Name: Blacks Bridge Road
Stats: 27 miles (1,265 ft.)
Speed: 11-13 mph
Start Location: East Hanover Community Park
At 9:00 AM on Saturday we’ll be starting at the East Hanover Township Park where restroom facilities are available.
We’ll head south for 5 miles towards the Swatara Creek. We’ll turn left and head east 8 miles past the eagles’ nest along the Swatara Creek. Then, we’ll turn left and head north 6 miles towards Route 443 via Blacks Bridge, Crooked and Harrison School Roads. We’ll turn left and head west 5 miles along Route 443 to Manada Gap Road. Then, we’ll turn left one last time and head south 3 miles back to the East Hanover Township Park forming a nice square on your mapping centered around Grantville…just check the math, compass directions and distances if you’re an engineering or math geek.
The ride has a nice mix of views of farmlands, creek bottoms and mountains. It has the very typical climb of 1,265 ft. for our area. It’s not too hilly and not too flat…Goldilocks for everyone. We have a scheduled break at mile 14 at the top of the Blacks Bridge Road Hill (Yea, that short but steep climb with a sharp left curve at the top that always looks easier than it is) followed by the refreshing ride down the backside of the hill to Swatara Creek. The ride will end with a good ride along Route 443 where you can stretch your legs out and bang it a bit if you’d like. Don’t worry, no one will be left behind and we’ll average 11-13 mph.
Restroom facilities will be readily available all along the farmlands, creek bottoms and mountains. For the shy bikers, they’ll also be available at the Manada Golf Course but, beware, that’ll be at mile 23.
The current weather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 55 degrees and a NW wind of only 6-8 mph. That’s as good as it gets this Spring!
For directions, you can enter “East Hanover Community Park” in Google Maps and it'll get you there. It is located at the intersection of Jonestown Road and Manada Gap Road in East Hanover Township.
The D+ group will be starting at the same location and time for your flexibility in choosing between rides.
I'll cancel by 8:00 AM Saturday via email in the event of poor riding weather.
717-805-1251 (Text or call)Start Location: Varies - see descriptionRide Leader: (click to email)
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