Ride Reports

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 9:30 am
Learning to Linger Email Ride Ride. 23.5miles @ 9 mph

Charley Sproule (L), Charley Sproule, George Haverstraw, Mike Walsh, Dave Robinson, Jack Withers, Nan Reisinger, Dale Kasparek, Donna Finn, Dean Giger, Jack Withers (S).

Nine riders enjoyed a fantastic summer day on the Lancaster and Lebanon rail trails.  We ride from the route 230 Conewago trailhead to the Porch restaurant in Mt. Gretna and back.  Ten of the group plus two guests, Mary Lou Sproule and Sandy Haverstaw, had a great lunch at The Porch.  We saw some deer on the trail and lots of riders and walkers.  It was a treat to  have the women's record holder for Appalachian trail hiking (Nan) with us.  Jack did a great job as sweep and no one got away at the back end of the group.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Hershey B Ride. 39.18miles @ 18 mph

Dave Cutcliff (L), Jarred Kulp, Benay Nachin, Blake Eilers, Tommy Hoffer, Jerry Urich, Dave Erb (S), Dave Erb (S).

This is a repeat ride from 3 weeks ago that was back by a request from Jarred.  e had a perfect night with low humidity and temps in the low 80's at the start of the ride.  Headed out through the medical campus to Plamyra, then took Hnkle, Brandt and Louser Roads toward the Lebanon Country Club golf Course.  From there we headed to Cornwall, then through Gretna and headed back to Briarcrest on Colebrook and Bachmanville roads.  Thanks to everyone who took turns pulling for certain sections of the ride.  It was a great group of people that worked well together throughout the ride.

Afterwards, several of us enjoyed some Pizza and beer at Piazza Sorrento.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:01 pm
Upper Allen Friendship Park C Ride. 25.8miles @ 12.8 mph

David Young (L), Colleen Westhafer, Andrea Dadigan, Bob Haug, Veronica Eubanks, Francis Jurcik, Gary Ranck, Brian Brady, Jill Bradley, Richard Starke, , Felix Thau (S).

This ride progressed toward Mechanicsburg, then to the North West side of town.  We wandered West to East and East to West on Woods Rd, Texaco Rd, Hempt Rd, old Rt 11, RT 114, and many others as we toured the popular local biking roads. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Hershey C+ Ride. 34.4miles @ 15.2 mph

Jim Buckheit (L), Bob Lesher, John Mull, Vern Croxall, Alan Wolfgang, Paul Piergallini, Jeff Hoch, Betsy Thompson, Steve Remillard, Robert Martin , Mike Deiling (S).

A splendid summer evening drew a mob of cyclists to Briarcrest Square to take part in the weekly Thursday rides. The C+ group had 12 riders, a few less than usual, with several of the usual participants opting to ride like the wind on the B ride. The C+ group wound its way south out of Hershey onto Old Hershey Road, which we took all the way until just after the Conewago Rail Trail and before the hill that climbs into Elizabethtown. There we turned onto Beverly Road, pausing briefly to safely cross Route 743. We then headed north onto Koser and northeast on Mapledale, Gingrich and Colebrook Roads. Traffic was light as the group breezed its way towards Colebrook, where we took a break at the spring water booth on Mt. Wilson Road. From there we rode up the 260 feet climb over 1.8 miles on Mt. Pleasant before speeding down  nearly the same amount we climbed up down the other side over 1.3 miles. Gathering at Rt 322 we then followed the traditional HBC route back on Meadow, Louser and Brandt. Once in Campbelltown we proceeded north on Lingle Ave, turned west onto Rt 422 onto Derry Road, where we glided past the Hershey Country Club. Mike, Jeff and a few others broke off on Hersheypark Drive to head back while the balance of the group proceeded up Swatara Road, Kieffer Road, Sand Beach and Canal Road to take advantage of the remaining daylight before returning to Briarcrest Square. Many thanks to Mike for stepping up to serve as sweep. Here are the numbers: 34.4 miles  1,529 feet climbing   15.2 mph. 



Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:01 pm
Upper Allen Friendship Park C Ride. 26.3miles @ 13 mph

David Young (L), Bill Baughman, Patty Baughman, Felix Thau, Howard Ross, Bob Haug, Molly Clark, Gary Ranck, Dan Giles, Tim Kaufman, Veronica Eubanks, Terry Turney, Lisa Hoerner, , Ed Cashin (S).

We had a larger than normal group for a Thursday evening in Mechanicsburg, possible due to the rain that came through before Tuesday evenings ride, which kept some people away.  We warmed up by going through the local developments near Freindship Park as we headed South to Grantham Rd, past Ashcombe's, onto Park Place, Heise, then left toward Boiling Springs via various roads.  Stopped near Cafe 101 for a water break, then out toward South Middleton Park, past South Mountain Dragway, and Mountain Rd back to almost Boiling Springs again.  But we took Leihdig Rd instead, to Creek Rd, Rt 74 for a short distance, then side roads back to Park Place, Williams Grove Rd, and Fisher Rd back to the Park.  It was a fantastic night to ride.  Everyone did well, and Ed Cashin did a great job as the Sweep keeping the group together. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:01 pm
Hershey C Ride. 25.7miles @ 12.3 mph

Chris Wright (L), Al Brulo, Lori Brulo, Cathy Kirkham, Laura Erb, Christie Adams, Sunni Lee, Matt McFadden, John Lippert, Laurie Atherholt, Mike Kirkham (S).

