Ride Reports

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 1:00 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 30.6miles @ 13.2 mph

Chris Wright (L), Bob Reynolds, Scott Silverstine, Lori Brulo, Howard Ross, Ken Frohnert, Dave Miller, Jeff Imbrognio, Alan Azab, Larry Riley, Jim Buckheit (S).

Yet another beautiful fall day with temps in the 50's and clear blue skies...a great day for riding! The typical East Shore Flex group of Howard, Scott, Ken, Lori, Larry, Jeff, and I were joined by several folks who typically ride with the Silver Spokes or other groups, so we welcomed Bob, Dave, Jim, and Alan to the ESF ride.  Bob had already ridden in from his home so he was ready to go.

We departed from a new location, the Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area about 3 miles east of Fort Hunter on Route 443.  Riders seemed to like this location because it has great views, ample parking, and it takes the hills closest to Fort Hunter out of play. 

We headed east on Route 443 and then turned south on Manada Bottom Rd, continuing down to Jonestown Rd before turning north.  After stopping at the Holiday Inn Grantville for a snack and restroom break, we circled back around to Route 443 to head back home.  Recognizing that we had 2 distinct paces in play, we separated into 2 groups so both could enjoy the ride at their preferred pace.  Bob peeled off and headed back east to his home, which must have been a solid high mileage day for him. 

Finishing the ride at Boyd Preserve requires a 1/2 mile uphill climb into the parking lot, but I found it to be just a pleasant push up the hill at a nice cool-down pace with great scenery.  We'll definitely use that departure point again. 

If we could just manage 1 day per week like this through Dec, Jan, and Feb, winter would be a lot more tolerable!

Thanks to Jim Buckheit for excellent sweeping work.  Route link is below.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00 am
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 32miles @ 12 mph

Richard Norford (L), Bill Baughman Patty Baughman Bob Reynolds Howard Ross Sonja Williams Louis Searles Dave Powell Marilyn Chastek Howard Davison Cindy Hogeman , Howard Ross (S).

11 brave riders departed Hardees in Dauphin in 28 deg morning weather.

We started with a ride on the private River Road next to the mighty Susquehanna.

Then rode about 10 miles climbing and earning downhill rolls.   After discovering the toilets were closed at the fish hatchery we took a break at my house on Clarks Valley Road.    Then we broke into two groups for a run out and back on Clarks Valley an A  group and a B  group with plans to hook back up at 3-B’s .

When the faster group was took longer than expected the B group headed for Stoney Creek Valley Road.  The B group then broke up into two groups as did the A group making 4 sets of riders.   Once back to Hardees after varying distances of 30-32 and 36 miles we had two lunch only join making yet another group.  Elevation of climbs 1749 feet.   Showing the draw of the Stoney Creek Inn all 13 of us enjoyed a nice lunch and much pleasant conversation.  All in all a fun silver spoke day.   The sweep duties were handled expertly by Howard Ross until we broke into smaller pods..

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:30 pm
Learning to Linger Email Ride Ride. 28.6miles @ 12 mph

Marilyn Chastek (L), Martha Ruff, Scott Silverstein, Howard Ross, Cindy Gorski, Dave Kurth, Ed Cashin (S).

It turned out to be a lovely day for a ride with sunny skies and very little wind.  Temperatures were in the mid-40's, but under those conditions, it felt warmer. We meandered our way using quiet roads from Pleasant View Park to Boiling Springs and back, enjoying what was left of the fall colors. We took a short break at Caffe 101 where Martha warmed up her feet and Howard took a slow tumble over a parking bump that was hiding in the shade. He seemed no worse for the wear and proceeded to finish the ride without a problem. Cindy headed for home once we turned onto Konhaus Rd., but the rest of us rode back to the park where we chatted for a bit before saying farewell.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00 pm
East Shore Tuesday Ride. 29miles @ 12.5 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Ken Fromhert, Susan Tussey, and Chris Wright


Ride Name:          Opossum Lake Loop

Start Location:      West Pennsboro Township Park in Plainfield

Climb:                   1,630 ft.

Weather At Start:  48 degrees, sunny, and 11 mph WNW wind

Talk about persistence…we came back to redo the Opossum Lake ride that Chris led last week when we needed to cancel the last 1/3 of the ride due to rain.  The weather today was much more cooperative with bright sunny blue skies and a breezy chill in the air at the start.  Then, after getting a few miles in, most of us needed to do a clothing adjustment as the temperatures warmed up and the breezes calmed down.

The first 2/3 of the ride were relatively flat as we rode through miles of farms with still-standing corn, limestone creeks, trout hatcheries, and old limestone walls guarding long abandoned structures.  Then came the last 1/3 of the ride up to and around Opossum Lake.  Now we know why the 3 Creek Ride identifies this as the "hilly" portion of the ride.  I’ll bet we did at least 2/3 of our 1,630 ft. climb near Opossum Lake.  And, some of those hills were pretty steep.  But, we all made it back home!

Opossum Lake was gorgeous on this late Fall day.  Checkout the attached photo courtesy of Ken's camera and Lori's photography skill.  If the photo link doesn't work, then I guess I'll need to get some training from someone who understands how to attach them to the HBC website ride announcement.



