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.