Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 8:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 78miles @ 13.5 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth and Howard Davison

Today’s ride was the WSW traditional celebration of fall.   The day called for blustery conditions which may have scared off some but Howard and Dave did come out to join me.  We took advantage of the low winds in the morning to ride over to Pine Creek Rd.  Once there the trees provided a wind block for us as we traveled through the Michaux State Forest. The day was screaming autumn.  The foliage was in peak color with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and the wind swirled the leaves around us.  We took Old Railroad Bed Rd. alongside Laurel Lake and Mountain Creek and stopped at Pine Grove Furnace State Park to use the rest rooms.  We continued climbing Pine Grove Rd. until we reached the top where we stopped.  It was a momentous moment for me because at that exact spot I reached the 100,000 mile mark of riding since I have been keeping track. (Starting in the year 2000 when I was riding about 700 miles a year).  To celebrate I passed out 100 GRAND to both Dave and Howard!  The spot was marked (Thank you Dave) and we descended to Rt. 30.  We lost our wind cover and were now fighting a head wind, but only for a little while.  We took another break at the Rutters and made our way to White Church Rd. where we mainly had a cross/tail wind.  The scenery on this route is breath taking; what a glorious ride!  We followed the route up and down along the rolling terrain until we reached Mountainview Rd.   We climbed to the top making the turn left to descent when we were hit with a rain cell.  Everything was fine and then a second later we were riding on a very wet road with a strong cross wind and rain!  Two miles later on Pine Rd. we were once again on dry roads with a nice tailwind.  We had the tailwind most of the way back and Dave and Howard took full advantage of it leaving me in the dust, and to think I gave them each 100 GRAND!  On Rt. 174 Dave broke off at Lutztown Rd. to head home.  Howard headed to Joe Carr and I headed home worn out trying to keep up with Howard and Dave on his feather bike!  It was an exquisite ride and a great time.  Total climb came in at 4,000 feet.  I just love fall and this is one of those favorite rides that welcome in the season.  So glad I got this ride in.  HAPPY FALL Everyone!  Remember to turn your clocks back tonight.