Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 7:15 am
Owen's Sunday Sociable Ride. 8miles @ 9.53 mph
Alicia Riegel (L), Madeline Beitzel, Nan Reisinger, Ray Kanth, Barb Crout, George Haverstraw (S).
Realizing that the Three Creek Century, HBC's annual fundraiser, was scheduled for Sunday, for today only, our Sunday morning ride was renamed "The One River Millennium Owen's Sunday Sociable." Don't mind my trash-talking! :-) Millennium because the ride length is 10.00 (although to my surprise, the final tally showed 8.00!).
Thank you to Madeline, Nan, Ray, and George for riding with me around Harrisburg. A special welcome to former member Barb Crout who joined us as well! I'd also like to acknowledge our regulars who spent their day (and several days in preparation) volunteering with the 2018 Century. They were missed, and we look forward to seeing you next Sunday!
As we gathered for pre-ride announcements, we noticed a large group of runners heading up the hill toward Old Shakey (The Walnut Street Bridge). We let them pass and then headed out, turning south to circle the parking garage before crossing Old Shakey into Riverfront Park. Turning south again, we encountered many runners and pedestrians on our way down the trail. Leaving the trail at Passage to India, we headed toward Race Street into Shipoke. It's hard to keep one's eyes on the road when so much eye candy (historic homes) is before me! We rode the perimeter of Shipoke and then got back on the Riverfront Park trail. Turning right on State Street, we rode to Second Street and turned left.
This was the very first HBC ride that I led. I have to say that nothing of consequence occurred, although the Traffic Gods did not favor us on Sunday as they did during our practice ride on Saturday. We seemed to hit almost every red light on Sunday, while on Saturday, it was smooth-sailing all the way north - hitting all the green lights. No severe road hazards on Sunday. We encountered the occasional pothole and large branches. All were easily avoided.
Anyway, we turned left when we reached Division Street and took a water break on the Riverfront Park trail. Then, we rode down Front Street and turned left on North Street toward Roxy's where we enjoyed great conversation and (courtesy of Stacy) a fine breakfast! Afterward, we returned to City Island, packed our bikes, and left for home.
It was a wonderful experience for a new ride leader. See you all next Sunday!