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Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:00 am
Other Special Rides Ride. 12.4miles @ 9.3 mph

John Donoughe (L), Ilene Hass Patty/Bill Baughman Beth Major Rachael Kornstadt

Sunday Morning Social at Cape May

Sunday Morning Social at Cape May experienced very warm temperatures.  We started in the 60's.  This ride combined the tour of the historic buildings in Cape May as well as an extended rdie to Cape May Point and the Cape May Lighthouse.  We experienced a lot of the quaint houses and historic structures that define Cape May.   On the way back through town, it seems to be mandatory that the ride enjoys breakfast at Bill's Pancake House.  It always seems a bit sad that the end of our visit to Cape May is about to occur.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:30 pm
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 33miles @ 11.8 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth, Chris Seier, Lou Searles, Kelly Szymczyk, Sue Casto, Dick Norford, Howard Davison, Scott Silverstine, Dave Powell, Ed McMullin, Terry Neiles, Keith Spangler, Lee Rueger, Mark Romig, Ray Kath, Alicia Riegel , Ed Cashin (S).

Eighteen riders showed up for this Friday afternoon ride!  Dave Kurth was on his newly updated Roubaix with electronic shifting – NICE!  The afternoon was bright with sunshine and it had a spring time feel with temps in the mid 40’s and a bit of a wind.  We headed out toward Carlisle and stopped by the yoga place on Lerew Rd. to pick up Ray and Alicia who started a mile down Rt. 174 at Spring Meadows Park.  We broke up into smaller groups when riding along Rt. 174 to allow traffic to pass and then rolled up and down Rockledge Rd as we made our way to the hilly Richard Rd.  The day was just glorious and it was a joy getting a ride in before the rainy and windy weekend that is forecasted.  We enjoyed each others company and I heard much laughter from the group behind me.  We stopped to adjust Alicia’s seat and then took Alexander Spring Rd. to Kmart for a break.  The Carlisle riders Ed, Terry, Lee and Mark broke off there.  The rest of us took advantage of the new traffic light on Marsh Rd. to cross Rt. 34 and we made our way to Spring Meadow Park to drop off Ray and Alicia.  From there we had the wind on our back and the sun on our shoulders as we took Rt. 174 back to Joe Carr.  Thank you Ed for sweeping, I couldn't have led without you.  Thank you all for sharing this Silver Spoke with me.

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:00 am
Other Special Rides Ride. 59.2miles @ 12 mph

John Donoughe (L), Patty/Bill Baughman Karen Niebelink Joan/Jay Thome

Fall Tour to Cape May - Dover, DE to Cape May, NJ

We started our last day of touring early at 7:00.  Our pack took a slightly different route into Lewis, DE than the rest of the tour. 
Our route allowed us to see more of Lewis and also have a wonderful lunch at the Striper Bites Restaurant in town.  We had plenty of company as most of the riders made the 1:45 ferry.  The weather was wonderful on the water as we enjoyed the ride across the Delaware River Bay.  We had one more hill to handle after we left the ferry terminal - the bridge over the canal that separates the peninsula from Cape May (it's an island).  Everyone in our pack made it safe and sound to the Grand Hotel.  Another successful Fall Tour.     

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 29.3miles @ 11.4 mph

Chris Wright (L), Al Brulo, Lori Brulo, Howard Ross, Larry Riley, Mike Loomis, Al Brulo, Larry Riley (S).

Today’s ride was advertised as an “urban adventure” and it certainly lived up to both of those descriptors.  Mike Loomis joined us and six of us departed from Koons Park in overcast, cool conditions.  Heading into the Forest Hills area we experienced a series of minor issues related to shifters, chains, etc…like our bikes were telling us winter is coming.  We chopped off a short leg of the ride and headed down Linglestown Rd and into Harrisburg.

By some cosmic coincidence we happened to ride down 6th Street on the one day every one hundred years that they pave that street.  We navigated through that and enjoyed the massive piles of leaves in front of classic mid-century modern homes.  We then jumped on the Greenbelt path along a deserted Front St and enjoyed the nice fall views of the Susquehanna before crossing over the Walnut St bridge for a nice break on City Island.

Heading back north on the Greenbelt path we cut across town on Maclay St, which was a new experience for some riders.  We kept a tight single file formation and turned left into the deserted Farm Show parking lot, then headed north thru HACC.  We stopped to admire the Dero Fixit station and soon ran into HBC member Cindy Hogeman, who was doing trail maintenance. 

Our return route passed by several riders’ homes so Howard, Larry, and Susan peeled off one by one and the rest of us got back to Koons Park just in time to catch the entertaining spectacle of someone trying to teach a teenager to drive in the parking lot.  Yikes. 

Thanks to Al and Larry for taking good care of the sweep position.  Ride link below.




Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00 am
Other Special Rides Ride. 58.9miles @ 12 mph

John Donoughe (L), Patty/Bill Baughman Karen Niebelink Joan/Jay Thome

Fall Tour to Cape May - Newark,DE to Dover, DE
58.9 +/- miles

We had a nice surprise today.  A new, paved, bike trail along the canal was discovered by Ken Schilling previous to the tour. 
His directions allowed up to use it from just west of Summit Point Marina all the way to Delaware City near the start of the Reedy Point Bridge.  Thanks Ken! For the second year in a row, John experienced a flat about 5 miles past Port Penn. The 10-minute repair was welcomed by the rest of the pack. As crew support, Steve was great to pick up our lunch at an out-of-the way restaurant.  Then we had a picnic along DE9 near Taylors Bridge at a 'nice' pull over.  A bald eagle kept watch over us as we ate. 
Maybe the eagle was really looking at the big black snake climbing a tree.  Steve had a hissy fit with the snake in the tree!  We rode directly to our POI, the Old State Capitol.  After that nice tour we really looked forward to arriving at the Home2 Suites in Dover.