminating in lunch in the charming town of St. Michaels.

Bikes are welcome!

Ed Irmler

One more thing: This skate is a continuing memorial...

"For those who didn't skate with Ed Irmler, he led the St Michael's skate, led every year, and it continues in honor of him. Ed was killed while cycling in MD by a motorist who ran a stop sign. Those who've been with WAR for years miss Ed very much and remember him for the phenomenal friend, skate leader, and person he was. It's so wonderful that WAR continues to honor him with this skate." -- Meg Peters

"Ed was one of the first skaters in WAR I met. I can honestly say I can call him a mentor in the regards of street skating. He knew how to have fun but was smart about it too. I had the fortune of teaming with him and his wife on one of the CAM triathlons and i still cherish and remember that day. He was truly a great human, skater, and inspiration. Ed, we miss you." -- Chuck Opperman