Ride Reports

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:30 am
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 32miles @ 12 mph

Marilyn Chastek (L), Nancy Shearer, Dave Powell, Ray Stone, Susan Tussey, John Landis, Felix Thau, Howard Ross, Peter Vitins, Mike Loomis, Alice & Bill Graham, Ed Cashin, Bill Pickering, Tom Schwartzer, Tim & Cindy Hoehn, Karen Nibbelink, Howard Davison, Dale Bluman, Grace House, Mike Prestosh, Martha Ruff, Bill Baughman (S).

Wow! What a perfect day to ride and what a huge turnout with 24 riders! I'm sure everyone was there just to celebrate my birthday!  I did make helmet ornaments to put us in the mood for a party on wheels, but I apologize for only making 18.  I didn't want anyone to feel left out, but I suspect some people didn't really mind not wearing one of the curly doo-dads. I'll send photos as a follow-up. We rode from Pleasant View Park out toward Mt. Holly and gave those who wanted to climb some hills their opportunity on Gutshall and Red Tank Roads. After a stop in Boiling Springs, we worked our way back to the park and lunch at the York Street Grill. Karen and Steve Nibbelink surprised me with a one-of-a-kind birthday cake which we enjoyed as an appetizer while waiting for lunch to arrive. And Felix even paid for my lunch!  Happy birthday to me!


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26901507

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:30 am
Saturday Morning D+ Ride. 20.6miles @ 11.1 mph

Richard Radwanski (L), Dave Serff, Amanda Harrison

Even if you are a dedicated winter rider, this winter has posed quite a few weekend weather ride cancellations. As a result, this morning's weather of around 30 degrees, bright sunny skies and no wind had us excited to ride, though physical conditioning seemed to be a concern. Amanda, who hadn't been riding for a few weeks, decided to forego her normal C group ride and head out with us. The three of us left Memorial Lake and rode east along Biddle Rd, Quartermaster Rd, and Fisher Ave into Bordnersville. The first few slight climbs felt like mountains on the legs. From there, we headed along the mountains on Fort Swatara Rd and made our way to Swatara Park for a short mid-ride break along the Swatara Creek. Recent heavy rains in the area had the creek rather high and flowing very fast. We then traveled west along another section of Fort Swatara Rd, and took Fisher and Clement Aves back through Fort Indiantown Gap toward Memorial Lake. We took a short detour to check out the eagles nest at Marquette Lake but noted no activity there. The ride was that enjoyable that at the end, the three of us decided to cruise the loop around the Lake for a couple of miles of additional ride time. Shortly after arriving back at our starting point, the Saturday Morning C group returned from their ride and riders from both groups enjoyed some friendly conversation with each other. Refer to the below link for ride details. 

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20796810


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 1:30 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 26miles @ 13 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Susan Tussey, Howard Ross, Larry Riley and Mike Loomis.

 

Ride Name:          Golf Road

Start Location:      Boyd’s Big Tree Farm

Climb:                   1,080 ft.

Weather At Start:  37 degrees, overcast, and calm

We had a figurative bumpy start…our scheduled leader got called into work, one of our regular riders cancelled due to a very recent hamstring issue, and the starting temperature was 37 degrees when the weatherman predicted 52 degrees.  But, once we started, we were off and biking.  Nothing like a good bike ride to get things back on track.

At first, I couldn’t figure out where “Ride With GPS” was predicting 1,030 ft. of climb on the route.  Then, as we coasted down the long and windy driveway from the parking lot at Boyd’s, we all quickly figured out where a good bit of that climb would be.  We headed east on Route 443 to Manada Bottom to Ridge Road to Golf Road and back onto Route 443 to head west back for the climb up to Boyd’s parking lot.  Thanks to Ken for planning such a simple route to remember and for saving the biggest climb for the last 0.25 miles!

Everything went well and it was a non-eventful safe ride.  The only minor issue was the recent snowmelt that created puddles at low points along the shoulder and runoff along a few driveways that sometimes encroached into the travel lane.  But, everyone negotiated these real well and most of us came back with a bike stripe on the back of our jackets.  And, the ending temperature of 40 degrees was comfortable even though it wasn't the predicted 52 degrees.

Oddly,  we saw and smelled what seemed like an unusual number of recent animal roadkills consisting of 3 skunks, 2 squirrels and 1 opossum.  And, they were very recent!

Hope to see everyone at Larry’s Saturday Morning Social ride.

Al 

 

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:30 am
Saturday Morning Social Ride. 25.1miles @ 12 mph

Larry Riley (L), Hale Baker, Ken Frohnert, Howard Ross, Sonja Williams, Mike Loomis (S).

