Hershey C Ride. 25.5miles @ 13 mph
Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Ken Frohnert, Bruce Fields, Mike Sheehan, Ann Mahalik, Cristina Truica, Karen Wagner, Laura Erb, Mike and Cathy Kirkham, Tom Boyle, Todd Schankweiler, Ed Cashin/Hale Baker (S).
Ride Name: Middletown River
Start Location: Briarcrest
Climb: 1,060 ft.
Weather At Start: 82 degrees, sunny, and 4 mph N wind
It was a beautiful evening for a bike ride. In fact, it was the best evening of the 4-day weekend for those not working on Friday.
Before we started, Monica had a flat which was giving Howard fits because he recently switched his tires from tubeless to tubed on his tubeless rims. It was impossible to stretch the tire back on over the rim with the typical tire changing tubes. So, he bagged the ride and drove to the local bike shop. That had to be tough for him because we all know that “Howard just wants to bike”!
We got off to a great start but things went a bit downhill (pun intended) at mile 3. We were coming down a good downhill on Church Road and turned left onto McCorkel Road. Being well trained riders, a biker waited at the turn for the last biker to tell them to turn left. As it turned out, that biker flew right by the spotter and, with momentum, immediately climbed the significant uphill just after McCorkel. The spotter was never able to catch that biker since he was starting from a stop. When we saw that 2 riders were missing at the next turn, Jim (the “bridgeman”) circled back to pickup the spotter and search for the other biker. But, as luck would have it, we ended up dropping the biker that took off up the hill.
Jim returned with the spotter and we continued with our ride. However, we ended up cutting the ride back from 29 miles to 25 miles so we wouldn’t run into any daylight issues.
We stopped for our scheduled break along the Susquehanna River. Luckily, it was too early in the evening for the mayflies that are now bugging everyone at sunset in June. And, why are they called “may”flies?
The 2nd riddle of the ride…When a ride starts with 15 bikers and you lose one biker, how can you finish with 15 bikers? Answer: When Howard fixes his tire, returns to Briarcrest and then bikes the route backwards! We ran into Howard and his smiling face along the Susquehanna River just after our scheduled break. He was doing over 15 mph to run into us and still get as many miles in as possible. We all know that “Howard just wants to bike”! Not any reflection on Howard because we all like him: I overheard someone say that it’s a good ride when you start and finish with the same number of bikers and it’s a great ride when it’s the same bikers.
As a fitting end to our ride, the “dropped” rider returned to the parking lot just before us and was in great spirits. He regaled us on his great ride on this beautiful evening for a bike ride. Also, Howard showed us his new tool to stretch those nasty tight tires over the rim.
Thanks to Ed and Hale for doing an outstanding job sharing the sweeping responsibilities.
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