Pleasant temperatures resulted in a nice turnout of B & C riders Thursday evening.  Our group of 11 included Christie Adams and John Lippert, who we welcomed to our C group for the evening.  Group size swelled to 14 when the B riders came up alongside us, but they quickly left us in the dust.

We headed north out of Hershey and then northeast as we followed Swatara Creek and the Quittapahilla.  Traffic was light, bugs were few, and it was pleasant riding on rolling terrain. Lots of farm animals out tonight, including several cats that Cathy pointed out, each of which had that same "what's your problem?" expression as we rolled by.

With a break or two thrown in we got through the first 2/3 of the ride in good shape, then the hills came into play.  Turning onto Palmyra/Bellegrove Rd gave us a 2 mile climb of about 250 ft, followed by a similar dowhill.  Turning south on Rte 743 gave us another hard climb, so we paused at the base of the PA State Police road to vote on going up the Police Academy hill or down Hersheypark Drive. The vote was for Police Academy hill, which sounded great until we got 1/4 mile up the road and ran into a locked gate.

We reversed course and headed down Hersheypark Dr, successfully getting by Troeg's without losing anyone.  To get up to the Hotel Hershey as promised we went north on Sand Beach Rd and quickly peeled left onto Front St, a little known road that is very pretty but has a short 8% grade.  After a couple of turns we circled around the Hotel Hershey and admired the flowers and landscaping.  A quick run down Pete's Hill and along Hersheypark Dr led to a return via Hockersville Rd.

The hills had us stretched out for most of the night so my thanks to Mike for sweeping and to all riders for keeping an eye on each other.  

Distance 25.7 miles with about 1250 ft elevation and pace of 12.3 mph.  Ride link below.





Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:01 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 26.2miles @ 14.8 mph

Mike Loomis (L), Laurie Atherholt, Hale Baker, Ken Frohnert (S).

Descending from the Boyd parking lot we took a right and headed out Fishing Creek at a good steady pace. Once we got to Sleepy Hollow we climbed to Piketown and caught our breath before heading down Appleby back to Fishing Creek. On the way down a stubborn little deer wanted to block us but Hale whistled the secret whistle and the little deer took off. At the bottom we headed out to Manada Gap Road. It was a beautiful night and the view from Ridge Road was choice. So we stopped for our break at the golf course and sat for a bit discussing our various injuries and physical mishaps (insert smile!). We headed back at another good clip with Ken pulling the train! Hale and I managed to touch wheels but nothing happened!SO then back to the parking lot which always a fun climb at the end! As we were packing up the sunset put on a nice show for us. Thanks for coming out- another fun time with great people.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:01 pm
Upper Allen Friendship Park C Ride. 31.5miles @ 13 mph

David Young (L), Colleen Westhafer, Andrea Dadigan, Bob Haug, Gary Ranck, John Gehrlein, , Felix Thau (S).

We had a long ride this evening taking Williams Grove Rd, Park Place, Creek Rd, Leihdig Rd, Mountain Rd, ending up Soujth of South Middleton Park, and taking a few other back roads to end up back in Boiling Springs.  From there we rode toward Carlisle turning onto Lesley, eventually crossing RT74 and RT641 to Ridge Rd, and working our way back to Friendship Park.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:30 am
Saturday Morning C+ Ride. 40miles @ 14.8 mph

Paul Piergallini (L), Laurie Atherholt, Brad Baker, Lori Brulo, Caroline Ensor, Jim Kearns, Robert Martin, John Mull, Benay Nachin, Bill Peters, Jerry Urich, Al Brulo (S).

We had a strong turnout, and surprisingly we outnumbered the normally large C group.  We left from Memorial Lake Lower Road and headed east toward Fredericksburg, then on to Frystown, following the Cancer Research Century route for about 17 miles.

While the temperature read in the 80's, with the strong sun and humidity it felt more like it was in the 90's.  After finishing a long hill one of the riders wasn't feeling well and decided to call for a pickup.   

Being on some unfamiliar rural roads, with road signs missing at some intersections, at times it became a challenge to stay on course.  But with extra cues sheets, and riders with a good sense of direction, we never strayed from the planned route.  Part of our ride back was along Routes 343 and 22.  By doing so we avoided some roller coaster hills, yet Ride with GPS still showed an elevation gain of 2,300.  As we came down Boundary Road and turned into Lower Road, my odometer clicked to 40.0. 

The group got stretched out at times due to strong riders and some long roads.  So, thanks to Al for the great job sweeping.