Six riders met at an extremely quiet Memorial Lake on a beautiful February day.  The sun was out for most of the ride, the sky was blue, and we had only occasional light winds.  Starting and ending temperatures were 32 and 39 degrees, respectively.  

One rider wasn’t feeling well and broke off at the 8 mile mark and another rider graciously accompanied him back to the start.  The remaining four riders completed a very pleasant, but uneventful ride to the Ono area and back.  The roads were clear and dry with the recent rain washing away the white salt residue that has been present the past several rides.  

We enjoyed some nice scenic views where we could see for miles.  Last year when we did this ride our views were blocked by the very high corn stalks along the road, but not so in winter.

There were no wildlife sightings unless you count suicidal squirrels crossing the road in front of us.  We did see a lot of farm animals including alpacas, horses, sheep, and goats.  

Thanks to Mike for excellent sweep support.

If interested, the below link shows the exact route and ride data:

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20781941?privacy_code=YWz3MkuGV9tRu4um


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 am
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 31.8miles @ 12 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth, Lou Searles, Howard Davison, Alice and Bill Graham, Tim and Cindy Hoehn, John Landis, Dave Miller, Dale Bluman, Marilyn Chastek , Ed Cashin (S).

Thirteen of us came out anticipating a warm day with temperatures ranging from 38 degrees to almost 50 degrees during our ride.  As start time approached the sun disappeared under heavy overcast skies and the temperature stayed at 36 degrees most of the day.  The day was cold, damp and gray but the sun shone brightly in our souls because we were riding!  We did a giant loop which was mostly flat but it did have a few short hills thrown in on Petersburg Rd. to keep us warm.  As we rode along Creek Rd. we spotted some Hooded Merganser ducks, which I have not seen in this area before, and on Konhaus Rd. there was a flock of Robins!  Spring will be here before we know it.  Tim and Cindy broke off on Old Stonehouse Rd. and Dave and Lou broke off at Brindle.  The rest of us made our way back to T.J. Rockwell’s and many stayed to enjoy lunch.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 26miles @ 12.5 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Mike Loe, Dave Kurth, Mark Dolheimer, Maggie Emery, Keith Spangler, Howard Davison

The forecast called for cold temperatures and snow later in the day.  The start was early and the mileage low so this time we were ahead of the game.  Seven of us gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year – on suggestion by Ellen who wanted to redeem herself for missing the New Year’s Day ride.  Red diamond envelopes with Chinese fortunes were given to all the riders.  The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve different animals.  On today's ride we had two pigs (Cindy and Mark), a sheep (Dave), a dog (Keith), a snake (Mike), a rat (Howard) and a monkey (Maggie).  2018 is the year of Brown Earth Dog which is connected to mountains.  The mountain blocks the view of our path, creating an obstacle that we need to climb over so we were ready to conquer Whiskey Springs.  Well at least six of us were ready to start, Maggie was there but she forgot her bike at the porta potty!  Maggie grabbed her bike and off we went.  The morning was fantastic and it felt much warmer than it was due to the brilliant sunshine – what a great day!  We reached Whiskey Springs and began the 3 mile climb to the top.  Once we reached the top and conquered our obstacle I took a group picture – hmmm, someone seems to be missing, can you guess who it is? (See attached)  The descent and refreshing – the cold air felt really good after that climb!   Our route over to Franklin Township was gorgeous. We took some roads we don’t normally take and the views were great!  We rode over the new bridge on Century Ln. to stop at Century Park for the porta potty.  As we headed back the clouds rolled in and the sun disappeared but we enjoyed a bit of a tailwind.  Keith broke off to head home and the rest of continued to Joe Carr.  Most of the WSW riders ride to the ride so they all took off to head home and get ready for the snow.  It really was a great WSW ride!


Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Social Ride. 24.2miles @ 12.2 mph

Larry Riley (L), Hale Baker, Lori Brulo, Ken Frohnert, Susan Tussey, Chris Wright (CS), Al Brulo (CS)

At daybreak this morning, while outside checking the weather for today's ride, a feral black cat crossed my path.  I'm not superstitious or anything, but I did knock on wood twice to cancel out the black cat and it apparently worked as we had a safe incident free ride.

Seven riders met at Fort Hunter, undaunted by the 32 degree temperature, gray overcast sky and damp conditions.  Everyone was okay with the temperature considering it's early February and a lot warmer than the 18 degree ride that Al led last week.  Lori provided the group with some delicious nut/fruit snacks and we were underway precisely at 9:00 am.  We took Front Street south along the beautiful Susquehanna River which is now free of ice jams and flowing normally.  A new addition to the riverscape is an old wooden caboose sitting on a very short section of railroad tracks near the Rockville Railroad Bridge.  A nostalgic reminder of earlier times!

