Ride Reports

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 7:30 am
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.

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6:15 pm
Friday Night Social Ride. 12.6miles @ 10.9 mph

David Powell (L), Marisol Barrios-Moyer, Dave Moyer, Grace House, Mary Beth Yandrasitz, Barbara Humphries, John Humphries, Cheryl Capitani, Jill Bradley, David Young (S).

We departed the 3rd in the Burg event and meandered through streets of Mechanicaburg, then out past Pleasant View Park.  Continued on Mulberry and stopped at the sunflower field along with many other observers.  Then on Woods to Roaring FOrk and Hempt to see the horses.  Not many out.  Maybe it was too hot.  Then on Texaco to Konhaus and through Traditions via the paved paths.  Finally back to the Burg.

We had planned to eat at the food trucks, but some had run out of food and had left already, there were long lines at the remaining trucks.  So some of us went to JoJo's instead.



Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Hershey C Ride. 25miles @ 13.1 mph

Howard Ross (L), Lori Brulo, Al Brulo, Caroline Ensor, Ken Frohnert, Joanne Martin, Michael Sheehan, Barb Weikle, Alan Wolfgang, Hale Baker, Felix Thau (S).

Another hot and humid evening, so we head for the river on the river and Swatara Creek route.  No incidents, no flats, no dropped chains...just a nice ride at a good fast pace.  And everyone was kept in line by our superb sweep, Senor Swerve himself!

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:00 am
Learning to Linger Email Ride Ride. 22miles @ 12.8 mph

Marilyn Chastek (L), Scott Silverstine, Howard Ross, Patty Baughman, Ethel Nelson, Joe Halko, Dave Powell, Jean and Doug Silvis, , Bill Pickering (S).

Wow! We had 10 people show up for a 7:00 a.m ride and they didn't all live close to the start point in Mechanicsburg, either. Joe came in from Elysburg and Ethel drove here from Newburg. Howard and Scott used their passports to visit from the East Shore.  

It was a nice group of riders on a warm morning. We meandered around the countryside between Mechanicsburg and Carlisle, seeking shade wherever it was available. We were grateful that the air was still cool enough to keep it comfortable when we were moving. Our pace was up a bit since there was no wind to slow us down. About six riders stayed for breakfast at Sophia's at Walden. And we all got to see the beautiful field of sunflowers near the restaurant. We found Dave Kurth and Cindy Gorski admiring the sunflowers, too. 

Thanks to Bill Pickering for sweeping on his trusty Seven bike. He said the bike was begging to get out for a ride since it now plays second fiddle to his e-bike.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:01 pm
Upper Allen Friendship Park C Ride. 25.8miles @ 11.5 mph

John Donoughe (L), Andrea Dadigan Marisol Barrios Ron Brock Bruce Fields

We took a 'shot*' that the storms in the area wouldn't hit us.  The ride went on some roads the leader had not used in a while.  From Lisburn, we rode Boyer past the Carlisle F&G rifle range*.  Then we enjoyed going the easy way on Hickory Rd.  Then, after turning left on Ridge Rd we made a big CCW loop coming back on Old Stonehouse.  We ended up going through New Kingston and we horsed around by going through the Fry complex and the Hempt horse farms.  The only other diversion was touring the Traditions housing complex off of Kost Road.  It was a typical goofy ride for the leader, but fun. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Hershey C+ Ride. 34.5miles @ 15 mph

Julie Groh (L), Julie Groh (RL), Paul Piergallini, Jarrod Kulp, Mike Deiling, Betsy Thompson, John Mull, Ben Nelson, Robert Martin, John Holmes

It sure was a hot one tonight.   We did a loop to Mt. Gretna and back on beautiful roads with little traffic and only 1 major hill at the half way point (Butlter Rd). Relief came immediately after with the long gradual downhill of Old Mine Rd and then a stop to refill our waters at spring water station on 117.  It was a good thing the ride leader brought quarters! We lost one regular rider on 341 when he was ahead of RL and went straight instead of turning on Meadow Rd. with the group.   His car was missing from parking lot when we returned at 8:15 so we know he found his way back!

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:01 pm
Hershey C Ride. 25.9miles @ 10.8 mph

John Donoughe (L), Alice/Bill Graham Lori Brulo Ann Mahalik Sherry Holmes Ben Nelson Cathy/Mike Kirkham Mike Sheehan Paul Piorgallini, Bill Graham (S).

The storms seemed to be passing to the North tonight, so we went riding.  A run just about straight east took us through Palmyra.  We then turned south.  That's when a cloud spotted us and decided to put a 'damper' on our activities.  It was warm so the rain didn't matter.  We turned back toward Hershey and toured Milton Hershey School where the leader took notice of a few other 'round-about' opportunities for future rides.  The final piece of the ride was a tour through the hospital grounds and a return via the bike trail to Briarcrest.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Upper Allen Friendship Park C+ Ride. 32.8miles @ 15.3 mph

Mark Dolheimer (L), Rod Bender, Loren Gifford, Mark Swartz, John Gehrlein, Ron Malcom, Ray Stone, Steph Portmann, Rodney Rodgers, Denny Mchaffey

Mechanicsburg heat index 98 degrees and easy route to Carlisle with a 100 degree heat index, no problem for this great group. It was very hot to start but there was a slight breeze and some shade, taking typical roads including Park Place, Creek and Old Stonehouse. After a quick break at Sheetz and with the sun retreating, the ride began to cool and the group was even more energized. By the time we reached Simmons Road, the group was starting to sprint and the leader was at the back for the last few miles. Everyone in the group stuck together very well throughout, even sprinting together on cue.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:00 am
Learning to Linger Email Ride Ride. 14.5miles @ 8.2 mph

George Haverstraw (L), George Haverstraw Charlie Sproule Dale Kasparek Jack Withers

As we four old guys departed Bullfrog Valley Pond, we agreed to re-title this ride the Old Farts Ride for obvious reasons.  It was a very warm day and before long we were all gasping for air.  We decided to shorten the ride due to the heat and humidity.  We did not however pass the obligatory lunch stop at the Soda Jerk in Hummelstown. The food was good and the air conditioning was working well.  Thanks goodness.