West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 52miles @ 13.5 mph
Cynthia Gorski (L), Chris Seier, Gary Ranck, Mark Riordan, Mark Dolheimer, Dave Kurth, Michel Lefevre, Caroline Ensor, Kelly Szymczyk, John Landis, Terry Neiles, Pam Spence, Jeff Shank, Sue Flaxman, Mark Romig, Terry Drachbar
Ten of us met at Joe Carr Field and as we pedaled west we picked up five riders who rode in from Carlisle at mile two and Terry D. at mile six. The morning was pleasant and cool but the humidity was high. There was a bit of a cool breeze now and then and it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, definitely much cooler than the past couple days, but still hot. The clouds helped a lot as they rolled in bringing a forecasted storm behind them. We stopped at the Sheetz in Mt. Holly and again at the one on Allen Rd. and Rt. 11. Terry D. dropped off before we got there and the rest of the Carlisle riders headed home from there. The rest of us continued on with the sweet smell of fresh corn thick in the air as we rode through the halls of tall corn stalks. During the beginning of the ride many riders rode out ahead of me at a faster pace but now as the day heated up no one passed. The heat just sucks all your energy and the ride slows down because no one wants to create any more heat by speeding up. During the last five miles there was a slight headwind which felt good, just enough for a cooling effect but not strong enough for a fight. We were almost back when Gary got a dreaded leg cramp. We pulled over and waited for Gary to work it out, drink some more and eat some gels. When he was ready we continued on making it back by noon, happy we were done.