We then headed east on Linglestown Road stopping momentarily at Koon's Park where the restrooms are now apparently closed for the winter.  We travelled Blue Ridge Road to Piketown Road, passed Central Dauphin High School, and then made the long, challenging climb up Piketown Hill.  I was told Ken and Hale were the first ones to the top, but I was too far back to see it.  Everyone made it to the top without too much difficulty and we took our first real break at the firehall across from Mt. Laurel Church.  See photo taken by Lori.

Susan then led the group down two delightful descents on Sleepy Hollow and Pine Tree Roads to Route 443 where we headed west, pleased not to have the head winds frequently encountered in that direction.  We arrived back at Fort Hunter just before 11:30 with the temperature at 37 degrees.  There were no problems of any kind despite the earlier encounter with the black cat. :-)  We then enjoyed our traditional post ride chocolate milk while discussing the logistics of our next ride.  After a difficult winter season in late December and early January, we have now ridden four Saturdays in a row and are on a roll toward the arrival of spring.  

Thanks to Al and Chris for the superb joint sweep duties.

Refer to the following link for actual route and ride data:

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/20629990?privacy_code=mkViIyeLhZSAcTOE

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:45 pm
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 25.7miles @ 12.1 mph

Marilyn Chastek (L), Grace House, Howard Ross, Felix Thau, Karen Wagner, Bill & Patty Baughman, Joe Mushalko, Dave Powell, Cindy Gorski, Ray Stone, Martha Ruff, Donna Finn, Peter Vitins, Ed Cashin (S).

Wow, did we get lucky with the weather today!  We had rain and fog this morning and more rain is moving in tonight, but in between we had a fabulous afternoon for riding with temperatures in the 60's and peek-a-boo sunshine. For several people, this was their first ride of the year, so I made it a pretty easy one.  We headed north toward Carlisle Pike and then came back along Appalachian Drive, Old Stonehouse Rd. and other favorites routes on our way to Boiling Springs for a break.  We had two clothing adjustment stops along the way, since most of us overdressed. Bill, Patty and Peter dropped off early and Ray and Grace skipped the stop in Boiling Springs to head home. Cindy stayed with us until we got to Eppley Road and we were disappointed that the pair of hooded merganser ducks were not in the creek where we expected them to be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooded_merganser

It was nice to get a taste of Spring on the ride today.


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26868997

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 31.5miles @ 13 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Mike Loe, Dave Kurth, Mark Riordan, Mark Dolheimer, Maggie Emery, Bob Schmidlein, Bonnie Iorfido

The forecast called for a beautiful winter day with possible rain around 4PM, so I planned the start early enough for us to be back by 1:30 PM just in case the rain came early.  Of course the forecast changed and at start time the rain was forecasted to come by 1PM!  Needless to say I quickly planned another route cutting miles and all the hill climbing.  Not only would the hills have taken us longer I also knew if we had significant climbing I would have been left in the dust as everyone tried to hurry up and beat the rain.  We rode by Ashcombs to Gettysburg Pike and took Kim Acres off of Rt. 114 to get to Hertzler Rd.   We enjoyed the descent and followed Lisburn to Moores Mountain and Trimmer Rd.  I love these roads but hate the hills on them.  The day was mild and the sky seemed to clear up but it was overcast so it was hard to tell what was going to happen.   We rode along the creek on McCormick Rd. and took Mt. Allen Rd. over to the Sheetz.  That is another road I love and hate at the same time.  Todays ride seemed to be full of those kinds of roads.  At Sheetz Mike checked the radar and the dreaded green blob was getting closer to our area, but we still had 90 minutes.  We stayed close to home and took a rather zig-zaggy way back to get some more miles in.  Bob and Bonnie broke off on Park Dr. as we turned onto Speedway and Dave Kurth broke off on Eppley.  I stopped the group on Clouser Rd. to see how everyone felt about extending the route or heading straight back.  Mike checked radar again and our old age wisdom kicked in and we thought it was better to be safe than sorry and headed back - according to Maggie it was NOT going to rain.  As we turned onto Rt. 174 at 12:05 PM we felt the first drops.  Mike broke from the group to head home but Maggie continued back with us, even though she rode in.  I guess it wasn’t raining on Maggie!  We ended 8 minutes later in a light drizzle.  The ride wasn’t as planned but we still had a good time.  It’s hard not to when you are on a WSW ride with your friends!